Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyer

September 25, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Matt Dolman, Personal Injury Lawyer in Illinois
Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyer, Matthew Dolman

The sudden loss of a loved one to a tragic accident due to negligence can leave families reeling and searching for answers. Wrongful death accidents can happen without warning, and family members rarely know about their right to seek justice for their loved ones. They may find the situation overwhelming and wonder how to prove the accident was due to another party's negligence, what kind of compensation they deserve, and what legal steps they need to follow.

During these challenging times, the guidance of an experienced wrongful death attorney becomes critical. A Chicago wrongful death lawyer at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can answer these questions and provide legal support to pursue justice on your loved one's behalf.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, advocate for the families of victims who can no longer fight for themselves. We understand the difficulty you face as the surviving family of a wrongful death accident victim. By hiring our team, you can feel at ease knowing you have a fierce advocate protecting your interests as you begin the difficult path to healing and moving forward following a loved one's tragic death due to an accident.

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Why Choose Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA

After a family member's wrongful death, choosing the right advocate to represent you and your family can significantly affect the trajectory of your case. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, is a leading personal injury law firm in Chicago, focusing on working with families navigating the complexities of wrongful death cases.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, stands at the forefront of wrongful death law in Chicago with a team of dedicated, experienced wrongful death attorneys. Our team possesses skill, empathy, and tenacity in their ability to pursue justice on behalf of grieving families. We navigate the legal landscape on your behalf, allowing you to focus on healing.

Our Success in Wrongful Death Cases

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, do not just talk about our dedication to clients—we demonstrate it through our results. Our attorneys have secured substantial settlements and verdicts in wrongful death cases, achieving the justice our clients deserve on behalf of their loved ones while securing financial stability for their future.

Choosing Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, means partnering with a firm that is proficient in the law and genuinely cares about delivering justice for your family.

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Wrongful Death Compensation in Chicago


As you grapple with the emotional and tumultuous aftermath of losing a loved one, navigating the legal complexities and procedures to seek compensation can seem overwhelming. In Chicago, victims' families have the right to seek compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, is here to explain your rights, outline what to expect, and lead you through this process.

Your Rights to Compensation in Chicago

In Chicago, if a person's untimely death is due to the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another, the personal representative of the decedent's estate can file a wrongful death claim. This means that as a bereaved family member, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the loss of your loved one, which can include loss of income, loss of companionship, and medical or funeral expenses.

Dolman Law Group's Investigation Approach

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we take a comprehensive approach to investigating wrongful death cases. Our team identifies all potentially liable parties and meticulously uncovers the facts surrounding the case, including the cause of the accident, the involved parties, and the circumstances that led to the tragic incident.

This thorough investigation enables us to calculate the potential compensation available accurately. We aim to secure the maximum possible payment for our clients and alleviate some of the financial burdens during this painful period. The specifics of each case can determine the potential compensation amount, and our experienced attorneys will explain these factors to you clearly and understandably.

Filing a claim or entering into a wrongful death lawsuit can be challenging and emotionally draining, but with Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, on your side, you are not alone. Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers can advocate for your rights with dedication and the determination to bring all the responsible parties to justice.

Where Do Wrongful Deaths Occur in Chicago?

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As the third most populous city in the United States, Chicago experiences many accidents leading to wrongful deaths each year. While the circumstances of these tragic incidents can vary greatly, certain locations are prone to such occurrences.

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Chicago is a bustling city, teeming with traffic, construction, businesses, and people. It is also a place where accidents tragically occur, some leading to wrongful deaths. Many of these happen on busy roads, construction sites, places of employment, and even at medical facilities due to medical malpractice.

According to statistics, over 295,000 traffic accidents occur each year in Illinois, resulting in over 1,300 fatalities. More than 100 fatal accidents happen every year in Chicago. In addition to motor vehicle collisions in the city, workplace injuries and medical malpractice incidents also contribute to the frequency of wrongful deaths.

Common Places of Wrongful Deaths in Chicago

Although a wrongful death can happen almost anywhere, high-traffic areas, such as highways and major intersections, are often sites of fatal accidents. In Chicago, motor vehicle deaths commonly occur on problematic and congested roads, including the I-90, I-55, and I-290.

Workplaces, especially those involving manual labor or heavy machinery, often record high numbers of wrongful deaths. They also occur at hospitals and other medical facilities, such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Kindred Hospital, and Mount Sinai, due to instances of medical malpractice.

Understanding where wrongful deaths commonly occur can help evaluate the cause and liability in a wrongful death case and provide families with the knowledge they need to better understand the case and what compensation may be available to them.

The legal team at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has ample experience handling wrongful death cases in various environments and settings across Chicago. We can investigate the cause of your loved one's death, including whether the location of their death contributed to the cause of the accident, and determine who may be liable.

Understanding Wrongful Death Cases


The complexity of wrongful death cases is overwhelming for the family of victims pursuing justice. While not all accidents or fatalities fit into the category of a wrongful death, there are specific types of accidents and damages that can lead to a successful wrongful death claim in Chicago.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, have experience handling various wrongful death cases and can provide guidance specific to your circumstances to clarify whether the negligence of another party may have caused your loved one's death.

Common accidents leading to wrongful deaths in Chicago

  • Car accidents: Negligent or reckless driving can lead to fatal accidents where surviving families could pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver or entity responsible.
  • Medical malpractice: When healthcare professionals fail to provide standard care, resulting in a fatality, it may be a wrongful death, thereby allowing the family to pursue compensation from the provider or facility responsible.
  • Workplace accidents: Fatal accidents can occur in any work site but are common in high-risk workplaces, including construction sites, factories, and warehouses. Accidents on the job that result in the death of a worker give rise to wrongful death actions.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Negligent drivers can cause fatal accidents with occupants of other vehicles and may also involve pedestrians, leading to a potential wrongful death claim.
  • Product liability: Faulty, defective, or malfunctioning products can cause deadly accidents for which manufacturers or suppliers may be liable.
  • Premises liability: When property owners fail to maintain safe premises, resulting in a fatal accident, it can provide a basis for filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.

Types of Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

The damages available for compensation in wrongful death cases can vary based on several factors, including the specifics of the case, the deceased individual's financial situation, and the losses the surviving family members incur.

Commonly awarded damages in wrongful death cases include:

  • Economic damages: These are quantifiable losses, including medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost income.
  • Non-economic damages: These include intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship or consortium, and mental anguish following the death of your loved one.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, ensure that we account for all potential areas of compensation that the family members of wrongful death victims may be eligible for. We will work tirelessly to fight for justice for your loved one and to honor their life through empathetic representation.

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Battling Insurance Companies in Wrongful Death Cases

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Dealing with insurance companies after the wrongful death of a loved one adds an extra layer of stress and complexity for grieving families. These companies do not typically prioritize the needs of the victim's family. Most insurance companies, in fact, aim to minimize the payouts they make in wrongful death claims to protect their interests.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we understand these challenges and commit to standing up for your rights. Our team has vast experience and background in dealing with insurance adjusters. It can negotiate aggressively on your behalf to seek adequate and fair compensation for your losses and protect your rights during this difficult time.

We are well-versed in combating common tactics insurance companies employ. By choosing Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, you can rest assured that you have a team of skilled advocates willing to battle any insurance company on your behalf, even if it means taking the fight to court.

What to Do After a Wrongful Death

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The period immediately following the wrongful death of a loved one is emotionally overwhelming and legally complex. You may find yourself in a web of legal documentation, investigation requirements, and insurance hurdles. During this critical time, a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney becomes necessary.

After a wrongful death accident, retain all medical records, accident reports, or any other documentation associated with the death of your family member. This paperwork can be instrumental in proving the liability of the responsible party and the losses incurred. In the state of Illinois, there are also specific legal procedures you must follow after a wrongful death.

Without a Chicago wrongful death lawyer at your side, you may not be aware of these requirements, and not complying with the rules and requirements could jeopardize your claim and right to compensation.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can navigate these complex procedures and ensure all your documentation is in order. We provide compassionate and practical legal advice every step of the way.

Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, After the Negligent Death of a Loved One

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Do not face a wrongful death alone. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, are here to support and guide your family through these trying times. Let us fight for justice for your loved one and provide you the advocacy and understanding you need.

We invite you to contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, at (312) 500-2901 for your free case evaluation. Our experienced team can discuss your case, answer your questions, and provide you with an understanding of what compensation you may recover for your loved one's wrongful death.

Great lawyer, glad we switched! Met with Mr Dolman regarding an auto accident. My daughter had “soft tissue’ damage. I was unhappy with my current lawyer, but thought it was too late to change. We discussed my daughters case for about an hour and a half. Mr Dolman is very intelligent -legally and medically…I learned more that day than in the past 2 yrs with my last lawyer, that night my husband and I choose to switch both cases to Matt Dolman. No regrets! He noticed that a test had been missed on my daughter, the doctor agreed, and we found that she has bulging discs. We knew she was hurting, and now we have some proof as to why. Thanks Matt! My case is much more intricate…I am looking at possible cervical surgery, and live with pain and radiating numbness down my arm everyday. The good news is, I feel like my lawyer is finally fighting for me. He answers my calls immediately (prefers to be called on his cell phone so messages don’t get lost). He is also “down to earth” & easy to talk to. Very Pleased!


Very Good Experience. I was with another attorney who did not return my phone calls, messages, or help me with any questions and had no advice as far as who to go to for the medical attention I needed. I found Matt and got everything I needed, my questions answered, and he was very fast , professional & helpful.



Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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