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About Carlson Bier Associates

When faced with the unfortunate circumstance of wrongful death, securing proficient legal representation is crucial. Carlson Bier provides exceptional service in this intricate domain of law. Our experience and proficiency extend into navigating complexities involved in proving negligence by another party leading to a tragic loss, which is the key aspect of Wrongful Death cases under Illinois law. Recognized for our proactive and empathetic approach towards clients undergoing such distressing times, we address all aspects pertaining to compensation claims – lost wages from deceased, medical costs preceding death and funeral expenses among others meticulously promptly. Committed to ensuring justice for your loved ones within Coal City’s jurisdictions or anywhere across Illinois state lines; we ensure you receive just compensation reflecting both tangible as well as intangible losses associated with your unexpected bereavement. Consider entrusting Carlson Bier with your case not only because of our unparalleled track record but also owing to our commendable lawyer-client relationship culture marking us out distinctively amongst other firms.

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Wrongful Death Lawyers in Coal City Illinois

At Carlson Bier, we understand the grief and burden of losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct. To alleviate your distress, our proficient team of personal injury attorneys is here to advocate for your legal rights in case of wrongful death.

Wrongful death arises when a person dies as a result of another individual’s reckless behavior, failings, or deliberate actions. These cases can arise from various situations such as car accidents, medical malpractice, workplace hazards, and defective products. If you are an immediate family member such as the spouse, parent or child of the deceased individual you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.

In Illinois where Carlson Bier law firm serves clients zealously yet compassionately, wrongful death cases hold specific characteristics:

• The wrongdoer’s conduct either deliberate or negligent resulted in the victim’s death.

• The surviving relatives have suffered measurable damages resulting from this untimely demise.

• It is essential to appoint a representative for the decedent’s estate who shall initiate any ensuing lawsuit.

Knowing what damages may be recovered can bring clarity during these challenging times. In wrongful death lawsuits specific categories of losses include:

• Financial contributions that the deceased would have made

• Benefits lost due to the victim’s death often including pension plans or health insurance

• Funeral and burial expenses

• Grief and mental suffering endured by survivors

Our skilled lawyers at Carlson Bier explore every possible avenue within these intricate legal territories. We handle each case with tenacity while providing individualized attention it deserves.

It should be noted that compensation varies based upon many factors. This inter alia includes assessing financial loss concerning non-quantifiable aspects like companionship affection guidance among others; age; earning capacity at time-of-death; life expectancy – all play cardinal role.

Further rules governing statute limitations indeed exist in Illinois placing constraints on how long after event itself – i.e., date-of-death – such claims might be lodged. Here, the time frame is usually two years, although exceptions can apply in specific contexts; thus obtaining legal advice sooner rather than later proves paramount.

In closing wrongful death cases are replete with their complexities – they involve unique emotional financial legal challenges. It provides a sobering reminder of why enlisting experienced and sympathetic lawyer from our team here at Carlson Bier makes good sense. We strive to alleviate some of your burdens as we walk through this difficult journey together – dedicatedly serving you with integrity assertiveness determination empathy compassion.

Your decision to take action is powerful, and it’s that decision that can bring justice for your loved one’s loss while providing financial stability for your family’s future. If you’re ready to pursue a wrongful death action or if you have questions about an existing claim or circumstances surrounding potential case, do not hesitate to connect with us.

The tragedy impacting you today has brought grief unimaginable until now; yet among such shadows light also emerges empowering individuals entrust valued respect trusted hands revealing rough times ahead which therein adds multiple perspectives bringing unforeseen strength resolve never before realized until these very moments.

Here at Carlson Bier, each step taken serves your best interests every inch toward justice served its fullest under compassionate understanding passionate representation uniquely distinct among personal injury attorneys throughout Illinois Areas Service area without nonetheless suggesting physical presence within Coal City itself contrary state regulations prohibiting such representations.

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I went to a car accident with my husband and they’re was very helpful. I love them so much.
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This law office was helpful, consistent and professional. I highly recommend!
Francisca Rojas
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So happy to work with this attorney, they resolve my case very fast!
April Bartlett
April Bartlett
Jeff Bier at Carlson Bier is a great injury lawyer! Jeff was very hands on with my case. He kept me updated on any and all developments. He was a pleasure to work with.
Daniel Vivian
Daniel Vivian
Jeff and his team were great. Everyone on his team were helpful and informative while we navigated the process after our accident. Would use him and his team again if ever needed. Thank you to everyone at Carlson Bier who helped us.
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Notable Illinois Appellate Wins

Moruzzi v. CCC Servs., Inc., 2020 IL App (2d) 190411, 171 N.E.3d 61
Background: Insured motorist filed action against insurer for declaratory judgment seeking construction of automobile insurance policy issued to insured and that was in effect when insured was injured by an underinsured driver. The Circuit Court, DuPage County, Bonnie M. Wheaton, J., granted the insurer's motions for summary judgment. Insured appealed.Holdings: The Appellate Court, Zenoff, J., held that:1 medical payments reduction clause in automobile insurance policy conflicted with underinsured motorist provisions so as to render reduction clause ambiguous, and thus medical payment benefits were deductible from insured's damages;2 law firm representing insured did not create common fund or common funds when it reached settlement with underinsured motorist, and thus law firm was not entitled to recover fees under common-fund doctrine; and3 collateral estoppel did not bar automobile insurers from litigating whether common-fund doctrine applied in insured motorist's declaratory judgment action.Affirmed in part and reversed in part.
Maier v. CC Servs., Inc., 2019 IL App (3d) 170640, 132 N.E.3d 795
Background: After insured, who was injured in automobile collision with another driver, recovered full liability limits of driver's policy, she filed amended complaint for declaratory judgment against her own automobile insurer, alleging that insurer breached contractual duty to pay for insured's damages in accordance with uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage in insured's policy and that insurer acted in bad faith in denying insured such coverage. The Circuit Court, La Salle County, Troy D. Holland, J., granted the insurer's motion to dismiss claims as time-barred. Insured appealed.The Appellate Court ruled that neither the insurer nor the insured could add amended policy provisions to the court record. It was decided that the policy's requirement for a written arbitration demand applied to both uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. The court found that a letter from the insured's attorney to the insurer wasn't a valid arbitration demand nor a proof of loss to toll the statute of limitations. Finally, the insurer was permitted to use the defense based on the two-year statute of limitations period. The court's decision was affirmed.
Econ. Premier Assurance Co. v. Country Mut. Ins. Co., 2021 IL App (1st) 192364-U
Holding: The circuit court's order that granted defendant's motion for summary judgment and denied plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment was proper where defendant had no duty to indemnify its insured with respect to the underlying complaint and therefore plaintiff was not entitled to recover against defendant on its subrogation or unjust enrichment claims; affirmed.
Country Preferred Ins. Co. v. Westerheide, 2023 IL App (5th) 220343-U
Holding: The court affirmed judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff where the defendant failed to make a written demand for arbitration within two years from the date of the accident as required by the underinsured provisions of the defendant's automotive insurance policy.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Olsak, 2022 IL App (1st) 200695, 216 N.E.3d 291
In a complex legal case, an insurer sought to avoid defending or indemnifying a hockey player under a policy issued to the player's stepfather after the player was sued for assaulting his coach. The initial Circuit Court ruling favored the insurer, but the Appellate Court reversed this decision, leading to a protracted legal battle. Ultimately, the Appellate Court determined the insurer was liable only up to the $3 million policy limit and found the insurer's four-year delay in seeking a declaratory judgment to be reasonable. This case highlights important aspects of insurance litigation and policy limit liabilities.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Durkin Elec. Co., Inc., 2022 IL App (1st) 210293-U, appeal denied, 199 N.E.3d 1187 (Ill. 2022)
Holding: The circuit court's order that denied plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment and found that defendant was an additional insured under the policy was proper. The circuit court's order that denied defendant's motion for summary judgment and found that plaintiff did not have a duty to defend or indemnify defendant under the policy was proper; affirmed.
Country Preferred Ins. Co. v. Groen, 2017 IL App (4th) 160028, 69 N.E.3d 911
Background: Uninsured motorist (UM) carrier brought action against insured for declaratory judgment that it owed no benefits since workers' compensation received by insured exceeded policy limits. The Circuit Court, Sangamon County, Chris Perrin, J., entered summary judgment in favor of the carrier. Insured appealed.Holdings: The Appellate Court, Harris, J., held that:1 employer's medical payments entitled carrier to setoff, and2 setoff clauses were enforceable.Affirmed.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Frobish, 2021 IL App (3d) 190473-U
Holding: Allegations in the underlying complaint that a township employee caused property damage by excavating and digging out a ditch failed to impose a duty to defend under township employee's individual farm insurance policy.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Jones, 2018 IL App (1st) 173154-U
Holding: The judgment of the circuit court of Cook County is affirmed; plaintiff is entitled to summary judgment on its claim for a declaratory judgment that it has no duty to defend or indemnify its insured against the underlying complaint because the loss claimed in the underlying complaint is subject to an exclusion. The court held that it would also enter judgment for plaintiff because the underlying complaint does not allege an “occurrence” causing bodily injury within the meaning of the policy.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Schmitt, 2021 IL App (5th) 190173-U
Holding: The appellate court reversed and remanded the judgment of the circuit court where plaintiff had no duty to defend its insured and thus was not stopped from raising policy defenses to coverage for the underlying tort action contained in the amended declaratory action.
Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Livorsi Marine, Inc., 222 Ill. 2d 303, 856 N.E.2d 338 (2006) (the late Keith Carlson)
Liability insurer brought action against insureds for a declaratory judgment based on failure to provide timely notice of lawsuits against them. The Circuit Court, Cook County, Stephen A. Schiller, J., entered judgment for the insurer. Insureds appealed. The Appellate Court, Wolfson, J., 358 Ill.App.3d 880, 295 Ill.Dec. 665, 833 N.E.2d 871, affirmed. Leave to appeal was granted.Holdings: The Supreme Court, Garman, J., held that:1 if the insurer did not receive reasonable notice of an occurrence or a lawsuit, the policyholder may not recover under the policy, regardless of whether the lack of reasonable notice prejudiced the insurer, overruling Rice v. AAA Aerostar, Inc., 294 Ill.App.3d 801, 229 Ill.Dec. 20, 690 N.E.2d 1067, and Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Baur's Opera House, Inc., 296 Ill.App.3d 1011, 230 Ill.Dec. 624, 694 N.E.2d 593, and2 insured did not need to prove that it was prejudiced by delayed notice of lawsuits.Affirmed.
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Wrongful Death FAQ​

Wrongful death occurs when a person’s death is caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person.

The following people may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • The spouse or children of the deceased
  • The parents of the deceased
  • The siblings of the deceased
  • The personal representative of the deceased’s estate

To prove a wrongful death claim in Illinois, the plaintiff must prove the following elements:

  • The defendant owed the deceased a duty of care.
  • The defendant breached that duty of care.
  • The breach of duty caused the death of the deceased.
  • The plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the death of the deceased.

In a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois, you may be able to recover the following types of damages:

  • Pecuniary damages: These damages are designed to compensate the plaintiff for the financial losses they have suffered as a result of the death of the deceased. This could include lost wages, medical expenses, and funeral expenses.
  • Non-pecuniary damages: These damages are designed to compensate the plaintiff for the non-financial losses they have suffered as a result of the death of the deceased. This could include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of parental guidance.

The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in Illinois is two years. This means that you have two years from the date of the death to file a lawsuit.

If you have any questions about your legal rights or options after a wrongful death, you should contact an experienced wrongful death attorney.

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Areas of Practice in Coal City

Two-Wheeler Mishaps

Dedicated to legal representation for clients injured in bicycle accidents due to other parties' indifference or perilous conditions.

Scald Burns

Offering professional legal support for sufferers of grave burn injuries caused by incidents or indifference.

Physician Malpractice

Extending expert legal support for clients affected by hospital malpractice, including medication mistakes.

Items Accountability

Addressing cases involving faulty products, providing expert legal guidance to consumers affected by product-related injuries.

Nursing Home Mistreatment

Defending the rights of nursing home residents who have been subjected to abuse in care facilities environments, ensuring protection.

Fall and Slip Injuries

Specialist in managing stumble accident cases, providing legal advice to victims seeking justice for their suffering.

Childbirth Damages

Providing legal aid for kin affected by medical negligence resulting in neonatal injuries.

Vehicle Collisions

Incidents: Dedicated to aiding patients of car accidents gain equitable compensation for injuries and losses.

Motorcycle Collisions

Committed to providing legal support for victims involved in two-wheeler accidents, ensuring just recovery for damages.

Big Rig Crash

Providing expert legal representation for persons involved in lorry accidents, focusing on securing rightful compensation for damages.

Building Site Accidents

Committed to assisting employees or bystanders injured in construction site accidents due to safety violations or negligence.

Cognitive Traumas

Committed to ensuring specialized legal advice for patients suffering from brain injuries due to incidents.

Dog Attack Harms

Specialized in dealing with cases for persons who have suffered harms from dog bites or wildlife encounters.

Cross-walker Mishaps

Expert in legal services for cross-walkers involved in accidents, providing professional services for recovering restitution.

Unfair Fatality

Standing up for loved ones affected by a wrongful death, offering compassionate and professional legal support to ensure compensation.

Backbone Injury

Expert in supporting individuals with backbone trauma, offering professional legal guidance to secure compensation.

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