Losing a loved one in an accident is an unspeakable tragedy that touches every aspect of life for the family members left behind. When negligence or reckless behavior contributed to the accident that caused the death, it is even harder to make sense of the loss.
If you find yourself in this situation, your family could be entitled to compensation related to the accident that your loved one suffered. The experienced fatal accident lawyers of Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg are ready to help you through the process of your fatal accident claim with both sensitivity and dedication.
Fatal Accident Statistics
Illinois recorded around 1,200 fatalities from vehicle accidents in 2020, the highest number since 2007. An average of three people in Illinois die in a traffic accident every day. Although fatal accidents make up only one percent of all accidents, their impact cannot be minimized.
Will County has the second-highest rate of accidents in the state, with Cook County in the lead. The area of Interstate 80 between Larkin Avenue and Route 30 is the most dangerous stretch in the Joliet area. Data shows that most fatalities occur on highways and city streets in urban areas.
Wrongful Death in Illinois
Illinois law states that “Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect or default, and the act, neglect or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages,” the person or entity that caused the death can be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.
After a fatal car accident, the immediate family members of the deceased person can file a wrongful death claim if negligent or reckless behavior of another caused the accident and contributed to the death.
A personal representative of the deceased person, whether named by that person before they died or appointed by the court, can file a wrongful death claim to recoup the damages that the accident victim suffered as well as their own. This is usually an immediate family member of the deceased such as a spouse, parent or adult child, and the compensation received is for the benefit of their dependents.
Potential Damages in a Fatal Accident Claim
Some of the damages that are available in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
• Grief and emotional pain
• Loss of love and support of a parent
• Loss of financial support of a spouse
• Loss of companionship
• Medical expenses
• Funeral and burial costs
• More, depending on the specific situation
There are time limits for filing a wrongful death claim in court. After a fatal accident, the family has either two years from the date of the car accident or one year from the date of death, whichever date will be later. Sometimes an accident may occur months or years before the victim succumbs to their injuries, and this gives their family a path to compensation for damages even if the initial two-year statute of limitations for car accident and personal injury cases has lapsed. Failure to file a claim within the given time could result in the court dismissing the lawsuit.
The Briskman Guarantee
At Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg, we know you have a choice when it comes to selecting a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney. That is why we have created the Briskman guarantee, which is a six-part promise that we make to each of our clients:
1. You will receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
2. Because we do not use call screeners, you will speak with an attorney when you call our office.
3. You will never have to pay a fee unless we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
4. We will always treat you with courtesy and respect.
5. We will keep you advised of all significant developments in your case.
6. We will promptly return your calls and emails.
The Briskman guarantee represents our firm’s commitment to our clients and their families. Other firms may claim to put their clients first, but our client testimonials and track record of success speak for themselves.
Joliet Fatal Accident Attorneys on Your Side
If you have lost a family member in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, the dedicated Illinois personal injury lawyers at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg can help.
With over 30 years of experience advocating on behalf of injury victims and their families, we know what it takes to succeed on behalf of our clients. When you invite us to work on your case, we will fight for your family’s rights with sensitivity and determination, keeping you informed every step of the way.
As a part of the Briskman Guarantee, your initial consultation is free. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay us when we successfully get compensation for you or your family. To learn more, call 1-877-595-4878 to schedule a free consultation today. Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg has locations in Joliet and Chicago to serve you better.