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Posted in Wrongful Death on April 7, 2022   |  by Gary Burger

Chances of Winning a Wrongful Death Suit

Chances of Winning a Wrongful Death Suit. Nothing can truly compensate you for the loss of a loved one, but receiving compensation in a wrongful death suit can alleviate the financial burden of losing them, and provide a sense of justice for you and your family. Your chances of winning a wrongful death suit depend on a lot of factors, one of the most important ones being the dedication, skill and experience of your attorney. If a loved one was taken too soon because of someone else's negligence, call Burger Law at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

The amount of deaths caused by someone else's negligence in the United States is staggering. Drunk driving kills 28 people per day, and an estimated 90,000 people die per year because of medical errors. Those numbers don't even include other motor vehicle accidents, product liability cases, occupational exposure to hazardous substances or even deck collapses.

Elements of a Wrongful Death Suit

Your chances of winning your suit will depend on what you and your wrongful death attorney can prove in court. The following four elements must be present:

  1. The Death of Another Person.
  2. Negligence: You must prove that someone acted negligently, meaning they did not take the ordinary and reasonable care that they owed the deceased.
  3. Causation: Next you must show that the negligence directly caused your loved one's death.
  4. Damages: Lastly, you will need to prove that you suffered a loss because of your family member's death. Common instances of damages are:
    • Medical expenses prior to death
    • Burial and funeral costs
    • Loss of the income, past and future, provided by the deceased
    • Loss of support, guidance, moral education, protection and/or inheritance
    • Grief counseling
    • Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to their death

Chances of Winning a Wrongful Death Suit

Your chances of winning depend on a lot of factors, one of which being how obvious the negligence was. If your loved one was killed by a drunk truck driver, you may even be able to get a settlement without going to court. In contrast, medical malpractice cases are notoriously difficult to win. The abilities of your wrongful death lawyer will also greatly increase your odds of winning a wrongful death suit. Burger Law has the experience and tenacity necessary to hold negligent people and corporations accountable and get you and your family the financial recovery you deserve in this trying time.

A Burger Law wrongful death attorney will:

  • Conduct a full investigation into your case, including taking official depositions and obtaining key evidence such as medical records or toxicology reports, in order to determine who is liable.
  • Aggressively litigate and file suit against the liable parties.
  • Precisely value your compensation with the help of our network of economic and medical experts.
  • Keep you informed throughout your case and stand by your side every step of the way.
  • Secure you and your family the financial recovery you deserve, either in an out-of-court settlement, or in front of a jury.

Wrongful death suits can also be brought in criminal cases. In 2020, Burger Law helped secure a $3 million judgment for the mother of a man murdered by Pam Hupp. In cases where the defendant is found not guilty in criminal court, a wrongful death lawyer may still be able to hold them financially responsible in civil court.

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Illinois and Missouri | Burger Law

Burger Law is based in Chicago and St. Louis and serves bereaving families throughout Missouri and Illinois. We have dedicated our lives to seeking justice in the form of financial compensation for the injured and for families who lost a loved one. We review every case for free, and you don't owe us anything until we get you the recovery you deserve. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.