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Wrongful Death LawyerShelbyville, IL

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

Wrongful Death Lawyer Shelbyville, IL, 62286

Wrongful Death Lawyer Shelbyville, IL. A terrible accident has hurt your family. A member of your family has died, and now you need help but aren’t sure what to do, or how your family is going to pursue the wrongful death suit. Burger Law is a personal injury law firm in Shelbyville that fights for the rights and recoveries of families who have lost loved ones due to negligence. Our Firm will make sure that your loved one’s memory is protected, 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. 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 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 that fight for Shelbyville families to make sure that they get the justice, compensation, and recovery they deserve for the loss of their loved one. 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 Shelbyville, IL, 62286

Wrongful Death Lawsuit gives families a means to seek reparations against those who have caused the passing of a loved one. These types of lawsuits give families legal recourse to hold an individual or business accountable for the death of a loved one. So what does this mean? If your loved one had survived the accident, they would have been able to sue for the injuries they sustained due to the accident, and the party that caused your loved one’s injuries could have been brought to trial and a judgment could have been sought against them.

Wrongful Death Attorney Shelbyville, IL, 62286

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 Shelbyville attorneys will know how to protect your family’s claim by securing the evidence, 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 Shelbyville, IL, 62286

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 instances where this is applicable. 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 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 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 – An accident can sometimes cause further injuries to arrise that may cause death later. Complications or injuries that come after an accident can nearly always be attributed to 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. 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 – 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 Shelbyville, IL, 62286

No amount of money or compensation will ever replace your lost loved one. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Shelbyville 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 list does not include everything that your family may be able to 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 Shelbyville.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorney Shelbyville, IL, 62286

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 Shelbyville 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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