Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, a pedestrian was fatally injured after being struck in a hit and run accident in Chicago. The police stated that a man was in the street when he was struck by a dark-colored SUV that continued driving westbound on Marquette Road in Chicago Lawn. Despite their vigilant investigation, police do not currently have anyone in custody.

On Sunday, February 25, 2024, an elderly couple were killed in the City of Chicago after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street to go to church. According to the police, the elderly couple was in the crosswalk when they were struck by a Ford F150 pickup truck. The pickup truck was seen on security video making a left before knocking the couple down to the ground while they were in the crosswalk. After the collision, the pedestrians were taken to local hospitals, where they later succumbed to their injuries. The pickup truck driver was given a citation for failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Continue reading

On August 11, 2023, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 219 which amends both the Illinois Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180) and The Probate Act of 1975 (755 ILCS 5/27-6) to allow for punitive damages in wrongful death and survival claims. Under Public Act 103-0514, punitive damages are now expressly allowed in wrongful death claims and survival claims. As noted in Public Act 103-0514 and the Wrongful Death Act, punitive damages still may not be claimed in certain types of claims, including medical malpractice claims, legal malpractice claims, and certain claims against state and local governments. Continue reading

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