Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Losing a family member or friend due to an accident is always emotionally difficult.  This is especially so if the death resulted from another person’s (or party’s) recklessness or negligence – or intentional acts. The trial lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group understand how emotionally difficult these situations are, and the accompanying many types of stress.

Elman Joseph Law Group represents the surviving family members (or other applicable persons) of victims who died in accidents caused by the negligent and/or reckless actions of another party.  In cases where the death of a person (referred to as the decedent) was the legal fault of another person, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed.  The party at fault may be a person, a company, another party, or a governmental agency.

One wrongful death lawsuit that the Elman Joseph Law Group settled was in March of 2020.  This $975,000 settlement regarded the death of a man by fire on Chicago’s South Side.  This $975,000 settlement is fully discussed in the “Elman Joseph Law Group Settles Chicago Wrongful Death Lawsuit For $975,000” post.

The types of accidents in which wrongful death lawsuits can be filed are numerous.  These include:

  • Fatal motorcycle accidents
  • Fatal car accidents
  • Fatal bicycle accidents
  • Fatal bus accidents
  • Fatal construction accidents
  • Fatal truck accidents
  • Death caused by a defective product
  • Fatal premises liability accidents, which include “slip & fall” accidents
  • Fatal work accidents
  • Death caused by medical malpractice or other negligent health care, such as that provided in a nursing home
  • Other types of fatal accidents

As seen on this site, many people have died during accidents that were the fault of another party.  These fatal accidents may be grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.

Examples of accidents that may lead to a successful wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Other motorists’ negligence causing a fatal accident.  For instance, in the case of a fatal motorcycle accident that happens when a motorist makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of a motorcycle, thereby causing a frontal collision between the other vehicle and motorcycle.  In these “failure to yield during a left turn” accidents – where the motorcyclist is either immediately killed or later dies from accident injuries – a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.
  • Other motorists driving while intoxicated:  Driving under the influence (DUI) on alcohol, or driving while impaired on drugs, has been a frequent cause of accidents, many fatal, in the Chicago area.  These collisions include those caused by “wrong-way drivers” that in many cases are either inebriated and/or “high” on drugs.  Often, collisions that occur between such impaired motorists and other vehicles are severe, as the motorist can be highly impaired and as such doesn’t possess the judgment and reflexes to slow down or otherwise avoid a serious accident.
  • Defective car components or car parts:  Defective components can cause the motorist to fatally crash.  While there are many parts and components on a vehicle that can cause a crash if they fail during use or are otherwise defective, one of the most critical components in a vehicle is the tires. Fatal accidents can occur during various types of tire failures, including tire blowouts.
  • Road debris:  Road debris can cause a crash if hit by a vehicle, and many of these accidents involving road debris have been fatal.  Road debris is particularly dangerous if it leads to a loss of control accident.  If such road debris causes a fatal accident, if some party was at fault for such road debris causing the accident, that party may be found liable for the fatal accident.  Such circumstances may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • A “head-on collision” that happens when one motorist loses control of the vehicle and crosses the center line, thereby striking an oncoming vehicle.  These types of loss of control accidents can happen for many reasons, including drowsy or distracted driving.  If the driver (or other vehicle occupant) in the oncoming vehicle dies during the accident (or later passes away from accident injuries from the crash) a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.

The reasons for such fatal accidents described above – as well as many others – may be grounds for filing a successful wrongful death lawsuit.  As with any accident, Elman Joseph Law Group’s personal injury lawyers can help you determine if the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit can and should be done.  As well, we will be able to indicate how much the monetary recovery may be (i.e. “how much the case is worth.”)

Many examples of fatal accidents that have happened in Lake County have been featured on this site.  Various wrongful death lawsuits that have been filed relating to Lake County and Chicago area accidents have been summarized in the wrongful death lawsuit posts.

As seen in these posts, these wrongful death suits have been filed in many types of fatal accidents, including motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, train accidents, car accidents, boating accidents, and other vehicle accidents.  The Lake County locations in which these accidents occurred include Highland Park, Deerfield, Grayslake, Lake Villa, and near Antioch.  Other locations include Chicago and Elmhurst.

There are many types of financial challenges that can accompany the death of an individual.  Of course, these challenges vary by each individual fatal accident.  For instance, if the person who died was a family’s primary wage earner, financial stresses to the family due to loss of income will likely jeopardize the family’s ability to financially support itself.  Other economic and non-economic damages may be applicable.

Our attorneys will protect your rights and allow you to receive the maximum possible wrongful death recovery.  We achieve this either through pursuing a suitable settlement, or, if such settlement offers are insufficient, by taking your Illinois wrongful death lawsuit to court.

We are experienced court trial lawyers.  Over the last 25+ years, Elman Joseph Law Group has established a reputation, based upon court verdicts achieved, as (highly) successful trial lawyers.  As a testament to the success Elman Joseph Law Group has achieved in court verdicts, many well-known Chicago law firms choose to have Elman Joseph Law Group take cases to court. 

The wrongful death lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group can help you determine whether the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate, after a thorough review of the specific characteristics of the fatal accident.

Elman Joseph Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for 25+ years.  During this time period, Elman Joseph Law Group has handled 10,000+ personal injury cases.  Elman Joseph Law Group has established a reputation, based upon court verdicts achieved, as being (highly) successful trial lawyers.

Elman Joseph Law Group works on personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency basis — meaning that clients are not charged legal fees unless and until the client receives compensation.

Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Joseph Law Group, offers a free legal consultation to those who are looking to file wrongful death cases.  During this consultation, he can discuss the process needed to get compensation, and also indicate how much your case may be worth.  Tony Elman can be reached anytime at (773) 392-8182.