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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyers in Illinois

Advocating for You & Your Family

Illinois law allows a person’s family or dependents to recover compensation when the person dies due to someone else’s negligence or intentionally wrongful conduct. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to determine who or what caused a person’s death after the victim is gone.

A good Illinois wrongful death attorney knows how to find the evidence and testimony necessary to prove the cause of death and to identify the responsible parties. We understand that it is difficult to think of these things when you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, but it is important to act as soon as you are able to do so. At Sam C. Mitchell & Associates, our Illinois wrongful death lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to deal with the legalities of protecting your rights during your time of loss.

Reach out to us today at (618) 505-1660 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We truly care about helping you and your family move forward.

Helping Families Move Forward

A wrongful death can lead to more than the loss of your loved one. It can be devastating in a number of additional ways.

That is why it may be possible to gain compensation for:

  • The deceased’s pain and suffering before their death
  • Any disability incurred
  • The loss of future earning potential by the deceased
  • The loss of support or other financial help to the survivors

While there is no amount of financial compensation that could undo the loss you have experienced, a fair settlement or jury verdict can provide you with a sense of justice on behalf of your loved one and offer you the ability to take care of unexpected financial burdens you must now face.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Illinois?

The state of Illinois permits the personal representative of the deceased’s estate to file a wrongful death suit. This person may be someone appointed by the deceased in a will or it may be someone selected by the court to serve as the estate’s representative if no will existed.

In any case, the personal representative will typically seek compensation on behalf of:

  • The surviving spouse of the deceased
  • The surviving child/children of the deceased
  • The surviving parent(s) of the deceased
  • Anyone who was dependent on the deceased
  • Any heir of the deceased

It’s also important to note that there is a statute of limitations—or timeline—for filing a wrongful death claim in Illinois. In most cases, you only have two years from the date of death to bring a wrongful death suit.

Turn to Our Trusted Attorneys

Moving forward with your life after the unexpected death of a loved one can seem overwhelming. Let our firm help you with the legal aspects of your claim so that you can focus on spending time with your family and loved ones and on healing. We are prepared to put over a century of combined experience and proven track record of results on your side.

Contact Sam C. Mitchell & Associates today by calling (618) 505-1660 to begin your road to recovery. Your initial consultation is completely free.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Right Firm Can Make the Difference
  • Free Initial Case Evaluations
  • You Pay Nothing Unless We Win
  • Over 3,700 Cases Handled
  • Committed to Integrity Above All Else
  • Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Over a Century of Combined Legal Experience

Case Results

Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Burn Victim $24,000,000

    House explosion involving a gas leak causing serious and permanent injuries to the occupants.

  • Auto Accident $9,000,000

    Auto accident involving permanent injury to a mother and her unborn child.

  • Trucking Accident $2,500,000

    Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.

  • Auto Accident $2,500,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - A box truck pulled out in front of our client’s vehicle, resulting in a T-bone crash. Our client sustained serious injuries to his neck and left shoulder.

  • Slip & Fall $1,050,000

    Woman slipped and fell over a parking block at a local restaurant in Nashville, IL. She was left with a broken hip and a long recovery.

  • Auto Accident 920,000

    A man was sheading south on RT 45 in Saline County when TT slowed to make a turn and was rear-ended. Our client suffered injuries to his neck and shoulders. Justice was served for our client.

  • Auto Accident $875,000

    Client was stopped at a red light in O'Fallon when another vehicle failed to stop rear-ending our client. He sustained injuries to his neck, low back and leg.

  • Auto Accident $750,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - Jury verdict in favor of our client who was injured in an intersection crash in Herrin, IL. Before the trial, the defendant’s insurance company withdrew all settlement offers and offered our client $0. Justice was served with a trial verdict of $750,000.

  • Pedestrian Accident $650,000

    Client was struck on the head by a tree branch being cut by the defendant, leaving our client unconscious. He suffered a severe brain injury as a result.

  • Auto Accident $600,000

    A woman was violently rear-ended in Marion, IL and sustained injuries to both of her knees from striking the dashboard and an injury to her foot.


Client Testimonials

Hear From People We've Helped
  • “The sincerity that he showed is what separates Mr. Dihle from others I have interacted with. I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a sharp, knowledgeable lawyer who gets the best for his client.”

    - Nathan
  • “Sam C. Mitchell & Associates handled my case fairly and professionally I was able to put the worry of the legalities and paperwork aside and focus on my rehabilitation after my accident.”

    - Sally
  • “My wife and I hired Mr. Dihle in an accident claim. He has proved very well versed in the law concerning the claim. He and his aid we're always pleasant and helpful in explaining what could and could not be done.”

    - Cathy
  • “Bill explained everything to me and kept me notified of how my case was preceding. Attorney Bill Alexander was very friendly and made my very comfortable.”

    - Keith
  • “They fight for their clients and their rights with passion. Their competitive nature gives them an advantage no one can compare to. On top of all of this, they give back.”

    - Iris