Monday, May 3, 2010

Survival vs. Wrongful Death

The term "wrongful death" is actually a bit of a misnomer.  In the unfortunate event that someone suffers an untimely death, one would intuitively think that the appropriate claim to file would be a "wrongful death" claim, to recover for losses suffered by the individual that suffered the untimely death.

Under Illinois statutory law, however, the Wrongful Death Act does not recover for damages incurred by the deceased.  Wrongful death claims recover for losses sustained by the spouse and the next of kin of the individual who suffered a wrongful death. 740 ILCS 180/0.01

On the other hand, a survival action is a claim brought in order to recover for personal injury and other property losses suffered by an individual before succumbing their injuries.  A personal injury attorney will ensure that all appropriate claims are made in order to ensure that victims of personal injuries recover the compensation they are owed.

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