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What Surviving Spouses in Iowa Need to Know About Wrongful Death Damages


“I’m sorry, ma’am, your husband died in a serious car accident this evening.”

That one sentence changed your whole life. The unexpected death of your beloved spouse has changed your day-to-day activities, your mood, your outlook on life, and your finances. You miss your spouse every second of every day. Yet you have no choice but to move forward for yourself, for your children, and for your spouse.

A Wrongful Death Case May Help You Do That

A lawsuit won’t end your suffering, but it may help you hold the person who killed your loved one accountable for what happened, and it could help you bear the financial consequences of your spouse’s death. Specifically, you may be able to recover the following kinds of damages in an Iowa wrongful death lawsuit after the death of your spouse:

  • Spousal support. This is the amount of financial support that the spouse who died would have contributed to the living spouse had the spouse not died. This includes future support.
  • Spousal consortium. Consortium includes things such as company, affection, fellowship, cooperation, and assistance with the home and the family.


Additionally, your spouse’s estate may recover damages for things such as pre-death medical expenses and funeral costs. If these things are not covered by the estate, then they may become your financial responsibility.

Want to Know Specifics?

The concepts described above may seem vague. However, with the help of experts a fair and equitable value can be assigned to spousal support, spousal consortium, and the claims of your spouse’s estate. To learn more about the specific damages that you might recover, please fill out our online contact form and schedule a free consultation so that we can discuss your rights with you and help you make informed decisions about the future.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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