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Request An Investigation After A Fatality

if your loved one died in a car accident, nursing home negligence incident, or slip-and-fall accident, you and your family are likely facing many difficulties, including:

  • Emotional pain
  • Financial losses
  • Legal questions about liability and compensation

You may feel overwhelmed by the combination of the normal mourning over a close family member’s death and the practical considerations that may indicate the importance of a wrongful death investigation.

At Marker & Crannell in Naperville and Aurora, our trial lawyers have more than 35 combined years of experience representing injured people and surviving family members. We are available to answer your questions, such as those below, about your potential wrongful death case.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

We hope for the opportunity to personalize our answers to these and other questions you may have about a potential wrongful death case.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois?

Unlike the case in some states where family members can file wrongful death lawsuits, in Illinois, this right rests with the personal representative (executor) of the estate.

How is wrongful death defined in Illinois?

A wrongful death in this state is a fatality that resulted from someone else’s wrongful act, neglect or default. In any circumstances – such as a car accident – in which an injured person could have brought a personal injury claim, then a deceased person’s estate can bring a wrongful death claim.

Is there a time limit on filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit in Illinois?

A wrongful death claim may be filed within these time periods:

  • Two years after a fatal accident
  • Five years after an act of violent intentional conduct
  • One year after the conclusion of a criminal murder case or another criminal case associated with someone’s death

Resolve any doubts by getting legal advice as soon as possible.

What can survivors recover in a settlement?

Dollar amounts will vary, but the recovery in a wrongful death settlement in Illinois has to do with the following losses:

  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of consortium, specific to the marital relationship
  • Loss of education and guidance that the deceased person would have continued to provide to minor children
  • Grief, sorrow and mental suffering

An experienced attorney will make a great difference in how your settlement or verdict is calculated after the accidental or intentional death of a loved one.

What makes your law firm the one to call in the western suburbs of Chicago after an accidental death?

We are local attorneys with more than 35 combined years of experience among us. We have recovered millions of dollars for clients since our firm’s founding in 2013. Two of us were born and raised in Naperville.

Our legal careers have focused on helping the injured and bereaved recover compensation through personal injury and wrongful death claims. We consider the residents of this area to be our neighbors and treat each one with respect and empathy.

Reach Out For Guidance After A Loved One’s Fatal Injury

Get a conversation started with one or more of our attorneys about a potential wrongful death lawsuit after your loved one’s fatal accident or attack. Was it a fatal car accident or an instance of fatal medical malpractice? Get the information and help that you need now to answer these and related questions.

To schedule a free consultation about the legal ramifications of a fatal injury, call Marker & Crannell in Naperville or Aurora at 630-912-6009 or send an email inquiry. If you would like to bypass the initial intake process, we give you the option of completing this form prior to our meeting.