A Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorney in Chicago
Brian Lewis has fiercely pursued justice and represented the rights of families in wrongful death cases for over 25 years. If your family has suffered a loss, turn to the dedicated and compassionate service of Brian Lewis.
Brian Lewis Is A Wrongful Death Attorney
With A Proven Track Record
Brian is a tireless, trial-ready advocate for his clients. He won’t settle with an insurance company until he’s certain you are getting every penny you’re entitled to.
Settlement after an intoxicated driver killed a five-year-old child, Brian’s negotiations won this settlement.
Verdict for the death of a 73-year-old man in a hospital.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is when another person’s negligence, default, or wrongful act leads to someone else’s death. It is not a criminal case. Wrongful death lawsuits are similar to personal injury cases. However, a personal representative brings the case rather than the victim, who is unable to due to their tragic death.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Nothing can replace a life that was cut short. However, bringing a wrongful death lawsuit is an important step towards finding justice and closure when you and your family have suffered a loss. Compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can cover:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income
Wrongful death lawsuit compensation also provides for non-economic factors. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of love, companionship, and affection
How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Illinois
A wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois is brought by a representative, usually a loved one of the deceased. This can be someone named in a will if there is one (e.g., an executor) or by another person, usually a surviving spouse or adult child. Lewis Law Firm will help your family identify the best person to be the representative of the estate for purposes of filing a wrongful death action.
Additionally, there is a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death cases in Illinois. Therefore, it’s important to begin the process as soon as you can. This will give you and your attorney as much time as possible to establish the four critical elements of wrongful death cases:
First, it must be established that a duty or responsibility existed. A simple example is that everyone on the road has the responsibility to drive safely.
Next, it must be demonstrated that the duty was breached. An example of a breached duty could be a driver getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Then it must be shown that the death was caused by the breach of that duty. For example, failing to yield at a stop sign could have directly led to a motorist killing a pedestrian.
Finally, a wrongful death case must demonstrate that you have suffered a loss, be it financial or emotional.
It takes a long time to settle wrongful death lawsuits. However, when you work with a lawyer who is passionate about justice, you can trust that your rights are being upheld throughout the process, no matter how long it takes.
Brian Lewis Can Help You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If you have suffered a loss due to someone’s negligence, take the first step toward justice. Contact Brian Lewis today for a free one-on-one consultation.