Wrongful Death Lawyer

There is nothing more devastating than losing a family member unexpectedly. Whether the death was from an automobile accident, a work-related accident or any other occurrence, the loss can leave you numb with pain, anger, and confusion. As you work to sort through what to do next, you need to have someone who is looking out for your best interests. There is a funeral to be planned and other estate matters to attend to. The day-to-day functions still need to be taken care of and when the loss of that family member was the sole or majority financial provider, you can feel at a loss as to how to handle things. The law firm of Block, Klukas, Manzella & Shell is here for you. We serve Joliet and the surrounding cities of Mokena, New Lenox, Lockport and Plainfield with superior representation.

Working Through Devastation

It’s emotionally devastating to suddenly lose a loved one in a wrongful death situation. It doesn’t change what you still need to do to function and keep your family whole. Trying to understand the next steps as you pick up the pieces can be confusing. Accidents can be more than just accidents. If it’s proven the accident was through negligence or willful action to do harm, you have a case that needs to look at by a competent wrongful death attorney.

What Is Wrongful Death?

It can be a death caused by neglect or a person’s failure to act to prevent the death of another. It’s also a death that is caused by the actions of another. This type of action is called a wrongful death. It’s not considered a criminal act and the claims arising from a wrongful death are handled as a civil action.

Who Can Sue in a Wrongful Death Suit?

Normally, the surviving family members may sue because they have suffered the loss of their family member. Since the person who died in the wrongful death suit is unable to sue to collect damages, the family may do so. This is to cover the emotional and financial losses they have incurred due to the death of their loved one.

Who Can Be Sued in a Wrongful Death Suit?

If it can be proven a person’s actions or inaction through negligent caused the wrongful death, that person can be sued. There are many factors that are considered when making a wrongful death claim like the time between the action or inaction and the death of the decedent, as well as if the death would have occurred if no action were taken on the part of the defendant. Even if the decedent is found to be partially responsible for his death, there still may be damages awarded to the family, but it would be based upon the percentage of responsibility accounted by the decedent.

What Damages Can Be Claimed in a Wrongful Death Suit?

Damages for loss of wages the decedent would have made had the wrongful death not occurred can be requested, as well as loss of benefits, financial losses that stem from medical expenses the decedent incurred from the wrongful death. Funeral and burial expenses the family incurred from the death of their loved one can also be requested, as well as financial recompense for emotional distress and loss of companionship. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant for his gross negligent or intentional harm of the decedent.