After your loved one has died in a wrongful way in Iowa, you may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit to get justice. We understand that no price tag can be placed on your loved one and no amount of money can bring them back, but holding the person who killed your loved one responsible is important.
Before you decide to file a lawsuit, it’s important to understand how Iowa law works with wrongful death claims. In Iowa, only certain parties can collect compensation for someone’s death.
These parties could be:
If you were not related in one of the ways listed above to the deceased, you won’t be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Iowa.
After a wrongful death, you only have a limited amount of time to get compensation. In Iowa, you generally have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit or settle your claim. This is known as the statute of limitations.
If you do not file a lawsuit or settle your case by then, you can lose out on being compensated for your harms and losses. This date is meant to resolve the situation in a timely manner, so it doesn’t carry on for years or decades.
Depending on your relationship to the deceased, there are a variety of damages you could receive in a settlement. These could include:
If more than one party is eligible to receive compensation after a wrongful death, there may need to be discussions and decisions about the amount allocated to each party in a settlement. Sometimes families can disagree on the amounts they feel they’re entitled to receive.
Wrongful death claims in Iowa are complex matters, and you need to worry about healing from your loss. That’s why we recommend hiring an experienced Iowa wrongful death attorney to deal with the insurance company and get you a fair settlement.
To get a free, no-obligation case evaluation from one of our Iowa wrongful death lawyers, contact RSH Legal today at 1-800-433-0283.
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