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Wrongful Death LawyerEffingham, IL

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

Wrongful Death Lawyer Effingham, IL, 62401

Wrongful Death Lawyer Effingham, IL. Your family’s way of life has been affected. Your family has lost a loved one, and you don’t know what do to next, or how your family is going to fight against the business or individual who caused the death of your loved one. Burger Law is a personal injury law firm in Effingham that always puts the needs of our clients and families first, and will always pursue the maximum settlement and judgement for your family. We will fight to protect your loved one’s memory is protected, and fight hard to hold those responsible for your loved one’s death accountable for their reckless actions. We will help your family at this difficult time.

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. No one should ever lose a loved one because of an accident that is caused by another’s negligence. Someone acted negligently, and dangerously, and they should be held fully accountable for their actions. We will fight to make sure that they are held responsible to the fullest extent of the law, and we won’t settle for anything less than a full recovery for your family.

Gary Burger and Burger Law are a team of wrongful death lawyers who are dedicated to fighting for the rights and recoveries of Effingham families who have lost loved ones. We don’t accept anything less than the maximum amount recoverable under the law, and we will always place the needs of you and your family first. 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 Effingham, IL, 62401

Wrongful Death Claims allow families to recover and seek judgment against those who have caused the death of a loved one. A wrongful death suit allows family members to bring a case against the party responsible for the death of a family member, and dictates who can recover legally from these claims. So what does this mean? Your family member, had they lived, would have had a legal precedent to sue for injuries, and the negligent party would be liable for any type of payments or recoveries that your loved one could have pursued.

Wrongful Death Attorney Effingham, IL, 62401

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 give you and your family the right to seek suit against those who caused the wrongful death of your loved one. It is important to collect all evidence regarding the claim as quickly as possible. Our Lawyers in Effingham 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 any questions about the process, what you can expect, or how our Effingham lawyers can help you, 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 Effingham, IL, 62401

As stated previously, a wrongful death claim is applicable when your loved one passed due to injuries, 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 – During this claim, we were able to show that the company and the driver they hired were both negligent on many counts, and secured a substantial recovery for our clients as well as handle the family’s probate matters so that their recovery was protected.

Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claim – We proved that the doctor acted negligently towards our clients symptoms and the tests they neglected to use to determine a prognosis for his symptoms.

Nursing Home Negligence Wrongful Death Claim – An accident can sometimes cause further injuries to arrise that may cause death later. Sometimes a complication may arise after the accident that would not have happened had the accident not occurred. We made sure that the nursing home was held fully responsible for the injuries they caused to our client, and the illness that caused her death.

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 – The opioid epidemic is ravaging the United States. 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 Effingham, IL, 62401

No amount of money or compensation will ever replace your lost loved one. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Effingham 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 hard to make sure your rights are protected and that your family is taken care of. When you’re ready to talk, we can help. Call or Contact our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Effingham.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorney Effingham, IL, 62401

A wrongful death claim can only be pursued by designated financial beneficiaries of the deceased. 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 Effingham 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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