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When building a wrongful death case in Gurnee, how important is it to have witness testimony?

Building a case against a defendant can be a difficult task, especially when trying to do it on your own. It is a good idea to get the help of a reputable Gurnee wrongful death attorney. An attorney will be able to help you build a case to get the compensation you deserve for your loss. He will also help you to gather the necessary evidence such as a witness testimony.

Having a witness to support your claim is very important. A witness testimony can be the key ingredient between a solid or weak case. There are a number of ways in which a witness will help your case.

Three important ways in which a witness will help your claim are:

  • A witness can explain what happened. Often, there will be an eyewitness to the event that caused the death. This witness will be able to explain in her own words exactly what took place.
  • A witness can prove damages. In the accident that caused the death, there may be personal property that was destroyed or ruined. You will be able to recover the damages to the personal property that was damaged. An eyewitness will be able to prove that the property was damaged in the accident. Similarly, expert witnesses can testify to the damage the loss of your family member will inflict on your emotional, social, and financial wellbeing.
  • A witness can prove liability. In most cases an expert witness will be brought in to recreate the accident and use his expert opinion to show how the incident caused the death.

To begin your claim, contact an experienced Illinois wrongful death lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. Call 888-277-4879 to discuss your legal options and to obtain a free case evaluation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham