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If you have lost a loved one in an accident in Springfield, a personal injury lawyer can help. The wrongful death attorneys at The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers represent the families of people killed because of someone else’s negligence in Springfield and throughout Illinois. Contact our legal team to speak with a Springfield wrongful death lawyer about your potential claim.

What Is a Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. These claims are brought by the surviving family or the estate of the deceased, seeking compensation for their loss, emotional suffering, and financial hardships resulting from the untimely death.

What is NOT Considered Wrongful Death?

Not all deaths qualify for wrongful death claims. Natural causes, self-inflicted harm, or deaths from diseases where no negligence is involved typically are not grounds for these claims. Legal liability requires proof of another’s fault, which is absent in these situations.

Common Types of Accidents that Cause Wrongful Death in Springfield

In Springfield, wrongful deaths frequently result from various accidents. Tragic losses often occur due to:

  • Vehicular accidents
  • Pedestrian collisions
  • Medical malpractice or hospital negligence
  • Workplace accidents
  • Defective products causing a person’s death
  • Fires and electrical accidents

Whether it’s a car accident or medical malpractice, each case is unique and demands thorough investigation to determine the negligence that led to the loss of life.

Who Can Be Held Accountable for a Wrongful Death?

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Wrongful Death in Springfield Infographic
Several parties can be held accountable for wrongful death, including individuals, corporations, or government entities. The responsible parties vary by case and can include negligent drivers, medical professionals, manufacturers of harmful products, or employers who fail to ensure a safe workplace.

Types of Compensation for Wrongful Death Cases

Families in wrongful death cases may be entitled to receive damages for pre-death medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, emotional distress, and punitive actions against the negligent party.

Wrongful Death Act

The initial course of action in a wrongful death lawsuit is brought under the Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180/0.01, et al.). The Wrongful Death Act seeks to recover damages for:

  • Grief
  • Sorrow
  • Mental suffering

Survival Act

The second aspect of a wrongful death case aims to obtain compensation for survivorship through the application of the Survival Act (755 ILCS 5/27-6). The Survival Act can seek damages for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of a normal life
  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills and other medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In Illinois, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate is typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of surviving family members. If the deceased has a legally binding will that designates an executor, then the executor assumes the role of the personal representative.

In the event that the deceased individual has not created a will or if their existing will is deemed invalid, the court will designate an administrator, typically a party with a vested interest such as a family member.

What Is My Case Worth?

The value of a wrongful death claim in Springfield varies significantly depending on specific case factors like the income of the deceased, the circumstances of the accident, and the relationship to the beneficiaries.

Contact a Springfield Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

After your devastating loss, contact our Springfield wrongful death attorneys today. At The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers, we offer compassionate and dedicated legal representation to help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.

Free Consultation

Get in touch with our law firm for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options with a wrongful death attorney. Our wrongful death lawyers are experienced in this type of personal injury claim and can offer the support your need during this difficult time.

Britt C.

Andrew Kryder went above and beyond to help me out with a case that I brought to him. He was prompt, attentive, and extremely thorough. It was a pleasure to work with him!

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