Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act is an incredibly painful experience. While nothing can truly compensate you for the loss of a family member, Illinois law allows surviving family members to seek justice and financial compensation through wrongful death claims. A civil lawsuit may be brought by the deceased person’s estate or a representative of their surviving family members. An attorney who has experience representing clients in these types of cases can provide guidance on who can pursue a wrongful death claim, the time limits for when a lawsuit can be filed, and the types of damages that can be recovered.
Eligible Family Members
Under Illinois law, certain specific family members are entitled to file a wrongful death claim. These include: