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How do you set a value for a wrongful death claim in Iowa?

| Dec 18, 2020 | Firm News, Wrongful Death

When someone in your family dies because of lawbreaking or negligence on someone else’s part, your entire family suffers, not just the person who dies. Iowa protects the victims of criminal actions and negligence by letting them file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.

If someone dies because of another person’s actions, their surviving family members are the ones who can potentially take legal action. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you have to request a specific amount of compensation that reflects the actions of the other party and the impact of the death on your life. How do you decide what to ask for any wrongful death claim?

Some losses are straightforward

The financial impact of a death might include years of lost wages, medical care received by the victim and funeral cost. Verifiable losses including hospital expenses, property damage and lost income are often some of the biggest contributors to the overall value of a wrongful death lawsuit. However, there are other losses you can claim that require more in-depth consideration.

You can claim noneconomic losses as well

Someone in your family doesn’t just provide you with financial support by earning money. They also provide you with emotional support, companionship and household help.

Determining the unpaid contributions your deceased loved one made to the household and support they provided to you and other dependents can be a good first step. From there, you will need to establish a value for services like lawn care and vehicle maintenance, especially because you will probably have to hire someone else to do those jobs now.

Getting help with estimating the financial impact of a death can make it easier for you to put a price on a loss that is likely far more emotional than financial for your family.

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