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About Carlson Bier Associates

When tragedy strikes in the form of a wrongful death, no one is prepared. It takes not only an emotional toll but can also leave behind substantial financial burdens and unanswered questions. In these challenging times, having a compassionate and understanding legal representative like Carlson Bier can make all the difference. Based in Illinois, our proficient team offers premier wrongful death litigation services across multiple jurisdictions covering South Shore and beyond. We meticulously investigate each case for every discernible ounce of responsibility to ensure that your loved one’s memory will get the justice it deserves while alleviating as much burden from you as possible during this difficult period. The reassuring track record of settled cases by Carlson Bier reflects our commitment to fighting unrelentingly for victims’ families – we understand exactly what’s at stake for you. While no settlement or verdict can truly compensate your loss, let us help you navigate through this painful chapter with utmost dignity and respect – because here at Carlson Bier; Your peace matters most!

About Carlson Bier

Wrongful Death Lawyers in South Shore Illinois

Carlson Bier takes pride in providing expert legal guidance and aggressive representation to clients facing personal injury cases. Armed with a team of elite professionals, we specialize in various areas including complex Wrongful Death. This comprises scenarios where an individual loses their life due to the negligence or malpractice of another party — whether it be an entity like a company or institution, or another person.

Such circumstances are surely sorrowful and tremendously challenging for the bereaved. Legal processes might seem overbearing during such times, but prompt action can safeguard your rights and secure due compensation for emotional distress, loss of companionship, lost wages, funeral expenses and other damages. In Illinois specifically, there is a statute of limitations which generally allows within 2 years from the date of passing to file an action for wrongful death.

Our expertise as personal injury attorneys extends across multiple niches related to wrongful death claims; vehicular accidents resulting in fatalities being one noteworthy domain. A study by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) unveiled that car crashes account significantly amongst deaths between age groups 1-54 nationwide illustrating just how frequent these events can take place around us.

* The absolute priority in auto-related fatalities is establishing liability.

* Understanding the proximate cause (the primary event leading to the fatality)

* Negotiating with insurance companies who oftentimes undervalue claims

* Pursuing litigation if necessary.

Another significant area is workplace mishaps causing fatal injuries ranging from construction site incidents to warehouse accidents often brought about by inadequate training, faulty equipment among many others. Premises liability instances such as hazardous conditions on someone else’s property proving lethal also fall under this ambit.

As seasoned lawyers at Carlson Bier firm we ensure every client’s case receives comprehensive investigation:

* Compile evidence via police reports, witness testimonials

* Harness independent medical professionals’ opinions.

* Establish definitive correlation between defendant actions/omissions & victim’s demise.

The objective remains unwavering—trace every detail and follow the evidence wherever it leads in pursuit of justice for our clients.

We fully comprehend that recompense cannot truly compensate the pain experienced by a grievous loss. Nevertheless, we are committed to carrying forward our client’s burden relieving them from cumbersome legalities which entails:

* Assessing claim worth accurately factoring in elements like potential earning losses.

* Vigilantly tracking changes in laws and applying them expeditiously

* Handling sensitive details of cases with extreme confidentiality &


* Engaging high powered negotiation skills & an approach rooted in extensive litigation experience.

We understand embarking on this journey could be daunting, especially since the areas around Wrongful Death seem perplexing even at a general level. Our way forward isn’t just about providing you with quality legal services. It is also about creating spaces where you feel heard, supported, and guided through each step along this strenuous pathway.

In times that may seem filled with uncertainty, remember Carlson Bier stands as your unwavering beacon of hope. We’re not just attorneys—we’re your trusted partners navigating you through choppy waters towards shores of relief and resolution.

Considering embarking on this fight for justice? Go ahead and click the button below right away to evaluate your case’s worth risk-free—it doesn’t necessarily commence any legal process but surely contributes to making informed decisions ahead on the path to rightfully deserved compensation. At Carlson Bier, we believe transparent knowledge sharing equips you better in these unfortunate circumstances–because when draining emotions peek every now & then – guiding lights shouldn’t falter-ever!

Remember: Our quest lies more than fighting cases- it is about standing tall with YOU!


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Mydjianie Savary
mydjianie savary
I went to a car accident with my husband and they’re was very helpful. I love them so much.
Judy Canchola
Judy Canchola
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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Kevin Calloway
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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 South Shore

Cycling Collisions

Dedicated to legal advocacy for victims injured in bicycle accidents due to others' indifference or dangerous conditions.

Flame Wounds

Extending specialist legal assistance for patients of severe burn injuries caused by occurrences or misconduct.

Healthcare Misconduct

Offering experienced legal assistance for patients affected by physician malpractice, including medication mistakes.

Goods Liability

Addressing cases involving unsafe products, offering expert legal services to victims affected by harmful products.

Geriatric Malpractice

Supporting the rights of aged individuals who have been subjected to neglect in care facilities environments, ensuring justice.

Slip and Stumble Injuries

Professional in managing trip accident cases, providing legal assistance to persons seeking redress for their losses.

Birth Injuries

Offering legal help for loved ones affected by medical carelessness resulting in neonatal injuries.

Vehicle Collisions

Crashes: Dedicated to supporting clients of car accidents gain just remuneration for hurts and losses.

Motorcycle Mishaps

Expert in providing representation for bikers involved in motorcycle accidents, ensuring rightful claims for harm.

Truck Incident

Ensuring specialist legal support for drivers involved in truck accidents, focusing on securing adequate recompense for hurts.

Worksite Incidents

Dedicated to advocating for staff or bystanders injured in construction site accidents due to oversights or negligence.

Brain Injuries

Specializing in providing compassionate legal advice for clients suffering from neurological injuries due to negligence.

Dog Attack Injuries

Proficient in tackling cases for persons who have suffered damages from dog attacks or wildlife encounters.

Pedestrian Collisions

Committed to legal services for walkers involved in accidents, providing professional services for recovering restitution.

Wrongful Death

Standing up for relatives affected by a wrongful death, extending compassionate and experienced legal support to ensure fairness.

Backbone Harm

Dedicated to supporting clients with vertebral damage, offering dedicated legal assistance to secure justice.

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