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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death lawyers don’t want to ever have a reason to meet you, however with a nationwide total of 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded last year and given that of the 158 fatal work injuries occurred right here in Illinois, with 82 percent of those victims working for wages and salaries; too many families are becoming victims as well. Everyone should come home from work safely!


There is nothing more overwhelming than to lose a loved one when the loss could have been prevented or avoided. Navigating the consequences of loss while grieving can be paralyzing, especially when wrongful death occurs. Adding a wrongful death attorney from our team that has been supporting families in Chicago will ensure these tragedies do not compound into financial misfortunes.

When a person’s death results from the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity (e.g. a company), a wrongful death suit may be in order. A wrongful death suit differs from other kinds of personal injury claims in that the victim (referred to as the decedent) is not bringing the lawsuit. Instead, the suit is brought by the family members of the victim’s estate with the help of a wrongful death lawyer.

A wrongful death claim can help the victim’s family recover damages for injuries and other losses they or the estate have suffered because of this death. Your family deserves to have the provisions your loved one would have created for you had this tragedy not happened.

Wrongful Death FAQs

Wrongful death happens more often than you might think:

Fatal work injuries totaled 158 in 2019 for Illinois, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that the number of work-related fatalities in Illinois was down from the previous year. Fatal occupational injuries in the state have ranged from a high of 262 in 1996 to a low of 146 in 2012.

Nationwide, a total of 5,333 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2019, a 2-percent increase from the 5,250 in 2018, according to the results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program. The 5,333 fatal occupational injuries in 2019 represent the largest annual number since 2007.

How a wrongful death attorney help:

Understanding the law is complicated and, when you are grieving a loss it can be challenging to see potential challenges of the path ahead clearly or what might be affected by your loss beyond your grief for your loved one, having an experienced wrongful death attorney can be invaluable as they will keep your future needs in focus and fight for those needs to be compensated for.

The experienced wrongful death attorneys here at Shuman Legal understand that no amount of money can make up for the loss of your loved one. However, we can help you recover damages and loss of financial security to mitigate some of the trauma of your loss.

If your loved one’s death occurred as the result of another party’s negligence or misconduct, a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity responsible might be appropriate. Our team can help your family pursue compensation in a suit for:

  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of companionship
  • Direct expenses
  • Loss of benefits
  • Punitive damages

The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Shuman Legal will help you understand how wrongful death lawsuits typically unfold and we’ll work closely with you to ensure you receive adequate compensation for your damages.



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