In extreme cases, tragic personal injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product defects, or workplace accidents can be fatal. The families of victims of such deadly accidents may have a wrongful death cause of action if the death of their loved one was the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional misconduct of a third party.
Only certain individuals having close ties with the deceased are entitled to file a claim for wrongful death. Such individuals generally include the surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries, or dependents of the deceased. Family members can recover financial loss for medical bills, lost wages, and loss of companionship of the deceased. They may also be able to recover punitive damages, which, unlike compensation, is an award amount designed to serve as a means to punish the party responsible.
In Illinois and Indiana, any wrongful death cause of action must be filed within two years of the date of death. If you have lost a loved one due to third party misconduct, you may have the right to file a claim for wrongful death. Delay can prejudice your case and your chances for recovery and success. Contact Coffman Law Offices PC today to explore your options and work with an experienced attorney who can assist you.
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