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Wrongful Death

There is nothing more devastating than losing a loved one. Wrongful death is defined as the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.

Leading Cause of Wrongful Death in Chicago | Distracted Drivers

One of the leading causes of wrongful death in Chicago, IL and the surrounding suburbs is motor vehicle accidents. In 2012 there were 956 deaths from motor vehicle accidents in Illinois alone. Read more. The advance of technology brings new dangers on the roads. One term you may have heard recently is distracted driving. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.

All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

In 2012, there were 3328 deaths in the United States from motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving. Read more. Sadly other causes of motor vehicle wrongful deaths in Chicago, Il and the surrounding suburbs are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving too fast for road and or weather conditions, and speeding to name a few. If your loved one has been the victim of wrongful death in Chicago, Il or the surrounding suburbs, please contact one of our Chicago wrongful death attorneys to discuss your case.

Wrongful Death Due to Faulty Products

Wrongful deaths can also be caused by faulty products or products that malfunction. If a product is poorly manufactured and does not function as it was intended it can result in death. There have been many reports in the news of wrongful deaths caused by faulty products such as defective auto tires, amusement rides, bounce houses, home appliances, nursery products and furniture, pools and spas, tip overs, and children’s toys to name a few.

Wrongful Death from Faulty Construction and or Maintenance

It isn’t just faulty products that can cause the wrongful death of a person. Faulty construction and or maintenance can also result in death. For example, in 2003 a porch in Chicago collapsed killing 13 people. After investigation, the city said the porch jutted out too far from the building, and was larger than allowed by city codes. Inspectors also said it did not have proper supports, had undersized wood flooring, and was attached with screws too small for the job. Read more.

If your loved one has been the victim of wrongful death in Chicago, IL, you will need an experienced Chicago wrongful death attorney to help you determine who can be held accountable and what compensation you may be entitled to. There are typically two causes of action in a wrongful death case. The first is a survival action. A survival action is a claim for the damages suffered by your loved one between the time of the incident or accident and death. The damages relate to pain and suffering, disability, medical expenses, and lost wages. Survival action claims are typically an asset of the estate of the deceased. The second cause of action is Wrongful death, which consist of the damages to the surviving spouse and or children and or next of kin of the deceased and is paid to the estate to be distributed to the spouse, children and or next of kin as directed by the court. The damages relate to loss of society, affection, companionship, services, and loss of financial support.

There are many facts which need to be analyzed in the pursuit of a wrongful death and survival action. Navigating the complicated legal process in the Chicago area requires an experienced wrongful death attorney. If your loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death in Chicago, Il or the surrounding suburbs, call the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman where an experienced wrongful death attorney can discuss your case to determine what courses of action are available to you.

By Daniel E. Goodman

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