Has a family member been killed due to the negligence of someone else? If so, you may have the right to receive just compensation. In fact, you could have several rights under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act which you might not be aware of. Here are some of the most common questions and answers on the subject, from your Oswego wrongful death lawyer.
Q. Can anyone file a claim for wrongful death?
A. If your spouse, child, or parent, was killed as a result of negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to file.
Q. Do I need to hire an Oswego wrongful death lawyer?
A. Legally you do not have to hire the services of an attorney. However, it is highly recommended to consult with an experienced legal professional on the matter. A lawyer can help you decide if you have a valid case and will be there to represent you in court. Also, your attorney knows how to negotiate with people and insurance companies, and can get you the best possible settlement.
Q. What kind of damages can I sue for?
A. You can receive compensation for three different types of damages.
1. Economic or monetary damages – when someone who financially supports their family is killed, the family may be awarded damages in the form of lost wages for the rest of the deceased lifetime. This ensures children and all dependents are properly taken care of.
2. Personal loss – when you lose a loved one, it leaves a huge void in your life. This loss of companionship and affection can be given a monetary value, and awarded in a settlement.
3. Punitive damages – these damages are awarded in the form of punishment for wrongdoing. For example, if the responsible person inflicted injury with malice or lack of concern for others welfare, this could be considered a flagrant violation and penalties in the form of monetary damages can be awarded, and at times they can be significant.
Q. How much will it cost to hire a Oswego wrongful death lawyer?
A. It costs nothing to make an appointment to see your attorney. The initial consultation is free and we also provide free second opinion consultations to clients. You will not have to pay for our services unless you receive compensation for your claim. Your fees will be a percentage of the settlement, so you risk nothing by seeking legal advice and pursuing the case as far as you can. If you lose the case, you pay no legal fees.