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Illinois wrongful death lawsuit settlement approved in Madison County

An Illinois wrongful death lawsuit settlement was recently reported in The Madison St. Clair Record. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit was approved recently in Madison County Circuit Court and now the woman’s wrongful death suit filed over the deaths of her husband and infant son in a tow-truck accident is now over. The judge entered the final approval of the confidential settlement on February 15, 2011. The Illinois plaintiff filed an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit against a tow truck driver, his employer, and the owners of a pub for damages in excess of $50,000. At one time, there was also a motion to add “punitive damages” to the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit. As an aside, punitive damages are often awarded where compensatory damages – the actual damages to compensate the claimant for loss, injury, or harm suffered – are deemed inadequate as a remedy. They are intended to reform and/or deter the defendant and others from engaging in conduct similar to that which formed the basis of the injury lawsuit.

According to the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit, the defendant had been drinking at two bars before he answered a tow call placed by the wrongful death victim. Another victim, the nine-month old son of the driver, had been a passenger in the car which had run out of gas. The two truck allegedly hit the stalled car, pushing it into the man who was outside of the vehicle. His nine month old son passed away shortly after from his injuries. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit contended that the bars sold the driver the alcohol that led to the crash. The Illinois lawsuit defendant also faces criminal charges in connection with this tragic accident.

More information about the Illinois wrongful death lawsuit is available at The Madison St. Clair Record.