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About Carlson Bier Associates

When confronted with a wrongful death case in Pullman, reliability and thoroughness are key. Therefore, it is essential to be represented by an experienced legal team such as Carlson Bier. This prestigious Illinois-based law firm specializes in personal injury cases, particularly those involving wrongful deaths. In these emotionally charged and legally complex matters, you need attorneys who will fight tenaciously on your behalf. The focus at Carlson Bier is always on securing maximum compensation for clients faced with the heavy burden of managing life after losing a loved one unexpectedly due to negligence or mishap.

At Carlson Bier there’s a blend of compassion for the grieving family members our clients represent together with relentless dedication towards seeking justice against responsible parties– paving way for peace during an incredibly tough time. We provide strategic counsel while guiding families through insurance claims processes seamlessly which ensures minimal distraction from their coping process.

Choose us: establish strong advocacy that navigates challenging legal situations effectively yet empathetically assisting you through this trying time affordably and efficiently.

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Wrongful Death Lawyers in Pullman Illinois

As an esteemed personal injury legal firm in Illinois, Carlson Bier holds a distinguished reputation for providing justice and compensation to the families affected by wrongful death. The loss of a loved one is distressing and life-altering, with the grief compounded if that death was unjust or caused by another’s negligence. Wrongful death claims are complex under the law since they involve impossible-to-value components like emotional anguish and potential financial burdens.

Wrongful Death can be understood as a fatality ensuing from the careless actions of another party or entity. It could result from various circumstances—medical malpractice, occurring due to insufficiently diagnosed conditions or incorrect treatments; vehicle accidents resulting from impaired drivers, rush driving or malfunctioning traffic signals; unsafe working environments leading to fatal injuries; negligent supervision at nursing homes causing harm to senior citizens.

However, proving wrongful death requires demonstrating certain key elements: Duty of Care- Showing that the alleged perpetrator had a responsibility towards your loved one’s safety; Breach of Duty – Proving that this individual failed in fulfilling their obligation through rash conduct or lack thereof; Causation – To confirm that their dereliction directly contributed to your loved one’s passing away; Damages – Verifying that identifiable losses have occurred due to this tragic event.

Every wrongful death claim entails tracks both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages comprise measurable monetary costs such as medical bills before succumbing, funeral expenses, future earning capacity lost among others. Non-economic damages refer to emotional pain suffered by survivors including loss of companionship, mental agony etc., which are harder to amount monetarily but no less traumatic and consequential.

Illinois laws fix limitations on when you can file for a wrongful death claim—a stipulated period within which eligible surviving individuals must submit claims following the victim’s demise—as delayed filings may lead to valuable proofs becoming obsolete thereby jeopardizing your restoration rights brought forth by our stringent legal system.

Navigating through these intricate legal intricacies while dealing with the emotional aftermath of losing a loved one could be challenging. This draws attention to why engaging experienced legal representation, like Carlson Bier, is crucial. We will assemble compelling evidence, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and if need develops take your case to trial all aiming towards securing you compensation commensurate to the ordeal you have lived through.

Our compassionate staff at Carlson Bier recognizes that no financial remedy can turnovers loss but obtaining rightful compensation can lend monetary stability for sufferers left behind and punish the liable party thus delivering closure. Our firm’s approach is based upon commitment, compassion and the relentless pursuit of justice – this defines our ethos here at Carlson Bier.

Take a step forward in seeking justice for your lost loved one today. Discover how much your case might be worth by clicking on the button below. Allow us to shoulder some of your burden by guiding you through this complex labyrinth called wrongful death law process – we bring experience, knowledge and dedication every step along the way in executing these claims professionally and effectively, giving you peace-of-mind as it pertains to handling such difficult circumstances for families across Illinois

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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.
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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 Pullman

Two-Wheeler Incidents

Specializing in legal services for people injured in bicycle accidents due to negligent parties' lack of care or perilous conditions.

Burn Traumas

Giving professional legal assistance for patients of severe burn injuries caused by events or carelessness.

Clinical Negligence

Delivering dedicated legal assistance for individuals affected by physician malpractice, including wrong treatment.

Goods Obligation

Addressing cases involving defective products, delivering adept legal help to clients affected by harmful products.

Senior Abuse

Protecting the rights of the elderly who have been subjected to neglect in aged care environments, ensuring justice.

Tumble and Tumble Accidents

Specialist in managing slip and fall accident cases, providing legal support to victims seeking restitution for their injuries.

Childbirth Harms

Offering legal guidance for loved ones affected by medical incompetence resulting in birth injuries.

Auto Crashes

Accidents: Committed to supporting patients of car accidents get equitable remuneration for damages and harm.

Bike Crashes

Focused on providing legal advice for victims involved in two-wheeler accidents, ensuring just recovery for damages.

Truck Accident

Ensuring experienced legal services for drivers involved in truck accidents, focusing on securing adequate compensation for injuries.

Construction Site Collisions

Focused on defending workmen or bystanders injured in construction site accidents due to recklessness or negligence.

Neurological Damages

Dedicated to offering specialized legal assistance for persons suffering from cerebral injuries due to carelessness.

Dog Bite Harms

Adept at handling cases for persons who have suffered traumas from K9 assaults or animal attacks.

Pedestrian Collisions

Specializing in legal advocacy for cross-walkers involved in accidents, providing comprehensive support for recovering claims.

Unjust Loss

Working for relatives affected by a wrongful death, offering empathetic and experienced legal representation to ensure justice.

Spine Trauma

Expert in defending individuals with spinal cord injuries, offering expert legal representation to secure recovery.

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