Our Des Moines Lawyers Guide Families Through Wrongful Death Claims
Advocating for families who have lost a loved one
Losing a loved one because of the negligence of another person or a corporation is indescribably devastating. No amount of money can ease the grief or diminish the loss you feel. Instead, a wrongful death claim can bring you a sense of justice that the parties responsible for your loved one’s death are being held accountable. The compensation can also protect your family from financial difficulties as you mourn your family member’s death.
The Hope Law Firm, PLC treats your family with compassion and respect as we assist you with your wrongful death claim. Our attorneys and support staff do all we can to ease your burden and to recover damages for your loss.
Filing a wrongful death claim
Any family member who has sustained damages may file a wrongful death claim in Iowa. Typically, the executor files the lawsuit on behalf of the estate and acts in the best interest of the estate with regard to negotiating a settlement or taking the case to trial. Once the case is settled or a judgment is rendered at trial, the estate collects the money and distributes it to the beneficiaries, which may include a spouse, children or parents. The wrongful death recovery process generally involves both the probate and the civil courts of Iowa.
Damages for wrongful death
The damages you recover for wrongful death depend on the specific facts of your case. We may pursue damages for:
- Medical bills for care your loved one received for the fatal injury
- A pre-death personal injury claim
- Burial and funeral costs
- Lost wages and anticipated future income
- Lost benefits, including health insurance or a pension
- Loss of services, such as childcare, landscaping, accounting, cooking, household duties and security
- Loss of love, companionship, friendship, guidance, support and advice
Our attorneys value your privacy and are compassionate in our approach to your case.
Elements of a wrongful death claim
You must prove all the elements of the accident and that the accident directly resulted in your loved one’s death. For example, for a fatal construction site accident involving a defective ladder, our attorneys might gather and present evidence that:
- The manufacturer of the ladder owed the victim a duty of care.
- The manufacturer breached that duty by making a defective product.
- The victim died as a direct result of the defect in the ladder.
- You suffered damages as a result of your loved one’s death.
A wrongful death claim is based on the elements of the underlying fatal injuries. We can help you determine all the aspects.
Pursue justice against the negligent parties who caused your loved one’s death
The Hope Law Firm, PLC assists families throughout Des Moines, West Des Moines and the surrounding Iowa communities with wrongful death claims. We offer compassionate, determined representation as we pursue the maximum possible compensation for these losses. Call our firm today at 515.255.3559 or contact us online to get the legal services you need. We do not charge for your initial case evaluation, and we take wrongful death claims on contingency.