The unexpected, wrongful death of a loved one is devastating beyond measure for the spouse, child or parent who is left behind. In an instant, financial support, stability, love, affection, advice, guidance, and companionship are taken away. The emotions are replaced with grief, sadness, anger, confusion, fear, and uncertainty. Surviving family are often left with more questions than answers about their legal rights to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one.
The wrongful death attorneys at Galligan Law have vast experience and expertise in representing and fighting for families who have lost loved ones as the result of careless conduct. We will seek and obtain justice from the responsible individuals or entities, as well as guide you and your grieving family through the painful, emotional and difficult path that follows.
Wrongful Death Cases Are Different
Wrongful death cases are very different from cases involving non-fatal injuries. For one, the legal process for pursuing a wrongful death case is very complex and highly technical. The intricacies involved require a seasoned and experienced law firm with specialized knowledge of Iowa wrongful death laws to ensure that the grieving party obtains the full measure of justice to which they are entitled.
Access to highly qualified economist experts to calculate the economic damages and financial fallout from the death of a loved one is critical. Such experts charge thousands of dollars for their time and testimony. Galligan Law will advance the costs required to retain top economic experts in your wrongful death case. You will only be charged for these, or any other costs in your case, if there ends up being a successful outcome and a financial recovery on your behalf.
Most importantly of all, the nature of the harms and losses in a wrongful death case is different and requires a deeper understanding of humanity, life, and loss, as well as the inherent value of family and the relationships with those we love and cherish most. The experienced wrongful death lawyers at Galligan Law understand that being the voice for a grieving family in a wrongful death lawsuit requires more than just a law degree. It requires being a constant student and careful observer of the human condition, of family and relationships, and of connections that bind us together, making family relationships the most significant and fulfilling in our lives. This understanding and the demonstrated skill and ability to convey the story of loss and lives shattered sets Galligan Law apart.
Fighting For Wrongful Death Victim Rights in the Iowa Legislature
Every year in Iowa, insurance companies and business interests and industries push efforts in the Iowa legislature to take away or severely limit the rights of injured Iowans to pursue justice on behalf of their negligently killed loved ones. For over a decade, attorney Brian P. Galligan has been a member of the Iowa Association for Justice Legislative Committee and has made countless trips to the Iowa capitol to lobby and to fight for the rights of Iowans and the families of loved ones killed as the result of reckless or negligent conduct. Mr. Galligan has been deeply involved in stopping bad laws from passing and negotiating positive changes to Iowa law that protect victims of negligence and allow for full and fair compensation to the surviving spouses, children and parents of wrongfully killed Iowans. Legislators have regularly looked to Mr. Galligan as a thoughtful, smart, well prepared, effective voice for injured Iowans.
In 2007, Brian P. Galligan was instrumental in getting Iowa law changed to allow parents to recover damages for their losses resulting from the death of a child over the age of 18 (known as adult child consortium). Prior to that change, parents whose child was killed by negligence could only recover damages for the period of time when the child was a minor. Mr. Galligan was given the Iowa Association for Justice Key Person Award for his efforts. In June 2016, he obtained a verdict that included $2 million dollars for parent whose 19-year-old son was wrongfully killed in a motor vehicle collision, a verdict that would not have been possible for those parents without the changes to Iowa law in 2007.
Experienced, Caring Representation For Victims of Wrongful Death