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What should you know about a wrongful death case?

Whether you have experienced a wrongful death in your family or not, it is important to know about some of the key aspects of a case. This way, you can be prepared if a tragic accident, such as a car crash, does take place. Below are some crucial things that you should be aware of.

The first thing that you should know is that, in some cases, murder can be used as grounds for a wrongful death case. While it is true that many cases are more geared around negligence than intentional action, this does not mean that you cannot start a lawsuit if intentional action was taken.

In fact, even if a murder case does not return a guilty verdict, it is possible in some situations to win a wrongful death case. This is exactly what happened to O.J. Simpson, for example, who was liable in a wrongful death suit involving his wife even though the murder trial did not determine that he was guilty of that crime.

However, there are many reasons why a wrongful death case could be started, including the following:

-- Negligent action, resulting in death, while using a motor vehicle.-- Medical malpractice during surgery or other procedures.-- Death due to a dangerous workplace environment.-- An accidental death when some type of criminal activity is taking place.

When someone in your family passes away and another person is involved, be sure that you know what legal grounds you may have to start a case and what steps must be taken in Illinois.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death Overview" Dec. 24, 2014

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