Losing a loved one becomes even more harrowing when the death occurs because of someone else’s negligence or deliberate harm. This is where the law steps in, granting the survivors the right to seek justice and compensation for their loss.
Wrongful death law is a vast and complex section of the law, but it becomes easier to understand when a team of experienced and dedicated top-tier attorneys guide you. This is exactly what our Chicago wrongful death lawyers offer at TopDog Law Personal Injury Lawyers.
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TopDog Law is a national law firm that handles personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims in Chicago. Our attorneys, respected for their relentless pursuit of justice, possess a wealth of experience in wrongful death cases.
We explain the complexities of law for you, walking you through what falls under wrongful death and the particularities of the law as it pertains to Chicago. We have also assisted potential wrongful death claimants across the nation, ensuring they have the legal counsel they need to navigate the process in the state where their loved one died.
At the core of our practice is our promise to fight for our clients—a promise we have fulfilled time and time again, leading to our strong reputation. The numerous positive reviews and testimonials from satisfied clients reflect our success. Regardless of where you are in the United States, you can conveniently reach us through our online contact form or by calling us.
In a wrongful death case, the victim’s relatives or legal representatives can pursue a lawsuit against the party responsible for the death. This right includes the ability to seek compensation for the losses incurred from the death.
These losses may involve financial aspects, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of income that your loved one provided for your family. The wrongful death claims process can also cover non-economic aspects of your loss, including pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and emotional distress.
In instances involving particularly negligent or harmful conduct, the defendant may pay punitive damages.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 225,000 people die each year in the United States as a result of unintentional injuries. Falls account for the highest number of accidental deaths, with car accidents and unintentional poisonings following.
Wrongful death is when a death occurs through the negligence, carelessness, or intentional actions of another party. It could involve various situations, such as medical malpractice, work-related accidents, car accidents, product liability, hazardous property features, or even criminal activities.
The law does not classify every accidental death as wrongful. A critical criterion is the establishment of fault or negligence on the part of the accused party.
To show that an individual or entity was responsible for causing your loved one’s death, you and your attorney must demonstrate the following elements in your case:
An experienced wrongful death lawyer from TopDog Law can consider all of the details of your claim to identify all sources of liability and the insurance resources that are available to compensate you.
Wrongful death cases not only seek justice for the departed but also provide protection and compensation for surviving family members. The law grants certain rights to the accusers in such cases, all aimed at ensuring they receive fair treatment and adequate compensation.
The wrongful death claims process typically begins with filing a claim against a relevant insurance policy held by the at-fault party. If the death occurred because of a car accident, this could be an auto liability insurance policy.
Premises liability wrongful death claims usually involve a property or homeowner’s policy. Wrongful death claims may involve workers’ compensation or medical malpractice policies.
Wrongful death laws are subject to a statute of limitations, meaning there is a specific timeframe in which to file the case. In Illinois, for example, this period is usually two years from the date of death, but it can vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Other states have different statutes of limitations. An experienced wrongful death lawyer from TopDog Law can explain how much time you have to file your claim.
When someone else’s negligence causes the death of a loved one, your quest for compensation typically involves a claim against the insurance company rather than a long court battle with the at-fault party. Insurance companies, however, commonly seek to protect their bottom line by reducing or eliminating the amount they have to pay out for a claim.
Navigating the complexities of a wrongful death lawsuit can be emotionally draining and legally challenging. This is where hiring a wrongful death lawyer can be crucial. An effective wrongful death attorney not only provides legal assistance in fighting the insurance company for your compensation but also provides support and guidance during a difficult time.
Some of the services your wrongful death lawyer can provide include:
The legal team at TopDog Law works on a contingency fee basis. As explained by Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, a contingency fee means your wrongful death lawyer can provide legal services to you without requiring any money in advance or billing you by the hour every time they work on your case. Instead, when you decide to work with our attorneys, we will ask you to sign a contingent fee agreement.
This agreement outlines the services your lawyer will provide and designates a percentage of the overall compensation you receive for your claim as payment for your legal team’s services.
After your claim, your attorney will receive your compensation, withdraw the amount owed for their services, and settle any medical liens that your healthcare insurers or providers have placed on the award. Your family will then receive the remainder of the compensation.
When someone’s loved one has died due to wrongful circumstances, it can be difficult to focus on the path forward.
Hiring an attorney is an important part of seeking compensation, and but you can protect the value of your claim when you:
The wrongful death claims process can take longer than most people think. While most cases offer compensation through a negotiated settlement before reaching the courtroom, it takes time to gather evidence, present this evidence to the insurer, and work on a fair resolution. Having patience during this process will allow your attorney to work on negotiating the best settlement possible for you.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to seek legal assistance. This is not a battle to fight alone; a skilled Chicago persoanl injury attorney can provide you with the opportunity to achieve justice and obtain fair compensation. At TopDog Law, we will stand by your side throughout this process.
TopDog Law Personal Injury Lawyers offer comprehensive legal services tailored to wrongful death cases. Our team has the skills to analyze and investigate your case, collect essential evidence, determine the value of your claim, and advocate for you in court.
Understanding the emotional trauma of losing a loved one, we bear the burden of the legal process so that you can focus on healing and remembering your loved one. With TopDog Law on your side, you have a partner committed to fighting for justice and securing the compensation you deserve.
Deciding to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit can be daunting, but it is an important step toward justice and closure. The legal team at TopDog Law makes this step as easy as possible for you. To arrange an initial consultation, contact us via our online contact form or call (708) 734-6928.
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