The Waukegan wrongful death attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers prosecute claims on behalf of families who have lost loved ones in accidents that were completely preventable if not for the reckless or irresponsible actions of other people. In most of these cases, the family is forced to endure hardships due to the loss of consortium and financial contributions made by the victim to his or her family. We are also able to help families determine who is best suited to press the lawsuit and how best to distribute the damages we are able to recover fairly among the surviving family members.
Accidents Considered Leading Factor in Deaths in America
The National Safety Council assessed the most common causes of death in the United States and determined that accidents were the main contributing factor in the majority of deaths among those under the age of 43. Accidents were also the fifth leading cause of death among all Americans, regardless of age. Examples of incidents that can result in death include explosions, poisoning, drowning, falls, workplace accidents, car accidents, medical errors, choking and fires.
If we can determine whether or not your loved one’s death was due to the negligence of others, we can help you recover the compensation you need to replace his or her income, to cover the cost of a memorial and to make up for the pain and suffering your loved one, you and your family have needed to endure. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a claim against an employer, business or individual found responsible for your loved one’s death.
Types of Waukegan Wrongful Death Claims
Regardless of how your loved one died, it is always prudent to conduct a deeper investigation to see if you are able to make a claim for wrongful death. Some of the types of accidents we have been able to file these claims for include the following.
- Auto accidents where the victim has died due to injuries sustained in the collision.
- Motorcycle accidents, including those where a passenger died due to the actions of the motorcyclist.
- Pedestrian accidents where distracted or reckless drivers were at fault.
- Exposure to toxic, corrosive or otherwise hazardous materials or compounds.
- Nursing home neglect or abuse that has resulted in life ending injuries.
- Animal attacks involving dogs or other pets at large and out of the control of their owners.
- Workplace accidents on construction or excavation sites.
- Medical malpractice resulting in deadly injuries.
- Product liability claims.
- Fires, explosions or electrocutions.
We invite you to learn more about how we can investigate your loved one’s accident and determine whether negligence was a factor. If we feel there is solid evidence to support a wrongful death claim, we can begin to build a case on your behalf.
Determining Who Should File Your Waukegan Wrongful Death Claim
Whether there is confusion over who has the legal right to bring a lawsuit or a disagreement over who has the right to certain benefits, it may not always be easy to determine who is best suited to file the lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. The spouse would be the logical answer in most cases, but if the victim was not married, this could defer to the parents, children or siblings of the victim.
We are able to help you determine who should file the lawsuit on behalf of your family and to protect your rights in the event that your family is unable to agree on how the benefits you recover should be split. The value of your claim will vary depending on economic and social factors, which may include the amount of income your loved one brought home, the psychological and mental distress your family must endure and more.
Who Settles Disputes Between Family Members Over Benefits?
Most families are able to resolve disputes among themselves when it comes to determining who has a right to compensation, but there are occasions where these disagreements cannot be settled. If that is the case, the judge presiding over the lawsuit will meet with the family during a special hearing and decide on the terms of the judgement or settlement.
We can help you avoid needing to take it this far by negotiating with your family members on your behalf and by protecting your interests in court.
Let Our Proficient Waukegan Wrongful Death Lawyers Fight for You
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of families secure the compensation they were entitled to after losing a loved one in an accident. If your loved one died in an accident and you are seeking answers and justice, we can help you just as we have helped those before you. We would like to invite you to tell us your story so that we can let you know more about how we might help you.
Contact us today to arrange a free case review with an award winning Waukegan wrongful death attorney so that we can gather the information we need to conduct our investigation into the matter. We will then let you know what legal options are available and help you plan your strategy so that you can move forward with confidence. Since we work on a contingency basis, we are able to assure you that our services will come free of charge should we be unable to secure damages on your behalf.