When a car accident claims the life of an innocent person, the victim’s family may seek compensation from the at fault party, whether it is the other driver for negligent behavior or the auto manufacturer for defective equipment that failed to perform its purpose. While unable to bring the person back from the dead, a wrongful death suit can hold the at fault party accountable while providing for the victim’s family. The Chicago Injury Center’s car accident attorneys understand that losing a loved one is a tragic experience and it is our goal to represent your interests in a manner that reduces the amount of stress you need to bear in this difficult time.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
When the negligent actions of either another driver or an automotive company are what cause the death of another person, the responsible party may be found liable and made to provide compensation. Examples of cases that qualify for wrongful death lawsuits include the following.
- A driver under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances causes the death of another person.
- A driver’s actions are reckless and negligent leading to the accident that claimed another person’s life.
- Safety devices designed to save lives fail to deploy or work properly, resulting in the victim’s death.
- Defective parts or equipment cause or exacerbate injuries that result in a death.
Who May File a Claim?
In most cases, a wrongful death suit is filed by the victim’s immediate family members, such as his or her spouse, parents or children. In most cases, the victim’s spouse is the one to sue for wrongful death unless the victim is single— in which the parent or child files. If there is any confusion as to who should file the lawsuit, it is important to discuss the case with a qualified car accident attorney who can advise your family on who should file the lawsuit and how best to proceed with litigation.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident and feel that his or her death is the result of negligent actions on part of the other driver or defective equipment, contact the Chicago Injury Center today to schedule a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and explain your rights in greater detail. Our experienced and proven lawyers will fight effortlessly to make sure that the parties responsible for the death of your family member are held accountable and you are compensated fairly so that your family does not suffer financial hardship due to the loss of your loved one.
Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid unless we collect on your behalf so if for any reason we are unable to win your case or settle out of court in your best interest, our services will be free.