Wrongful Death:



         When a wrongful act produces death, damages recovered as a result

      of the wrongful act shall be disposed of as personal property

      belonging to the estate of the deceased; however, if the damages

      include damages for loss of services and support of a deceased

      spouse, parent, or child, the damages shall be apportioned by the

      court among the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the

      decedent in a manner as the court may deem equitable consistent with

      the loss of services and support sustained by the surviving spouse,

      children, and parents respectively.  Any recovery by a parent for the

      death of a child shall be subordinate to the recovery, if any, of the

      spouse or a child of the decedent.  If the decedent leaves a spouse,

      child, or parent, damages for wrongful death shall not be subject to

      debts and charges of the decedent's estate, except for amounts to be

      paid to the department of human services for payments made for

      medical assistance pursuant to chapter 249A, paid on behalf of the

      decedent from the time of the injury which gives rise to the

      decedent's death up until the date of the decedent's death.