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About Carlson Bier Associates

When you are faced with the deeply painful experience of a wrongful death, it’s crucial to have solid and trustworthy legal representation by your side. With Carlson Bier, you receive compassionate representation committed to securing justice for clients throughout Illinois. Our team has distinguished themselves as leaders in personal injury law specializing particularly in wrongful death claims. We maintain an unwavering dedication to ensuring that people who lose a loved one due to another party’s negligence or willful misconduct get the justice they deserve while providing financially adequate compensation. Proven expertise and unparalleled commitment make us advocates of choice for those seeking rightful compensation amid life-altering circumstances across IL state. Trust Carlson Bier when pursuing wrongful death litigation; our seasoned attorneys combine decades of hands-on courtroom experience with strategic diligence for highest client success rates. In these difficult moments, have peace knowing you’re guided by reliable legal professionals whose only aim is fighting tirelessly on your behalf until favourable outcomes are achieved.

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Wrongful Death Lawyers in West Garfield Park Illinois

At Carlson Bier, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing and often overwhelming landscape of personal injury law. Our primary focus is understanding the dynamics and intricacies of wrongful death claims, with our team well versed in dealing with this sensitive area.

Losing a loved one due to another’s negligence or misconduct sparks profound sadness and confusion. It’s common for feelings of despair to be mingled with pressing questions like ‘could it have been prevented?’ or ‘who can be held responsible?’ Here at Carlson Bier, we aim to answer these questions while managing the legal process so you can try to pick up life’s fragments again.

To shed more light on wrongful death, it is essentially a lawsuit filed by remaining family members against those responsible for their loved one’s premature demise. This could include situations ranging from car accidents caused by drunk drivers to complex medical malpractice issues involving doctors or drug manufacturers. When such incidents occur in Illinois, specific laws apply:

• The case must usually commence within two years from the date of death.

• Damages will comprise economic factors such as lost future earnings; non-economic factors like pain and suffering before passing away; grief and sorrow experienced by survivors.

• Wrongful death claim success hinges on proving that another entity was negligent or engaged in deliberate wrongdoing causative of your loved one’s demise.

Navigating any personal injury claim can be daunting; when it involves loss of life, emotions run high making the process even more challenging. That’s where our skilled team comes into play – bringing their expert understanding of subtleties involved in litigating wrongful death causes and ensuring that rightful compensation is secured.

Our commitment goes beyond mere representation – aiming at educating you about essential aspects concerning Illinois’ wronging death laws so that together we make informed decisions every step of the way:

* We guide identification of who might bear responsibility: Not always obvious since multiple parties may share blame in certain cases.

* Establishing negligence: We meticulously work on evidence collection, necessary to demonstrate the at-fault party’s errors and the dire consequences they had on your loved one’s life.

* Enforcing rightful compensation: Our focus is getting you reparation, accounting for medical bills, burial costs, lost wages among other considerations.

The Carlson Bier advantage extends further; we operate on a contingency basis – meaning we only get paid if we win your case – making high-quality legal representation accessible irrespective of economic standing.

Dealing with wrongful death claims impacts more than just finances; it often means handling intense emotions – as such, our lawyers’ approach bears that in mind. While keeping committed to pursuing justice for those currently in unimaginable pain, our team offers empathetic support throughout the process lest overwhelming grief stands in the way of securing accountability.

In what is likely a heart-wrenching time you’re going through right now due to sudden loss and uncertainty, trust Carlson Bier attorneys to help you regain some semblance of control. In Illinois law offices where each attorney blends legal expertise with an intimate understanding of personal trauma related to wrongful death cases, be rest assured that at Carlson Bier you are not another number but a part of our supportive community.

Believe us when we say that there is empowerment beyond grief. With the wrongdoer held accountable and financial burdens eased via rightful compensation won–peace might dawn over slowly healing hearts & lives changed forever—however bleak everything may seem now.

When ready to take this significant step towards recovering from loss inflicted unfairly upon you –click on the button below right now. Allow us at Carlson Bier to evaluate your wrongful death claim free of charge. Today can be the day you begin reclaiming strength after suffering by initiating steps towards closure coming through justice pursued relentlessly — together.

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Mydjianie Savary
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2023-12-12
I went to a car accident with my husband and they’re was very helpful. I love them so much.
Judy Canchola
Judy Canchola
2023-12-06
This law office was helpful, consistent and professional. I highly recommend!
Francisca Rojas
Francisca Rojas
2023-11-29
So happy to work with this attorney, they resolve my case very fast!
April Bartlett
April Bartlett
2023-11-09
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
2023-10-30
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
2023-10-25
CarlsonBier handled my personal injury lawsuit... They were amazing and I highly recommend if you're in a motor vehicle accident
Shanta Nash
Shanta Nash
2023-10-16
I really love you guys Yall the Best 🥰
Kevin Calloway
Kevin Calloway
2023-10-16
Jeff handled my recent car accident case. He was always just a phone call away to answer my questions. Thanks for making such a stressful situation easier to deal with.

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 West Garfield Park

Bike Accidents

Proficient in legal representation for individuals injured in bicycle accidents due to other parties' lack of care or hazardous conditions.

Fire Injuries

Giving professional legal advice for patients of grave burn injuries caused by occurrences or indifference.

Physician Carelessness

Providing experienced legal assistance for persons affected by physician malpractice, including medication mistakes.

Items Obligation

Addressing cases involving dangerous products, extending specialist legal support to individuals affected by defective items.

Senior Mistreatment

Supporting the rights of nursing home residents who have been subjected to malpractice in senior centers environments, ensuring justice.

Tumble and Trip Accidents

Expert in dealing with slip and fall accident cases, providing legal services to sufferers seeking recovery for their losses.

Neonatal Injuries

Providing legal guidance for loved ones affected by medical malpractice resulting in birth injuries.

Automobile Collisions

Accidents: Committed to aiding individuals of car accidents obtain appropriate settlement for wounds and harm.

Bike Crashes

Expert in providing legal advice for individuals involved in scooter accidents, ensuring fair compensation for traumas.

Trucking Accident

Providing experienced legal services for persons involved in lorry accidents, focusing on securing fair settlement for injuries.

Construction Incidents

Committed to assisting laborers or bystanders injured in construction site accidents due to safety violations or recklessness.

Neurological Traumas

Specializing in offering professional legal representation for clients suffering from neurological injuries due to misconduct.

Dog Bite Damages

Adept at managing cases for people who have suffered wounds from canine attacks or wildlife encounters.

Cross-walker Incidents

Focused on legal assistance for foot-travelers involved in accidents, providing dedicated assistance for recovering compensation.

Wrongful Loss

Advocating for relatives affected by a wrongful death, supplying sensitive and experienced legal assistance to ensure redress.

Neural Damage

Committed to assisting individuals with vertebral damage, offering compassionate legal guidance to secure settlement.

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