Call today for a consultation


Fatal Accidents

The Cates Law Firm, LLC, a leading Southern Illinois law firm, understands that coping with fatal accidents and the sudden death of a loved one is an incredibly heartbreaking experience. We understand that the moment you learn that your loved one has unexpectedly lost their life, your life will be forever changed as you try to understand exactly what happened.

If your loved one was killed because of someone else’s negligence, it’s crucial to seek legal representation immediately. By consulting a wrongful death lawyer with considerable experience in fatal accident cases, you may be able to obtain a settlement for the significant loss you have endured so that you and your family can move forward without a financial burden.

Possible Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death claim can be filed when someone’s careless or reckless actions lead to the death of another person. Vehicle accidents that may involve a car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, train, boat, or pedestrian are common wrongful death claims. Medical malpractice, defective products, accidents in the workplace, nursing home negligence, and unsafe premises can also result in a wrongful death claim.

Compensation for Wrongful Death Claims

If your loved one lost their life because of a car crashtruck accidentmedical malpractice, or any other form of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. In Illinois, wrongful death claims are typically filed by a relative who brings the case on behalf of the decedent’s estate.

In most cases, parents have a wrongful death claim if they lose a child, a spouse can recover for the wrongful death of their husband or wife, and children can be eligible to file for the wrongful death of a parent. Although compensation cannot replace your loss, it can help your family adjust to new economic circumstances and pay for the following:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Grief and sorrow
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of insurance
  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Medical bills
  • Punitive damages

Illinois Wrongful Death Lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC Fight Hard for Families Seeking Justice

An Illinois wrongful death lawyer at The Cates Law Firm, LLC will protect your rights and work to ensure you receive a fair settlement for the pain and burden you and your family have experienced. We are a top-rated law firm in Southern Illinois and are dedicated to handling complex cases that involve serious personal injuries and instances of wrongful death.

David Cates is our lead trial lawyer who has a decade of experience trying cases that involve complicated legal issues with multiple defendants. The Cates Law Firm, LLC is proud of our track record in achieving countless successful resolutions involving settlements and verdicts of $1 million or more.

To learn more about how an Illinois wrongful death lawyer can help you during this difficult time, give us a call at 618-277-3644 or contact us online today. The Cates Law Firm, LLC operates on a contingency fee basis meaning we will not charge you a dime unless you receive a settlement or verdict. We proudly serve individuals and families across Southern Illinois and the Metro East region, from St. Louis to the Indiana border, including the communities of Belleville, Carbondale, East St. Louis, Granite City, Edwardsville, Chester, Waterloo, Madison County, St. Clair County, Monroe County, and Randolph County.