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West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyers
West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured on the job or due to someone else’s negligence, you need a trustworthy and experienced West Des Moines personal injury lawyer to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Top Four Things That Should Matter to You Most When Selecting a West Des Moines Personal Injury Attorney
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1. The VanDerGinst Law West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyers Make the Process Simple and Convenient
We know how difficult serious injuries can be. You may be experiencing pain and incurring medical bills. You may not be able to work due to your injuries. The personal injury claims process can be complicated and tedious. The last thing you need is to deal with medical providers, insurance carriers and adjusters.
Let VanDerGinst Law handle the stress so you can focus on getting better!
We make opening a personal injury case as quick and convenient as possible.
We can open most files over on the phone or online! Video conferencing is also available – or we can even come to you.
We do whatever is reasonably necessary to open your file as speedily and effortlessly as possible. Once we open your file, we take direct action to investigate and position your case to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Many law firms require injury clients to hunt down medical records and other documents. At VanDerGinst Law, our West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyers do all the work necessary to detail your injuries. We obtain all the records from medical providers.
We handle health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, medical payment insurance, and any other benefits which may apply to your case. We negotiate with the insurance adjuster and other representatives of the opposing party.
We position your case for the best possible settlement. If the opponent doesn’t offer a reasonable settlement, our experienced West Des Moines personal injury lawyers prepare to do battle in court. We will fight hard to get you the best result.
2. Be Affordable? How about Free? If our West Des Moines personal injury lawyers don’t get you compensation for your injury claim, you won’t owe us a dime!
We handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. If you don’t get compensation for your injuries, there is NO ATTORNEY FEE. You will NEVER be out of pocket a dime. We do not get paid unless and until you do.
Our fee is a percentage of the amount recovered. The percentage depends on the type of case we handle and whether the case must be litigated.
Other personal injury attorneys may claim to work on contingency, but they may also require a retainer fee for costs (filing fees, expert fees, court reporter fees, postage, records, etc.). That can add up to hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
At VanDerGinst Law we charge NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases. We forward all costs necessary to pursue your claim.
3. The West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyers at VanDerGinst Law Will Fight to Get You the Maximum Amount of Money for Your Injury Claim
They say a good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge! At VanDerGinst Law we know injury law. We have represented more than 50,000 injury victims over the years.
But we also know the judges, lawyers, medical providers, and insurance adjusters who are involved in West Des Moines-area injury claims and lawsuits. We recover millions of dollars for injury victims each year. We will fight hard to get you the money you deserve!
We have made record recoveries in counties across Iowa for a variety of injury cases. We have been recognized by peers, clients, and other professionals as among the best in the country in personal injury law.
With national resources and local connections, our West Des Moines personal injury lawyers can get you the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
Our Firm Also Has the Inside Track into The Insurance Industry. We do not and never will represent insurance companies. That way we never have a conflict of interest in representing our injury clients. Even better, we employ former insurance adjusters and insurance defense attorneys who know the tricks of the trade. We put that knowledge to work for you!
If you have suffered serious injuries, you need a personal injury lawyer law firm that focuses on injury law, rather than a lawyer who occasionally “dabbles”. The practice of law is much like the practice of medicine. There are practitioners who have “general” practices and others who specialize.
At VanDerGinst Law we focus on injury law.
We can skillfully handle ANY injury case that comes our way.
You will be in great hands with the personal injury lawyers of VanDerGinst Law.
4. The West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyers of VanDerGinst Law Will Keep You Informed Every Step of the Way
Anyone can make that kind of statement. But can they prove it? We can. We make sure you know exactly what’s going on with your case.
You can put your trust in us – but don’t take our word for it. Listen to our clients.
VanDerGinst Law is one of the only law firms in the country to have been awarded the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics.
We have also been awarded the Client’s Choice Award from Avvo Lawyer Rating Service and the Client Champion Award from Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Rating Service.
West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyers
The city of West Des Moines is located near the center of the state of Iowa at the crossroads of Interstates 35 and 80.
West Des Moines is a rapidly growing community that is an attractive place to live for all ages and types of people. The city’s population was recently estimated at 67,899, which represented a significant increase since the last census.
The city is consistently included in many “Best Places to Live” lists from various publications. Residents experience an urban/suburban mix of amenities with a small-town feel and shorter commute times than the average of many other similarly-sized towns.
However, with its proximity to Des Moines, West Des Moines has its fair share of accidents and injuries. While the number of fatal car accidents between 2014 and 2019 was lower than the Iowa average, residents still experience injuries. West Des Moines residents are injured from workplace accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice incidents, and faulty products.
If you live near West Des Moines and were injured on the job or due to someone’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries.
VanDerGinst Law can help!
FREQUENTLY ASKED PERSONAL INJURY LAW QUESTIONS
1. What Should I Do and Not Do If I Have Been Injured?
If you are able, without risking your health or safety, you should gather witness information and photos and/or video of the accident site. If necessary, contact the police or other emergency personnel. Get the appropriate medical attention to address any acute injury as soon as possible.
Above all, DO NOT sign anything for the other party’s insurance representatives. DO NOT give the other party’s insurance representatives a recorded statement.
2. Do You Need a West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have a claim, there are many reasons why you should seek out the experience and advice of a personal injury lawyer.
The right lawyer can make a difference in the amount of compensation you can recover from your claim. Insurance carriers and other big business defendants have a team of lawyers looking out for their interests. They are NOT going to give you what you are entitled to – in fact, insurance adjusters will try to get you to settle for as little as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney has the leverage necessary to get you compensation for your injuries. VanDerGinst Law has that experience.
Who wants to deal with insurance adjusters and medical providers? You need rest and recuperation from your injuries, not additional stress. VanDerGinst Law will handle the details so you can concentrate on getting better.
Opening a file with us is easy and convenient. We collect the necessary evidence to pursue your case. We conduct the investigation. And we negotiate to get you the best possible outcome.
Finally, there is no financial risk in contacting VanDerGinst Law. If we do not get you compensation, you don’t have to pay. It’s as simple as that.
3. When Should You Hire a West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you were injured in an accident and required any type of treatment or attention to those injuries, your case probably warrants the attention of a personal injury lawyer. With respect to the question of how soon you should speak to an attorney, we suggest that you contact VanDerGinst Law as soon as possible after getting the initial medical care necessary to address your injuries.
- Do not wait until you are done treating.
- Do not wait until you have spoken to insurance representatives or adjusters.
- Do not wait until you get tired of negotiating on your own.
Adjusters set tentative values on injury claims at a very early stage. Having an experienced injury attorney on your side can ensure that those values are adjusted much greater than they would be with no attorney. Witness statements and evidence often needs to be secured early on. A good lawyer will also advise you against signing medical authorization or giving recorded statements.
There are just too many things that can go amiss if you do not get a personal injury lawyer onboard as soon as possible after your injury.
4. Do I Need to File a Lawsuit to get Compensation for My Personal Injury?
Contrary to common misconceptions, most personal injury claims can be resolved without having to file a lawsuit. That only happens if your personal injury lawyer has shown that he or she is willing to file lawsuits and fight for justice whenever it is necessary to get the best results for clients.
At VanDerGinst Law, we have proven our devotion to our clients – and insurance companies know that. They know we will file lawsuits if necessary to get the best results.
5. Will my personal injury case go to trial?
Even if it’s necessary to file a lawsuit for your injury case, that does not mean it will proceed all the way to a trial. Probably 95% of all injury cases are settled before going to trial. Each side becomes more familiar with their particular strengths and weaknesses during trial preparations. This often results in a settlement.
At VanDerGinst Law, we prepare all cases as if they will go to trial. That way we can be in the best position possible to get the most compensation for our clients.
6. How are Personal Injury Damages Determined? What is my case worth?
If an attorney tells you what your case if worth after a brief conversation about your injuries, they are either misleading or misinformed.
Many factors impact a personal injury case value. These include your age, the type of accident, the nature, extent and duration of your injuries and treatment needs, the impact of your injuries on your ability to work and earn income, scarring and disfigurement, the nature of the defendant and their insurance and/or assets, and other considerations too numerous to mention.
If successful in showing liability in a personal injury case, any of the following may apply for damages:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost income
- Past and future physical and mental pain and suffering
- Past and future loss of function of mind and body
- Past and future loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Out of pocket expenses
- Other potential damages
7. What is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering refers to the harm caused by physical injury and mental distress related to the accident and injuries. Compensation for pain and suffering is based on a multiple of the amount of the economic damages associated with the accident. There is no hard and fast rule for the calculation of pain and suffering damages, and there are many factors that affect the value of the “pain and suffering” part of a personal injury case.
8. How Much Does a West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At VanDerGinst Law we handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. That means that if we don’t get you money for your injuries, there is NO ATTORNEY FEE. You will never be out of pocket a dime.
Our fee is a percentage of the amount recovered. The percentage depends on the type of case we handle and whether the case must be litigated. But it is never more than 40% of the recovery and is usually between 20% and one third.
Other personal injury attorneys say they charge a contingent fee, but they may also require a retainer fee for costs – and those costs can quickly add up. At VanDerGinst Law we charge NO RETAINER FEE on injury cases. We forward all costs necessary to pursue your claim.
9. What are the time limits that apply for West Des Moines Personal Injury Claims?
The statute of limitations is the law that sets the time in which a person must file a lawsuit. In Iowa, that time is generally two years from the date of the injury.
Very limited exceptions may extend that time, and in some situations notices must be sent or lawsuits filed earlier than that two-year period. If you neglect to file a lawsuit within the applicable time, you are forever excluded from doing so. Therefore, it is always a good idea to get VanDerGinst Law in your corner as soon as possible.
10. If I was partially at fault can I still be compensated for injuries I sustained in an accident?
Iowa recognizes something known as “Modified Comparative Fault”. Under the Modified Comparative Fault System, each party is held responsible for damages in proportion to their own percentage of fault pro-rata, unless the plaintiff’s negligence reaches 51%. So, if you are partly at fault your compensation will be reduced be the proportionate percentage of faut. However, if you are 51% or more to blame, then you are entitled to no compensation. Therefore, if a reasonable award were determined to be $100,000 but you were 40% at fault, your award would be reduced by 40% so that you would receive $60,000.
11. Will medical bills I incurred due to my injury accident be paid by the responsible party?
The responsible party is required to pay the costs for all bills for reasonable and necessary treatment. That can include medical bills, chiropractic bills, dental bills, physical therapy bills and any other similar costs.
12. What happens if the responsible party did not have any insurance coverage?
If the party responsible for causing an injury accident does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance, there might be other sources of compensation. VanDerGinst Law leaves no stone unturned to see if a compensation source can be identified.
Sometimes we can find employers, people, or entities who may be vicariously liable. Sometimes we can turn to our client’s own uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage. Sometimes we determine the responsible party has ample assets available outside of insurance.
TYPES OF WEST DES MOINES PERSONAL INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
West Des Moines Car Accidents: Click to see what our West Des Moines personal injury lawyers can do to get you the best compensation for your car accident-related injuries. Even minor accidents can cause severe injuries.
West Des Moines Truck Accidents: Commercial trucks accidents (also known as semis, tractor-trailers, or big rigs) can cause devastating injuries. The rules that apply to truckers and tucking companies are different than conventional motor vehicle accidents. VanDerGinst Law’s West Des Moines personal injury lawyers have the experience to handle these cases and get the best possible recovery for our clients. Click to see more.
West Des Moines Traumatic Brain Injury: Serious brain injuries can result from accidents that may seem minor. Symptoms may include headaches, memory loss, agitation, slurring, loss of consciousness and others. Click here to see how VanDerGinst Law can help obtain compensation if you or a loved one suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence.
West Des Moines Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Bikers are exceptionally exposed on our roadways. Read more about how our West Des Moines injury lawyers help bikers and their families recover compensation after a motorcycle accident.
West Des Moines Wrongful Death Claims: Wrongful death can occur due to someone’s negligence, intentional actions, or other types of wrongdoing. We can help your family get through a difficult and confusing time and get the financial recovery necessary to assist in easing some of the burden that comes when a loved one is lost.
West Des Moines Bus Accidents: Whether you were hit by a bus or were injured as a passenger, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Learn how VanDerGinst Law will build a case against the responsible parties to recover compensation for a bus accident.
West Des Moines Pedestrian Accidents: Injuries in pedestrian accidents can be devastating. If you or a loved one is struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, our West Des Moines injury lawyers can help.
West Des Moines Premises Liability: Premises liability can include any number of accident or injury causing incidents that occur on commercial or residential property. Read more to find out how you can be compensated for a premises liability accident.
West Des Moines Dog Bites: West Des Moines has a lot of dog lovers. VanDerGinst Law has a lot of dog lovers. Nevertheless, if a dog attacks, serious injuries can occur. Often, compensation is necessary to address medical bills and sometimes even plastic surgery. See how our West Des Moines injury attorneys can help.
West Des Moines Class Action Lawsuits: Class actions arise when many people are harmed by a single defendant (or a few defendants). VanDerGinst Law is involved in several class action lawsuits. Click here to see which ones.
West Des Moines Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injuries can result from countless types of accidents. Serious spinal cord injuries can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, contact VanDerGinst Law right away. Our attorneys will fight hard to get the compensation necessary to help you return to as normal a life as possible after such devastation.
West Des Moines Swimming Pool Injuries: Swimming pools are a great way to relax, exercise or recreate. But they can also result in slip and fall accidents and diving accidents that lead to serious injuries, or even drowning. Read more on how our West Des Moines injury lawyers can help.
West Des Moines Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can occur indoors or outdoors. They can happen at commercial properties and residential properties. They can happen on sidewalks, in parking lots and other public areas. They happen in the winter, but they also happen in the summer. They often result in serious injuries. VanDerGinst Law can help get you the compensation you deserve when faced with a slip and fall accident.
West Des Moines Worker’s Compensation Claims: Even if you were at fault in causing the accident which led to injuries at work, you can still be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. If you were working at the time of your accident, you may qualify for compensation. See how the attorneys at VanDerGinst Law can help.
West Des Moines Construction Accidents: As you can imagine, construction accidents are a frequent occurrence. They can lead to serious injuries that require the attention of an experienced West Des Moines personal injury lawyer.
West Des Moines Insurance Claims: Insurance claims can be made in relation to injuries from accidents. But they can also be related to other rights you may have under any insurance policy you may have. (Commercial, Homeowner’s, Health, Liability, etc.). See how we can help.
West Des Moines Business Interruption Insurance Claims: Small businesses are often forced to close or restrict their operations when catastrophes occur. Many Iowa businesses were restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business interruption coverages may apply even when the insurance carrier says it does not. Contact us to see if we can help.
West Des Moines Medical Malpractice: Medical providers are held to a high standard of care in rendering care and treatment to patients. When they breach that standard of care, the consequences can be disastrous. Click here to learn more.
West Des Moines Nursing Home Negligence: When a loved one has been neglected in a nursing home a West Des Moines personal injury lawyer can assist in securing compensation.
West Des Moines Nursing Home Abuse: When a loved one has been abused in a nursing home a West Des Moines personal injury lawyer can assist in getting justice.
Contact a West Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyer Today.
We know that the personal injury claims process can be frustrating and overwhelming.
Let the West Des Moines injury attorneys at VanDerGinst Law help fight your battles while you focus on recovery.
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|Vero Chiropractic||5525 Mills Civic Pkwy #120, West Des Moines, IA 50266||Chiropractic|
|Enhanced Health Chiropractic, P.C.||9350 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266||Chiropractic|
|E.P. True Chiropractic||1905 EP True Pkwy #207, West Des Moines, IA 50265||Chiropractic|
|Benchmark Physical Therapy||140 Jordan Creek Pkwy Ste 150, West Des Moines, IA 50266||Physical Therapy|
|Core Physical Therapy||1200 Valley W Dr Suite 300, West Des Moines, IA 50266||Physical Therapy|
|HealthSource of West Des Moines||2600 University Ave Suite 212, West Des Moines, IA 50266||Chiropractic/Physical Therapy|
|LaFleur Chiropractic||5465 Mills Civic Pkwy #230, West Des Moines, IA 50266||Chiropractic|
|Ervin Family Chiropractic||1821 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266||Chiropractic|
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