Iowa Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Families in Iowa

Dealing
with the death of a loved one is never easy, and at VanDerGinst Law, we know
how difficult it can be to think about filing a lawsuit when you are grappling
with the unexpected death of a spouse, parent, or another family member. Yet
filing a wrongful death claim can help you to seek financial compensation for
the loss of your loved one, and it can also allow you to hold the responsible
party accountable for his or her actions that resulted in your family member’s
death.

Wrongful
death lawsuits can be extremely challenging, but they also can bring some
closure. A compassionate Iowa wrongful death attorney can answer your questions
about filing a claim.

What Is a Wrongful Death in Iowa?

Iowa
has multiple statutory laws concerning wrongful death claims. The specific law varies
depending upon whether the plaintiff is filing a claim related to the death of
a spouse or parent (IA Code § 613.15), or to the death of another party.

How
does Iowa law define a wrongful death? In short, a wrongful death claim is very
similar to a personal injury lawsuit. It is a type of civil claim that allows a
plaintiff to seek financial compensation from the party who is responsible for
causing injury and loss. In a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff is the
person who actually suffered the injuries. In a wrongful death claim, the law
recognizes that the injured person is no longer able to file a claim on her own
behalf and allows a personal representative of the deceased—usually a close
family member—to “step into the shoes” of the deceased person in order to file
a claim.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Iowa

Most
grounds for wrongful death claims are similar to those that result in personal
injury lawsuits. There are many different causes of a wrongful death, including
but not limited to:

  • Car accidents;
  • Bicycle
    accidents;
  • Motorcycle
    accidents;
  • Truck accidents;
  • Premises
    liability accidents, including slips and falls;
  • Workplace
    accidents;
  • Agricultural
    accidents;
  • Dangerous drugs;
  • Defective
    products and equipment; and
  • Medical
    malpractice.

Damages in an Iowa Wrongful Death Claim

Damages
may be recovered in an Iowa wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s
spouse, children, parents, and certain other family members. In some cases,
other parties may be entitled to damages.

Common
damages in a wrongful death claim include both economic and non-economic
damages, which are both types of compensatory damages that compensate for
losses. Examples of losses in a wrongful death claim that can result in
compensation include but are not limited to:

  • Medical bills
    from injuries sustained prior to the deceased’s death;
  • Lost wages while
    the deceased was still alive but unable to work;
  • Lost future wages
    as a result of the deceased’s death;
  • Burial expenses;
  • Support for the deceased’s
    spouse;
  • Support for the
    deceased’s children; and
  • Loss of
    consortium.

Contact an Iowa Wrongful Death Attorney

UnderIowa law, families typically have two years from the date of the deceased’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced and compassionate Iowa wrongful death lawyer can discuss your case with you today. Contact VanDerGinst Law at 1-800-797-5391 for more information about the services we provide to clients and their families in Iowa.


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