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Places with the Highest Probability of Car Accidents
Many people think that the freeway is the most dangerous place where the majority of car accidents take place. However, the statistics and research show surprising results. According to Progressive Insurance, a well-known insurance company, neighborhoods have been found to be the breeding ground ...
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Common Causes of Truck Rollover Accidents
The weight, height, load, size, and balance of commercial trucks all contribute to different kinds of vehicle accidents. One of the common types of truck-related accidents are truck rollover accidents. It is generally a result when the wheels of a truck lose traction or contact completely with the surface of the road because of their high center of gravity, causing it to roll over and damage other...
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What are the Time Limitations for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
All US states have a set time limitation for bringing a wrongful death action in court to the responsible party. The length of time, however, varies among states and may be anywhere from one year to three years. In legal terms, this time limit is known as the statute of limitations. If you do not file a wrongful death lawsuit within this time frame, you may lose the chance of getting fair compensa...
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What You Should Know About Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage
If you are injured in an auto accident, you may need Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance to properly cover for your damages. PIP coverage is mandatory in no fault states, but optional in some of the other states, including Iowa. Some people think that they do not need PIP coverage if they already have auto insurance...
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Important Evidence for Proving a Wrongful Death Claim
Death is an inevitable reality that brings sadness and grief. But if a loved one dies because of malpractice, carelessness, negligence, or inaction of another individual, the victim’s family may seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against that person. While doing so may not bring back your loved one, holding negligent persons accountable for their actions may provide some replac...
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Determining Liability in Truck Accidents Caused by Brake and Tire Failure
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 29 percent of all accidents by commercial trucks, including 18-wheeler, tanker, big-rig, flatbed, and semi-trucks, involve brakes or tire failure. D...
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Determining Fault in Auto Accidents Caused by a Sudden Medical Emergency
A majority of auto accidents in the US are a result of negligence of a motorist, and determining fault and liability in such cases is quite straightforward. But what if someone has a heart attack, seizure, or any other sudden medical emergency while driving, causing them to lose control of their vehicle and crash into another car. Can the person who suffered from an unexpected medical emergency be...
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Nursing Home Abuse: The Misuse of Antipsychotics in Elderly
Many nursing homes and medical facilities for elderly care are continually prescribing and overusing antipsychotic drugs, even though the federal law has put strict restrictions on their use. These drugs are normally prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and are considered to be dangerous for patients suffering from dementia. However, more than 300,000 patients in nurs...
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When to Hold a Hospital Liable for a Patient’s Wrongful Death
It is devastating when a loved one loses their life at the hands of a doctor, and more so when it happens due to medical malpractice. However, sometimes the doctor is not entirely responsible for the wrongful death because there are lapses in healthcare standards of the hospital. Wrongful death cases are governed by the state law, and you need to follow certain procedures that are unique to this t...
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Why Do Truck Accidents Spike During the Winter Season?
While the winter season brings with itself many joyous events, one thing that many Americans dread is winter driving. With poor weather conditions and traffic slowdowns, winter driving becomes taxing and exhausting, and is outright dangerous. This is especially true for truck drivers who have to haul over long distances. Moreover, the huge mass of trucks, coupled with icy and wet road conditions, ...
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Staying Safe from Personal Injuries this Holiday Season
Decorating the house, enjoying the snow and cold weather, buying gifts for loved ones, and spending time with friends and family; yes, the joyous holiday season is here. But with all the great things the holiday season encompasses, there are some risks as well that can result in accidents and serious injuries. The winter season is filled with potential hazards such as slipping over the black ic...
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Death at the Workplace – Wrongful Death vs. Survival Actions
In many wrongful death cases at the workplace, the worker’s death is caused by defective and faulty products and equipment used while at work or the intentional wrongdoing or negligence of a co-worker or an employer. Most employers tend to provide only workers’ compensation benefits to the deceased family. However, it is important to remember that a wrongful death lawsuit is a third party clai...
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Factors Determining Liability in Multi-Vehicle Accidents
It can become very confusing to determine who is at fault when you are in a multi-vehicle accident involving two or more drivers. Usually, all it takes is a single mistake by a driver to set off a chain reaction of trucks, cars, motorcycles, trailers, and other vehicles, crashing into each other. With vehicles piling up one over the other, the probability of serious injuries and fatalities is quit...
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What are the Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Every state requires the employers to have a workers’ compensation policy in place to provide their employees protection against workplace injuries and damages. There are several benefits offered in workers’ compensation including medical care, disability coverage, cash benefits, rehabilitation, and compensation to family members in case of death. If you have become ill because of the nature o...
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How to Gather Evidence for Truck Accident Claims
If you have been in a truck accident, you will need to present sufficient evidence to prove that the trucker was negligent in order to obtain compensation for your injuries. Traditionally, the victims of truck accidents had to rely on witness statements and police reports to understand how the accident took place. But thanks to advanced technology, they can now easily obtain such information from ...
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5 Essential Things a Personal Injury Lawyer Should Know about your Case
It is understandable that you might feel intimidated working with a lawyer after suffering from a personal injury, but things don’t have to be like that. You should know that your personal injury lawyer is there to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. It is crucial that you tell the details of your case to your personal injury lawyer so that they are able to evaluate your...
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The Legal Repercussions of Drunk Driving
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, three people die every 2 hours due to drunk driving, which makes it one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the US. People think that just because they are able to get back to their home safely every time they drink...
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5 Tips to Empower You against Medical Malpractice in Iowa
The number of medical malpractice cases is quickly rising all across the United States and the situation is no different in Iowa as well. It has now become important to understand how malpractice occurrences can be identified and to empower the people to rise against such issues and claim their due monetary compensation. There are many ways...
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Workers’ Compensation Issues in Iowa
Workers’ compensation is only applicable when a person suffers from a serious injury that has originated in his or her working environment. Although it is not necessary for the injury to occur due to a sudden accident, most compensation cases are presented to cover monetary losses that occur when a person suddenly finds it impossible to work normally. Workers’ Compensation is present in the...
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Am I Negligent For Not Wearing A Helmet In Iowa?
In many situations, in many states, a person can be held at least partly responsible for harm caused if they violate a statute, or if they negligently failed to police their own conduct. If it can be shown that a driver did not yield the right of way, or if a driver had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level over the legal limit, that person may be held liable for any harm they cause. However, it is ...
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Busting Myths About Distracted Driving
There is a large amount of misinformation floating around about distracted driving, especially in regard to social media and other electronic device use. Many are of the opinion that multitasking while in the car is not only acceptable, but helpful. This is not only erroneous; it is actively dangerous to everyone on the road. Before you get in your car next time, it may serve you well to research ...
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Why Do Trucking Accidents Happen?
Accidents involving big rigs can be devastating due to the sheer size and power of commercial trucks. However, unless one is familiar with what they can do, many drivers underestimate a truck's ability to cause severe damage in an accident. If one learns why trucking accidents happen, one can learn how best to avoid them. Common Causes & Statistics In 2007, the Federal Motor...
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Can I Get Workers’ Comp If Permanently Disabled?
It is sadly not uncommon for accidents to occur on the job, especially in a line of work that requires interaction with heavy machinery and other strenuous activities. Approximately 12 percent of Americans are disabled, and a significant minority became partially or totally disabled after an accident on the job. If you are one of them, you may be surprised to know that in certain cases, Iowa worke...
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Delayed Reactions After Auto Accidents
When one is in an automobile accident, it is likely that the usual expected injuries will occur - broken bones, cuts, bruises. However, it is very, very common for injuries or conditions to appear days or even weeks after the accident itself. If this happens, you may still be able to link the injury back to your accident, and make a case for compensation. The Physics of Shock ...
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Iowa Medical Errors
Everyone is owed a reasonable degree of medical care from doctors and hospital personnel. When a crisis occurs, we expect our doctor and hospital personnel to rise to the occasion. Thus, if an error occurs, it can feel like a betrayal. It is only compensable, however, if the error rises to the level of a violation of the accepted standard of care. Typically, the accepted standard of care is defin...
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Common Terms Seen In Personal Injury Lawsuits
Very often, people involved in lawsuits have never been inside a courtroom before. This can lead to confusion at many different points, including with the vocabulary commonly seen in lawsuits. If you are a first-time plaintiff, or even if you have been involved in a suit before, it is generally a good idea to familiarize yourself with the terms often seen in civil suits. Defendant. The person y...
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Expert Witness Requirements in Iowa Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice is a complex and demanding area of law, often dealing in arcane medical knowledge and debates over highly technical matters. Because of this, many attorneys employ expert witnesses to help cut through the jargon and make these matters accessible to the average person. However, the requirements under which someone can be certified as an expert are specific, and it is critical th...
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Are Injuries At “Work Events” Compensable By Workers’ Compensation?
Depending on the company, it may or may not be common for your employer to hold events to raise morale, such as picnics, bowling nights or mini-carnivals. Sometimes, these events may even be fun. But sometimes, bad things can happen, and it is understandable to wonder whether or not you are protected if something goes wrong. While it depends on the state and the situation, it is a fair question to...
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What Type of Damages Can I Collect For Wrongful Death?
When you suddenly lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, it is colloquially referred to as a wrongful death, but in reality there are two different types of wrongful death cases that can be brought under Iowa law. Each benefits a different person or group of people, and as such, different types of damages can be collected. It is important, if you are in the painful position of having...
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Negligent Security & Premises Liability
Premises liability is an area of negligence law that is somewhat less common an issue than one might expect. However, serious issues can arise when negligent security is in place at a business or residence - even when an owner is not present, after all, they are responsible for the welfare of most people who enter onto their property. If you are injured by the absence of security, you may be entit...
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When Is An Injury Not Compensable?
We all make mistakes. Sometimes, they have further-reaching consequences than we think they will. Nowhere is this more evident than when we hurt ourselves, either accidentally or as a result of negligence. However, in the realm of workers' compensation, it can present a unique question: is an injury a worker causes themselves still eligible for workers' compensation? The answer is usually yes, but...
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Issues Specific to Semi-Truck Accidents
While automobile accidents are fairly common and tend to follow patterns that are predictable, semi-trucks introduce variables that may not be seen when two passenger automobiles collide. If you are in an accident with a semi-truck, there are variables that may come into play that one might not ordinarily have to deal with. Regulation & Insurance Issues The primary differenc...
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Auto Accidents in Winter Weather
Winter weather in Iowa can be extremely difficult to manage, especially when driving. Auto accidents increase in number during winter, with a national average of 200,000 crashes being attributed to snow or sleet each year. In order to avoid becoming one of that number, it is a good idea to understand how ...
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Strict Liability In Action: Iowa Dog Bite Law

People in the United States love their pets. However, not every pet owner adequately looks after their cat, dog or other animal - animal bites are a significant issue that affects countless people each year. If you are bitten or otherwise attacked by an animal, you may have a case against the owner for personal injury.

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The Prevalence of Medical Mistakes in Iowa
Many individuals often labor under the misapprehension that any mistake made by a doctor, or any outcome achieved by a doctor that is less than optimal, is malpractice by definition. This is not actually the case, but many patients nonetheless try to sue a doctor over what they perceive as improper care. It can make it very difficult to assess when you actually have a case to bring suit after a do...
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Does A “Warning” Have To Come From The Primary Manufacturer?
When a product liability case deals with a failure to warn, it means that the consumer was not adequately informed of the foreseeable potential dangers of a product. The manufacturer cannot be expected to advise about every possible danger, but reasonably foreseeable problems must be reported. However, in some states, there is a growing body of jurisprudence that argues that the primary warning fo...
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Iowa’s Dram Shop Act In Wrongful Death Cases
Sometimes, people simply pass away in an unexpected manner. It may be natural, but it may also be due to the negligence or recklessness of another person. If it can be proven that the death occurred directly because of someone's negligence, that person may be liable for wrongful death. Nowhere is this sadly more common than in dealing with alcohol and other substance-related accidents - the most r...
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Slip and Fall Accidents & Sovereign Immunity
Slip and fall accidents happen with worrying frequency in the United States, causing countless injuries, especially to the elderly and young children. Normally, when one occurs on someone else’s property, you would file a personal injury suit to hold the owner or operator liable for your injuries. However, if your accident happens on government property, there is a different procedure that must ...
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Legal Fault in Car Accident Cases
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in the United States, with numerous occurring each year. If you are injured in an accident with another automobile, and you bring a successful suit, you may find that your compensation is not what you expected it to be. The primary reason for this is that a judge or jury must not only decide who is at fault, but how much fault is attributab...
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Chronic Conditions Caused At Work
When you deal with injuries sustained on the job, the majority of the time people are discussing acute injuries, such as broken bones sustained in car accidents. However, it is absolutely possible for a chronic condition to fall under the aegis of a work-related injury, for which workers’ compensation may be obtainable. Slightly different requirements must be shown, but if your injury has become...
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Who May Be Liable Besides The Truck Driver?
When trucking accidents occur, the person most often responsible is, obviously, the driver. However, at times, it may not be the best course of action to bring suit only against the truck driver if you are injured. There are other actors who may be responsible in part for the accident, and you may be able to receive compensation from them, especially if the trucker turns out to be judgment proof. ...
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Different Types of Wrongful Death in Iowa
Losing a loved one is a nightmare, especially if it is due to the negligence of someone else. Something that can make it even worse is the maze of legal procedure that can surround the process of mounting a wrongful death claim and the misconceptions contained therein. When the possibility of bringing suit for wrongful death exists, it will serve you better to ensure your facts are straight, and y...
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Product Liability & Automobiles
When one thinks or hears of automobile accidents in Iowa, they mostly associate such events with personal injury cases. However, it is not unusual to have claims filed in court under alternative legal theories, and one of the most common is product liability. After all, automobiles have countless working parts, and they must all perform correctly at the right time in order to move the whole. If on...
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Third-Party Claims For On-The-Job Injuries
Normally, when someone is injured on the job, they would file a workers’ compensation claim with the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission. However, when your injury is the fault of someone besides your employer, it is possible to file what is referred to as a third-party claim against that person. Injuries caused by actors who are not affiliated with your employer are often not covered by wor...
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Auto Accidents Involving Cyclists
Iowa is a very active state, with many residents who love being outdoors. However, outdoor activities carry risks. One of the most common pastimes in Iowa that results in injuries year-round is bicycling, with the most recent available data reporting Iowa’s bicyclist fatality rate in the top third of the states....
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Types of Damages in Personal Injury Cases
When a personal injury claim arises, most people who have never dealt with the legal system before tend to think that only property damage and any current physical injuries are actionable. In fact, many more possible injuries are compensable at law. It is highly advisable to be aware of all the varieties of damages that you could potentially recover
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Negotiating A Successful Settlement In Workers’ Compensation Cases
It is not uncommon for an Iowa workers’ compensation case to go to trial. However, a significant percentage of cases also settle, which can be done in one of three ways in Iowa. If you have filed a workers’ compensation claim after being injured, it is generally always a good idea to consult an attorney before accepting a settlement, given that sometimes an emplo...
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Possible Weight Increase For Semi – Trucks: Safer or Less Safe?
For many years, the weight limit on interstate highways in the U.S. has been set at 80,000 pounds (20,000 pounds per axle). However, in recent months, a possible increase has been bruited in Congress. The new limit would be 91,000 pounds, but any truck over 80,000 pounds would require an additional axle. The reasons are primarily monetary in origin, but there are some who postulate that it would a...
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Motorcycle Safety Laws in Iowa
There were almost 271,000 motorcycle licenses issued in Iowa in 2014, and almost 1,000 crashes occurred - a rate that does not sound high, but it is higher than many states in the union. Nearly every state in the U.S. regulates motorcycle riding and riders fairly strictly, simply because of the potential for gr...
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The Nuts and Bolts Of Product Liability: Who, Where and When To Sue
It is distressingly common for a user of a product to be injured by it, either due to negligent design, manufacturing errors, or simply a failure to warn of dangerous propensities. However, product liability cases are notoriously complex, and many who are injured simply get lost in the sea of legal terms and requirements. To bring a successful suit, one must know against whom, where and when to br...
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Negligent Post-Operative Care
When a patient is treated by a medical professional, that treatment must be of the highest quality from beginning to end. However, this does not always happen, for a multitude of reasons both innocent and malevolent. If a doctor or other medical professional does not adequately follow up with a patient after treating them, they run the risk of missing very real dangers that can appear only
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The Effect of Fear: Issues of Retaliation and Workers’ Compensation
When an employee is injured on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation, but not every employer consents to their claim, regardless of how well founded it may be. While it is thankfully rare, there are employers that retaliate against injured employees, even though such behavior is actionable. You do have recourse if this is happening to you.             ...
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Fault & Damages in Auto Accident Cases
If you have the misfortune to be involved in a car accident, one of the biggest questions that will come up in investigating the event will be fault, or lack thereof. In Iowa, just who was at fault can be a particularly difficult question to answer, given that Iowa’s apportionment rules are complex. Having an attorney on your side can make a difference between payi...
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Why Did An Attorney Refuse My Personal Injury Case?

When you have been injured, it is very common to want compensation or even revenge, depending on the nature of the injury. Many potential plaintiffs are disappointed when they approach attorneys and are told that their case is not worth taking to trial, or that their chance to recover is low. This is not done out of malice, but based on an impartial examination of the known facts, governing law...

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Truck Accidents & State Liability
Most of the time, truck accidents are the fault of either the truck driver, or the motorist or pedestrian who collides with the truck. However, in rare instances, the state, city or county where an accident occurs may also be held liable for all or part of a driver’s injuries. There are situations where trucks are more likely to have accidents than cars, and if governmental entities are not awar...
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Helmet Laws & Liability in Motorcycle Accidents
In all but three states in the U.S., wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle is mandatory, with fines as punishment for those who decline. However, Iowa is one of the three states (the others are Illinois and New Hampshire) where helmets are not mandatory. It raises a question that you as a motorcycle rider should be aware of: does wearing or not wearing a helmet in Iowa affect your liability in...
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Ensuring You Are Covered In Iowa
A recent piece on Iowa Public Radio raised the fact that Iowa has (at least according to the most recent data available) the highest incidence of workplace injuries and deaths in the Midwest, at approximately 6.6 casualties per 100,000 workers - the next...
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Medication Errors and Medical Malpractice
No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. However, when a medical professional makes a mistake, it can have serious, far-reaching consequences. Medication errors kill and injure thousands of Americans each year, and if you or a loved one happens to be one of them, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to understand what may be actionable and what is not.   ...
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IOWA Traffic Fatalities
Iowa’s traffic fatalities in the last 5 years
  • 2015: 161 (to date)
  • 2014: 321
  • 2013: 317
  • 2012: 365
  • 2011: 360
Iowa’s traf...
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Wrongful Death vs. Survival Action
Losing someone suddenly can be an earth-shaking moment, especially if it is due to the negligence or recklessness of another person. The law allows the survivors of a deceased person to bring suit in tort law for their loss, but many people confuse exactly what cause of action they ought to bring. Iowa law allows for two different causes of action when a loved one is killed due to someone else’s...
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Prescription Drugs and Product Liability
When a product malfunctions, and someone is injured, it is important to understand just who may be at fault (if anyone) for those injuries. Depending on the situation, it may be the product's manufacturer, but it may also be the seller of that product. In Iowa, the law is fairly complex, especially when it comes to widely used items like prescription drugs. Last year, the Iowa Supreme Court handed...
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The Epidemic of Distracted Driving
In late June 2015, a semi-truck driven by a 24-year-old man drifted across the center lane and struck an overpass in Iowa City, bursting into flame. The driver and passenger were both taken to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, where the passenger died of his wounds. The driver, Sh...
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Motorcycle Accidents in Iowa
Iowa has many, many miles of roads that are enthusiastically traversed by cars, trucks and motorcycles. However, motorcycles in particular are prone to accidents for a variety of reasons. There were almost one thousand crashes in Iowa last year that involved a motorcycle, with 51 fatalities and 880 injuries. If you were involved in one of them, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injur...
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“Slip and Fall” Injuries in Iowa
Landowners and business owners (or any occupiers/possessors/tenants of the property) owe their guests a duty to provide for their safety within reason, depending on a host of factors. If you are injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to bring suit against the owner or occupier if he or she has failed in that duty. “Slip and fall” injuries are one of the most common causes of acc...
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Workers’ Compensation in Iowa
  In most jobs where you work for an employer, you are protected from workplace injury by a system of federal regulations. However, should you sustain an injury, there are also safeguards in place. The workers’ compensation system is in place in each state, and it helps protect you from unsustainable medical bills and other unforeseen expenses while you heal. Each state’s system is dif...
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Trucking Accidents in Iowa
Unfortunately, all one has to do to get an idea of the prevalence of accidents on the road is to look at the evening news. The worst tend to be the accidents involving large trucks, due to their carrying capacity and the sheer fact of how difficult they are to drive. However, this does not absolve trucking companies and drivers of liability if accidents happen. If you have been hurt in a truck acc...
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Different Types of Iowa Personal Injury Claims
In today’s world, accidents happen. Unfortunately, we cannot always predict how responsibly other people are going to act. However, there is recourse - most of the time - if we are injured by the negligence or recklessness of others. The field of personal injury law is designed to help you obtain compensation from the person who was the cause of your injuries.   Types of Perso...
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Wrongful Death Claims in Iowa
To lose a loved one is an unimaginable tragedy for most people. If it happens with no warning, because of another person’s negligence, it adds insult to an injury that can already feel impossible to recover from. For those who have experienced this kind of loss, it is sometimes possible to obtain compensation in a wrongful death suit - it will not bring your loved one back, but it may help to ke...
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Automobile Accidents in Iowa
  Automobile accidents are one of the most common causes of death in the United States. They can be life changing and leave lasting scars on the body and mind. If you have been injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for what you have been through.   Common Automobile Accident Causes Iowa Department...
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