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Although it is very difficult to think clearly and logically after the death of a loved one due to the burden of the funeral and the huge emotional distress, you should not hesitate to take legal action against the person responsible for the death of your family member. Wrongful death involves the death of a person caused by negligent or irresponsible behavior of another person without the intent to kill. A wrongful death lawsuit is a complex legal proceeding that requires a professional approach, patience and strict following of state regulations before going to court. It is almost impossible to file a proper wrongful death in Illinois without the help of a qualified personal injuries lawyer, who can gather and prepare the required legal papers, determine whether the client is eligible for a financial compensation and its amount, among many other details.

A Wrongful Death Lawyer In Chicago Can Help Obtain Compensation And Achieve Justice For Diverse Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death can be caused by a variety of circumstances, such as medical negligence or lack of qualification in hospitals or nursing homes resulting in death, a defective product, driving while under the influence of alcohol, failure to perform a surgery or diagnose a severe disorder, failure to implement basic safety measures in construction settings, among many others. A personal injury lawyer in Illinois can help navigate through the sophisticated legal requirements and regulations and emerge on the winning side of the lawsuit. 

Moreover, the court may not allow unqualified individuals to prepare their lawsuit on their own because it greatly prolongs the duration of court proceedings and can make room for errors and legal deficiencies. It is important to contact an Illinois wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible after the tragic occurrence because the state of Illinois has set a time limit one has to file a lawsuit, which is two years for wrongful death claims. The time starts from the moment the accident happened. After two years, the person responsible for the death of your loved one will not be prosecuted according to Illinois Statutes of Limitations.

Basic Steps Of Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Illinois

You may start by preparing the available evidence, such as proof of death in the form of a death certificate, statements from witnesses and family members who are suffering emotional and financial losses due to the death of their loved ones. Then you need to contact a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer who needs to determine the eligibility for compensation of medical bills and funeral costs, loss of benefits such as insurance, loss of inheritance, and potential punitive damages. The wrongful death lawyer makes sure to prove that the death of your family member was a result of clear negligent or irresponsible behavior of the individual against whom the claim is filed. 

Don’t hesitate to take legal action quickly because legal and court proceedings take time, and there is a time limit of two years established by the state of Illinois for this particular type of crime. Don’t suffer in silence if you have reasons to believe that the death of your family member is another person’s fault, and take proper legal action by contacting a qualified lawyer to obtain compensation for your financial or emotional distress and restore justice.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.aiopia.org/selection/.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.naopia.com/selection-process.

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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