By legal definition, wrongful death is when a person loses his or her life as the result of a willful or negligent action undertaken by another party. Each state may have different statutes regarding wrongful death and what is deemed appropriate for a wrongful death lawsuit. We at Chicago Dog Bite Lawyers understand the laws that apply to each client’s case and are able to determine the likelihood of winning a case.
Who is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit related to a dog bite or attack?
Those who are able to file a lawsuit for wrongful death may be a spouse, children, next of kin or parents. Children usually file wrongful death lawsuits in the event of a parent’s unfortunate death and a parent will file if a child is killed as a result of another person’s willful negligence. In many cases of wrongful death, the spouse may choose to file a suit as well.
Compensation for surviving family members of person killed in a dog attack
Every year, approximately 35 people die from injuries sustained due to dog bites and attacks. When a dog or pack of dogs kills a person, Illinois law allows the family of the deceased person to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the dog owner. Pursuant to the elements of a wrongful death lawsuit and survival action, the family of a deceased can recover compensation for their emotional grief, lost income, funeral expenses and even the pain the individual experienced from the time of the attack to the time of his or her death.
Legal rights for families of the deceased under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act
If your loved one has been hurt or killed in a dog attack, we understand the pain that you may be going through in order to recover from your loss. Chicago Dog Bite Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover the maximum damages that you are entitled to under the wrongful death law of Illinois. We have free legal consultations and are available to serve you around the clock.