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VanDerGinst Law - Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or wrongful death at work or due to someone else’s negligence VanDerGinst Law can help you weed through the insurance claims process, coordinate your benefits, and get you the financial compensation to which you are entitled. VanDerGinst Law handles catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases all across the country, associating with local co-counsel at our own expense when necessary to get the best results for our clients.

VanDerGinst Law is made up of experienced, well respected, and award winning attorneys and staff. We know that legal problems can be intimidating and time consuming. We alleviate your stress and make the process as easy as possible, while at the same time working hard to win your case. We concentrate on all areas of personal injury law, including car accident cases, truck accidents, motorcycle accident, wrongful death cases, medical malpractice cases, nursing home cases, faulty product cases, worker’s compensation cases, pharmaceutical malpractice cases and other negligence related cases. We also handle general practice matters in some jurisdictions. You can learn more about the areas of law that we handle by reviewing the practice areas listed in the menu area to the left and other highlighted areas throughout this website.

Our website is full of useful information about a variety of legal and consumer issues. In addition, we have provided information about our law firm so that you can make an informed decision as to whether our experience and qualifications are right for you.

Our site is updated with new information frequently and we encourage visitors to return for the latest legal developments. 

You may have legal questions which can be answered by reviewing the helpful information in our website. However, you can also submit e-mail inquires or simply call toll free 1-866-843-7367 to speak to someone from our office. Many times we can answer your questions on the phone. Your first consultation is always FREE and there is 

At VanDerGinst Law, if you need us, we would be honored to help. 

New Offices Open

The VanDerGinst Law Quad Cities office has moved! It is now located at 4950 38th Ave. in Moline, along the John Deere Road corridor just northeast of Walmart (across JD Rd). The entrance is off of 38th Ave., which runs parallel to John Deere Road. The new location offers high visibility, easy access and convenient parking for our clients.

Our Cedar Rapids office is located at 1860 First Ave NE. We are in the middle of a “build out” in that office as well.

We also have satellite offices in Coralville, IA and Chicago.

However, you needn’t come to any of our offices to open your file. We can come to you or we can open your file online and/or over the phone! We want to make things as convenient as possible for you.



QCA Cares Children’s Book Drive- Ending November 30th

QCA Cares Book Drive is now in full swing! One hundred percent of your donation will be used to purchase quality books from Usborne Books and More, (Click HERE for more info if you are a Facebook user or Click HERE to visit their website) designed to be engaging, informative and entertaining. The “Literacy for a Lifetime” program will match 50% of the total donations received. Please click here to make your donation online. If you prefer, you can also send checks made payable to QCA Cares to 4950 38th Ave., Moline, IL 61265. Please indicate on the memo line of your check that it is for the “Book Drive”. Additionally, if you prefer to make a cash donation you may do so at that address as well so that you can be given a receipt for tax purposes. This current drive will end November 30th so please make your donation today.


Michael Galvin has joined the firm

VanDerGinst Law is pleased to announce that attorney Michael Galvin has joined the firm. Mike brings nearly 30 years of experience in a number of areas of practice including, but not limited to: family law, divorce, custody and visitation, criminal defense, traffic matters, real estate law, business law and bankruptcy. We are privileged and proud to have him join our team!


New VanDerGinst Law Video

At VanDerGinst Law we often invest in video messages in order to educate people about their rights and what we can do to enforce those rights.  Many people are unaware that there is no charge for an initial consultation with one of our attorneys.  They are also unaware that we work on a contingent on all injury related cases.  What that means that is if we do not win your injury case there is no attorney fee for our services, not one dime.  Our fee comes of of the money that we recover on your behalf to compensate you for your injuries.  Not only that, but we will forward the costs necessary to pursue your case.  Often it can cost thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars to pursue an injury case.  We front those costs so that you do not have to bear a risk.

If you have been injured on the job or due to someone else’s negligence it can mean that you are unable to work.  You may not have adequate insurance to cover your medical bills.  We will do all we can to coordinate your bills so that you are not hounded by bill collectors while you concentrate on getting better.  When is comes time to resolving your case we will attempt to get all of your lost wages or benefits paid for, all of your medical bills taken care of, all out of pocket expenses reimbursed, reasonable compensation for pain, suffering and any disability or long term problems you may have, and any other damages to which you are entitled.  In short, we will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today at 309-793-1234.


Dram Shop laws protect people injured by intoxicated persons

Dram shop laws are on the books in 38 states, including Illinois and Iowa.  These law impose liability on bars, clubs, restaurants and other establishments that over serve alcohol to patrons.  If an employee or agent of such establishment serves alcohol to a patron when he or she knows, or should know, that the patron is intoxicated the establishment can be liable for damages resulting from the actions of that intoxicated patron.  This liability exposure typically arises in the context of an intoxicated patron causing a car accident or getting into a bar brawl.  In those situations not only may the intoxicated person be liable for damages arising from the injuries causes, but so to may the establishment that served the alcohol. If there were a number of establishments that served the alcohol they may all be exposed to liability if it can be shown that they served it when they knew, or should have known, that the patron was intoxicated.

In some states, not Illinois or Iowa, individuals may also be exposed to liability if they over serve their guests. This legal theory is called “Social Host Liability”.  In those states where this theory is applicable the host of a party or get together may be liable for damages caused by his or her guest if they allow that guest to become intoxicated or nearly intoxicated and that intoxication contributes to an incident causing damages.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury or death as a result of someone being served too much alcohol, contact VanDerGinst Law here or by calling 1-866-843-7367. The first consultation is free and there is never an attorney fee on a personal injury case unless we win.


What to do if you are invovlved in a boating accident.

With the spring upon us and summer just around the corner boating will take its’ place as one of the favorite activities of people in our local communities. The Mississippi, Rock River and other rivers, streams and lakes will become crowded with fun loving boaters. The combination of crowds and inevitable alcohol intake, can make boating a potentially dangerous activity. If you are involved in a boating accident there are a number of things you should do regardless of who was at fault and/or if you were injured:

1. Boating accidents often require a report be given to the state agency which regulates boats and/or to the United States Coast Guard. The boat operator should contact the proper agency to determine if a report is required. The report could be required if the operator is involved in a collision with another boat or an “allision”, a collision with a fixed object or non moving vessel. Failure to remain on the scene, render aid and properly report and accident may result in criminal charges.

2. If you were injured due to the negligence of the operator of the boat you were in, or the operator of another boat, your first concern should be to get proper medical attention. After that, or simultaneously, you or someone on your behalf should contact the proper authorities to ensure that the accident have been properly reported.

3. Next, you should contact VanDerGinst Law so that our experienced boating accident attorneys can contact the appropriate insurance carriers, coordinate medical treatment and payment of bills, and ultimately get you the compensation to which you are entitled. Compensation may include payment of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, scarring, out of pocket expenses and anything else reasonably necessary to make you financial whole. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death as the result of a boat accident, call VanDerGinst Law at 1-866-788-LAWS (5297). The first consultation is FREE and there is NO attorney fee unless we get you money for your injuries.


The Most “liked” Personal Injury Law Firm on Facebook!

We have officially exceeded 40,000 “likes” for our Facebook page! That makes us the most “liked” personal injury law firm on Facebook! Thank you to all our friends! Please keep suggesting our page to your friends and family!

                                                                    


March Community Outreach

If you would be interested in participating in the VanDerGinst Law Community Outreach Committee please contact Jody Ruchotzke at j.ruchotzke@vlaw.com. The committee meets once each quarter and helps guide the law firm with respect to the professional services it should to the community and how the firm should spend its’ philanthropic efforts for various charities and community events. The next meeting will be March 26th at 6:00 p.m.


VanDerGinst Law Quad Cities Office Moves

The VanDerGinst Law Quad Cities office has moved to its’ brand new location. It is now located at 4950 38th Ave. in Moline, along the John Deere Road corridor just northeast of Walmart (across JD Rd). The entrance is off of 38th Ave., which runs parallel to John Deere Road. The new location offers high visibility, easy access and convenient parking for our clients. We are open for business and happy to serve you. Feel free to call for a free consultation, 309-793-1234.


VanDerGinst Holiday Bash A Success

The VanDerGinst Holiday Bash to Benefit American Spirit Charities was held at The Stern Center in Rock Island, IL on December 7th and it was a huge success. Over a thousand revelers congregated to share the spirit of the season and some holiday cheer. The event garnered over $20,000 for American Spirit Charities. All of that money will be used in the Quad Cities area to assist the elderly, veterans, children, the arts and the environment. A portion will be used initially to provide winter wardrobes for local area children.


VanDerGinst Named To List of Top 100 Trial Lawyers

VanDerGinst Law once again sponsored the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees and the Festival of Trees Parade. This marks the fifth year that the firm has been involved.


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What to do if you are invovlved in a boating accident.
With the spring upon us and summer just around the corner boating will take its’ place as one of the favorite activities of people in our local communities. The Mississippi, Rock River and other rivers, streams and lakes will become crowded with fun loving boaters. The combination of crowds and inevitable alcohol intake, can make […] Read the rest of this blog and post comments.

Chicago accident law firm
Chicago accidents happen every day and impact not only accident victims, but their families and loved ones. Often, such accidents will create additional waves of influence, as a pebble dropped into a pond, its ripples spreading. The accident affects the victim, spreads to relatives and loved ones, bystanders, perhaps officials or authorities (police, medical, etc), […] Read the rest of this blog and post comments.

Top Ten Mistakes of Chicago Accident Victims
Too often in personal injury law, Chicago accident attorneys witness people with legitimate and substantial accident injury making mistakes: and then being unable substantiate their Chicago accident case. This results in the tragedy of a victim not receiving the compensation and justice he or she is due. Familiarize yourself with these common mistakes to protect […] Read the rest of this blog and post comments.

500 Million Eggs Recalled…and Counting
The salmonella-infected egg recall continues to expand. The eggs, which have sickened more than 1,000 consumers since at least May are thought to be infected with salmonella contacted by laying hens from rodent droppings. The salmonella exists inside the egg itself, not just on the shell. The number of illnesses is expected to continue to […] Read the rest of this blog and post comments.

WHO Studies Cancer, Cell Phone Link – Results Inconclusive
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) study on the relationship between cell phone use and rates of cancer failed to establish any definitive link. The inconclusive results detail no risk increase for glioma or meningioma (head and neck tumors) through the use of cell phones. While […] Read the rest of this blog and post comments.

Iowa Filing Suit Against Louisiana Used Car Dealer
Iowa’s Attorney General is taking action against Smart Automotive Group of Louisiana for “false-premise” used car sales promotions in Iowa. Most consumers will recognize such promotions as “emergency liquidation.” The suit claims that often these tactics are fictional, merely gimmicks to get customers onto the lot. The suit claims that sale ads used by Smart […] Read the rest of this blog and post comments.

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500 Million Eggs Recalled…and Counting
The salmonella-infected egg recall continues to expand. The eggs, which have sickened more than 1,000 consumers since at least May are thought to be i...

WHO Studies Cancer, Cell Phone Link – Results Inconclusive
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) study on the relationship between cell phone...

Iowa Filing Suit Against Louisiana Used Car Dealer
Iowa’s Attorney General is taking action against Smart Automotive Group of Louisiana for “false-premise” used car sales promotions in Iowa. Most...