Mario Palermo,

Top Wrongful Death Lawyer

The death of a loved one can lead to emotional mayhem. Apart from the emotional side, the death of a loved one takes a financial toll as well. One needs to take care of a lot of things like bank statements, insurance policies, medical bills, wills and many other documents and issues. This can be a very overwhelming experience. In cases where the death of a person has occurred due to the negligence of another, the family of the wronged victim can seek compensation for their loss.

In such cases, it is imperative to hire an experienced and knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer who can help you obtain compensation to cover lost income, medical bills, funeral arrangements and other costs which are related with the death of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney can help relieve some of the burden on your shoulders, and help you focus on recovering.

Awarded Millions in Verdicts & Settlements for our Clients

$1 Million

Palermo obtained $1 Million for a 64-year-old surveyor struck by a driver who denied doing so.

$1.3 Million

Mr. Palermo obtained $1.3 million dollars for an airline employee who was injured by an airport vehicle.


Palermo obtained $400,000 for a 28-year-old woman from Aurora that was the victim of a hit-and-run.


Palermo obtained $990,000 for an 81-year-old man from Romeoville that was injured by a cement truck.

How can a

Wrongful Death Attorney Help You?

Wrongful death cases are high-value cases and can be extremely complicated as they involve complex areas of law. Having a wrongful death attorney by your side is the best way for the family of the victim to succeed in their claim and receive the compensation that they owed. An experienced and knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer can help the family of the victim in many ways.

Some of these include:

  • Explaining insurance policies and coverage
  • Explaining to them what their rights are within wrongful death
  • Help in negotiating settlements and filings of lawsuits
  • Help the family of the victim gather evidence to support their claim
  • The types of compensation they can recover
  • They guide the family of the victim throughout the entire process if they decide to pursue a claim
  • What are their rights as a wrongful death beneficiary

For the past 25 years, Mario Palermo has dedicated his legal career to recovering full and fair compensation for the families of wrongful death victims.

What is the toll of a

Wrongful Death?

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

  • Car accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Pedestrian accidents

The Emotional & Financial Toll

The death of a loved one takes an obvious emotional toll on you and your family, but it often takes a financial toll as well. It can be overwhelming to attend to all of the details such as insurance policies, bank statements, bills, asset titles, wills, and other documents trying to figure out how the loss of your loved one will affect you and your family going forward. Loss of future income, and often medical bills incurred by your loved one before he or she passed away from injury suffered in an accident may be concerns you are dealing with.

When you lose a loved one through someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or malpractice, Illinois law says you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Among the damages you may be able to recover include:

  • Medical bills from the injury or malpractice that you’re loved one incurred before passing
  • Loss of the relationship with your loved one, also known as a loss of consortium
  • Funeral expenses
  • Grief, sorrow, and mental suffering
  • Loss of economic support

What is the Statute of Limitations?

For a Wrongful Death suit, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the victim's death.

Illinois Wrongful Death Laws

Wrongful death case is commonly defined as a claim against another party who can be held liable for a death. Illinois has laws that allow relatives of the deceased party to seek compensation, which include:

  • Wrongful Death Act: Allows the victim's next of kin to sue the at-fault party for damages suffered by the family, such as loss of companionship, loss of household income, loss of consortium, etc.
  • Survival Act: Preserves the rights of the decedent, rather than their surviving family members, and allows the victim's next of kin to pursue a legal claim on their behalf after their death. The victim's estate can recover the damages they would have received if they had survived, such as medical expenses, lost earnings, etc.

In many cases, surviving relatives of wrongful death victims pursue both of these claims at the same time.



Consult with an Attorney

Palermo Law Group is here to help you recover compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one. We are here to help shoulder some of the burden so that your family can focus on recovering. We can help with accident or malpractice investigations, gathering evidence to support your claim, explaining insurance policies and coverage, appealing disputed or denied insurance claims, negotiating settlements, and filing lawsuits in Illinois courts.

We offer a free consultation during which we will explain what a wrongful death claim is, what types of compensation you may be able to recover, what your rights are as a wrongful death beneficiary, and what the process will be if you decide to pursue a claim. We are here to help you every step of the way.

Proving Wrongful Death in Illinois

The plaintiff in a Wrongful Death case must prove four elements:

  • Duty: Prove that the defendant owed the decedent a duty of "due care" which refers to a person's duty to keep another safe. For example, an employer has a duty to ensure the safety of their employees and a driver's duty is to drive responsibly and not put others in danger.
  • Breach of Duty: Prove that the defendant failed to fulfill their duty of care. If the defendant is an employer, they may have failed to provide a safe working environment for their deceased employee.
  • Causation: Prove that the defendant's breach of duty was the cause of the decedent's death.
  • Damages: Prove that there were some kind of damages suffered, whether it is on the part of the decedent, the surviving family, or both.

Surviving relatives of wrongful death victims are entitled to recover maximum compensation for the economic and non-economic losses they incurred due to others negligence.

No Fee Guarantee

The legal process may seem overwhelming at first, but this is where you will find the value in hiring Palermo Law Group on a contingency basis – meaning we do not get paid unless you win. Our expert team handles all the necessary paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations with the insurance adjuster’s, defense attorneys, and others so you can focus on your recovery.


What our clients say about us

Mario Palermo and Palermo Law Group have an outstanding reputation with 5-star reviews on Google ReviewsYelp, and Aavo.

Mario Palermo represented my husband in a semi truck accident. Mario was the best choice for us looking back. Mario was always attentive to our concerns, prompt in keeping us informed about the developments of our case. We knew that of course he had other cases, but we always felt as though he gave us his full attention when we needed him. Trust me when I say that he is the best! I trust him implicitly!


Mario is a very good lawyer. He was very consistent and patient with my case– he really tried to get the most money he possibly could get me for my pain and suffering. Even though it was a really hard time in my life, I look back at the whole thing with fond memories because with Mario’s help, it turned out okay. I would definitely recommend Mario for your personal injury lawyer.


Mr. Palermo is my go-to for any personal injury case. Mr. Palermo is an experienced Trial Attorney and I am confident in his legal knowledge and abilities. I refer all of my personal injury cases to him because I know my clients will be in good hands.

Naveed S. Husain, Esq.

Mario Palermo is the attorney we were fortunate enough to have by our side during an extremely difficult time. We found him to be ethical, intelligent and compassionate. He was always prepared and willing to fight for his clients’ rights. I would highly recommend him, and have, to anyone facing the need for an attorney.


Mario Palermo represented my husband in a semi truck accident. Mario was the best choice for us looking back. Mario was always attentive to our concerns, prompt in keeping us informed about the developments of our case. We knew that of course he had other cases, but we always felt as though he gave us his full attention when we needed him. Trust me when I say that he is the best! I trust him implicitly!