Wrongful Death

Columbia, Illinois, Wrongful Death Lawyer

Columbia lawyer Stephen C. Buser has more than 30 years of experience and a successful track record representing family members of wrongful death victims in Southern Illinois and Missouri.

In one wrongful death case, Stephen C. Buser represented the spouse of a man who worked at a facility that disposed of contaminated waste oil containing PCBs. The man had not been provided with a mask, goggles or protective clothing by his employer. He became very ill and died of a malignant cancer of the lungs caused by PCB exposure. Stephen C. Buser obtained a substantial monetary settlement for the surviving spouse and the waste oil facility was shut down by the state largely in part because of the wrongful death lawsuit.

Stephen C. Buser also handles cases involving fatal car accidents, nursing home deaths, infant deaths caused by medical malpractice, and other types of accidental death cases.

There may be two separate legal actions in a wrongful death case. Family members can recover damages for economic losses, loss of consortium, funeral expenses caused by the wrongful death. If the victim survives for a period of time before death, then family members can also file a survival action to receive compensation for their family member’s pain and suffering prior to death.

Stephen C. Buser offers a free initial consultation to advise family members of their options. A statute of limitations applies to wrongful death lawsuits, so you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible following your family member’s death.

Free consultationContact Columbia and Metro East personal injury attorney Stephen C. Buser for a free initial consultation about your case. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no costs unless the lawyer makes a recovery for you by settlement or trial.