Wrongful death cases are civil, not criminal. The individual responsible for the action that caused the untimely death of your loved one will not face incarceration; the punishment is the payment of damages. As most people are unfamiliar with the workings of civil court, to successful pursue a legal action it is important to hire a Chicago wrongful death attorney.

While the last thing on your mind at this time may be legal action there are very good reasons why it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

Protect the future of your family:

  • Some people may think that suing for wrongful death is nothing more than a shameless grab for money; nothing could be farther from the truth. In the event of a sudden, unexpected death you and your family can be facing financial ruin. In the event the deceased was the primary source of income, chances are the survivors will not be able to make ends meet. Not only is there the future to consider, there is also the immediate need to pay medical bills and arrange a funeral; these costs can quickly mount up into the thousands of dollars.
  • A Chicago wrongful death attorney can help you seek compensation for immediate needs and more importantly, the long term financial needs of the family.

You should turn insurance company negotiations over to an attorney:

  • When it comes time to take advantage of people that have found themselves in a financial bind, no one is better at taking advantage of this better than an insurance company. It is not unusual in cases like this for the insurance company representative to offer to settle with the proviso that you do not pursue any future legal actions. This offer may very well cover the immediate needs but will fall far short of compensating the survivors for their loss.

In cases such as this, time is of the essence. Although it may be difficult, it is in your best long term interests to consult with a Chicago wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

If you have lost a loved one due to negligence on the part of another person or entity you should contact a Chicago wrongful death attorney as soon as you can. You are invited to discuss the merits of your case with Shea Law Group. Follow us on our Google+ page.