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If someone you love has been the victim of wrongful death in Illinois, you may want to have the facts reviewed by a lawyer. Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a result of the negligence or wanton act of another. Illinois's wrongful death statute is different from every other state's wrongful death action. Although all cases depend on the specific facts, here are some of the past wrongful death decisions in Illinois:




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9/9/2005 Deborah Brown, Administrator of the Estate of Shawna Ward, deceased sued the Vandalia Community Unit School District and Eugene Roger for the wrongful death of the Shawna, age 14. The girl was trapped beneath a school bus driven by Rogers that was involved in an accident on August 27, 2003 when it went off Burg Road south of Fillmore and rolled down into a deep ravine. Plaintiff's verdict for $1 million
8/17/2005 The Family and Estate of Northwestern University football player Rashidi Wheeler sued Northwestern University on a wrongful death theory claiming Wheeler died on August 3, 2001 during a practice session because of the negligence of the School's coaching staff. They claimed officials did not give their son, an asthmatic, timely or adequate medical treatment. Settled for $16 million.
3/18/2005 The Estate and Family of James Mikolajczyk, age 46, sued Ford Motor Company on a wrongful death products liability theory claiming that the Ford Escort that he was driving at the time of the accident that caused his death was defective and unreasonably dangerous because the seat was so weak that it would fail in a reasonably anticipated rear-end impact. Plaintiffs' verdict for $27 million.
2/12/2005 Robert Wright, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Mary E. Wright, age 72, sued Purdy Brothers and Bruce A. Andersen for the wrongful death of Mary E.Wright resulting from injuries she sustained in an automobile truck accident that occurred on October 4, 2003 on Route 6 in Princeton, Illinois. Mr. Wright alleged that Bruce A. Andersse, while acting within the scope and course of his employment with Prudy Brothers, failed to yield the right-of-way to Mrs. Wright. She survived 55 days before she passed away. Plaintiff's verdict for $1.7 million
1/14/2005 The Estate of Patricia Hartman sued Premier Waste & Recycling and its driver, Robert Dabisch, for the hit and run wrongful death of Ms. Hartman, age 43, who was killed in September 2002. Surveillance tapes from a White Hen Pantry appeared to show a truck with custom parts and a two-tone paint job similar to trucks operated by Premier to have been the vehicle that struck and killed Ms. Hartman. Plaintiff's verdict for $4 million.


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