If you listen to the news or read online articles, you know that America's opioid crisis is in full swing. Like other states, residents of Illinois have been affected by this crisis. According to the state of Illinois, "2,278 drug-related overdose deaths" occurred in 2016. This is nearly double the number of fatal overdoses that occurred in 2013. Clearly, opioid use and overdose is a problem in our state as it is elsewhere.
Those who live in Illinois already know about the tragic drowning of a 14-year-old autistic student while he was on school property. As more and more details about the student's death emerge, a picture of the school's lack of appropriate supervision is also coming into focus.
Losing a loved one in any circumstance is hard. When you find out that your loved one died because of a medical condition caused by something he or she encountered on-the-job, your grief might turn to outright anger.
When you get hurt on the job, you know that you have a right to workers' compensation. What happens if you die at work, though? Are your family members able to file a wrongful death lawsuit, or do they need to accept workers' compensation death benefits instead?