When a loved one dies from medical neglect, the family usually experiences many emotions, including anger and grief. The family may also debate whether to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. They will have many questions.
The Chicago medical malpractice wrongful death lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., represent medical malpractice victims and those who have lost loved ones to medical or hospital negligence. Below are questions that surviving family members often pose to our attorneys.
Keep in mind, however, that every case has its own set of unique facts and legal issues. To discuss the specific circumstances of your case, call us today at 855-611-1015 or use our online form. We provide free, no-obligation consultations. We have offices in Chicago and Waukegan, and we represent clients throughout Illinois, including Cook and Lake counties.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we believe that a lack of funds should never prevent a surviving family member from pursuing justice following the death of a loved one. Our Chicago wrongful death accident lawyers provide free initial consultations, and we represent clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing for our legal services unless we are able to secure a verdict or settlement for you. To learn more, call us today at (888) 616-4334 or complete our convenient online form.
A wrongful death accident occurs when a person or business commits a negligent or intentional act that causes a person to die. A wrongful death accident lawsuit is a lawsuit brought by the victim’s surviving family members to recover money from the wrongdoer. The money that can be recovered includes compensation for economic and non-economic losses, such as loss of financial support, love, care, comfort, supervision, guidance, household assistance and general society.
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the surviving spouse and the next of kin of the decedent, including children, parents and siblings. An attorney can determine which family members may be entitled to compensation and structure the lawsuit accordingly.
A wide variety of events can cause wrongful deaths. The most common are:
Money damages are meant to compensate a person for the loss of a loved one. A jury may award compensation with reference to the pecuniary injuries resulting from the death, including damages for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering.
A wide variety of acts can cause the wrongful death of a patient. The most common acts of medical malpractice and hospital negligence are:
In a medical malpractice wrongful death matter, the victim’s spouse and next of kin may recover money. The eligible family members are listed in the Illinois Wrongful Death Act and include children, parents and siblings.
Surviving family members of wrongful death victims can be compensated for economic and non-economic losses, including loss of financial support, love, care, comfort, supervision, guidance, household assistance and general society. Surviving family members may also be compensated for their own personal grief and suffering. Surviving children may recover damages for the loss of instruction, moral training and education they would have received had their parent lived.
A family may sue the person or entity whose wrongful act, neglect, or default caused the death to occur. For example, a family could sue a doctor, nurse, hospital, anesthesiologist and any other medical professional involved in the patient’s treatment. A lawyer can hire an expert to determine how the death occurred and who should be held responsible for the victim’s death.
Most medical negligence cases in Illinois, including hospital negligence cases, must be brought within two years of the victim’s death. But, a family should not wait until this two-year deadline approaches before contacting a lawyer. Lawyers need time to investigate complicated medical malpractice cases.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our mission is to seek justice for the families of wrongful death victims regardless of their financial circumstances. That’s why our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers provide free initial consultations and do not charge for our legal services unless we secure a verdict or settlement on your behalf. To learn how we can assist you, call us today at 312-372-1227 or fill out our online form. We have offices in Chicago and Waukegan, and we represent clients throughout Illinois, including Cook and Lake counties
In a wrongful death accident case, the surviving family member files a lawsuit against the person or entity whose negligence, wrongdoing or default caused the death. Depending on the cause of the death, the responsible party could include:
While some exceptions apply, most wrongful death accident lawsuits must be filed within two years of the victim’s death. If you are considering filing a wrongful death action, however, do not delay. These complicated lawsuits take time to develop. The sooner an attorney can begin working on a case, the better.