Geneva Wrongful Death Lawyers
Help Loved Ones Find Closure in DeKalb & Kane Counties
The unexpected death of a loved one due to an accident or act of negligence is one of the worst tragedies an individual can endure. The sense of loss, grief, and pain are often too great, rendering you unable to navigate through dense legal documents and terminology. At Turner & Sackett Law Offices, we understand the hardships associated with wrongful death. That is why we are so passionate about helping clients fight for the compensation they deserve.
Since 1981, Turner & Sackett Law Offices have been privileged to represent families throughout DeKalb and Kane Counties in wrongful death claims. Our compassionate legal team is dedicated to providing personalized attention and care to get you the results you deserve.
For a free consultation concerning your wrongful death case, call our wrongful death attorneys in Geneva at (800) 653-0198 or contact us through our secure online form.
Defining Wrongful Death
Wrongful death is considered any act that results in a fatality due to another’s negligent or intentional actions. This can also include fatalities resulting from defective products or dangerous premises.
Common accidents, injuries, and incidents that can result in wrongful death claims include:
- Nursing home abuse and negligence resulting in death from choking, malnutrition, fractures, or other forms of suffering
- Dangerous drugs and medical devices where side effects are unknown to the patient
- Car accidents caused by the negligence of another person, such as a drunk or distracted driver
- Motorcycle accidents caused by negligent vehicle drivers
- Negligent security that results in any fatalities of people lawfully on a property
- Slip and fall accidents that result in fatalities
- Premises liability accidents such as fires or drownings
- Dog bites that result in death
Filing Wrongful Death Claims in DeKalb & Kane Counties
In Illinois, the only parties entitled to recovery from the responsible parties are the surviving spouse and/or the next of kin. Compensation claims may be pursued to cover pain and suffering, loss of future income and benefits, funeral and other death-related expenses, and loss of companionship.
Should there be no surviving spouse or next of kin, damages are for the sole benefit of:
- Personal representatives as reimbursement for estate administration and related performed duties up to $900 plus reasonable attorney’s fees; and/or
- The parties who provided medical or surgical services in conjunction with the deceased’s last illness or injury up to $450; and/or
- The parties who provided hospital services related to the deceased’s last illness or injury up to $450
For wrongful death that was the result of negligence, spouses and/or next of kin must take legal action within two years of the date of the death.
Our wrongful death lawyers in Geneva help answer some of your most common questions.
How long does it take to settle a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death cases can be extremely complicated and on average take several years to reach a settlement. Our firm focuses on getting you the results you need, not rushing through a case. In some cases, a quick settlement can often mean that the insurance company is getting away with paying much less than they should. Don't risk results for speed! Contact our firm for quality representation.
What is the average wrongful death settlement in Illinois?
The factors taken into account when calculating a wrongful death settlement are the following: medical expenses for your lost loved one, funeral expenses, lost earnings, emotional damage or loss of consortium, and punitive damages. While the monetary value may differ from case to case, these are the factors generally taken into account.
Who is considered "next of kin" in Illinois?
Next of kin will depend on who is the closest surviving relative of the deceased. First, there is the spouse and/or surviving children. If there are neither, the next in line would be parents or siblings. If there are no surviving parents or siblings the next of kin would be other surviving relatives.
Contact us by calling (800) 653-0198 today. We offer free consultations with our Geneva wrongful death attorneys.
What is the average settlement for a personal injury?
Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. This means that personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.
What evidence is needed for a personal injury claim?
Necessary evidence can vary case by case depending on the specifics of your situation. However, one of the most helpful pieces of evidence is your medical records. If you can prove that you sought medical attention for a serious injury after an accident, you are more likely to receive compensation to cover the expenses associated with said injury. Other helpful evidence includes any photographs of the accident scene, accident reports, witness statements, insurance forms, receipts, and any other physical evidence related to the injury.
What is the personal injury statute of limitations in Illinois?
Under state law, the statute of limitations (or deadline) for most personal injury claims in Illinois is two years from the date of the accident. However, for claims against governmental agencies, there are special limitation periods that may be as short as a year. You should always consult with an attorney on what particular limitations period might apply to your claim. You should seek legal help immediately, as a delay may be fatal to your claim. Unless you have a special exception, your claim will be thrown out if you attempt to file after the limitations period has passed.
Because every personal injury claim is different, it is difficult to determine an average settlement. A victim who lost a limb will likely need to receive more in medical expenses than someone who broke an arm, for instance. Although personal injury claims tend to average anywhere between $3000 to $75,000—an extremely broad range—there may be significant economic and noneconomic factors in your individual case that may indicate that your particular claim would be valued at a significantly higher figure at trial in front of a jury. An attorney can help you estimate your unique losses based on the facts of your case. The knowledge of an attorney experienced in jury verdict value is extremely important. You should be entitled to make up for your specific losses at the very least.
What qualifies as a personal injury?
A personal injury generally refers to any bodily injury sustained in an accident, from minor bruises to severe brain trauma. The most common personal injury claims arise from harm sustained from traffic wrecks, slip and fall accidents, defective products, dangerous property conditions, and medical malpractice.