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Our Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyers Represent Victims of Fatal Injuries

Losing a loved one unexpectedly—or caring for a family member who has suffered from extreme and ultimately fatal injuries—can be a devastating, confusing, and painful experience. The additional stress that comes from last-minute decisions about medical care, medical bills, and the financial burden of the death can be especially overwhelming during a time of grief and loss. If you suspect that your family member died because of the wrongful actions of another, having a compassionate personal injury lawyer on your side may bring you some peace of mind during an extremely difficult time. A skilled attorney can confidently investigate what happened, seek justice on your behalf, and help you get the financial compensation your family needs after a catastrophic loss.

Based in Chicago, the law offices of Lane & Lane have proudly served injured and bereaved individuals throughout Illinois for decades. If you need help, you can talk a member of our team today to schedule a confidential, free case evaluation—it’s as simple as calling 888-484-9881 or filling out an online form.

Our Law Firm Is Prepared to Handle Wrongful Death Cases of All Kinds

There are many circumstances that can cause the wrongful death of a loved one. At Lane & Lane, our attorneys have the knowledge needed to pursue even the toughest cases, including deaths caused by:

If you are unsure if we can help you with your potential case, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask. We would be happy to help answer your questions and point you in the right direction to get the help you need.

Are You Entitled to Wrongful Death Benefits?

For the average person, the law and the process of filing a lawsuit for a wrongful death can be complicated. It isn’t always clear what happened, who was responsible, or if family members are legally entitled to compensation for their loss. Speaking with our knowledgeable team of attorneys can help you identify the truth about what caused your loved one’s death and find out if your family can pursue a wrongful death claim as a result.

Death of a Child

A child’s death is a tragic event. If you have suffered the loss of a son or daughter, we extend our sincere sympathy. Certainly, there is no way we can relieve a parent’s grief. In our role as personal injury attorneys, we instead focus on shouldering our clients’ financial and legal burdens and allowing families to focus on healing. We investigate the circumstances surrounding fatal accidents in order to shed light on negligence, and we insist that the parties who are responsible take measures to prevent similar accidents that may harm children in the future.

Although the death of a child always means a life was taken too soon, not every tragic loss is legally classified as “wrongful death.” The circumstances surrounding a child’s death determine whether a legal recovery is possible and who may be held responsible. For example, a swimming pool drowning may have been the result of negligence on the part of the owner of the property or the manufacturer of pool equipment. A birth trauma may have been an unavoidable accident or the result of medical malpractice. Our attorneys work closely with scientific and medical experts to determine the cause of death and the options available to parents and surviving family members after the death of a child.

Death of a Parent

The loss of a parent is difficult, regardless of what stage of life you are in when you experience it. When the death results from a sudden and fatal accident, you have no time to prepare, emotionally or financially, for a future without parental love and support.

Your ability to recover compensation from those responsible for your parent’s death, largely depends on two factors:

  • The specific details and circumstances of the situation.
  • The skill of your lawyer in presenting those facts to an insurance adjuster or jury.

Through a wrongful death lawsuit, children—whether adults or minors—may be able to seek damages for loss of a parent’s care, income, nurturing, and guidance, as well as for other expenses related to the financial and emotional effects of the death. The skilled attorneys with Lane & Lane help provide clients with the support they need to move forward after the death of a parent and the powerful legal advocacy necessary to recover full compensation for their losses.

Death of a Spouse

If you have recently lost your husband or wife in a fatal accident, you are going through one of the most traumatic events life has to offer. Surviving spouses are confronted daily with the finality of death and the uncertainty of the future. They are often forced to consider and plan for difficult realities, such as how to survive without spousal support or manage a household as a single parent.

Under Illinois law, a surviving husband or wife may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit if the spouse’s death was the result of the negligence of another. The amount of the potential settlement or jury award will take into consideration the age and earning potential of your spouse, and it can help you plan for a future without the support of a beloved spouse, parent, and friend.

Compensation in Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuits

The details and circumstances of a wrongful death determine what compensation may be available with a successful claim. In general, under Illinois law, a relative may be entitled to collect for damages for:

  • The victim’s medical bills
  • The victim’s pain and suffering
  • The family’s grief and sorrow
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of support from future earnings
  • Loss of consortium (companionship)
  • Loss of a pension plan or insurance coverage

However, it isn’t usually a simple matter. Employers, insurance companies, manufacturing companies, and other responsible parties may try to protect themselves from liability or minimize the amount of financial compensation affected families potentially receive. At Lane & Lane, we will work diligently to ensure that you receive the fair and full compensation you deserve for your loss—and that you know how to protect your rights in the meantime.

You Need Experienced Legal Help on Your Side

The personal injury attorneys with Lane & Lane have over 130 years of collective experience fighting for the rights of those who have been victimized by another party’s negligent actions. Conveniently located in Chicago, we serve clients throughout Illinois. We are recognized on a state, national, and international level for:

  • Our long history of successful, multi-million dollar verdicts
  • Our reputation among others in the legal community
  • Our commitment to our clients and to the law

We know that every case is unique, and we are dedicated to giving each client’s case the attention and care it deserves. Call 888-484-9881 today to arrange a no-cost, confidential case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights after a loved one’s death.

Testimonials

  • “I would like to thank Mark Brown for standing up to my insurance company and fighting for me and my family. My case involved a traumatic brain injury and an underinsured motorist claim followed by a bad faith claim. The …

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  • “Stephen is one of the most-knowledgeable and client-friendly attorneys I know. He is a fantastic trial lawyer who goes beyond the basics to assure he is providing the best service for his clients. He tailors his services to those client …

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  • “Steve Lane is an accomplished trial attorney and advocate for individuals and families who have sustained injury or suffered death. He is tireless and extremely committed and I am happy to endorse him for his professional service and dedication.”…

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  • “Steve is an exceptional plaintiff’s trial attorney. He is kind, compassionate, highly intellectual and a master at the art of trail. I highly recommend him.”…

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  • “Steve Lane is an exceptional human being and extremely talented professional, one who I have the highest respect for in both work and life. For the past 25+ years, I’ve been an executive in the global human resources industry, working …

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  • “Steve and I are colleagues, not strictly in the same company but both members of the Illinois Plaintiffs’ bar representing victims of medical negligence. He is an compassionate, zealous, outstanding lawyer, and a strong advocate and supporter of people in …

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  • “Stephen is an excellent attorney with a tremendous reputation for doing everything he can for his clients. I would recommend Stephen without reservation.”…

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  • “Stephen is a well-known and experienced trial lawyer. He has represented persons in the area of catastrophic injury for many years. Additionally Steve has been elected or appointed to leadership positions in multiple bar associations.”…

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  • “Steve and I went to law school together and worked hard to learn the law. Like all good lawyers, Steve never stopped learning, because when you want to excel you need to continually test yourself. He is also active in …

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  • “Steve and I have known each other for nearly eight years and have worked together on volunteer boards. I have come to trust Steve’s judgment on both business and technical matters, and know that his heart is in the right …

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  • “I have known Stephen Lane for over 25 years through my work as an attorney on personal injury cases and through presenting seminars with the Illinois State Bar Association. Stephen is an excellent attorney and has always been generous with …

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  • “Stephen is a highly reputable attorney with vast experience and knowledge.”…

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  • “Stephen is an excellent attorney who has a great grasp of the complicated medical issues of the cases in which he is litigating. He is extremely technologically impressive and incorporates it nicely in his practice. What a wonderful advocate for …

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  • “Steve knows personal injury law as well as anyone. He knows what it will take to win a case, and when it is best to step away. He is honest and of the highest integrity.”…

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  • “I’ve known Steve Lane for many years and have recommended many people (including my own clients) to him relative to personal injury and medical malpractice matters. He is an excellent and seasoned attorney in that field.”…

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  • “I highly recommend Stephen. He is an experienced and highly competent trial lawyer who has devoted his career to representing those wrongfully injured. He has successfully handled a variety of highly complex cases.”…

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  • “Steve is an excellent personal injury attorney of 30 plus years of experience. It is without reservation that I fully endorse him.”…

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  • “Stephen and I work together on the Leadership Council of Primerus, where I have been impressed by his practical and measured approach to the challenges of management of this ‘virtual global law firm’. It is a pleasure to work with …

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  • “I have had the opportunity a number of years ago to work with Steve Lane in my professional capacity as a court reporter. He is conscientious, professional and most of all extremely competent in the field of law he practices.”…

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  • “Steve is one of the hardest working attorney’s I know. He has a tremendous amount of compassion for the people he is working with and for. He has a never give up attitude and will go to great lengths for …

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  • “Stephen has a compassion to help victims and injured people, and he is very effective because of his knowledge and experience. He puts the best interests of his clients above all other considerations. Other lawyers consider Stephen to be a …

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  • “In a typical year, I advise hundreds of attorneys on how their practice can be made more efficient and how the firm can better serve their client. Having done so for more than six years, I have seen attorneys of …

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  • “Steve is dedicated to helping those who have been injured through the negligent or intentional acts of others. He is compassionate, detail-oriented and will leave no stone unturned. Steve is also highly regarded in his field by colleagues, clients and …

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  • “There is a uniqueness about Stephen Lane. Stephen Lane is highly skillful, detailed oriented, dedicated, and takes his commitment to his clients seriously. Stephen Lane is a professional. He’s reliable and responsible. He has integrity, and goes the extra mile. …

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  • “I have known Stephen since our time at University of Illinois (1976). I also know him as a very skilled lawyer. He is also a quality human being. You cannot go wrong with Stephen Lane.”…

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  • “I have known Steve for nearly six years. His firm is a member of my organization, Primerus. In that time I have gotten well acquainted with Steve’s reputation as a lawyer and tireless advocate for justice. He is highly regarded …

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  • “Stephen Lane is a detailed-oriented, hard-working professional attorney with many, many talents. His greatest gift of all that I’ve admired over the eleven years I’ve known him is his kind & genuine spirit, work ethics, dedication, and love for people. …

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  • “Steve is knowledgeable, honest and easy to talk to. I would recommend him without hesitation.”…

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  • “Steve is a highly respected and successful injury trial lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and an extremely effective advocate for his clients. Steve is highly recommended.”…

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  • “I have known Steve Lane as a “friendly adversary” for many years – we used to office in the same building, and I have had many cases where Steve’s firm was on the opposite side. Steve and his firm are …

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  • “I am delighted and honored to recommend Steve. I can hardly think of any personal injury attorney and trial lawyer more respectable than Steve. His reputation is excellent amongst all Chicago lawyers and attorneys and amongst the victims of injuries …

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  • Steve and Scott…
    As I sit behind the desk working on closing out 2012, I was thinking about you and just thought I’d take a moment to tell you how much I’ve valued working together over these years. I took …

    Pam, legal nurse consultant
  • Your firm Lane & Lane, LLC is among a very distinctive group of law practices represented in the 2013 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™. The history and influence of the Bar Register have made it the most definitive guide …

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  • Dear Steve,
    On behalf of The Chicago Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy, Judge Thomas More Donnelly and myself, thank you for your participation in the Jury Selection Law & Technique training program last month. We appreciate the time and …

    Megan Healy McClung, CBA College of Trial Advocacy
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    As a litigation consultant, I work with many law firms around the country in evaluating and assisting on product liability and personal injury cases. Over the past 20 years, I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with you, …

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  • I was fortunate to have been referred and introduced to Ray Steadmon from Lane and Lane, LLC when I had an auto accident. Ray, along with Scott Lane, worked on my case. Ray and Scott are courteous, patient, organized, efficient …

    B. Abrams
  • Attorney Scott Lane, partner with Lane & Lane, gave a talk on distracted driving at the Deerfield Public Library on Monday, November 3rd, that addressed the dangers of distracted driving. The talk, “Ready to Hand Over the Keys?”, featured several …

    Lori & Felicia, Deerfield Parent Network committee
  • After a successful presentation of his “Hand Over the Keys” talk to an audience of parents and teens at the Deerfield Public Library on November 3rd, Attorney Scott Lane received a special thank-you from one of his fellow presenters.Alex addressed …

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  • “I would like to thank Scott Lane for his extraordinary efforts in my case. Scott went above and beyond to explain things to me and help me understand everything he was doing. I was amazed at how personal he took …

    Mr. Rick Joan
  • Partner Mark Brown was instrumental in settling a substantial medical malpractice and wrongful death case for the surviving family members of a man who died from an undiagnosed aortic dissection. After finally coming to the end of their long and …

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  • Scott,
    Thanks for taking the case: good work and great results.
    You helped me with your advice and encouragement, and the final result speaks for itself. Should there be any need in the future, I’ll know who to ask for …

    Alex P
  • Partner Scott Lane was instrumental in helping a man who was seriously injured in a car accident with a teen driver obtain the financial resources he needed for his treatment. After reading in the Lane & Lane newsletter that Scott …

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    The C**** family
  • I would like to start by saying thank you for your compassion and dedication during our case. I don’t think there is anyone more loyal or experienced as an attorney in all of the world. You made dealing and coping …

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  • Dear Scott:I was looking through some papers on my desk and buried under some files was my copy of “The Trusted Advisor” by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green & Robert M. Galford. It reminded me to send you this …

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  • Steve is an extremely knowledgeable and thorough attorney. In addition, he does everything possible to help his clients because he cares about them. Steve believes in the right to trial by jury and helping the little guy.…

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  • “Our firm retained Stephen in a personal injury matter for our client The matter was in certain respects a little bit more complicated than your usual case. Nevertheless, the results were great. Stephen handled the matter to everyone’s satisfaction.”…

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  • “Steve was great. He helped me avoid numerous situations which were going to develop into major problems, and effectively took care of other instances / brought them to conclusion in my favor. Superb professional. I also place great value in …

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  • “We retained Steve after our mother was injured in a fall. We had known Steve for years and knew he was a person of the highest integrity. Steve was painstaking and detail-oriented in his approach, and fully explained developments and …

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  • “My sincere thanks to you and your staff for everything you accomplished on my behalf. Every member of your team is astoundingly attentive and friendly, and it was so reassuring to trust that I was in good hands. The settlement …

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  • Dear Staff at Lane and Lane LLC,I just wanted to say how helpful and thoughtful all of you have been through this difficult time.My family can’t thank you enough.You have exceeded all expectations with your service.Every member of your staff …

    PCH and family
  • Recommendation for Mark A. Brown and Lane & Lane, LLC

    Mark Brown and his team did an excellent job of representing me in my personal injury lawsuit. I contacted Mark just before the statute of limitation was due to expire. …

    DC 12/21/2012
  • “Dear Steve and Staff, We would like to thank everyone for the amazing job you all have done for us. It was really nice to work, and always a pleasure to hear from you all. With the warmest wishes, have …

    The K_________ Family
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    I write to applaud you for your legal experience and expertise in the field of personal injury litigation, insurance issues as they relate to such litigation, your organization and assertiveness in quickly reaching a settlement in a very …

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    Nobody wants to retain an attorney, however an attorney friend recommended Lane & Lane, and Scott Lane in particular. Now several years after the case was resolved, I am more than pleased with the recommendation, council, and result from …

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  • While in college, I was hit by a vehicle while walking home. I was initially wary of pursuing a lawsuit because I’d heard many stories of protracted litigation with unsatisfactory results, but I gained the confidence to proceed after meeting …

    Zy
  • Dear Ray and Scott,

    Thank you for taking us on as a client and for seeing us through a very trying time in our lives. The quality of service your firm extended far exceeded our expectations. From the start, you …

    The Buchanan Family
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    I don’t have a clever way of saying “Thank You” for all the hard work and determination you put into getting me the best resolution to my case. You and your staff were always there to keep …

    Pat
  • It’s been a few years. It was a January when my mom was still able to winter in Florida. It was an unfortunate day when she was chatting with friends after a tennis game when her accident happened. She was …

    Janice Barr, daughter of Trudi Altman
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