Klest Injury Law Firm
Fighting For The Injured For More Than 30 Years A Chicago Law Firm
Injured? No office visit necessary. Call Now!
Free Case Consultations

How successful are Illinois wrongful death suits?

When someone passes away in a hospital, their family members may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if they believe the death should have been prevented. However, you may be wondering if this is worth doing and how successful these suits can actually be. A quick look at the numbers shows that they can bring in a substantial amount of money, all while helping to hold people accountable for their actions.

Just looking at cases involving public hospitals in Illinois, for example, $180 million has been distributed in these cases. This money was awarded in the last ten years alone.

Some hospitals were more involved than others. Those in Cook County took on the majority of the cases. On the west side of Chicago, a large amount of money was also distributed for cases involving the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Additionally, mental health centers and Veterans Affairs centers had payouts, though to a lesser degree.

So, how many actual deaths were involved in these payouts? The total looked in the study was just 184. What this means is that just under $1 million was awarded per death on average. Of course, it's worth noting that this is simply the average, and many cases actually paid out far less or far more than that. Still, it gives a sense of the types of payments that are being made on an annual basis.

Have you lost a loved one, and do you believe it was a wrongful death? If so, you may want to see what rights you have to compensation. Please note that this post regarding past awards in wrongful death cases does not guarantee a particular outcome in your case.

Source: Better Government Association, "Illinois Public Hospitals Pay $180 Million For Wrongful Death Cases" Brett Chase, accessed Mar. 20, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

No Nonsense Approach - A Client Testimonial

"Attorney Klest is a very knowledgeable attorney with a no nonsense approach derived from his growing up in the City Of Chicago and working his way thru college, law school and starting his own practice.

I am VERY pleased with how he handled my case and also praise his support staff as well.”

View More Testimonials

Let’s Get Started Today

Call 312-380-5467 or fill out our short E-mail form for a FREE case consultation where we'll review your case details and determine the best course of action to take.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Free Consultation

Free Guide

Free Accident Guide Book

Illinois Injury Law: A Reference Guide for Accident Victims is a free book designed to help accident victims and Booktheir families navigate the legal process.

More on our FREE guide

Record Verdict

Klest Wins $28 Million Abuse Verdict

The Klest Law Firm announced a milestone victory for sexual abuse victims when they received a $28,000,000 verdict in the matter of Snyder v. Kenny.

More on this record case

Schaumburg Office
1834 Walden Office Square
Suite 500
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Toll Free: 866-264-7639
Phone: 847-380-3309
Fax: 847-969-9514
Schaumburg Law Office Map

Chicago Office
11 W. Illinois St.
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-380-5467
Chicago Law Office Map

Klest Injury Law Firm

Contact us for a FREE consultation:

Toll Free: 866-264-7639