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Wrongful Death LawyerSalem, IL

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Wrongful Death Lawyer Salem, IL, 62881

Wrongful Death Lawyer Salem, 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 get justice for your lost loved one. Burger Law is a personal injury law firm in Salem that fights for the rights and recoveries of families who have lost loved ones due to negligence. 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. 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. Life threatening accidents don’t just happen by chance. There is always a trail of facts or reports that show negligence on the part of the business or individual who is responsible for your loved one’s death. 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 understand how devastating it can be to lose a family member, and fight hard for Salem families who are affected by these tragedies. We don’t settle for anything less than a full recovery for your family. 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 Salem, IL, 62881

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 family member had lived, they would have been able to pursue a personal injury claim, and the negligent party would be liable for any type of payments or recoveries that your loved one could have pursued.

Wrongful Death Attorney Salem, IL, 62881

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 Salem know how to get evidence from the defendants, 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 you need help with a wrongful death claim, 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 Salem, IL, 62881

As previously explained, a wrongful death claim can only be pursued after the passing of a family member, whereas, had they lived, they would have been able to sue the business or individual for the damages they were caused. There are several different instances where this is applicable. Here are a few of the wrongful death claims we’ve successfully taken on:

Truck Accident Wrongful Death Claim – In this claim, we held the business liable for the actions of their truck driver, and were able to secure an excellent 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 t his lawsuit, we proved that the medical provider didn’t respond adequately to our clients stated symptoms and that they also neglected to perform tests necessary to the symptoms.

Nursing Home Negligence Wrongful Death Claim – Injuries sustained during an accident don’t always cause immediate death. Complications that arrive from an initial accident are attributed as being caused by the accident. 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. The company didn’t make users aware that the use of the patches, directly on the skin, could lead to fatal levels of the chemical in the blood supply. 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. The pharmaceutical companies know how addictive opioids are, and still push doctors to prescribe opioids even in cases where they are not needed. 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 Salem, IL, 62881

No amount of money or compensation will ever replace your lost loved one. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Salem will take on your family’s wrongful death claim and fight to hold those accountable for your loved ones passing to the maximum extent of 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 short list of a few of the things you can recover. 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 Salem.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorney Salem, IL, 62881

Each state has laws determining who can bring a lawful death suit. 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 Salem 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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