Traditionally there was no right to recover for the death of a person under common law. In response to that, States, like Iowa, enacted Wrongful Death statutes that allow for recovery of damages. In Iowa the wrongful death section is found in Iowa Code sections 633.336, 613.15 and 613.15A.
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