Special state laws exist to provide for a remedy when there is a "wrongful death." These laws provide for specific money compensation for the heirs, or “survivors,” of a person who died because of the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another. Both Indiana and Illinois have special wrongful death statutes. There are many different causes of a “wrongful death,” such as: medical malpractice, defective products, plane crashes, truck accidents, car wrecks, on the job work injuries, and dangerous drugs are examples of the legally recognized bases for wrongful death claims.
Those that can claim wrongful death damages are defined by law, as well. Heirs of the decedent file the claim: heirs include the decedent’s surviving spouse, children, or parents. The decedent's estate representative may file a claim as well, on behalf of other heirs. Depending on the law that applies, wrongful death damages can include both economic damages (projected lifetime income, with no deduction for living expenses or income taxes, value of services, etc.) and non-economic ones (e.g., the enjoyment of living, pain & suffering). Heirs may also receive medical and funeral expenses.
The Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland personal injury law firm of Kenneth J. Allen Law Group represents those with legal rights to compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one under the following statutes:
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for legal damages as well as the right for justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland personal injury lawyers at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.