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Wrongful Death LawyerMattoon, IL

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

Wrongful Death Lawyer Mattoon, IL, 61938

Wrongful Death Lawyer Mattoon, IL. A tragedy has affected your family. You’ve lost someone important to your lives, and you aren’t sure how to move forward, 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 Mattoon dedicated to protecting Mattoon families who have been affected by negligent individuals or businesses. We will give your family the time and respect it deserves to fully honor your loved one, and also fight to make sure that those who are responsible for your loved one’s death are held fully accountable to law. 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. 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 who are dedicated to fighting for the rights and recoveries of Mattoon families who have lost loved ones. 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 Mattoon, IL, 61938

Wrongful Death Suits give the family of the deceased the right to seek compensation and recovery against those who have caused the untimely 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? If your loved one had not passed, they would have been able to sue for their injuries, and the responsible party would have been legally required to pay for the damages they caused.

Wrongful Death Attorney Mattoon, IL, 61938

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.

Through these laws, your family can seek judgment and a subsequent recovery against those responsible for your loved one’s death. Because death is involved in these claims, the collection and protection of evidence is paramount to the success of the claim. Our Lawyers in Mattoon know how to collect the facts and evidence crucial to your claim, how to depose the defendant, and how to guarantee that those responsible for the passing of your family member are fully punished for their negligent and reckless actions. If your family needs guidance during this time, 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 Mattoon, IL, 61938

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 brought their own claim. 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 were able to win a great settlement 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 that they also neglected to perform tests necessary to the symptoms.

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. 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 – Opioids and opioid overdoses are a serious threat to the country. Pharmaceutical companies push these addictive drugs on doctors and patients and get the users hooked on the drug. Our Firm aggressively fights these companies. Here is a short video on the Misrepresentation of Opioids:

What can my family Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?

Wrongful Death Attorney in Mattoon, IL, 61938

No amount of money or compensation will ever replace your lost loved one. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Mattoon will take on your family’s wrongful death claim and hold those responsible for the death of your loved one fully accountable for their negligent and reckless acts. 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. Your family is entitled to a recovery, and we are going to fight for the full rights and recovery you are woed. When you’re ready to talk, we can help. Call or Contact our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Mattoon.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorney Mattoon, IL, 61938

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 Mattoon 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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