There may be no greater loss than the loss of a mother, father, spouse or child. If this type of death is the result of the negligent actions of another, you may need a skilled personal injury attorney who also handles wrongful death cases. At the James Law Firm, P.C., we have proudly represented many families who have suffered this deep personal loss. We understand the legal implications of this loss and the technical hurdles that need to be overcome to successfully hold negligent parties accountable.
Four Main Causes of Wrongful Death
- Medical malpractice (resulting in death)
- Vehicle or public transportation accidents (such as airplane or trains)
- Work related injuries (including exposure to hazardous substances)
- Deaths during supervised activities
The death must be caused by negligence, causing financial, physical and/or emotional loss for the victim’s survivors.
If you lost a loved one due to one of the causes described above, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Lawyers experienced in wrongful deaths know how to assist you in gathering all necessary information and bring it to litigation.
What to do if there is a Possibility of a Wrongful Death
No matter what the actual cause, there are limitation periods in which wrongful death lawsuits must be filed. Therefore, it is very important to consult an attorney when you believe you might have a legitimate claim. An experienced attorney can answer all of your questions about wrongful death lawsuits and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
When Questions Arise about a Death
When questions arise begin taking notes. In the case of malpractice, write down times, dates, names of doctors, nurses, tests, medications and even visitors. In the case of accidents (motor vehicle, occupational or otherwise), again, begin taking notes. An experienced wrongful death attorney will be able to help you determine from your notes, and by asking additional questions, the possible validity of your claim and the likelihood of a possible positive outcome in litigation.
Statute of Limitations
In Iowa, the general rule is a lawsuit must be commenced within two years of the death. To determine how much time may be left in a possible wrongful death case, it is essential to contact an attorney experienced in wrongful death litigation. It can not be more strongly emphasized that it is imperative to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible if wrongful death is even suspected. The claimant’s rights to file suit in such a case are permanently waived if the time limitation has passed and you will NOT be able to recover damages. At The James Law Firm, P.C. we understand Iowa law regarding the time period for bringing a wrongful death claim.