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DISCOVERY RULE PROVIDES NEW AVENUE FOR JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS IN WRONGFUL DEATH ACT AND SURVIVAL ACT CASES

The Illinois Supreme Court has now provided a new avenue for victims in wrongful death act and survival act cases: the discovery rule. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/13-212(a), the discovery rule establishes that, within a four-year statute of repose, any claim of malpractice against a physician or hospital must be filed within two years of the date on which the claimant knew or through the use of reasonable diligence should have known of the existence of the injury or death for which damages have been sought. In Moon v. Rhode, the Illinois Supreme Court found that it was an issue of fact in wrongful death and survival actions predicated upon medical malpractice as to when the individual knew of the injury and its negligent cause. The discovery rule can now extend the wrongful death act and survival act statute of limitations beyond the two-year anniversary of death. 

Speeding driver kills self, three members of Chicago-area family

A young driver in the Chicago area, who had several previous traffic violations and license suspensions, was going double the speed limit, and possibly up to 100mph, when he struck a vehicle carrying members of an area family who were involved heavily involved in their local community.

TRAPPED WORKER KILLED IN GENEVA COMMONS TOWER CONSTRUCTION

On February 3, 2017, Geneva Fire Department rescue efforts failed to save Donald J. Tentler, 47, of West Dundee at the Geneva Commons shopping center. Tentler, a construction worker, had attempted to install a sign on the parking lot tower when he became trapped between a crane and the tower.

Wrongful death claims in Illinois

A fatal car accident can alter the lives of a family in a heartbeat. Not only that, but it will affect the friends of the person who died, and the community as a whole. Unfortunately, no one is immune from the shockwaves left in the wake of a fatal automobile crash.

What are the most important elements of a wrongful death case?

Illinois families who trying to overcome the loss of a loved one may be wondering whether they can file a wrongful death claim in civil court. Depending on some important factors and elements, if your loved one was killed because of another party's negligence, then a valid wrongful death claim can often be made.

Illinois auto collision claims one life in Tazewell County

A crash in Tazewell County, Illinois, has left one person dead and two persons injured. The incident happened at approximately 6:45 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. According to the County Sheriff, a 70-year-old man crossed into opposing traffic and collided with another vehicle that contained three people.

Woman tragically dies in dialysis facility after ambulance failed to transport her to hospital

A Kurtz ambulance service failed to pick up a patient according to their scheduled pickup, possibly contributing to her untimely death. A 71 year old woman was scheduled to be transported from 1051 Essington Road to a local hospital. Her transportation never arrived and she was left inside the building after hours until firefighters discovered her sitting in her wheelchair. A second phone call to the ambulance company was never made.

Tent Collapse Kills 1, Injures Several in Wood Dale

On August 2, 2015, at approximately 2:45 p.m., a microburst rolled through western Chicagoland and wreaked havoc on suburban Wood Dale's Prairie Fest. As the storm hit, festival attendees took to the main tent for shelter from the rain and hail. However, the tent buckled under the storm's winds and sent its tarp and support poles, along with audio equipment from the nearby concert stage, flying onto the crowd.

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