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Wrongful Death LawyerChatham, IL

We will Fight for your Family’s Rights and the Memory of your Loved One.

Wrongful Death Lawyer Chatham, IL, 62536

Wrongful Death Lawyer Chatham, IL. Your family is hurting. Your loved one has passed, and now you are suffering and not sure what to do, or how to get justice for your lost loved one. Burger Law is a personal injury law firm in Chatham dedicated to protecting Chatham families who have been affected by negligent individuals or businesses. We will help your family honor the memory of your loved one, and fight hard to hold those responsible for your loved one’s death accountable for their reckless actions. We can and will help you.

Gary Burger

Gary Burger | Trial Attorney

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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Wrongful Death claims are never easy. Accidents that cause the passing of another are rarely by chance. The individual or business who caused your loved one’s death most likely has a history of acting negligently. We will fight for your family’s rights and make sure that those who caused your loved one’s death are punished to the maximum extent of the law.

Gary Burger and Burger Law are a team of wrongful death lawyers that fight for Chatham families to make sure that they get the justice, compensation, and recovery they deserve for the loss of their loved one. We can fight for your family, and we can hold those who caused your loved one’s death accountable. We don’t charge any fees unless we win your family’s claim. Call us at your earliest convenience at 1-314-542-2222, or use this form HERE.

How do I start a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful Death Attorney Chatham, IL, 62536

Wrongful Death Lawsuit gives families a means to seek reparations against those who have caused the passing of a loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit is defined as a suit that is brought against an individual or business that is legally responsible for the death of an individual. So what does this mean? If your loved one had not passed, they would have been able to sue for their injuries, and the business or individual would have been liable for the damages they caused to your loved one.

Wrongful Death Attorney Chatham, IL, 62536

In Missouri, wrongful death claims are dictated by Statute 537.090 which sets who can sue, what they can sue for, and how any recovery or settlement is dispersed and what liens can be set against it.

In Illinois, wrongful death suits are dictated by Statute 740 ILCS 180 – Wrongful Death Act.

These laws allow your family to seek recovery, compensation, and justice against those who caused the passing of your family member. It is important to collect all evidence regarding the claim as quickly as possible. Our Lawyers in Chatham know how to collect the facts and evidence crucial to your claim, how to depose the defendant, and how to make sure that the party responsible for your loved one’s passing is held liable for their actions. If you have questions regarding how your family should start its wrongful death claim, how you can protect your claim, or how a personal injury lawyer can assist your family, please call us at 1-314-542-2222, or use this form HERE. We can help your family get the justice, compensation, and recovery it deserves.

When can my Family Start a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Chatham, IL, 62536

As previously explained, a wrongful death claim can only be pursued after the passing of a family member, whereas, had they lived, they could have taken the responsible party to court. There are many different areas that a wrongful death claim can arise from. Here are a few of the wrongful death claims we’ve successfully taken on:

Truck Accident Wrongful Death Claim – In this lawsuit, we proved that the company and the driver were both negligent, and were able to secure a substantial settlement for our client’s family as well as handle the family’s probate matters so that their recovery was protected.

Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claim – In this case, we were able to prove that the general medical practice that saw our client acted negligently in regards to the symptoms he was experiencing and that they acted negligently by not administering the proper tests to determine a diagnoses.

Nursing Home Negligence Wrongful Death Claim – Sometimes a person will pass years after an accident. Had the accident not happened, the additional complications would have never arrisen. Our client passed from subsequent illnesses due to the injury, and we held the nursing home fully liable for their actions.

Wrongful Death due to Fentanyl – This drug, in large amounts, can be fatal. The company neglected to tell users of the patches that the patches could put potentially fatal levels of the drug into the bloodstream. We were able to prove that the company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals acted negligently, and were able to settle the claim for a large, confidential amount.

Opioid Overdose Wrongful Death Claim – Opioid overdoses and the overprescription of opioids is a serious problem in the US. These drugs are extremely addictive, and the pharmaceutical companies rely on doctors pushing these drugs onto their patients so they will get addicted. We can and will hold these companies accountable. Here is a short video on the Misrepresentation of Opioids:

What can my family Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?

Wrongful Death Attorney in Chatham, IL, 62536

No amount of money or compensation will ever replace your lost loved one. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Chatham will take on your family’s wrongful death claim and make sure that the business or individual that caused the death of your loved is held fully accountable to the law. Here are several types of recoveries that your family can pursue:

  • Loss of Income
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Instruction to Children
  • Guidance
  • Counseling
  • Funeral Expenses

This is a brief list of the recoveries we can make. We understand that your loved one’s passing is difficult. We are going to fight to make sure you get everything your family is entitled to. When you’re ready to talk, we can help. Call or Contact our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Chatham.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorney Chatham, IL, 62536

State laws designate who can pursue a wrongful death claim. This will differ from state to state, but is typically uniform across the US.

In Missouri, Statute 537.080 dictates who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

Here is the statute for Illinois.

Here is a breakdown of who can file a wrongful death claim, and who is allowed to benefit from a wrongful death suit:

  • Wife/Husband – Significant Other.
  • Children of the disceased.
  • Grandchildren of the Disceased, or even great grandchildren.
  • Parent’s can file wrongful death for the loss of a child.
  • If no Spouses, parents or children are available to recover, then a Sibling can bring a wrongful death claim.
  • In rare cases, the children of sibilings can pursue a wrongful death claim.

If you have any questions regarding who can file a wrongful death suit, what your family stands to recover, or how a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Chatham can help your claim, please call our Personal Injury Law Firm at 1-314-542-2222, or fill out this contact form HERE.

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