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Wrongful Death Cases in Council Bluffs & Southwest Iowa

Losing a loved one is devastating, and even more so when it was due to negligent actions by others. In many cases, the families of a wrongful death victim in Council Bluffs can bring civil action against the parties at fault.

In cases where an individual or institution is not found criminally responsible for the death of that individual, they can still be held civilly liable by way of a wrongful death claim. A qualified lawyer in Council Bluffs can help you navigate and manage the complexity of these wrongful death cases.

You’re never prepared for the death of a loved one, and even less so in the case of wrongful death. The experience can be life‐altering, and finding an attorney during such a difficult time can be challenging.

If one of your loved ones was the victim of wrongful death, seek the aid of the wrongful death attorneys of Peters Law Firm. Our wrongful death attorneys are diligent, professional, and qualified to handle your case.

Contact our wrongful death attorneys for assistance by calling (712) 328-3157 today.

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Wrongful Death Claims for Auto Accidents

If you or someone you know has recently experienced a family member’s death due to a car, trucking, or motorcycle accident caused by the other driver, you could be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim.

The wrongful death attorneys at Peters Law Firm understand how devastating such a case can be for surviving loved ones. Our team can examine the facts of the case and help you determine your right to file a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful Death Claims for Medical Malpractice

Medical mistakes account for over 250,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Medical malpractice claims typically involve:

  • Failure to treat
  • Delayed or misdiagnoses
  • Prescription drug errors
  • Surgical or procedural errors
  • Childbirth complications

When a patient dies due to these or any other medical negligence, family members might be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim.

If you believe a loved one’s wrongful death occurred due to medical negligence, the lawyers at Peters Law Firm are ready to help lessen your burden during what is naturally a trying time. We’re skilled at assisting survivors in recovering emotionally, mentally, and financially in times of tragedy.

Wrongful Death Claims for Workplace Accidents 

If a family member was killed in a workplace accident, you could receive workers’ compensation death benefits. But you might also be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against any party other than the victim’s employer. For instance, if the death was due to defective equipment, you could file a claim against the manufacturer or installer.

Peters Law Firm can explore any potential wrongful death lawsuits against possible third parties and help you determine if filing a workplace wrongful death claim is your best course of action.

Need additional guidance on wrongful death claims for auto, medical, or workplace accidents?

Contact Peters Law Firm online today or call (712) 328-3157 to schedule a consultation to explore your possible claims.

Damages You Can Claim in a Wrongful Death Case

No amount of compensation can make up for losing a loved one. However, with help from Peters Law Firm, you can claim monetary damages to help cover the costs associated with your loved one’s death, including:

  • The deceased person’s medical bills
  • Funeral & burial expenses
  • Property damage
  • Loss of accumulated value to the estate
  • Pain & suffering that the person endured at the time of injury & death
  • Services, care, protection & assistance the person provided the family before their death
  • Lost care, companionship, guidance & comfort, resulting in lower quality of life

The specific damages available from a wrongful death case depend on the exact nature of the incident and who is filing the claim. 

Call Peters Law Firm today at (712) 328-3157 to begin the filing process.

Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Council Bluffs & Southwest Iowa

Our wrongful death attorneys have faithfully served southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska residents when they’ve needed us most. Our wrongful death attorneys’ goal in Council Bluffs is to bring justice to those who have lost a family member due to the negligence of a company or individual.

Our compassionate lawyers represent families in Council Bluffs with a laser focus on client service. Our lawyers are skilled in litigation and arbitration and will always work to ensure the optimum outcome for you, the client.

Let our wrongful death lawyers in Council Bluffs and the Southwest Iowa area help you and your family at this difficult time – contact us or call (712) 328-3157.

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Peters Law Firm Has You and Your Family Covered in Council Bluffs

Peters Law Firm’s lawyers in Council Bluffs and throughout Southwest Iowa have served families with dignity, compassion, and client loyalty since 1895.

After over a century of serving residents and businesses in Council Bluffs and throughout Southwest Iowa, we‘re confident in our skills to represent your best interest in a range of legal matters.

Contact us in Council Bluffs for additional information.

Wrongful Death FAQs


What qualifies as wrongful death?

Wrongful death is defined as a death that was caused by another person or entity’s negligence or misconduct. In some cases, criminal prosecution may be related to the fatality; however, a wrongful death lawsuit is defined as a civil action separate from any criminal charges that may be related to the case.

Can a family sue for wrongful death?

Yes. According to Iowa state law, the following people may file a wrongful death claim:

  • The administrator of the decedent’s estate
  • Spouses and surviving minor children
  • Adult children
  • Parents
How much compensation can you seek for wrongful death?

While some states place limits on the amount you can recover in a wrongful death lawsuit, Iowa is not one of them. Damages for wrongful death can vary significantly, ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. In Iowa, plaintiffs can claim the following damages:

  • Pre-death pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of accumulated value to the estate
  • Loss of care, guidance, and nurturing
  • Loss of love and companionship
  • Loss of consortium
What are the different types of wrongful death?

Wrongful death claims can arise from a number of different situations. The following are just some of the most common causes for wrongful death lawsuits:

  • Car accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents
  • Defective products
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Aviation accidents

Peters Law Firm Has You and Your Family Covered in Council Bluffs

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Peters Law Firm’s lawyers in Council Bluffs and throughout Southwest Iowa have been serving families with dignity, compassion and client loyalty since 1895. After over a century of serving residents and business in Council Bluffs and throughout Southwest Iowa, we‘re confident in our skills to represent your best interest in a range of legal matters. Give us a call in Council Bluffs for additional information.

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