CHICAGO WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEYS
Help for families in times of need.
Wrongful death lawsuits help families seek justice and can provide closure after a loved one dies as a result of negligence. While no amount of money could ever make up for the loss of a spouse, partner or relative, damages from a wrongful death lawsuit can alleviate the financial strain linked to a person’s untimely death. A settlement or verdict could cover funeral expenses, pay for medical bills incurred prior to the victim’s death or provide for future wages that would have gone to his or her family. Survivors in wrongful death cases can also seek damages for lost parental guidance, lost companionship and criminal negligence.
At Cavanagh Law Group, we understand the complexities involved in wrongful death cases. Our attorneys retain top medical and accident experts and rigorously investigate each claim. Our team previously obtained $13.7 million for a family that lost a son in a fatal car crash, $5.55 million following a deadly bus accident and $6.3 million in a wrongful death settlement that included a confidentiality clause. In 2019, the firm obtained a $3.6 million settlement in a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit involving an Illinois woman who died of a brain aneurysm after hospital staff failed to perform a necessary MRI.
About Cavanagh Law Group
Cavanagh Law Group has obtained more than $650 million in verdicts and settlements in Illinois and across the United States. Our veteran trial attorneys are aggressive advocates who practice every facet of personal injury law and take on cases of all sizes. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win. At Cavanagh Law Group, we pride ourselves on attentive customer service and being there for families in their times of need. Our well respected, award-winning attorneys are available 24/7 for your questions and concerns. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 312-425-1900.
Frequently Asked Questions
Call the police immediately and file a police report. Even if the damage was minor, it is essential to document what happened with a law enforcement agency. Take photos at the scene.
Never admit fault. Your testimony could be used against you at a later date. While you are required to speak to police, there is no obligation to talk to another person’s attorney or insurance company. Avoid providing written or oral statements.
Report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible — but don’t admit fault. Many insurance companies have rules requiring policyholders to report crashes within a certain timeframe. Check your policy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines.
Visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, it is imperative that a medical professional documents your injuries.
Hire an attorney. Cavanagh Law Group’s team of veteran trial attorneys will help you obtain maximum benefits through meticulous research, proven strategy and expert testimony.
Yes. Illinois has comparative negligence laws, which allow injured parties to have some degree of fault in an accident and still recover reduced damages. The amount of money recovered may be proportional to the degree to which a person is at fault. Insurance companies make determinations following interviews with witnesses and involved parties and a thorough review of the accident report.
Under Illinois law, people have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. That timeframe drops to one year if the claim is against a municipal government, such as a city or county.