Belleville Wrongful Death Attorneys
Hipskind & McAninch, LLC: Maximum Settlements, Outstanding Client Service
Companies, individuals and organizations have a duty to respect the safety and body of other citizens.
When that duty is breached—either due to negligence or recklessness—people get hurt. And in some cases, an act of negligence or recklessness can result in death.
Wrongful death laws exist to protect you—the family, loved ones and depends left in the wake of tragedy. They hold individuals and companies accountable for their actions—whether intentional or not—that led to the death of your loved one.
And in the aftermath, you and your family can be left with funeral expenses, lost income and medical bills on top of the grief of losing a loved one.
You should not be left wondering how you’re going to make ends meet. The party responsible should be accountable.
Filing a wrongful death suit can help get you and your family’s lives back on track, financially.
The wrongful death attorneys at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC will work tirelessly to fight for the damages you deserve. We’ll get into the details of your case, and build the strongest case against the responsible party we can.
With experience on both sides of wrongful death litigation, we know how the insurance company will look at your case. We can anticipate—and counter—any argument they might make, maximizing the value of your damages.
We’re so confident in our abilities that we will not charge you a dime until we win. After all, you shouldn’t worry about money during a time like this.
And, because we know wrongful death lawsuits are sensitive in nature, we promise to be on call. As our client, you’ll have access to our cell phones day or night because emergencies and urgent questions hardly ever abide by a 9 to 5 schedule.
Our past clients have nothing but good things to say about us—in fact, all 87 of our Google reviews are 5 out of 5 stars.
Both founding lawyers John Hipskind and Brady McAninch take pride in serving our clients’ best interests, and helping them earn the settlements they deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with Brady and John today to learn how we can get your life back on track.
“Brady went above and beyond for our case. Stayed in touch continuously and I never had to wait for a call back. Nor did we have to wonder what was going on or were we confused. We will definitely use them again if needed and I highly recommend!”
– Robin Fuhler
Proving wrongful death and calculating your settlement
While wrongful death lawsuits have a lower burden of proof than similar criminal charges, it is still difficult to successfully prove.
Your Belleville injury attorney will first have to prove that the party in question had a duty of care to your loved one. For example, drivers have a duty of care to drive sober and responsibly.
Then you’ll need to prove that the duty of care was breached—either intentionally or unintentionally. Continuing the above example, a driver who is drunk has breached their duty of care to other drivers on the road.
You’ll also need to prove that this breach of duty caused the death of your loved one. If a drunk driver swerves lanes into your loved one’s car, killing them, it is likely that the crash killed them. Other cases, however, are less straightforward, especially when the death was negligently rather than recklessly caused.
Even after you prove all of the above, you’ll need to prove that you and your family have suffered damages due to your loved one’s death.
These damages can either be economic (i.e., medical bills, loss of earning potential, funeral expenses) or non-economic (i.e., pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc.).
In extreme cases, such as when the wrongful death was intentionally or maliciously caused, punitive damages might be awarded serving to punish the at-fault party and deter others from similar intentionally careless or malicious acts.
But how much can you expect for your wrongful death settlement?
As with all case types, the settlement amount can vary widely from case to case. Every case is different, and therefore every settlement is different.
Still, the greatest factor is usually your loved one’s condition at the time of death: how much money they were making, and the family’s level of dependence upon them.
For example, someone who made more money and had multiple children will likely get a larger settlement than someone who was unemployed and had little interaction with the plaintiff.
But, because the details and circumstances vary from case to case, it impossible to accurately predict how much money in damages you can expect from your wrongful death settlement.
Scheduling a free consultation with us will allow us to get a sense for your case, and the details surrounding it. From there, we will work closely to build a strong case and get your family the settlement it deserves.