Carbondale Wrongful Death Attorneys
We all know that life is fragile, but no matter how often we hear stories about people dying relatively young, we still assume that the people we are closest to will live well into old age, and that we will be able to grow old together as a family with children, parents, and grandchildren. But occasionally, a tragedy strikes that shatters our dreams. When you lose a loved one, it is incredibly difficult to move on with your life, and to envision a different future, particularly if you depended upon the deceased individual financially and emotionally.
While every fatal accident is devastating, when it is caused by someone else’s carelessness, the grief can be especially difficult to handle. However, when a death is caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another person, it may be possible to obtain compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. The Marion wrongful death lawyers at the Prince Law Firm have more than two decades of experience assisting the families of wrongful death victims in obtaining damages for the injuries they have suffered. We can thoroughly evaluate your case, and help you determine if you have a valid wrongful death claim.
What is Wrongful Death?
“Wrongful death” is a specific legal claim brought by next-of-kin to recover compensation for the death of an individual that has been caused by wrongful means. Such cases frequently arise in the context of:
- Car accidents;
- Industrial or construction accidents;
- Nursing home negligence or abuse;
- Medical malpractice;
- Defective or dangerous products; or
- Other causes.
Essentially, a wrongful death action may be brought if the deceased could have brought a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant had he or she survived. In other words, even though the deceased individual is the actual victim and cannot personally bring the claim, the law recognizes that the wrongdoer should nevertheless be held liable. Accordingly, since the spouse or other next-of-kin is also harmed by the death—because they are deprived of the financial, emotional, and personal benefits they received from the deceased—these individuals may be entitled to specific damages for their loss, including compensation for:
- Direct costs, such as medical expense outlays and funeral costs;
- Loss of companionship and protection;
- Lost support, such as present and future income;
- Lost services, such as household and childrearing assistance;
- Grief, sorrow, and mental anguish suffered by the next-of-kin; and
- Any pain and suffering the deceased may have experienced prior to death.
Helping You Seek Justice & Security for Your Family
At the Prince Law Firm, we know that money damages can never compensate you for the loss of someone you love. But we also know that the hardship and grief you are forced to endure as a result of losing a family member can be exacerbated by the financial difficulties that often accompany the loss, particularly if the deceased individual provided your home with support, help, and comfort. A wrongful death lawsuit can mitigate some of the financial consequences of your loss. It may also bring a sense of justice and finality to your family by seeking to hold the negligent party responsible for the suffering they have caused.
If you have recently lost a spouse, child, or parent in a fatal accident, call the experienced and trustworthy Southern Illinois personal injury attorneys at the Prince Law Firm, located in Marion, Illinois. As difficult as it is in the midst of your grief, your family’s future well being may well depend upon taking prompt action to seek the financial support you are entitled to. We can help you address the burdens that your tragic loss has created through forceful and effective legal advocacy.
The Prince Law Firm welcomes clients from numerous local communities including Carbondale, Herrin, Murphysboro, Harrisburg, Marion, and Benton. Call us today at (618) 997-2111, or use the online consultation form to set up a free consultation. You will be charged no legal fees unless we recover damages for you.