Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death or Death Caused by the Negligence of Another Person

When a member of your family dies suddenly because of a driver's carelessness, or medical negligence, the family's loss, the survivors can be devastated, both emotionally, financially and deprived of one of the most important persons in their lives.

The law in Iowa, Illinois and in most states recognizes the loss and provides a legal recourse to receive a measure of justice.  The “wrongful death statute” in Iowa and Illinois establish procedures for bringing a claim for the personal bodily, mental injury, the wrongful death, the pain and suffering and the other harm incurred by the individual, prior to his/her death, and the expenses incurred for a premature death and for loss of consortium for the spouse and each child.  In certain situations there may be a claim for loss of consortium by a parent or sibling.  The loss of a loved one has a serious financial impact on the family and can result in a significant loss of financial support, income and other financial loss.  The family incurs medical and other expenses because of the premature death.

The law protects and requires the responsible person to repay for the harms and loss caused.  The law in Iowa and Illinois requires the person who is responsible for the death, to be held accountable and to pay to the family the loss that was inflicted.  This includes financial support, medical expenses and other pecuniary loss.  The law also recognizes, and requires, the person who wrongfully caused the death to be held accountable by paying for the most important part of the harm and loss:  the loss of love, affection, guidance, emotional support, consortium, which includes the loss of care, protection, and companionship to the surviving spouse, children and family members.

In Iowa and Illinois the wrongful death claim must be brought by an estate or special administrator on behalf of the decedent's estate and the family.

Recovering after losing a loved one

Wrongful death is defined as any death resulting from the negligence or misconduct of another individual, group of individuals, organization or company. Some examples include deaths from work-related accidents, unsafe or defective products, unsafe premises, car and truck crashes  

When a loved one dies, a wrongful death claim is usually the last thing on anyone's mind. An investigation might only begin months or years later. We understand that these cases are not about money; they're about holding the responsible party accountable. They're about getting answers and making sure that another family does not have to suffer the same tragedy. However, the emotional and financial losses are real, and the family of the deceased is entitled to compensation.


Search Under every stone 

Sometimes the person who died is the only witness to what happened, so proving wrongful death claims often requires reconstruction of the incident, the use of highly skilled expert witnesses, strong investigation techniques, and the financial resources and experience to stand up to the defendants.

We have the resources, know-how and compassion to help in your time of need. Leaving no stone un-turned, our team will thoroughly review accident reports and witness statements to reconstruct the incident while our in-house investigator works with expert witnesses at the top of their field. No matter how complex the case, we will do everything possible to prove the negligence or misconduct of the at-fault parties, and to provide compassionate support for the surviving family members.

With extensive courtroom experience, Bush, Motto, Creen, Koury & Halligan PLC law firm serves families of wrongful death victims, the family , children and surviving spouse. as well as other victims of personal injury. Our wrongful death lawyers handle cases in Iowa, Illinois and throughout the U.S.

Fuller measure of justice, may also involve changes to other persons conduct

A wrongful death lawsuit also is an opportunity to hold someone accountable for a loved one's  preventable death; to effect change in the persons responsible. This can be just as importantly to the family as it gives to survivors a comfort and recognition that their profound personal loss and the resulting financial hardships can obtain a fuller measure of justice.

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