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Wrongful death and wrongful death claims - the basics, p2

We are continuing our discussion of the definition of wrongful death and how wrongful death lawsuits work. A wrongful death is a death caused by someone's negligence, a willful act or a willful omission. A quick reminder: Negligence is the failure to do what a reasonable person would do under the same or similar circumstances.

Wrongful death and wrongful death claims - the basics

Many accident victims and their families understand that they can and should be compensated for losses associated with their preventable injuries, but many are unfamiliar with how wrongful death guidelines may apply to them and their case. Not only are wrongful death claims intended to compensate families for the financial and emotional hardships related to the avoidable loss of a loved one, but they also serve as a method to hold liable parties accountable for their actions.

Illinois ranked 5th in wrongful death settlements against the VA

According to a recent report released by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Department of Veterans Affairs has paid out over $200 million in wrongful death claims to the families of veterans who died while under its care during the past decade.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed after fatal swan attack

Swans are beautiful, graceful creatures. We come across them every now and then, gliding effortlessly across shimmering water, and they seem so peaceful and serene. But looks can be very deceiving. Swans can be incredibly dangerous because they are naturally territorial and aggressive animals. A recent wrongful death lawsuit filed by an Illinois woman seems to be an important reminder of this.

Are FMCSA efforts to cite unsafe truck companies falling short?

Tractor-trailers can be the most dangerous vehicles on the roads because of their weight and size in comparison to other vehicles. Because of these inherent dangers, the trucking industry is highly regulated by the Department of Transportation to prevent tragedies on the roads that may lead to cases of wrongful death. In many situations, had the trucking company or the driver complied with the law, a fatal truck accident could have been avoided.

Widow of Illinois toll worker files wrongful death lawsuit

It is extremely dangerous for commercial truck drivers to operate their rigs while they are fatigued. The federal government recognizes this danger and has strict regulations limiting the amount of time that commercial truckers can operate their vehicles before mandated rest periods. They are required to keep detailed logbooks recording their drive times and rest times. Inspectors must have regular access to these logs. Unfortunately, truckers and the companies that employ them sometimes fail to follow these rules.

Man says dad's mesothelioma came from work, neighborhood asbestos

As we discussed last month, the devastating effects of asbestos exposure on Americans was in no way limited to people who worked for the companies producing it or in high-risk occupations. All too often, asbestos was spread around the environment in the form of cheap, recycled materials used for ground fill and paving projects. Others who never worked directly with asbestos were exposed through dust brought home on the clothing of family members who did -- and that exposure was often enough to cause mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer.

Bloomington jury orders GM&O to pay $1.4 mln for asbestos death

In 2009, a long-term former employee of GM&O Railroad died of lung cancer. In 1957, he began working at GM&O’s rail yard on the west side of Bloomington. He worked at that location for 15 years, and then he was transferred from Illinois to another GM&O facility, a company shop, in Paducah, Kentucky. During the entire 15-year period he spent at the Bloomington rail yard, he was exposed to asbestos, and that exposure continued after his transfer to Paducah.

Illinois man died of asbestos disease, The Gori Law Firm lawyers file

If you thought that the deadly effects of products containing asbestos were long over, you should know that, even now, courts throughout Illinois see new asbestos injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed on a regular basis. This is because people can still develop asbestos-related illness many years after exposure, and also because companies continue to manufacture projects containing asbestos and other deadly components.

Family mourns mother's death from mesothelioma

Some illnesses arise shortly after a person is exposed to a dangerous substance or situation. However, other illnesses, like mesothelioma, can develop many years after a person is first exposed to asbestos. This was the case for one woman who died from mesothelioma just 10 weeks after being diagnosed with the cancer.

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