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Wrongful Death LawyerJohnston City, IL

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

Wrongful Death Lawyer Johnston City, IL, 62951

Wrongful Death Lawyer Johnston City, IL. Your family is hurting. A member of your family has died, and now you need help but aren’t sure what to do, or how to hold those who caused your loved one’s death responsible. Burger Law is a personal injury law firm in Johnston City that fights for the rights and recoveries of families who have lost loved ones due to negligence. 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. Our Firm will use its full resources to fight for your family.

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. The individual or business who caused your loved one’s death most likely has a history of acting negligently. We hold these individuals and businesses accountable for the terrible and tragic mistakes they’ve caused.

Gary Burger and Burger Law are a team of wrongful death lawyers who understand how devastating it can be to lose a family member, and fight hard for Johnston City families who are affected by these tragedies. We will make sure that those who caused your loved one’s death are held fully accountable for their actions, and that your family gets the recovery and compensation that it deserves. 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 Johnston City, IL, 62951

Wrongful Death Claims allow families to recover and seek judgment against those who have caused the death 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 family member had lived, they would have been able to pursue a personal injury claim, and the responsible party would have been legally required to pay for the damages they caused.

Wrongful Death Attorney Johnston City, IL, 62951

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. Protecting evidence in a claim involving death is critically important. Our Lawyers in Johnston City know how to collect the facts and evidence crucial to your claim, how to depose the defendant, and how to ensure that those responsible for the death of your loved one are fully punished to the maximum extent of the law. If you and your loved ones need help holding the party responsible for your loved one’s death accountable, 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 Johnston City, IL, 62951

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 sued for the damages. There are several different ways this claim can be pursued. Here are a few of the wrongful death claims we’ve successfully taken on:

Truck Accident Wrongful Death Claim – In this case, we were able to prove negligence on the part of the driver and company, 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 – In this suit, we showed that the doctor/provider didn’t take our client’s symptoms seriously and that tests that would have proved the client’s illness were not administered.

Nursing Home Negligence Wrongful Death Claim – Injuries can often have other effects that cause other issues or even death years later. Sometimes a complication may arise after the accident that would not have happened had the accident not occurred. We held the nursing home liable for the injuries they caused, and the subsequent death of our client.

Wrongful Death due to Fentanyl – This drug, in large amounts, can be fatal. Patches typically have to be applied to the skin, and the company responsible for these patches neglected to tell users that direct skin contact with the chemical could cause fatal levels of the chemical to be present in the body. 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. The pharmaceutical companies know how addictive opioids are, and still push doctors to prescribe opioids even in cases where they are not needed. These companies need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law for their actions. Here is a short video on the Misrepresentation of Opioids:

What can my family Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?

Wrongful Death Attorney in Johnston City, IL, 62951

No amount of money or compensation will ever replace your lost loved one. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Johnston City will take on your family’s wrongful death claim and ensure that the party responsible for the passing of your family member is held responsible for their terrible action. 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 short list of a few of the things you can recover. We understand that your loved one’s passing is difficult. We want to help you and your family receive all of the compensation and financial recovery that you deserve. When you’re ready to talk, we can help. Call or Contact our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Johnston City.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorney Johnston City, IL, 62951

State laws typically determine who can or cannot bring 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 Johnston City 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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