Wrongful Death Laws in Iowa
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Losing a loved one because of another person’s conduct may leave you with emotional and financial burdens. However, there are ways to recover financially after the loss of a loved wrong following a wrongful death.
Wrongful death claims in Iowa may differ from other states and were designed to help right the wrong that caused the death. These claims may help pay off some of the debts the deceased left behind, and may help you move forward financially without your loved one.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Iowa?
When a wrongful act results in an individual’s death, damages may be recovered through a wrongful death suit. What constitutes a wrongful act depends on whether the deceased would have had a cause of action, had he or she survived the wrongful act. Therefore, consulting with an attorney who is familiar with personal injury laws in Iowa will likely be helpful in understanding whether or not you may be able to file a wrongful death suit.
These lawsuits help make the deceased’s loved ones whole again. They allow medical expenses and debts to be paid, and allow the deceased’s loved ones to receive some of the financial support that they would have received, had they have survived.
What Damages Are Available in an Iowa Wrongful Death Claim?
Damages recovered in a wrongful death action belong to the estate of the deceased. The financial award the estate receives will be used to pay off any debts or expenses in administering the estate. Anything left over will be distributed according to the terms of the decedent’s will or according to Iowa’s intestate succession rules.
However, there are a couple exceptions to this. Damages for loss of services and support of the decedent may be awarded to the surviving spouse, parent, or child in a wrongful death suit. These damages are divided amongst the surviving family members according to the loss sustained by each member.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Iowa?
The statute of limitations for bringing a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of death. However, depending on who the other party is, you may need to file your claim within six months of the date of death. Therefore, it is important to begin searching for a suitable attorney as soon as is reasonably possible.
The grieving process is lengthy and difficult, but an experienced attorney may be able to fight for your loved one in court and allow you to focus on healing emotionally.
How Can I Learn More?
At Zinda Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys have helped thousands get their lives back on track after losing a loved one. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for your loss.
Our firm also believes that you should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation while grieving. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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