No one can truly be prepared for an accident. By definition, they are unplanned and no time is the “right time” for a serious injury. Whether it is a car accident on your way to work, a serious fall at your neighborhood grocery store, or a dog bite from the new pup next door, these events are often painful as well as unexpected. To make matters worse, injured individuals and their family members are often left to repair damages and pay necessary bills following an injury.
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we know how devastating these unexpected costs are, especially if you did everything possible to prevent the accident. Our attorneys have spent decades fighting for people in situations like yours, and we want to help you if you were the victim of negligence. In legal terms, negligence occurs whenever a person acts recklessly, carelessly, or in a way a reasonable person would not act. Read on to learn more about the cases we take on, your possible compensation, and why you might consider hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Personal injury cases cover a wide range of incidents with varying levels of severity. Over the years, we have taken on small cases as well as those with settlements in the millions. Many people assume their case is too insignificant to require legal action, but a lawyer can make sure to help you and your family receive what you deserve following an accident. We represent people who have suffered injury or loss in the following areas:
Even if you do not see your specific case listed above, there is a good chance we will still be able to help you. Whether your case has a unique set of circumstances or you do not know how to define how you were hurt by someone else, if you were the victim of the negligent, careless, or otherwise reckless actions of another party and suffered injuries as a result, we want to help. Contact our offices to talk to an attorney about the specific details of your case.
Iowa Personal Injury by the Numbers
Two of the most common causes of injury are traffic accidents and medical malpractice suits. These injuries are often serious and traumatic. We have compiled some of the official data available on these topics to show you how large of a problem these issues really are. In Iowa and across the nation, countless innocent people are hurt during these incidents. Here are a few of the most important statistics.
Because traffic accidents can involve cars, trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians, everyone can be affected by them. So many of us spend a large amount of time in vehicles commuting, travelling, and running errands, making car accidents extremely common. These numbers come from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT):
- 19,103 injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents in 2015
- 320 fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents in 2015
- 15,283 crashes that resulted in injuries in 2015
- 282 crashes that resulted in fatalities in 2015
To make matters worse, the DOT’s current projections from 2016 indicate the fatality count for that year was 405, a significant rise from the year prior.
We all trust our doctors to do their best work and act with honesty, integrity, and competence when they treat their patients. Unfortunately, many Iowans receive a poor standard of care from physicians, nurses, dentists, and other medical professionals. A medical malpractice claim can follow from improper treatment, birth injuries, or even surgery performed on the wrong body part. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Practitioner Data Bank, this data represents numbers from 2006 to 2016 in Iowa.
- 934 medical malpractice payment reports
- 4,980 adverse action reports
- 6,226 total reports
Medical malpractice payment reports are indicators that medical practitioners had to pay money to certain patients for their claims. Adverse action reports are similar to medical malpractice reports, but they are a less serious offense.
Examples of Past Cases
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we are confident that our results speak for themselves because we fight hard for every client we choose to represent. Many attorneys will offer you hypotheticals about how a case could go, but we want to tell you about how some of our verdicts actually happened.
- The Iowa Department of Transportation failed to maintain a highway and, due to their negligence, two Drake University students were seriously injured in a car accident. We won a $4.3 million ruling for the injured women in trial court.
- A construction worker lost his left leg below the knee after a drunk driver crossed out of his lane and crashed into the worker’s vehicle. The construction worker received a $2,332,500 settlement when we fought for them.
- While visiting the home of some friends, a four-year-old boy was bitten by a German Shepherd on the premises. We won a $105,000 settlement, the policy limit, for his family.
- We won settlements for a driver and passenger of a car when a driver, who was asleep at the wheel, rear-ended them while waiting at a stoplight. The settlement awarded $132,750 to the 54-year-old man who suffered a neck injury requiring surgery and $45,000 for the 56-year-old man who suffered a whiplash injury to the cervical spine.
- A mother and child were struck in their minivan by an uninsured driver who was on marijuana. The five-year-old child suffered a broken collarbone and lacerations while the mother faced a concussion. We received a $27,500 settlement for the child’s injuries and $100,000, the policy limit, for his mother.
The scenarios above are just a handful of the numerous cases our attorneys have tried and won over the years. It is important to remember that these cases did not involve extraordinary circumstances. These were regular people who ended up in bad situations through no fault of their own. If you were also hurt because of the reckless actions of another party, we may be able to help you as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s highly unlikely that we’ll be able to answer all of your questions without a consultation with one of our attorneys, but there are some common questions that most of our injured clients have when they begin to look into seeking compensation. For your convenience, we’ve compiled them here:
How much is my case worth?
It is difficult for our attorneys to determine the answer to this question without knowing the details of your case. When it comes to a personal injury claim, several factors can help you determine how much your case will be worth. Such factors include your age, the type of accident, where you live, whether or not you have insurance, and the severity of your injuries. Without knowing all of these details and the specifics of your situation, we cannot make an accurate assessment. With that in mind, do not hesitate to contact our offices with this question. We may be able to evaluate your case once we have more information.
Why should I seek compensation?
An accident is hard for every person involved. One incident can lead to weeks, months, or even years of struggle for you and your family. Especially if you did not cause the accident, you should not have to pay for another person’s mistake. We can help you recover damages for medical bills, insurance payments, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering. These are common issues following traumatic events and we do not want you to have to handle them alone. Seeking legal assistance and fighting for compensation ensures that you get the money your case is worth.
Why should I choose LaMarca Law Group, P.C.?
The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the resources and experience required to really fight for your case. Not only can we tell you how much your case is worth, but we can also take on the burden of fighting insurance companies and negligent parties so you don’t have to. This fight can include filing paperwork, collecting necessary evidence and documents related to your case, communicating with the attorneys of the defendant, and negotiating with insurance companies to reach a larger settlement. Our kind and compassionate attorneys want to help you and we are not afraid to go hard on the people who caused your injuries.
Contact a Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyer
When bad things happen to good people, they often feel as if they need to struggle through their misfortune alone. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we know that you should not have to fight even harder than you have already been. Our attorneys are prepared to treat your case with the necessary care and focus it needs in order to win you the compensation you deserve. We want to help you get your life back on track and moving forward as soon as possible. Contact our offices by calling (515) 225-2600 to set up a case evaluation and learn what we can do for you.