Funeral after Wrongful Death

Saying goodbye to a close relative like a parent, child, sibling, or spouse is often the most difficult and painful moment in a person’s life. These family members are the closest to our hearts. They shape how we live our lives. We eat, sleep, and enjoy life’s little moments with them.

This loss hurts more when it happens because of someone else’s wrongful conduct. You may have lost your loved one as a result of a car accident that wasn’t their fault, medical malpractice, or another tragedy. Unfortunately, thousands of families across Chicago and Illinois lose their close relatives because of someone else’s mistake or misjudgment every year.

Our wrongful death attorneys at Shannon Law Group, P.C., help people who have lost their parents, children, siblings, or spouses in accidents caused by others. We believe these families deserve immediate answers and fair compensation from the parties responsible for their loss.

If you have also lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, we want you to know that you have rights under Illinois law to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. While pursuing legal action doesn’t bring your loved one back, it can help pay for financial and emotional damages you’ve suffered, such as funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, and loss of society.

When you’re ready to talk, call our wrongful death lawyers at (312) 578-9501 or fill out the contact form below. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. No question is too big or too small for us. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until we come through for you.

If you’re not ready to contact us just yet, keep reading to learn more about wrongful death lawsuits and how they work in Illinois. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions, including:

  • What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
  • What is the Illinois Wrongful Death Act? (And how it is different from the Illinois Survival Act?)
  • How much time do survivors have to file a lawsuit in Illinois?
  • Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
  • What types of compensation can my family recover?
  • How can a wrongful death attorney help?

Our Compassionate Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Ready to Help

Since our founding in 2007, our law firm has zealously represented the survivors of wrongful death victims. If you’re wondering whether you have a case, we invite you to fill out the contact form below. We’ll respond to you within 24 hours.

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Filing Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuits: Frequently Asked Questions

Wrongful Death Attorney in Chicago

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Illinois Wrongful DeathIn Illinois and across the United States, thousands of wrongful death lawsuits are filed every year.

Close family members can bring wrongful death claims against a person, corporation, and/or government body who may be liable for their loved one’s death.

Every state has specific wrongful death laws about who can file a claim, how long you have to file a lawsuit and more. In this section, we’re going to discuss Illinois wrongful death regulations. If you live in a different state, these laws will vary.

There are two main Illinois laws you should know about before filing a wrongful death claim: The Illinois Wrongful Death Act and the Illinois Survival Act.

What is the Illinois Wrongful Death Act?

The Illinois Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180/1) grants the victim’s survivors the right to pursue compensation in the court of law from any and all parties whose negligence contributed to their loved one’s death. Survivors may include spouses, children, parents, or the decedent’s next of kin.

So, how does the court determine whether or not you have a wrongful death claim?

Here’s a question to consider: If your loved one had survived the accident or procedure, would they have been seriously injured, giving them the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit? If the answer is yes, then you likely have a wrongful death claim.

What is the Illinois Survival Act?

Similar to the Wrongful Death Act, the Illinois Survival Act allows the victim’s estate to recover economic and non-economic damages sustained between the time of injury and the moment of death.

For example, let’s say a person was seriously injured in a Chicago truck accident and later passed away at a hospital. Under the Illinois Survival Act, their family may pursue additional damages from the defendants for their loved one’s suffering from the time of the crash to the moment they died.

What Are the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Illinois?


Statute of Limitations Wrongful Death LawsuitIn Illinois, you can’t bring a wrongful death lawsuit whenever you get around to it. There are specific deadlines called statutes of limitations that you must follow. For most wrongful death cases, survivors can file a lawsuit within two years from the date of their loved one’s passing.

If a government body or employee is at fault, you likely have only a year to bring a claim. Don’t wait until the very last minute to pursue a case. These lawsuits require thorough investigation. Contact a wrongful death attorney today to explore your options.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?


Filing a Wrongful Death CaseUnder the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, the surviving family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation from negligent parties. These eligible family members include their next of kin, particularly spouses, children, and parents.

An attorney will identify which relatives may have a legal right to pursue compensation before filing a lawsuit.

Who can I sue in a wrongful death case?

Wrongful Death Car AccidentYou can file suit against any person or company whose negligence or recklessness caused your loved one’s death. Survivors can sue more than one party in an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit.

Typically, a grieving family pursues a lawsuit after their relative passed away from one of the following events:

Vehicle accidents

Hundreds of accidents happen every day in the Land of Lincoln. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), over 1,000 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2019. Almost half of these fatalities occurred in crashes involving a motorcyclist, pedestrian, bicyclist, or semi-truck. If your family member passed away after a motor vehicle accident, contact our personal injury attorneys at Shannon Law Group, P.C. We will investigate the crash at no cost to you and determine whether you may have a right to pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Medical malpractice

Doctors and medical professionals make mistakes during high-risk procedures like surgery or childbirth. Other times, they may fail to diagnose a serious condition. As a result, the patient dies suddenly, leaving their family to pick up the pieces. If your family is facing a similar situation, you may be entitled to compensation. Doctors and treatment facilities carry insurance for when these medical errors occur, so don’t feel guilty about pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. The compensation you recover can help your family pay for funeral expenses, medical bills, and other damages. Call us today to schedule your free medical malpractice case review. Our attorneys will personally review the medical records to determine if you have a case.

Workplace accidents

Hardworking men and women lose their lives while on the job every day in Illinois. In 2018, there were 184 fatal occupational injuries reported according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Common workplace accidents include falls from ladders or roofs, transportation crashes, equipment malfunction, and falling objects. Survivors may a have case against their loved one’s employer if they failed to properly train or follow safety regulations.

How Much Is My Wrongful Death Case Worth?

In this type of lawsuit, close family members can recover specific damages for the loss of their loved one. These damages are calculated based on the strength of the relationships between the deceased and the surviving family.

Just as every person is unique, every wrongful death lawsuit is different. As personal injury attorneys and trial lawyers, it’s our job to convey your story and the impact of your loss to the defendants and jury members.

Your case’s worth also depends on the evidence discovered in the initial investigation after your loved one’s passing. At Shannon Law Group, P.C., our lawyers never stop investigating your case. We will continue looking for additional medical records, crucial evidence, and underlying insurance policies to make sure your family gets the compensation they deserve for your loss.

Keep reading to learn more about the kinds of damages you and your family can recover in an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit.

What types of compensation can my family recover in a lawsuit?

Funeral Wrongful DeathThe deceased’s next of kin can recover both economic and non-economic damages by pursuing a wrongful death case. Economic damages are easy-to-calculate losses, like ambulance and hospital bills, lost future wages, funeral expenses, or burial costs.

Non-economic damages involve losses that are harder to put a number on. How much does a wife deserve after losing her husband in a truck accident? She feels his absence from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to bed. How much does their 10-year-old son deserve, who now has to navigate the rest of his life without his dad?

These are all questions a jury would consider when awarding non-economic damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Loss of consortium. Under Illinois law, this type of loss includes the support, companionship, society, and relationship that a husband or wife has been deprived of due to their spouse’s passing.
  • Compensation for emotional anguish, grief, and sorrow. Parents, spouses, and/or children can be awarded monetary compensation for the mental pain and grief they endured because of their loved one’s death.
  • Loss of society. The deceased’s next of kin may be entitled to damages for their loss of society and companionship.


How can a Wrongful Death Attorney help my family?

When your loved one passes away, there’s a hole in your heart and a space in your home that can never be filled again. While we can’t undo the wrong that occurred, we can fight for justice on behalf of your family in the Illinois court system.

Our wrongful death attorneys help families like yours recover emotionally and financially after a loved one’s passing. How do we do that? By getting them the compensation they need to continue with their lives.

Our experienced and compassionate legal team at Shannon Law Group, P.C., will guide you through the process of a wrongful death lawsuit. We’ll shoulder the burden of dealing with the defendants, defense lawyers, and insurance adjusters so your family can focus on healing.

Here’s what to expect during your case:

  1. Initial Consultation. Every case begins here. During a consultation, our attorneys sit down with you and your family to answer your questions. We’ll travel to you if you’re unable to visit our Woodridge or Chicago offices. If you would like to hire us, we will ask you to sign forms that allow us to legally act on your behalf. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid when we come through for you. You will never receive a bill or invoice from our office for any costs associated with your case.
  2.  Investigation. As soon as you hire us, we begin seeing the end. We think about what evidence we will need to present your case to a jury. We waste no time in the investigation. Our attorneys immediately contact our private investigator to start working on your case. She will contact witnesses, take statements, and gather other crucial evidence. Our staff will also request medical records, insurance policies, and other documents.
  3. Filing your case. At Shannon Law Group, P.C., we only take cases that we’ll try in front of a jury. After we’ve gathered the necessary evidence, we’ll draft your complaint and file a wrongful death lawsuit in the best venue.
  4. Discovery. After your case has been filed and assigned to a judge, we will begin the discovery process. In this step, both the plaintiff and the defendant will exchange information regarding the case. Discovery depositions also happen here. During your deposition, you will have the chance to convey to the defendants how the loss of your loved one has impacted your life.
  5. Resolution. Wrongful death lawsuits can resolve at any point. However, we often find that these cases are resolved closer to trial. If the defendant refused to resolve your case, our attorneys are prepared to try your case in front of a jury.

Why Choose Shannon Law Group?

Experience with Results

There's one thing you should know about us: We only take cases worthy of being tried in front of a jury. Because of this, we have the time, knowledge, and experience to go above and beyond for you - unlike other personal injury attorneys who have thousands of cases. Our expert team will go out of their way to make sure you and your family are in the best position possible in the eyes of the law.

 Since founding Shannon Law Group, attorney Joe Shannon secured the largest verdict in Will County history and achieved other multi-figure settlements and verdicts in Illinois. 

As our satisfied clients can attest, we come through for them when they need it most. We take our responsibility to our clients seriously. We'll examine every angle of your case, and we promise to go the extra mile to get the compensation you deserve--not what the insurance company thinks your claim is worth.  

One-of-a-Kind Representation

Free Consultation Shannon Law GroupWhen you hire us to represent you after your insurance company acts in bad faith, you're helping yourself and your family. Why? Because our job is to bear the burden of dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers. Our wrongful death lawyers take those stressors off your shoulders, so you don't have to worry about them anymore.

We also understand the case isn't about us--it's about you. At Shannon Law Group, our top priority is to help you move forward toward a successful and secure future. Our Chicago attorneys will always put your interests first. You will never be treated like a transaction or a case at our law firm. 

Keeping You in the Loop

We will always keep you updated on your wrongful death lawsuit. We'll make sure to return your call within 24 hours if you leave a message. If you have a question about your case, you will speak with the lawyer handling your case.

If your loved one passed away in an accident caused by someone else, our attorneys are here to help you gain financial and emotional stability after this tradegy.

When you're ready to talk, schedule your free consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers. Call us today at (312) 578-9501 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page. We look forward to speaking with you.

I was in an automobile accident. The attorneys and staff at Shannon Law Group, PC were really great. They communicated with me on a regular basis, they explained in detail what could and would happen, and they made sure I was their first priority. I could not have asked for better guidance. I would recommend this firm to any and all who need a personal injury attorney.
Lynne Passarella
Lynne Passarella
21:45 01 Mar 21
The Shannon Law Group has been an absolute pleasure to work with. They are always quick to respond to any question I might have and explain the process every step of the way. Highly recommend!
John McFarland
John McFarland
01:56 18 Jan 21
Always fair always looking out for their clients, I will trust anyone at this firm with any issues I had that they could handle. I feel they are the best of the best!
John Wagner
John Wagner
02:42 14 Jan 21
If anyone needs a Professional Lawyer, please call Shannon Law Group, PC. These guys get the job done. They are all very nice and are always there for you. They work hard for you , and explain everything to your understanding. They treat me like I am part of there family. So all my fb friends and their families should you need help with anything, I advise you to call or email them. He will also give you his cellphone number/ you will be able to text them also. You won't be disappointed.
patricia richardson
patricia richardson
20:16 13 Jan 21
Shannon law group is an extremely professional and amazing team of people! They are always genuine kind and generous. They always give 100% and my personal experiences have been nothing but the best. If ever in need of a law team Shannon Law group is the way to go!
Aidan WW
Aidan WW
20:07 13 Jan 21
I’ve had great experiences working with Brittany at Shannon Law Group. Her compassion, communication, and professionalism are just what you would expect from a great law firm. If you’re hurt in the Chicago area, I highly recommend you call Shannon Law Group.
Dan Reo
Dan Reo
21:45 28 May 20
I used Shannon Law Group to help me with a legal name change. I worked with attorney Pat Cummings who represented me in DuPage County courthouse for the procedure. I am very pleased that they filed my case very quickly, and we got in front of the judge and the case went flawlessly, and my request was granted (just before the courthouse shut down). I can't say enough that the whole process went very well and very fast and was handled most professionally by everyone I spoke to in the law firm staff. Great work, thank you!
michael krzywosz
michael krzywosz
01:09 25 Apr 20
My wife is represented by Shannon Law Group. In my opinion, Jack Cannon is one of the best attorneys in the business. He is very knowledgeable, communicates well and extremely helpful. Jack cares about his clients. He completely explains the situation with relevancy and clarity in this challenging time. Jack stays in contact with updates even on weekends. I feel the Shannon Law Group puts their clients first and fights hard with their best interest in mind. I have recommended Jack to several people who are also very pleased. Jack Cannon and Shannon Law Group get the job done.
Rodney Mikesell
Rodney Mikesell
00:26 19 Mar 20
I have had the good fortune of getting to know Joe Shannon through our involvement in a law firm owner group. In short, with Joe, what you see is what you get. Joe's word is his bond. He has an unwavering commitment to his faith, his family and his friends. Why is that relevant to someone looking for the right attorney? Because, at the end of the day, the attorney-client relationship is about trust and commitment. With Joe and his firm, you get both, in spades.
Paul Odegaard
Paul Odegaard
15:56 16 Mar 20
After doing many phone interviews to decide on an attorney to represent me, Jack Cannon was by far an easy choice. Easy to talk to, professional, respectful, knowledgeable and able to answer all my questions. He promptly returns my phone calls. I'm very thankful to have him representing me.
vickie clark
vickie clark
17:10 04 Mar 20
Joseph Shannon is not only an amazing attorney, but a kind and caring person as well. He took the time to explain everything related to my case and was always willing to answer questions or provide clarification. From our very first meeting, it was clear my interests were his first priority, and he established a great working relationship based on security and trust. I highly recommend Joseph Shannon and Shannon Law Group to anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.
India Gordon
India Gordon
20:11 20 Feb 20
Joe is a superb attorney but even better person. In my opinion, the most important considerations in an attorney-client relationship are trust and reliability. There is no attorney I trust more to provide a careful, thorough analysis of a legal matter and then offer thoughtful recommendations that consider the “big picture” and focus on my best interests. He is a pillar of the local community as a lawyer, philanthropist and father and is widely respected as a straight shooter who vigorously represents his clients while maintaining his civility.
Jeff Mote
Jeff Mote
15:22 19 Feb 20
I worked with Joe Shannon for 15 years and we have maintained the friendship for another 15 years since then and I can unequivocally say he is a man of the highest integrity. He is "real", easy to talk to and sincerely interested in what you have to say. The phrase I think of most often when I remember him is that he feels "he is living the dream". This humble expression applies not only to his passion for his law firm and clients, but also his passion and loyalty to his family and his faith. He is the real deal.
Barbara Gyarmathy
Barbara Gyarmathy
13:24 18 Feb 20
Very friendly, and helpful! Even though you're not in my state, you answered my questions quickly and were honest. Then you followed up with an e-mail and gave me some help and referrals which was very helpful. May GOD continue to BLESS you and ALL of your staff.
Kim Harvey
Kim Harvey
13:14 18 Feb 20
Joe will always give your case an honest and through review. He tells it like it is and is one the greatest advocates I have ever worked with. As a practicing attorney for over 25 years that does not take on personal injury matters, I refer all my friends to Joe without hesitation!
Charles Rego
Charles Rego
13:06 18 Feb 20
Honesty, integrity, tenacity. These professionals responded to my needs in a prompt and compassionate matter. I am fortunate to have yoked up with these down-to-earth people who strive to make their clients feel like they are valued and heard. I recommend them highly.
Patsy Shannon
Patsy Shannon
00:27 18 Feb 20
Joe Shannon's firm is of the highest professional stature. Joe and his firm have endured the test of time as an elite Chicago personal injury law firm. Probably Shannon Law Group's biggest strength is their dedicated commitment to their clients' causes and pursuit of the best possible results.Daniel W. Sherman, Attorney At LawDaniel W Sherman PCValparaiso, IN 46385 (licensed in IL and IN)
Dan Sherman
Dan Sherman
20:52 17 Feb 20
Joe Shannon’s firm worked hard to help our family. Everyone is genuine and sincere with our concerns and questions. I HIGHLY recommend!
Erin Koenig
Erin Koenig
15:52 25 Nov 19
Compassionate listeners Joe Shannon and Patrick Cummings helped our family out when my daughter was injured in a car accident. They understand the the long term health consequences that your child may face and they seek fair and maximum compensation. They handled the insurance company for us and in return we are truly GRATEFUL for everything they did on our behalf!
Susan Jennings
Susan Jennings
19:02 18 Nov 19
Patrick Cummings and Shannon Law Group represented our daughter in an employment contract dispute. Our daughter was so frustrated, and Patrick immediately reassured her that the law was on her side despite what her employer told her. Patrick was able to get her back pay that added up to more than 10% of her annual salary. He did this professionally, respectfully and quickly. In a way that allowed her to continue in a job she loves with out creating unnecessary tension. It is fortunate that Patrick can practice in Wisconsin. We are very grateful Pat was able to help our daughter.
Regina Cummings
Regina Cummings
19:16 20 Oct 19
The whole team of Shannon Law Group were great throughout my entire case. Each member diligently did their part and kept me thoroughly informed with what was going on. Each member was always willing to answer my questions anytime of the day. At the end, the Shannon Law Group helped me come out on top. Thank you Shannon Law Group for all of your hard work.
Michael Heatherly Ii
Michael Heatherly Ii
21:40 10 Oct 19
I was involved in a car accident earlier this year and Shannon Law Group assisted me through every step of the process. This team educated me on my options and offered me agency after a stressful life event. I really appreciate the urgency in which these lawyers handled my case. I felt my case was prioritized by Shannon Law Group from the start to the resolution. I would highly recommend their services to anyone!
Maureen Cummings
Maureen Cummings
20:56 10 Oct 19
They never stopped fighting for me until they won my case! My family is so grateful!
Erin Huls
Erin Huls
18:22 16 Jul 19
I have worked with the Shannon Law Group for years. The firm is based on integrity and being available. They will give you honest and expert feedback and always take calls or get back to you right away. They are super friendly to work with and do a great job.
Robert Nell
Robert Nell
14:35 30 May 18
I've known Joe Shannon personally and professionally for 20 years and have referred friends and family members to him. He is intelligent, strategic, personable and a person of great integrity. I highly recommend Joe Shannon and his team.
Julie Carballo
Julie Carballo
15:36 24 Feb 18
I was involved in a head on collision with a wrong way driver. My car was totaled and my life was saved by safety restraints. Much to my surprise, my insurance company failed to properly represent me and I engaged Joe Shannon's services to recover my losses. Joe resolved the matter in a quick and cost effective manner. I have since referred a number of other individuals to the practice and they have all had very positive experiences and outcomes with Joe's firm. Joe is also very active in supporting the local community. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Daniel McMullen
Daniel McMullen
21:18 22 Feb 18
I had an excellent experience with the Shannon Law Group. Joe Shannon is a man of high integrity and compassion. When I contacted Joe, he quickly got back to me. He provided great legal advice and support during the case. I highly recommend the Shannon Law Group!
Laura Freeman
Laura Freeman
20:28 18 Feb 18
The Shannon Law Group should be your 1st choice for an attorney to represent you.They have the resources to help you in your dispute with Insurance CompaniesThe Shannon Group will even the playing field.They get Results ! Take it from meA very satisfied client Highly Recommended
Anthony Aceto
Anthony Aceto
15:34 17 Feb 18
Joe Shannon is an incredible lawyer backed by an amazing team. I referred a family to him and have been amazed at how his team has helped them when no other lawyers would. He isn't afraid of the tough cases - he knows how to win them. He works more than hard for his clients. He and his team build innovative strategies and execute with integrity and courage. Their approach brings results for their clients that most firms could never get. They care. They will fight for you. They are the people you want in your corner during what may be one of the most difficult challenges you face.
Sarah-Eva Marchese
Sarah-Eva Marchese
04:34 25 Jan 18