Suffering an injury can be a troubling and traumatizing experience; knowing whether or not you have a personal injury claim after suffering an injury can prove confusing and overwhelming.
At the office of VanDerGinst Law, our lawyers have the experience and reputation that you’re looking for and can help you recover compensation when you’ve suffered harm at the hands of another.
Personal Injury Practice Areas
Our personal injury lawyers represent those who have been harmed in a variety of different accident types, and if you believe that your injuries have been caused by the actions of another, we want to talk to you.
While there is no limit to the type of accident or injury that may warrant a claim, common personal injury practice areas include:
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Slip and fall claims;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Bicycle and motorcycle crashes;
- Dog bite incidents;
- Dangerous premises cases;
- Defective product cases;
- Large truck accidents;
- Medical malpractice; and
- Nursing home abuse.
The Basics of a Personal Injury Claim in Iowa
Not every injury qualifies for a claim; a personal injury claim is only allowable when a party suffers an injury that is caused by the negligence of another.
Negligence occurs when a party fails to exercise the required degree of care that is expected in a given situation, such as speeding rather than going the speed limit or failing to remedy a dangerous condition on a property.
A personal injury claim is used to seek damages, both economic and noneconomic, from the at-fault party.
Claims require that the plaintiff establish the fault of the defendant.
In Iowa, the rule of comparative negligence is recognized, which holds that a plaintiff’s damages will be reduced in proportion to their degree of fault.
This is an important consideration, and one more reason why having an experienced lawyer on your side is recommended.
Statute of Limitations in Iowa
Another consideration if you think that you have a personal injury claim is the state’s statute of limitations – the limit on the amount of time that you have to bring forth a case after an accident has occurred.
In Iowa, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury.
If you wait more than two years to file your claim, you will be barred from recovery.
Start Building Your Case Today
When you are facing medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and disability, you deserve to be compensated.
While taking the steps to initiate a claim may feel overwhelming, it’s important that you act quickly.
When you call our law firm, we will start collecting evidence and building your case immediately.
Throughout the entire process, we will be by your side to answer questions, handle all legal elements, and aggressively advocate for you.
The information contained on this website is presented by VanDerGinst Law P.C. It is not intended nor should it be construed as professional legal advice. The information is general in nature about the Firm, the scope of services we offer, and our community outreach, it is not legal advice. Please contact us by phone, email, mail, or via this website for inquiries. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please contact a personal injury attorney for a consultation regarding your situation. This website is not intended to solicit clients outside the State of Iowa and/or the State of Illinois.