There is nothing about losing a loved one that is easy, especially when the death is sudden and completely unexpected. Some of our most emotionally difficult cases are wrongful death claims, which typically involve sudden and unexpected deaths. Wrongful deaths are caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional conduct and the claims are brought in an effort to compensate loved ones for the losses they suffered as a result of losing their loved one.

Our Wheeling wrongful death attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman know that you can never truly be compensated for losing your loved one without having him or her with you again and this is a motivating factor in our wrongful death practice. We know that you have suffered a great loss that cannot be replaced, but we can work to secure a financial recovery that helps to alleviate some of the stress and burdens you are suffering and will also allow you and your family financial security for your future.


Depending on the circumstances of the death, in addition to a wrongful death claim, a survival action may sometimes be brought as well. See below for a brief explanation of each.

Wrongful death claim – As explained above, this claim is made on behalf of close family members for the damages they have suffered due to losing their loved one. Wrongful death recoveries may include losses such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of the decedent’s income, sorrow and mental anguish, and loss of the decedent’s affection and companionship.

Survival action – These actions are brought in an effort to recover for the injuries and damages sustained by the decedent before he or she died. Survival actions are typically brought in cases where the decedent survived for a period of time after the accident occurred. Recoveries may include losses such as the decedent’s pain and suffering, property damage, and medical bills.


Our attorneys are passionate about wrongful deaths and seeking recoveries for devastated families, and that passion helps us succeed in securing large recoveries for our clients. See below for some of our settlements and awards involving fatal injuries:

  • A $3.3 million dollar recovery for the spouse and child of a man who was killed when a piece of equipment from a passing truck struck his vehicle.
  • A $1.5 million dollar recovery for the estate of a man killed in a motor vehicle/bus accident.
  • A $1.3 million dollar recovery for the estate of a woman who was killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

If you lost a loved one whose death was caused by someone else, contact a Wheeling wrongful death attorney at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to schedule a consultation. Let our wrongful death experts fight for the compensation that you deserve and the compensation that your loved one would have wanted you to have.

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