Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyer


As experienced Chicago wrongful death attorneys, we understand the tremendous pain and suffering that follows in the wake of losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence. The Jasmer Law Firm has helped achieve over $85 million total in verdicts and settlements since 1996.

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No one can prepare for the experience of losing a loved one—especially when they died as the result of someone else’s negligence. While no amount of money can ever restore things to the way they were, a wrongful death lawsuit can bring both comfort and compensation to the bereaved. 

With nearly 30 years of experience, the Jasmer Law Firm is known for achieving exceptional results, even in challenging cases. Our compassionate, experienced team works hard to recover compensation so you can focus on grieving and recovery.

If you have recently lost a loved one as a result of someone else's negligence, now is the time to contact a Chicago wrongful death lawyer. The Jasmer Law Firm offers free consultations.

You only have two (2) years to file a wrongful death claim in Illinois.

You only have two (2) years to file a wrongful death claim in Illinois.

The state of Illinois permits two (2) years from the date of the person's death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If the person was found to have died from "violent intentional conduct," a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within five (5) years of the date of the person’s death.

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Work With A Premiere Chicago Wrongful Death Law Firm

The Jasmer Law Firm is a premier personal injury and wrongful death law firm. We get exceptional results for our clients, and we have a proven track record of success. We have the knowledge and experience you need to obtain justice for you and your loved ones—and we work hard to maximize your recovery. 

If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of someone else's negligence, call The Jasmer Law Firm now to find out if you have a case.

The Jasmer Law Firm handles a wide variety of wrongful death cases.

Illinois state law (740 ILCS 180) allows citizens to file a wrongful death lawsuit if they lose a loved one to another party’s carelessness or negligence. The circumstances of this tragedy may vary, but no matter how a wrongful death occurs, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Jasmer Law Firm are here to help. 

We represent families whose loved ones have died untimely deaths as a result of others' negligence in the following areas:

Medical Malpractice

Product Liability 

Construction Accidents


$1 Million Partial Settlement for the death of a newborn twin as a result of a premature delivery - case continues against the obstetrician.

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Focus on: Birth Injury

Focus on: Birth Injury

Wrongful death cases stemming from birth injury cases are tragically common, even today. Fatal birth injuries can occur in a number of ways, from oxygen deprivation in utero to spinal cord injuries during delivery to late-onset complications arising from medical negligence. 

Losing a baby in childbirth is perhaps the greatest grief we can feel; no amount of money can fully compensate a family for this incalculable loss. However, when a birth injury tragedy occurs from medical negligence, the legal team at the Jasmer Law Firm can help you secure compensation for your medical costs, funeral expenses, as well as the profound pain and suffering experienced by the bereaved parents.

As Chicago birth injury attorneys, we are proud to act as your personal representatives during every stage of your birth injury case. We offer compassionate, confidential consultations that weigh every angle of your case. We understand the tremendous emotional burden such a case presents to the surviving family members; we only take legal action if we feel that your mental and emotional health will be better in the long run for us having done so.

If you believe you have a wrongful death case arising from a birth injury, contact the Jasmer Law Firm today.

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Focus on: Maternal Death

Childbirth and delivery are usually joyous times: a chance for a family to celebrate new life and new beginnings. No one expects tragedy to hit and take the life of a mother. Maternal death during or soon after childbirth is rare in today's scientific age — but it does occur. If you lost a wife or daughter during childbirth, the Jasmer Law Firm extends our sincere condolences. 

We have more to offer than sympathy, however. The Jasmer Law Firm aggressively pursues wrongful death claims on behalf of families of women who have died in childbirth. Our law firm is known for compassion, innovation, and record-setting results in medical malpractice lawsuits.

How can a dollar’s value be put on the life of a mother? The loss of one's mother or wife is an irreplaceable loss; her value is beyond calculation. We know how to help a jury translate these immeasurable losses into monetary damages that include compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, childcare costs, as well as pain and suffering. Loss of companionship for the surviving spouse — an intangible but very real price to the family as a whole — will also be taken into account.

The Jasmer Law Firm offers free initial consultations for surviving family members after a maternal death. Our attorney is available for evening and weekend appointments and can come to a hospital or home if needed.


A jury verdict of more than $3 million for the family of a man whose misdiagnosis in an emergency room resulted in his death soon after he was sent home.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Deaths

A wrongful death suit is filed in state court. It doesn't ask the state to lock up the person responsible for another's death through negligence, recklessness, or a deliberate act such as murder. A wrongful death lawsuit instead asks a court to punish the guilty by requiring them to financially compensate the family that lost a loved one.

In a criminal case, the state must prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the accused is guilty. Anything less, and the defendant is found not guilty of the crime and goes free.

In a civil court, the standard of proof is lower. The plaintiff — the party who files the lawsuit — must have "a preponderance of evidence" to prevail. That means the plaintiff must simply have more evidence than the defendant.

A wrongful death lawsuit provides a measure of justice that the criminal courts often fail to deliver. A person can be found not guilty of manslaughter after a fatal DUI crash but nevertheless lose a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court for needlessly causing the victim's death.

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is generally two (2) years from the date of the person’s death or the date that their cause of death was discovered. While some exceptions apply, you are generally not permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit after four (4) years if the case arose from alleged medical negligence. See 740 ILCS 180.

We highly recommend that you speak to a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to begin your claim. Long delays in filing your lawsuit may result in greater difficulty proving your case. 

In Illinois, the deceased person's surviving spouse and/or next of kin will receive damages congruent to their dependency on the deceased person, as determined by the court. In all cases, plaintiffs will be required to demonstrate dependence on the decedent to be eligible for damages. See 740 Ill. Comp. Stat. 180/2. 

Damages” are “damages are the remedy that a party requests the court award in order to try to make the injured party whole.” In a wrongful death suit, there is no amount of money that can return life to the way it was before the fatal event—so how does the concept of “damages” apply here?

Generally, there are two kinds of damages that can be awarded in a civil action involving wrongful death:

  1. Damages are awarded to the surviving family members, in accordance with Illinois law, as they would have been awarded to the deceased person had they not died. This may include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and so forth.

  2. Damages are also awarded as compensation for the losses the family will experience in the wake of the tragedy. These damages may include spousal support if the surviving spouse was financially dependent on the decedent; funding to provide domestic work, child care, and/or emotional support; and noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering.

Your wrongful death lawyer is not just a litigator; they are a trusted advocate and friend. When hiring an attorney to represent you, be sure you feel comfortable talking with them about the case. Some questions you might ask yourself:

  • Are they listening to me?

  • Do they seem knowledgeable about the law and how it will apply in my case?

  • Do they have a history of record-setting verdicts and settlements?

  • Do they operate on a contingency fee basis (meaning, do they only get paid after I receive compensation)?

To learn more about how to file a wrongful death lawsuit, contact the Chicago wrongful death attorneys at the Jasmer Law Firm for an assessment of the case and your legal options. A wrongful death lawyer helps the families of victims hold reckless and negligent people accountable for the harm they cause in a motor vehicle crash or other needless tragedy.

A wrongful death lawyer provides a range of services for the family of the deceased person, starting with an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death. After your initial consultation and their investigation, your wrongful death attorney will advise you about your case’s strengths and potential weaknesses. If you choose to retain them, they will pursue legal action against the defendant party.

What does a wrongful death lawsuit entail? Your attorney will be able to explain the specific steps during your initial consultation, but it essentially involves a process of filing a lawsuit, requesting discovery (generally written evidence), taking depositions (on-record statements from people involved in the event), and negotiating with the defendant party and their insurer(s).

 Most critically, however, a wrongful death lawyer will take the burden of the legal process off your shoulders so you and your family can focus on grieving and recovery. They act as a trusted advisor and advocate during your greatest moment of need.


Nearly $1 Million Verdict for the death of a 75-year-old man rear-ended by a van ($938,000).

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