Injuries happen every day. Illinois residents may be accident-prone and may inflict harm upon themselves through clumsiness and inattention. They may also suffer injuries and losses when the negligence and recklessness of others impacts them and subjects them to suffering.
The losses that a victim sustains due to another person’s wrongful actions may be compensable through personal injury litigation. A victim may sue to recover their damages, which can include their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
However, when a victim dies due to the harm they are forced to endure by another person, they are no longer alive to pursue their losses. In such tragic situations, wrongful death actions may be appropriate. Wrongful death claims arise when personal injury victims die and their loved ones are left to rebuild their lives.
For example, if a parent dies their children may benefit from the damages awarded in a wrongful death claim; how wrongful death awards are distributed is subject to Illinois state law and should be discussed with personal injury attorneys.
Filing a lawsuit after the death of a loved one may feel difficult and families may struggle to know what they may and may not do to pursue compensation after burying someone they love. The Law Office of Van-Lear Eckert, located in Belleville, Illinois, offers compassionate guidance and support to families that are reeling after saying goodbye to members who perished in wrongful death accidents. While there is no way to bring back someone who was taken too soon by the negligent acts of another person, litigation may avail survivors to damages than can help them work to restart their broken lives.