What Does Wrongful Death Mean?

What Does Wrongful Death Mean?

At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we see our roles as more than just attorneys. Our team is stocked with personal injury lawyers with decades of experience, certainly, but we also see ourselves as an advocate, guide, and even a friend to each of our clients. We are committed to providing personal attention to those we serve, and part of that is putting complex legal terms into easier-to-understand wording. When we take the time to do this with our clients, they are more informed and empowered.

We serve clients with various needs, some who come to us devastated at the loss of someone they love. These cases can be especially emotional for us, and we work diligently to give the surviving family members the compensation they deserve in a timely manner.

What does ‘wrongful death’ mean?

The term “wrongful death” can mean different things in different states. Here in Illinois, wrongful death means the death of a person was caused by a wrongful act. This wrongful act can be separated into three categories: acts that were intentional, that were neglectful, or that demonstrated other acts of misconduct.

How do we handle wrongful death cases?

Wrongful death cases require our team to lean on our personal and professional experience. We aim to make the surviving family members, our clients, feel empowered during this emotional and trying time. Our attorney team will sit down with the family to learn more about the death and the conditions leading up to the event. Then, we will work to secure paperwork and documentation about the death and the events that happened prior to, and immediately after, the event.

Our team will advocate for your best interests and an outcome you deserve. We are well versed in the courtroom and are not afraid to take insurance companies and the other party to court to get what you deserve.

All through the process, we are committed to standing beside you and your family as you navigate this difficult time. We will get through this together.

If you have lost a loved one to suspicious conditions, or if you have been injured, contact our team. We would love to hear your story and give you our full attention. Call us today.

Benefits of Taking Your Case to Trial

Benefits of Taking Your Case to Trial


When you are seeking compensation for a personal injury or wrongful death event, you are thrust into a legal world that you may not have known about before. It is overwhelming to attempt to contend with large insurance companies on your own, and having an experienced attorney by your side can increase the chance of a positive outcome (as well as alleviate quite a bit of your stress). However, even the most experienced attorney can be timid to take your case all the way into a courtroom. Are you missing out if you don’t go in front of a judge?

Why don’t cases go to trial?

Most personal injury and wrongful death cases do not go to trial. In fact, some statistics demonstrate less than 10% of cases like yours make it into a courtroom. Why is this? Mainly, attorneys for the injured and for the defendants prefer to solve the matter before it goes to trial.

Trials can be expensive and require extra staff time. Attorneys will need to be on their game, arguing their case live in front of a judge and jury. Many attorneys prefer to keep their arguing in a boardroom and out of court.

Should my case go to trial?

Every case is different, but it is important to seek out an attorney that is not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary. When you search for an attorney to represent you, assure you find one that has a recent track record of success in the courtroom as well as in pretrial settlements. If you have an attorney who is too timid to go to trial, you may not receive the compensation you ultimately deserve.

At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we have a serious track record of successful outcomes for our clients – in and out of court. We have found that going to trial is necessary in many cases in order to get the maximum compensation for those we represent. We are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies in a courtroom, and we are ready to guide you through that process as well.

Give us a call today to tell us more about your situation. We would love to partner with you to give you a positive outcome.

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