Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
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This page discusses the general timeline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois, as well as some exceptions that might apply. In order to be sure of the statute of limitations for your particular case, we recommend talking to an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. Each case is different, and if you miss the deadline, you miss your chance to sue.
Wrongful death is when someone's death is caused by the wrongful conduct of another, such as negligence, recklessness or an intentional act. It's a specific type of personal injury claim. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Illinois is typically two years from the date of death, according to Illinois law. In other words, you have just two years to file a lawsuit.
There are some special considerations that might alter the two-year rule in some cases. For example:
The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit can be complex. Many special considerations and exceptions are based on the underlying cause of action, such as product liability, medical malpractice, or whatever else caused the death.
Damages (the amount of money you can recover) can be significant in a wrongful death case, and if you miss your chance to sue, you won't be able to collect damages. You can seek reimbursement of medical expenses and funeral costs, as well as compensation for loss of future earnings, loss of love and support, loss of services such as child care or household help and even pain and suffering. While no amount of money will bring a loved one back, financial recovery can ease the financial burden and make life easier for surviving family members.
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