Understanding Wrongful Death and Survival ActionsBy Frank AndreanoOctober 2015Article, Page 30Though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, wrongful death and survival actions are anything but identical. Failing to understand the differences can cost you and your client.
Pursuing Claims for Grief Under the Wrongful Death ActBy Elizabeth Felt Wakeman and Gregory J. BarryJanuary 2013Article, Page 34Thanks to a 2007 statutory change, juries are permitted to consider grief, sorrow, and mental suffering in wrongful death cases. Here's advice for trial lawyers about how to approach this relatively untested element of wrongful-death damages.
A murder conviction is no longer needed for application of the “slayer statute”July 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 348On April 29, 2010, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, upheld a decision of the Circuit Court of Macon County finding that the "slayer statute" prevents an individual deemed insane for criminal purposes, but nevertheless cognizant of murdering a person, from receiving any property, benefit or other interest he may have received by a death he caused.