Joliet, IL asked in Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Illinois

Q: Is there a time frame for suing for Wrongful Death?

I lost my entire family when a Semi Truck driver ran over their car from behind. I had an attorney who took advantage of my grief coaxing me to settle for a outrageously low amount. He didn't follow through with the suits he had promised and it has bothered me through the years.

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Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You must file suit within 2 years. That said, once you signed the Release in exchange for the money, you lost the ability to sue. The situation that you describe is the "Holy Grail" of personal injury attorneys because most commercial semi's have virtually unlimited insurance. It is truly a shame if it was settled for short money.

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