Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, please accept our sincere condolences. Chances are that you are trying to deal with the emotional loss and, if your loved one provided financial support in the household, also trying to figure out how to make ends meet without that support. Granted, no amount of money will replace your loss, but a wrongful death action may bring you closure and compensation may ease the burden of financial strain.

Jerome Foreman & Associates, P.C., is a Chicago Metro Area personal injury law firm specializing in representing next of kin in wrongful death cases. With over 30 years of successful prosecution of personal injury cases, we understand the devastation an unexpected and sudden death brings upon a family. Our firm will gently and competently guide you through the legal process. You can rest assured that your wrongful death claim is in trusted hands so that you can go about the healing process and rebuilding your life.

The Details on Wrongful Death

A wrongful death suit is an action for negligence, meaning that if someone else’s actions wrongfully caused the injuries or event that led to the death of your loved one, they can be held liable. Although the individual actually injured by the defendant’s wrongful actions cannot themselves bring an action for negligence, the law explicitly gives the surviving family members the right to bring forth the decedent’s action.

The amount of damages awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit is called pecuniary damages, meaning the amount of financial loss that the death has caused. To decide this, courts often consider such things as the decedent’s earnings and savings, how financially dependent the survivors were on the decedent, and funeral and medical expenses.

If you have questions about a potential Chicago Metro Area wrongful death claim, please feel free to contact our firm for a free initial consultation. There is no need to worry about attorney fees because we work on a contingency basis. If we do not make a recovery on your behalf, we do not collect attorney fees. At Jerome Foreman & Associates, P.C., you are the most important person in our office.