Wrongful Death

In the tragic event of a family member’s death, due to an accident, family members may have legal rights under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act. A family member may be appointed as a representative to serve on behalf of the deceased person’s estate and to seek damages for the benefit of the surviving spouse and children, or siblings and parents, and possibly other family members. In cases of negligence, the Act allows the deceased person's family members to receive compensation for the loss of love and support (the loss of "society") that the child would have contributed to family members throughout his or her life. Damages for lost services and income may also be compensable. With recent changes in Illinois law, grieving family members may also have valuable claims for their profound emotional suffering due to loss.

If you, or your family have suffered the loss of a loved one due to an accident or injury, I offer you a caring, compassionate approach to your important legal claim with personalized attention at every step. My service to your family is supported by my record of proven success in obtaining results for my clients, my experience in handling wrongful death cases, and my reputation for excellence in the community.

Wrongful death, car accidents, truck accidents, governmental tort immunity. Will County, Illinois. A settlement totaling $1,520,000 was reached by attorney John J. Malm in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a 7-year-old girl who died as a result of injuries she suffered in a traffic accident at an uncontrolled intersection in suburban Will County.

The lawsuit was settled shortly before jury selection was to set to begin in the trial against a suburban township in Will County and against a propane company which operated a truck involved in the crash. The young girl was a passenger in a car was heading to a soccer game northbound on 88th Avenue near the intersection of Steunkel Road in Frankfort, Illinois when the car was struck in an intersection by a westbound propane truck.

At the center of the lawsuit was an allegation of the township’s voluntary undertaking to inspect sight lines at the intersection, which were dangerously obstructed, according too the complaint. The township had argued it had no duty to install traffic control devices at the uncontrolled intersection, and was not obligated to address sight-line issues. The court denied the township’s numerous motions to dismiss the complaint, allowing the case to go to trial.


Contact Attorney John J. Malm

John J. Malm & Associates is an experienced personal injury law firm representing individuals and families who have suffered an injury or loss due to an accident. You may be entitled to a substantial settlement if you have been injured. Call 630-527-4177, or 312-422-6855, and speak with Attorney John J. Malm.