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About Carlson Bier Associates

In the unfortunate event of a loved one’s wrongful death, Carlson Bier offers unparalleled legal expertise to seek justice. This seasoned law firm comprehends the intricacies of Illinois’ wrongful death statutes and is dedicated to holding those responsible accountable for their actions. With an exceptional track record built on compassion, professionalism, and strategic planning, Carlson Bier excels in providing resilience during these times of adversity by standing firmly beside their clients throughout litigation. The personal commitment they demonstrate towards each case redefines personalized representation. Opting for Carlson Bier means expecting empathy-driven assistance paired with aggressive pursuit of justice on behalf of your lost loved one—the most fitting tribute that could be given under such circumstances—securely backed up by years of specialized experience in wrongful death lawsuits within Illinois jurisdiction’s framework that will ensure favorable outcomes aligned on recovering maximum compensation available under applicable laws.

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Wrongful Death Lawyers in North Center Illinois

You’ve reached the website of Carlson Bier, an esteemed Personal Injury Attorney Group based in Illinois. As a prominent law office, we are proud to be your trusted source for expert legal counsel and representation particularly on matters related to Wrongful Death actions.

A wrongful death claim is brought forward when one person dies due to the legal fault of another person or entity. This can include numerous scenarios including but not limited to car accidents caused by negligent drivers, malpractice lawsuits resulting from medical negligence, faulty products leading to fatal injuries as well as work-related fatalities caused by unsafe working conditions.

When considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you must seek competent legal advice immediately because:

• Understanding the Statute of Limitations: Wrongful death claims have strict time limits dictated by Illinois’ Statute of Limitations which varies according to specific circumstances surrounding the claim.

• Determining Eligibility: For a successful wrongful death claim in Illinois, it is essential that you can legally establish your relationship with the deceased person. Generally speaking, only immediate family members can initiate such claims.

• Proving Negligence: A crucial element in winning a wrongful death case involves proving that it was indeed negligence on part of another party that led directly or indirectly to the victim’s death.

At Carlson Bier, our team handles each case individually considering its distinctive facts and complications. We understand how devastating loss can be and aim at providing unmatched professional support to alleviate some pain this difficult journey mandates.

The calculation for damages awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit includes pecuniary losses like lost earnings potential or benefits, costs associated with funeral or burial services incurred due loss sustained from grief, sorrow and suffered mental anguish alongside punitive damages if destructive behavior is demonstrated.

As trained lawyers specializing in personal injury law and specifically wrongful deaths cases at Carlson Bier firm :

• We leverage years of experience navigating through complex layers constituting these lawsuits

• Devise strategic action plans tailored specifically for each clients situation.

• Represent our clients aggressively in court to ensure rightful justice and recompense.

Through it all, we stand beside you with expertise and dedication guiding you through every step on this hard path. We tirelessly fight for the rights of our client, negotiating relevant compensation that reflects the severity of emotional trauma and financial hardships brought upon by situations leading to wrongful death. Here in Carlson Bier, we believe in lessening burdens accompanying pain.

We invite you to take advantage of our wealth of experience and legal acumen from over decades worth serving as personal injury attorneys specializing in wrongful death lawsuits based here in Illinois. Please click the button below to evaluate how much your case could be worth. The dedicated team at Carlson Bier is ready to extend their support, working relentlessly towards ensuring justice is served!

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Mydjianie Savary
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I went to a car accident with my husband and they’re was very helpful. I love them so much.
Judy Canchola
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This law office was helpful, consistent and professional. I highly recommend!
Francisca Rojas
Francisca Rojas
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.
Justin Scott
Justin Scott
CarlsonBier handled my personal injury lawsuit... They were amazing and I highly recommend if you're in a motor vehicle accident
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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 North Center

Cycling Accidents

Proficient in legal advocacy for people injured in bicycle accidents due to negligent parties' indifference or dangerous conditions.

Fire Injuries

Extending specialist legal advice for sufferers of serious burn injuries caused by mishaps or recklessness.

Healthcare Carelessness

Offering expert legal advice for patients affected by medical malpractice, including medication mistakes.

Goods Liability

Addressing cases involving problematic products, offering skilled legal assistance to individuals affected by product malfunctions.

Geriatric Abuse

Supporting the rights of seniors who have been subjected to misconduct in care facilities environments, ensuring restitution.

Stumble and Slip Occurrences

Skilled in managing tumble accident cases, providing legal representation to victims seeking redress for their damages.

Newborn Damages

Offering legal assistance for relatives affected by medical negligence resulting in neonatal injuries.

Auto Crashes

Accidents: Dedicated to guiding patients of car accidents gain reasonable remuneration for harms and destruction.

Motorbike Crashes

Committed to providing representation for bikers involved in two-wheeler accidents, ensuring justice for injuries.

18-Wheeler Accident

Offering specialist legal assistance for drivers involved in big rig accidents, focusing on securing appropriate claims for damages.

Building Site Incidents

Focused on representing staff or bystanders injured in construction site accidents due to oversights or misconduct.

Cerebral Damages

Expert in extending compassionate legal advice for individuals suffering from cerebral injuries due to incidents.

Canine Attack Wounds

Expertise in tackling cases for persons who have suffered harms from canine attacks or wildlife encounters.

Jogger Accidents

Dedicated to legal representation for foot-travelers involved in accidents, providing expert advice for recovering restitution.

Unjust Loss

Striving for bereaved affected by a wrongful death, extending understanding and adept legal representation to ensure fairness.

Vertebral Trauma

Expert in representing clients with spine impairments, offering specialized legal assistance to secure redress.

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