When you lose a loved one suddenly and tragically, your family can suffer deeply. We know that nothing can erase the trauma of this tragedy. We hope that it does bring you some peace of mind that a Chicago fatal accident lawyer may be able to hold the liable party accountable.
Our lawyers at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you seek compensation and justice for your loved one. We take care of the legal issues and details while you focus on your well-being and your family.
Please call us today so that we may begin working on your behalf. Call (800) 794-0444 for your free case review.
Why Call a Fatal Accident Lawyer
You might not be thinking about liability or recoverable losses right now. If someone’s negligence caused your loved one’s demise, it is your legal right to try to hold that party accountable for your losses. Some of these losses extend into the future. If your loved one was the primary breadwinner in your family, you could be faced with a lower quality of life or economic hardship.
A Chicago fatal accident lawyer can determine who caused the accident that took your loved one’s life so that you may seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other losses.
You have suffered enough. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to help you pursue compensation and justice for your loss.
How We Serve Your Family
Sometimes it is simple to identify who or what caused a fatal car accident. When the answer is not as simple as a drunk driver or another specific cause, further investigation can help.
Our fatal accident lawyers can:
- Collect evidence from the accident scene, including photos, videos, or physical evidence.
- Review witness statements and follow-up with additional questions, if necessary.
- Obtain copies of police and accident reports.
- Secure cell phone records (for example, if the defendant was texting at the time of the collision).
- Review electronic data from each vehicle.
- Obtain expert testimony from engineers who can reconstruct or explain the most likely scenario and timeline of the accident.
Your loved one deserves justice if someone’s careless act contributed to their death. We will do all we can to hold the liable person accountable and get you the maximum in recoverable damages.
For a free legal consultation with a fatal accidents lawyer serving Chicago, call (800) 794-0444
Wrongful Death Compensation
Illinois recognizes that surviving family members have the right to pursue compensation from the liable party. These rights are explained in the Illinois Wrongful Death Act.
Depending on your case, you may be entitled to awards, including:
- Economic losses from income, benefits, or annuities
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of consortium, companionship, support, or guidance
- Other expenses, such as medical bills for your loved one until passing
- Mental suffering
If Pintas & Mullins Law Firm files a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf, you can have the chance to focus on your health and recovery.
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How We Evaluate Losses
A Chicago fatal accident lawyer with our firm can carefully assess your situation to obtain a fair and accurate value for your losses. While some losses are straightforward, such as compensation for the cost of burial, others are more complex.
The insurance company and the court will consider certain factors for wrongful death compensation, including:
- The age and gender of your loved one
- Your loved one’s professional or work history, salary, and expected career trajectory
- Number of surviving family members are dependents who relied solely on your loved one for financial support
There are many elements in a fatal accident case. We can take care of these details so that you may focus on your loved ones.
Statute of Limitations in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
You have about two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to decide if you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You should know that many times our lawyers can successfully negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. However, the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is an award-winning firm that has won many times in court.
We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if the other side will not negotiate in good faith.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Illinois requires that a personal representative of the deceased pursue damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. It is your right to hire a fatal accident lawyer of your choosing to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Surviving family members who may classify as the personal representative in a wrongful death lawsuit are:
- Spouses of the deceased
- Biological or adopted children
- Parents or siblings if there are no surviving spouses or children
A reckless driver should be held accountable for your loved one’s passing and your losses.
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Causes of Fatal Accidents
In 2018, 67,453 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents statewide, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. About one percent of these injuries were fatal.
Fatal car accidents can result from:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Drowsy driving
Fatal car accidents can also result from a defective car part.
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A Chicago fatal accident lawyer can protect your rights and seek compensation and justice. Please call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free case review today by dialing (800) 794-0444.