Many thoughts go through the minds of family members when a loved one dies. While death is an inevitable event, it is an emotional time no matter the cause or circumstances. It is especially difficult for friends and family members to process the tragic event when the life of a loved one is suddenly taken away in a fatal accident. This not only creates emotional grief but could also lead to damages and other losses.
When a loved one is killed in an accident caused by another, family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Iowa Code 633.336 outlines the damages for wrongful death. If it is determined that a wrongful act produced the death of a person, damages could be dispersed according to the type of damage or loss it is.