Wrongful Death

When your loved one’s life is cut short by the negligent or wrongful act of another person or entity, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. While this type of legal action can never bring back your loved one, it does allow you to hold the responsible party accountable for the economic and non-economic losses he or she caused. Illinois wrongful death lawyer Rene Hernandez can fight for maximum compensation in your case.

Who Can Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim in Illinois?

The wrongful death claim must be brought by the personal representative who has been appointed by the deceased individual in his or her will. If no one was listed in the will to serve in this role, the court can appoint a personal representative. Typically, this person will be the spouse, parent or adult child of the deceased individual. The personal representative brings the case on behalf of the estate of the decedent.

What Damages Are Compensable in an Illinois Wrongful Death Claim?

Monetary damages may be awarded to provide compensation to the next of kin for their losses for the following:

  • Lost financial support due to the death
  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Direct economic losses suffered due to the death
  • Loss of affection, companionship, love and emotional support
  • Mental suffering, grief and sorrow

If you lost a loved one in a tragic accident, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.