Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when companies or individuals are negligent or demonstrate misconduct in their duties to others. The death must cause financial, physical and/or emotional loss for the victim's survivors.

We understand that money won’t bring your loved ones back. Wrongful death cases can sometimes provide replacement for lost income, compensation for grief and sorrow, and hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. 

If you’ve lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, you should contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Lawyers experienced in wrongful deaths know how to assist you in gathering all necessary information and bring the case to litigation.

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A A wrongful death case is typically brought by the Estate of the deceased person. In Illinois, there is also a provision for a Special Administrator in some cases. If an Estate hasn’t been opened yet, we can help you do that.
A Depending on the state, wrongful death proceeds are distributed among the next of kin based on the proportion of the loss of monetary benefits, services, society & companionship, and grief and suffering of that loved one.
A In Illinois a Survival Act case provides damages for the injuries a person suffered after a negligent act, but before their death. For example, if someone was hit by a car but didn’t die right away, a Survival Act case could compensate the Estate for the pain and suffering that person experienced after the crash but before they died.
A Each case depends on its own facts. Anyone who hears a little bit about your case and tells you what it’s worth doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The value of each case depends on many things – liability (whose fault was it), the severity of the injury, the amount of monetary damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc), the permanency of the injury, and many other things. With personal injury and medical malpractice cases, it can be difficult to predict what a jury would do. When we accept a case, we will let you know once the case is ready for potential settlement what we think a reasonable verdict range is, and then we will help you decide whether to settle the case or take it to trial.
A Each case is different. Some cases come into our office and are resolved in a few weeks – some take several years. Again, this depends on the nature of the case and severity of the injuries. In many cases we want to wait until you heal up before we try to get the case resolved. In other cases, that simply isn’t possible. We pursue all of our cases diligently – we want to get them done for you quickly and efficiently – but we don’t sacrifice quality to get them done fast.
A In most cases, we don’t charge money up front. We typically work on a contingent fee – meaning that we get a percentage of whatever we get you. When we do that, we don’t charge you if we lose the case. We also don’t make you pay for case costs along the way. If we win or settle, those costs come out of your settlement. If we lose, you don’t owe us anything for costs. In some cases, we charge an hourly rate – usually because the case hopefully won’t take a lot of time and it would be unfair for us to charge a percentage of a relatively easily recovery. Either way, we discuss all fee issues with you up front before you sign up with us.
A We will talk to you about your case on the phone to see if we can help you. We won’t give you legal advice or tell you what to do when you first call us because we frankly won’t know enough about the case to give you the type of advice you deserve. If you come in to meet with us, you don’t owe us anything for the initial visit.
A In any serious case, it’s usually a good idea to have an attorney. Of course, we turn down cases nearly every day where we can’t help the person. Why do we do that? Because if we took those cases, the client wouldn’t be happy and we wouldn’t be happy (and frankly probably wouldn’t make any money). Call us, and we will do our best to tell you if you need an attorney. As for why you should pick us? We believe our bios and our success record speak for themselves.
A No. While there are some great lawyers in Chicago, there are great lawyers right here in the Quad Cities. Look at our resumes and speak with us before you call someone from out of the area. We think you’ll find that we have the experience, skills, and personal touch you are looking for.

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