Des Moines Wrongful Death Attorney
What Is Considered a Wrongful Death?
Losing a loved one to an untimely death, especially if the death was caused by another person's negligence or by another person's intent to cause the deceased individual harm, is devastating. Being in this position, you likely want to know how you can pursue justice on their behalf. We’re here to tell you that you do have legal recourse if you wish to pursue compensation from the person, entity, or company whose negligent or reckless conduct caused the death of your family member. Our Des Moines wrongful death lawyer will treat your case with the urgency and precise attention to detail you deserve.
Those eligible for wrongful death compensation include immediate family members, spouses, domestic partners, financial dependents, and sometimes those who suffer financially as a result of the death of the victim.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death can happen in many circumstances, including but not limited to:
- Vehicle accidents caused by distracted, drunk, or otherwise reckless drivers
- Medical malpractice, including prescription or anesthesia errors
- Fatal workplace accidents that could have been prevented
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Iowa?
Many states allow the deceased person's immediate family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Iowa, however, only the personal representative of the deceased person's estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit. If there is no personal representative, such as in cases where a person dies without a will, the court will typically appoint someone to act as a personal representative.
While only the personal representative may file a claim, parties who may collect compensation for wrongful death include:
- The personal representative
- The spouse of the deceased
- Minor or adult children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased
Compensation for Wrongful Death Claims
As a surviving family member, you can pursue compensation for any:
- medical bills prior to your loved one’s death,
- loss of companionship,
- loss of wages,
- funeral/burial costs,
- pain and suffering, and more.
If the accident was the fault of a particularly reckless person or company, you may be entitled to further compensation, called punitive damages. This serves to punish the perpetrator further.
Contact Our Des Moines Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
If you’re in need of a wrongful death attorney you can trust, look no further than Lowe Law Group’s legal team of caring professionals. We are committed to providing you with the legal support you need to get through this difficult time. We stop at nothing to achieve justice for victims and their families, no matter what it takes, even going to trial.
A Sense of Understanding
We will step into your shoes to better understand your goals and effectively fight for the justice that you deserve in your case.
A Client-First Philosophy
Our team is prepared to do whatever is necessary to ensure your comfort and convenience, from traveling to you to arranging your medical care.
A Personalized Experience
Our attorneys refuse to treat you like another number and are committed to being directly involved in your case every step of the way.
A Results-Driven Approach
We have recovered millions of dollars for injury victims in the past and are committed to winning your case next.
A Network of Support
When you hire our firm, you not only get the support of one attorney but a large team guiding you through the legal process.
A Compassionate Team
Our attorneys are truly empathetic advocates whom you can count on to be in your corner when you need them most.