Wrongful Death Attorney Columbia, IL

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Wrongful Death Attorney Columbia, IL. With one mistake or poor decision by someone else, your loved one is gone. When your loved one loses their life in a moment of recklessness or carelessness that did not have to happen, you and your family need an experienced wrongful death lawyer as committed as you are to finding justice for your family and making the responsible party pay for their irreversibly destructive behavior. Burger Law’s team of accomplished Columbia, IL wrongful death lawyers and legal staff are prepared to handle your case from beginning to end and argue to get a complete financial recovery for you and your family.

Burger Law’s wrongful death attorneys have represented hundreds of victims and worked to recover for them over 100 million dollars in compensation. We represent even the most difficult cases which other law firms shy away from. If your family member lost their life in a preventable accident and you are ready to take action, talk to a Burger Law wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL today at 314-542-2222 or sending us a message online. Our Columbia, IL wrongful death lawyers are available to discuss your case, the options available to you, and determine how we can add value to your suit. Do not put it off;reach out today.

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Gary Burger is devoted to helping injury victims recover from devastating accidents in Missouri and Illinois. Gary practices all areas of personal injury law and has been successful in providing financial recovery while aiding in the protection of our clients’ future.


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Do I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?

The loss of a loved one can be immobilizing. Though after your family member loses their life in a tragic accident, facing any paperwork or legal processes may be one of the last things you want to think about, you need to contact a wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL as soon as possible after your loved one's passing. With an experienced wrongful death lawyer representing you promptly, you will have an advocate and knowledgeable negotiator and trial lawyer by your side who can get the most from your claim and make sure that you use this chance to hold the responsible party accountable as a way to honor your loved one, help your family in this difficult time, and keep others from enduring a similar tragedy in the future. The law only gives you one opportunity to bring a wrongful death claim and you have a limited time to file your suit according to state law, so it is important that you hire the right lawyer to fight for you, your family, and your loved one’s memory as soon as possible.

It is a solemn honor to represent your grieving family in your wrongful death suit. As your Columbia, IL wrongful death attorney, your Burger Law lawyer recognizes the weight of serving you and your family by helping you see accountability and obtain the finances to carry on in the memory of your loved one. As your Columbia, IL wrongful death attorney, we hold this responsibility in highest regard and are sincerely committed to assisting you and your family in all aspects of your wrongful death suit.

Wehn we become your wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL, we will perform the following services for your wrongful death suit:

  • Provide you with guidance, support, and sound legal counsel
  • Thoroughly investigate all details of your case
  • Obtain and evaluate any significant documents and other evidence useful in painting a picture of your loved one's death and proving liability
  • Calculate the actual value of your claim, turning to experts in medical and other fields who can attest to the extent of the damages you and your deceased loved one have suffered
  • Take care of all aspects of your case, such as negotiating with the defense, proactively communicating with you, filing all necessary documents, and any other tasks necessary to winning your case
  • Negotiate with the defending party to secure the highest possible compensation
  • Be ready and willing to successfully present your case in trial and persuade a jury of your peers of the damages you and your family have suffered, if a settlement is not reached before trial

What are the Requirements of a Wrongful Death Claim?

In order to be successful in your wrongful death claim and to get the money your family needs to have a memorial service, not to mention continue to provide for and meet the needs of your family, your situation must meet the requirements of a wrongful death claim in your state.

To understand if you have a legitimate wrongful death claim, you need to:

  • Meet Missouri or Illinois laws on who is permitted to file a wrongful suit, depending on where or what state the life-ending accident took place.

    Missouri law gives certain types of family members priority in filing a wrongful death suit. The first group, including parents, spouses, children, or grandchildren, must file if possible. If none are able to do so, a sibling may file. For wrongful death victims without any able family members from either of the first two categories, the court may appoint someone to file. In Illinois, the court names a personal representative of the estate of the person who passed. This person is the one addressed in the suit, but the court will allocate and distribute fraction of the settlement or judgment that each living relative, spouse, or other next of kin is to receive from the settlement. In order to make sure of whether you can file the suit in your state, discuss your case with a wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL as soon as possible.

  • File your Columbia, IL wrongful death claim before the statute of limitations runs out.

    Missouri gives surviving family members a total of three from the date of their passing to file a claim. In Illinois you have two years in most cases, and five in violent, intentional acts. Realistically, two or three years is not much time at all. This is why it is so crucial that you speak to a Columbia, IL wrongful death attorney right away after losing your loved one.

  • Satisfy the requirements for proving negligence and fault for a wrongful death case.

    For the death of your loved one to be eligible for a wrongful death suit in Missouri or Illinois, certain facts must be true. In your case, you need to be able to prove that:

    1. The defendant owed your loved one a duty to reasonably keep them safe
    2. The defendant failed that duty either through their action or inaction
    3. It was this breach that caused the death of your family member
    4. As the plaintiff in the wrongful death case, you and your deceased family member have suffered damages as a result of the breach of duty

When losing a loved one, especially in a tragic, unnecessary, preventable accident, people experience a wide range of reactions. To make the responsible party pay for their actions, pay tribute to your loved one, and provide your family with the means to continue to take care of your day-to-day life, you need to file a wrongful death suit. For the best chance of success in your Columbia, IL wrongful death claim and to understand whether you can file a claim, count on the expert Columbia, IL wrongful death attorneys of Burger Law. We will help you make the most of the suit and get the financial compensation you deserve. Money cannot replace your loved one, but, winning a wrongful death suit in Columbia, IL is a significant step for countless families dealing with loss. Burger Law’s wrongful death attorneys in Columbia, IL understand the importance of your suit and possess the legal skill and commitment to stand up to the responsible party and negotiate the best amount of compensation.

Recovering Damages - Your Wrongful Death Attorney Columbia, IL

Legally, families of wrongful death victims are given a way to collect compensation and make the responsible party pay for their fatal actions. When you win your wrongful death case, you typically receive damages in the form of financial compensation. The value of your case depends upon many details. As knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys, your Burger Law wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL will work relentlessly and lend his experience to demonstrate the full value of damages to which you are entitled. Regardless of whether we reach a settlement through the negotiation process, in mediation, or we have to fight for your family in a jury trial, your Burger Law wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL will depict how this tragic experience has affected you,, your family, and your loved one prior to their passing.

Many individual factors go into determining the value of your case. Each damage is described as either economic or non-economic.

Damages in your wrongful death claim may include:

  • Medical bills and treatments received prior to your loved one’s death
  • End of life expenses, like funeral and burial costs
  • The pain and suffering your family member experienced before passing away
  • You and your family’s mental anguish of losing a loved one
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of benefits
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of care, such as if the decedent was a a mother and the main caretaker of their minor children or an adult child caring for an elderly family member

Because of the types of damages that can play a role, the value of your wrongful death claim depends on many factors. What was their age and life expectancy? What services and support did they provide to their family? Did they care for any minor or other dependants? Was the act that ended their life a mere accident or a willful act of violence? Did they undergo extensive medical care and exist in pain or did they die shortly after the event took place? Many facts of the decedent’s family, lifestyle, and circumstances of the accident will be factored in when calculating your claim’s value.

Wrongful Death Attorney Columbia, IL | Burger Law

The wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL on your case should be accomplished in this area of law and have extensive experience and success in cases similar to yours. The wrongful death lawyers of Burger Law are dedicated to your family’s cause, exhausting all leads in negotiating your damages and proving the extent of the defendant's negligence in the accident leading to your loved one's death. It is time to hire a Burger Law wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL to represent the interests of you and your family and fight for the complete compensation you deserve.

Give your family a chance to win your wrongful death case by contacting a Burger Law wrongful death attorney in Columbia, IL today. Put our talent, experience, and commitment to use toward holding the negligent party accountable and collecting monetary damages to help your family move forward and keep the memory of your loved one alive. As your wrongful death attorneys, Burger Law views our responsibility as your personal counsel and legal advocate very seriously and will not rest until we win for you and your family. Discuss your case with one of our wrongful death attorneys today at 314-542-2222 or message us now.


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