Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience. In addition to the emotional toll wrought by the death of a relative, there are also financial issues that can arise due to lost income. Fortunately, wrongful death claims give the family of the deceased legal recourse to help them receive compensation when their loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another party. If you think this may be the case, then be sure to ask your personal injury lawyer the following questions about wrongful death claims:
- What Are Wrongful Death Claims?
Wrongful death claims can help allay any fears you may have about your financial well-being after the loss of a loved one. In cases where the deceased family member was the primary breadwinner, wrongful death can lead to serious financial issues. Filing a claim is a way to help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.
- Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In the state of Illinois, only a spouse or next of kin are allowed to file a wrongful death claim. However, siblings and cousins do not have the right to file a wrongful death claim unless they have been named a personal representative of the decedent.
- What Do Wrongful Death Claims Cover?
When you file for a wrongful death claim, you can claim compensation for a variety of things. For example, damages from a wrongful death claim can include expenses related to death, loss of benefits and future income, the emotional damage of lost companionship, and in some cases even punitive damage.
If you have recently lost a loved one in an accident, consult a personal injury attorney immediately. To learn more about wrongful death claims, or to simply talk to an attorney about your situation, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. Our experienced attorneys will do everything they can to make your financial future secure following the wrongful death of a loved one.