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Wrongful Death Cases

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks monetary damages from someone whose negligence caused a death.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC represents the surviving family members (or other relevant persons) of victims (i.e. decedents) who died in accidents caused by the negligent and/or reckless actions of another person or party.  In cases where the death of a person was the legal fault of another person, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed.  The party at fault may be a person, a company, a governmental agency, or other entity.

Of note, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed for both accidents as well as intentional acts which result in death.

Whenever a family member, relative or friend is lost due to an accident it is a difficult situation.  This situation can be made even more difficult if the death was caused by the negligent, irresponsible or reckless actions of another person. The Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC is comprised of trial lawyers who understand how emotionally difficult these situations are, and the many difficulties inherent in these fatal accidents.

One example of a wrongful death lawsuit is one settled in March 2020.  This wrongful death lawsuit was settled by the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC for $975,000.  The case involved a man who died during an apartment fire on Chicago's South Side.  That wrongful death lawsuit is further discussed in the "Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC Settles Chicago Wrongful Death Lawsuit For $975,000" post.

The types of accidents or incidents in which wrongful death lawsuits can be filed are numerous.  These include fatalities involved in the following:

  • Motorcycle collisions
  • Car crashes
  • Bicycle crashes
  • Bus accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Accidents caused by an unsafe roadway
  • Use of defective products
  • Premises liability accidents, among those “slip & fall”
  • Work accidents
  • Those caused by medical malpractice or other incidents of negligent health care
  • Other types of accidents

Examples of accidents that may lead to a successful wrongful death lawsuit include:

A motorist's negligence causing fatal injuries to another person or persons:  For instance, a motorcycle accident may occur after a motorist makes a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  If a collision occurs and the motorcyclist is killed, there may be grounds for getting compensation for this death.  One of the primary determinations is if the accident is determined to be the fault of the motorist.

Other motorists driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired by drugs:  In the Chicago area, there have been many accidents causing death involving drunk drivers.  As well, over the last few years there has been substantial growth in accidents involving drug-impaired drivers.  Often, accidents involving these impaired drivers result in fatalities.  One type of accident in which impaired driving is often involved is "wrong-way driver" crashes.  In these crashes in which one party is plainly at fault for the fatality, a wrongful death case is often filed.

Other "head-on collisions":  When a driver crosses the center line there is potential for a "head-on collision" between that vehicle and an oncoming vehicle.  While these types of loss of control accidents can occur for various reasons, one reason is that the driver who crosses the center line is driving while distracted.  A short period of driver inattention can cause the driver to cross the center line.  Another possible cause for this type of crash is drowsy driving.  Such "head-on collisions" are often highly physically traumatic to all vehicle occupants, and the great physical forces often lead to life-threatening injuries.  If the driver (or other vehicle occupant) in the vehicle struck by the wayward driver dies due accident injuries, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.

Should you have a possible wrongful death case, please contact Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC, to receive a free legal consultation.  He can be reached at (773) 392-8182.  During this legal consultation, you can have your questions answered and get guidance as to how to proceed.  

The Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC is comprised of experienced trial lawyers.  Over the last 25+ years, we have handled over 10,000 personal injury cases.  Through this extensive experience, the Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC has established a reputation as being highly accomplished trial lawyers.  This court trial experienced has allowed many of our clients to receive more money than if they had accepted the settlement offer.

Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC works on personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency basis.  Clients are not charged legal fees unless and until the client gets compensation.

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