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What Can You Expect From the Attorneys and Staff at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C.?

Skilled, Compassionate Personal Injury Lawyers in Lake County

When you choose Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to represent you in your personal injury matter, you can expect us to listen carefully to you and to provide you with the top-quality service you deserve. Our attorneys and staff will work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Contact our office today to learn more.

Being injured in any type of accident can have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life. The road ahead may seem uncertain and overwhelming, and you may not even know where to start. At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our experienced attorneys and hardworking staff understand the challenges that you are facing, and we have the tools to help you.

Our team recognizes the importance of treating you with dignity and respect, as well as listening carefully as you share your values, needs, and long-term goals. Together, we will develop a strategy to resolve your case quickly, and without sacrificing quality of results. If you have questions, we will answer them. If we do not have the answers, we will get them for you. You can depend on our team to remain at your side every step of the way, including at the negotiation table, in mediation or arbitration, and in the courtroom. You deserve justice, and we will help you get it.

We Welcome Your Call

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by another party’s actions or negligence, the experienced personal injury attorney at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. are here to help. Contact our office to get started today. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation. There is no risk because we only charge legal fees if you collect compensation. Our firm represents injured victims and their families in Waukegan, Wheaton, Richmond, DuPage County, Lake County, McHenry County, and the surrounding areas.

What Are the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect?

Lake County Nursing Home Injury Lawyers

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms and there is a wide range of possible warning signs, which may include inexplicable injuries, significant weight loss, bedsores, insomnia, unusual irritability, and depression. If you suspect that your elderly loved one is being mistreated, an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer can help you take action.

There are countless physical and emotional indicators that could suggest that your loved one is not receiving proper care in a nursing home or a skilled nursing facility. Nursing home abuse and neglect are both extremely serious problems in Illinois and around the country, and it is important to understand the difference between the two.

Nursing home abuse refers to any action or inaction that includes the intent to harm a patient. Neglect refers to behaviors that do not include an intent to harm but that still fall short of proper care. Examples of nursing home abuse may include:

  • Hitting, kicking, punching, or otherwise harming a patient;
  • Unnecessarily restraining a patient, either by physical or chemical means;
  • Intentionally over-medicating a patient;
  • Verbal and emotional attacks against a patient; and
  • Sexual abuse of a nursing home patient.

Common examples of nursing home neglect may include:

  • Missed or mixed-up medications;
  • Irregular meal schedules;
  • Lack of adequate food or water;
  • Failure to change soiled clothes or sheets in a timely manner;
  • Poor personal hygiene practices; and
  • Lack of attention from the staff.

An Experienced Wheaton Lawyer Can Help

Nursing homes are often understaffed, but patients should not be forced to suffer as a result. If you have a loved one in a nursing home who is not receiving quality care, contact a member of the team at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. today. We will investigate the situation and help you decide on the best course of action. Call 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation today. Our firm helps seniors and their families in DuPage County, Lake County, Wheaton, Waukegan, Richmond, and throughout Northern Illinois.

What Damages Are Allowed in a Wrongful Death Case?

Helping Families Rebuild After Losing a Loved One in Illinois

A wrongful death lawsuit is intended to compensate the surviving family for the untimely death of the victim. Compensatory damages are generally available for the family’s grief and emotional suffering, the loss of love, loss of care, loss of protection, loss of companionship, and the loss of financial support and services provided by the victim.

The Illinois Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180) provides that the surviving family members of a victim whose death was caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another party are entitled to collect compensation for “pecuniary injuries resulting from such death.” A wrongful death action must be filed in the name of a Special Administrator for the benefit of the victim’s spouse and next of kin.

Available Damages in Illinois

There are three main categories of damages that could be available, depending on the circumstances of your case. You may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Loss of support: If your loved one earned a living and provided specific services to your family, you could be entitled to recover his or her lost income and compensation for other contributions;
  • Loss of consortium: The law also recognizes that your loved one contributed more than just money to your family. Loss of consortium claims generally include loss of companionship, love, care, guidance, and protection;
  • Grief, sorrow, and mental suffering: It is also possible to recover damages for the emotional effects of the death on you and your family. Obtaining compensation for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering can be challenging, but a qualified attorney can help.

DuPage County Wrongful Death Attorneys

The skilled lawyers at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. are ready to assist you with your wrongful death claim. We will help you understand what damages may be available based on the unique circumstance of your situation. Contact our office to get started. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation today. Our team serves families in Waukegan, Wheaton, Richmond, DuPage County, Lake County, and the surrounding areas.

Do I Need an Attorney to Pursue a Wrongful Death Case?

Lake County Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers Explain Why You Need an Attorney

It is extremely important to hire a qualified, experienced attorney to assist with a wrongful death claim following the death of a loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit is a complex endeavor with many statutory requirements, countless variables, and critical deadlines. The defendant and any insurance companies will have attorneys aggressively protecting their interests, and so should you.

There are many reasons to retain an attorney when you have lost a loved one due to another party’s actions or negligence. A skilled lawyer will conduct a full investigation into your loved one’s death. In doing so, the attorney is not only looking for evidence but also to determine who may be liable for causing the tragedy.

According to Illinois law, a wrongful death action must be filed by a Special Administrator on behalf of the decedent’s surviving spouse and next of kin. In many cases, the court will need to appoint a Special Administrator before the case can even begin. The experienced wrongful death lawyers at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. understand how to ensure that the best possible person is chosen as the Special Administrator.

Once the claim has been filed, your lawyer will help you prove that the negligence or actions of the defendant directly caused the death of your loved one. An attorney will also assist in showing that you deserve to be compensated for your losses. The amount of available damages will depend on your family’s circumstances and those surrounding the death, and our team will work hard to maximize your recovery. Money cannot bring your loved one back, but a just verdict or settlement can help you move forward with your life.

Call 847-662-3303 Today

If your loved one was killed by someone else’s actions or negligence, contact our office for guidance. Call 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today. We represent families in DuPage County, Lake County, McHenry County, and surrounding areas.

Are Punitive Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Action?

Lawyers for Wrongful Death Cases in DuPage County and Lake County

In the state of Illinois, punitive damages are generally not available in a wrongful death lawsuit. Punitive damages are intended to punish a person or entity for wrongdoing and to deter others from engaging in the same behavior, but they are usually reserved for the victim, not the victim’s surviving spouse or next of kin.

The Illinois legislature recognized the importance of wrongful death lawsuits by enacting the Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180) in 1853. The Act has been amended over the years, but it still allows the surviving family members of deceased victims to recover damages associated with a death caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another party.

In many types of personal injury cases, an injured victim may recover punitive damages in addition to any other recoverable damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish a party’s negligence or wrongful act and to deter similar behavior in the future. As a general rule of law, punitive damages are only available to the injured victim, and they do not survive the victim’s death. The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the only way punitive damages may be awarded after a victim’s death is in cases where the statute on which the wrongful death suit is based expressly allows the recovery of punitive damages.

Helping Illinois Families Understand Their Rights

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our skilled attorneys know that wrongful death claims can be confusing and overwhelming. It can be difficult to know for sure what your options are for collecting compensation. If you have lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence or wrongful acts, contact our office to get the help you need. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation today. Our firm represents families in Wheaton, Waukegan, Richmond, Lake County, DuPage County, and throughout Northern Illinois.

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