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Wrongful Death LawyerVandalia, IL

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

Wrongful Death Lawyer Vandalia, IL, 62471

Wrongful Death Lawyer Vandalia, IL. A terrible accident has hurt your family. You’ve lost someone important to your lives, and you aren’t sure how to move forward, or how to hold those who caused your loved one’s death responsible. Burger Law is a personal injury law firm in Vandalia 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 give your family the time and respect it deserves to fully honor your loved one, and ensure that company or individual who caused your loved one’s passing is held fully liable for their terrible 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. Someone acted negligently, and dangerously, and they should be held fully accountable for their actions. Their actions were negligent and reckless, and we will make sure that they pay for your loved one’s passing.

Gary Burger and Burger Law are a team of wrongful death lawyers who fight for the rights and recoveries of Vandalia families who have lost loved ones to reckless and negligent individuals. We can fight for your family, and we can hold those who caused your loved one’s death accountable. 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 Vandalia, IL, 62471

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 negligent party would be liable for any type of payments or recoveries that your loved one could have pursued.

Wrongful Death Attorney Vandalia, IL, 62471

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. Because death is involved in these claims, the collection and protection of evidence is paramount to the success of the claim. Our Lawyers in Vandalia 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 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 Vandalia, IL, 62471

As stated previously, a wrongful death claim is applicable when your loved one passed due to injuries, whereas, had they lived, they would have been able to sue the business or individual for the damages they were caused. 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 – In this case, we were able to prove negligence on the part of the driver and company, and were able to secure a substantial settlement for our client’s family 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 – Injuries sustained during an accident don’t always cause immediate death. Had the accident not happened, the additional complications would have never arrisen. Our client passed from subsequent illnesses due to the injury, and we held the nursing home fully liable for their actions.

Wrongful Death due to Fentanyl – This drug, in large amounts, can be fatal. The company responsible for the creation of the patches neglected to tell the users that the use of the patches could lead to fatal overdoses of the drug. 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. 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 Vandalia, IL, 62471

No amount of money or compensation will ever replace your lost loved one. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Vandalia 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 list is not the full list of the recoveries you may be entitled to. We understand that your loved one’s passing is difficult. We are going to fight to make sure you get everything your family is entitled to. When you’re ready to talk, we can help. Call or Contact our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Vandalia.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorney Vandalia, IL, 62471

State laws designate who can pursue 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 Vandalia 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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