Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is traumatizing. Fighting them in and out of court for the compensation you need and deserve to try to find some sense of stability in the aftermath is frustrating. You don’t need more pain and suffering, but it can sometimes feel like insurance companies are set on putting you through difficult times just because they can.
When you need someone to stand up for you and the loved one you lost, come to Ball, Kirk, & Holm, P.C. in Iowa City. We’re a genuinely compassionate team of wrongful death lawyers in Iowa City who are ready to manage every aspect of your case in your name. The goal is to get you a maximized settlement or verdict while you can stay focused on your grieving and recovery.
How Do You Prove a Wrongful Death Case?
A wrongful death case requires you to prove that the defendant’s negligence or wrongdoing caused your loved one’s death. You will want to prepare your case with ample evidence that proves your argument while also keeping in mind that the opposition will be looking for evidence that says contrary.
Thanks to our decades of collective legal experience, our wrongful death attorneys in Iowa City can network with various experts to build stronger cases for our clients. For example, we can work with product engineers, accident reconstruction experts, medical doctors, and others if need be. With an overwhelming amount of evidence to use in your case, the defense might back down and agree to settlement negotiations.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in Iowa?
A wrongful death lawsuit cannot be filed by just anyone who knew the deceased. In Iowa, the law only permits certain parties to file a lawsuit, and they must be examined in a certain order when filing.
In Iowa, the following parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit:
A surviving spouse has the first right to file the lawsuit. If there is no spouse to file, then the right passes onto children. If there are no children to file, then the parents can. After that point, an estate administrator can file a claim to represent the estate or any surviving family members that might have some tangential claim to compensation because of the deceased’s untimely death.
What Damages are Awarded in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Your emotional devastation from losing your loved one could be paired with financial devastation, too. If they were making the income that upheld your family, then you will have to find a way to support yourselves. Or if they were giving day-to-day care to your family, there will be a hole there as well. The damages you can be given through a successful wrongful death claim can help keep you financially afloat while you grieve and try to find the next direction in your life.
How to Choose a Wrongful Death Lawyer
The legal professionals that you hire to work with and represent you as your wrongful death claim progresses are important. You can’t choose just anyone. They need to be people who genuinely care about your wellbeing and who know what it takes to fight an insurance company and secure a great payday for a client. Our Iowa City wrongful death attorneys are proud to be able to confidently say that we bring the best of both worlds with our legal counsel and representation. Whether you lost a loved one to a car accident, defective product, or any other sort of mishap, we are here to stand up for you when it matters the most.
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