"Wrongful death" in Illinois refers to claims brought by survivors of a person who has died as a result of negligence or other wrongful conduct of another party. The recovery in such suits is for lost financial support, for loss of companionship, friendship, society, love, affection, and grief of those related to the person that died. Generally, Champaign wrongful death cases are pursued by family members, and often even extended family. Wrongful death actions are often times the only remedy for the surviving family members to receive the proper compensation from the at-fault party under Illinois Law. Many times Wrongful Death cases are filed along with Survival Action claims which compensate the party that died for their pain and suffering during life.
Wrongful death claims are usually filed by next of kin and/or beneficiaries of the deceased individual in order to recover the following damages: (1) expenses associated with the death (funeral and/or medical bills), (2) lost benefits, (3) loss of companionship, protection or care, (4) loss of inheritance, (5) pain, mental anguish and suffering of the decedent’s survivor(s), and (6) punitive damages.