The emotional hardship that a death brings to a family can seem unbearable. It often takes the help and love of others to stay strong enough to get through the hardship. The emotional aspect of losing someone can be intensified when they are lost unexpectedly due to the negligence of another.
Losing someone can also cause a financial hardship for those who depended on the deceased individual. Fortunately, the financial loss and emotional hardship can be recovered through a Gurnee wrongful death claim.
Filing a wrongful death claim isn’t always as easy as filing and receiving compensation. Often times the defendant will try to fight the claim. The defendant will most likely try to use a number of defenses to the wrongful death action.
Some of the ways a defendant may try to defend his actions are:
- Self-defense. The defendant can claim that he had reasonable grounds to believe that loss of life or great bodily harm was imminent.
- Release agreement. If there was a release agreement, the defendant may point to that as a defense to a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Involvement in an unlawful act. If the deceased was committing an unlawful act when the death occurred, then the plaintiff may not be able to recover damages.
Although filing a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind, it is important to do so—and the right thing to do. You can also allow a Gurnee wrongful death attorney at Hupy and Abraham take some of the burden off your shoulders. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.