If an accident is from negligence and causes someone’s wrongful death, two types of claims may be pursued by the decedent’s family: wrongful death and survivorship.
A spouse and children, parents of a deceased child, and the estate of someone who dies as a result of a personal injury can bring a wrongful death lawsuit which allows damages to be awarded for the beneficiaries of the deceased. Damages often center on the financial support lost where children will typically receive loss of support until the age of majority, 18 years old, and spouses through the age of presumed retirement. Other damages may include loss of consortium, lost accumulated value of the estate, funeral and burial expenses, and, depending on the circumstance or the accident, punitive damages.
Survival laws allow the estate to recover damages the decedent incurred between the time he or she was injured to the time of death. Damages may include medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering that the deceased would have recovered if he or she had survived.
Survivorship claims are typically distributed in accordance with the decedent’s last will and testament whereas wrongful death proceeds are distributed as if the decedent died intestate (without a will) typically to a spouse, then children, then parents, and finally more distant relatives. Both wrongful death and survival laws are governed by state law, with its own rules and procedures, so it is best to work with an experienced Iowa wrongful death claim attorney to get the help you need.
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