When an individual is injured or dies because of the negligence of another party, that party is liable for the damages caused to the individual and the individual's family. In these cases the medical expenses have a specific price tag. The physical, psychological, and emotional suffering of the family involved does not. We will work to bring justice to the party at fault, get fair and just compensation for the hardship of the victim(s), and provide what solace we can to the family of the victim.
Our Des Moines personal injury law firm is experienced in a wide variety of matters concerning negligence and malpractice leading to injury:
Boating Accidents: Being an operator of or passenger in a boat can be dangerous, especially around other boats. Without the protection provided by a motor vehicle, boaters can suffer significant injuries even in a low-speed collision, accident, or capsize event. Boating accidents can leave victims with severe physical consequences, such as severe cuts and lacerations, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and perhaps wrongful death, including by drowning. Boat operators who cause accidents may be responsible to their victims for compensatory and punitive damages. Boating injuries are commonly caused by: (1) boat operators who do not have enough experience or training to operate their boat; (2) operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; (3) an insufficient number of life jackets; (4) generally unsafe, negligent, or reckless operation of the boat, such as failing to keep a proper lookout or speeding; and (5) other missing or nonfunctional safety equipment.
Fires and Explosions: Many different events can cause fires and explosions, including dangerous products such as equipment, electrical wiring, space heaters, and other types of appliances; airplane and helicopter accidents, industrial fires and explosions; grain bin fires and explosions, car, truck, and motorcycle accidents; and propane and natural gas leaks. Fires and explosions can cause devastating and even deadly injuries from collapsing structures or flying debris in addition to burns. They can also lead to significant property damage claims and battles with your property insurance company.
Explosion and fire lawsuits demand careful investigation and attention. The medical issues stemming from a fire or explosion can be complex. The cause of the fire or explosion also has to be identified to decide which parties may be held responsible. That almost always involves the use of expert witnesses. Our firm is experienced in working with fire inspectors and marshals, human factors and materials experts, product experts, and electrical and chemical engineers, all of whom have assisted with identifying the origin or cause of a fire.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: Pedestrians and bicyclists face significant risk when on the road with motor vehicles. Without the protection provided by a motor vehicle, bicyclists can suffer significant injuries even in a low-speed collision. Bicycle accidents can leave victims with severe physical consequences, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and perhaps wrongful death. Bicycle injuries are commonly caused by motorists who: (1) ignore the rules of the road or engage in aggressive driving; (2) fail to pay attention while driving; (3) drive recklessly or with excessive speed, especially in areas where many cyclists are located; (4) ignore lower speed limits and fail to keep an increased lookout in special safety areas, such as school zones and construction zones; and (5) fail to yield to cyclists or grant cyclists the right of way.
Iowa law provides strong remedies for personal injuries or wrongful death. You may be able to recover money damages for, among other things, past and future medical expenses, past and future physical and mental pain and suffering, and past and future disability or loss of function of the body.
If the accident caused a death, an additional series of money damages for wrongful death may also be applicable. Families who have lost a loved one because of a wrongful death may be entitled to recover money damages for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium, and the value of the money the loved one would have earned if he or she had lived.
We invite you to take a moment to browse some additional information about money damages that we've provided on our blog:
Our Des Moines law firm can help in two ways if an accident causes you trouble at work or results in your firing. First, Iowa law allows you to recover economic damages for lost wages or loss of earning capacity caused by an accident. Second, our firm also handles employment law matters, including claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act, a federal law that may protect your job if you have to miss work to deal with your own or a loved one's injuries stemming from an accident.Our firm has tried numerous car accident and personal injury claims. If you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries or wrongful death, please take a moment to learn about your rights by reviewing the information provided on this site. We also offer additional, more specific information about various topics at our on-site and off-site blogs that we hope you'll find helpful. If, after reviewing this information, you'd like to speak with us about your motor vehicle accident case, please reach out to us through the Web Contact Form by using the "Contact Us" button or by calling (515) 281-1460. We make every effort to provide a same-day response to all communications received during weekday business hours. It'll be our pleasure to meet with you at no charge, learn more about your situation, and lend you a helping hand in your time of need.
Erbe Law Firm, 2501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Erbe Law Firm has proudly served clients throughout Iowa since 2005 from our Des Moines law firm. We look forward to hearing from you to see whether we can do the same for you.
Harley C. Erbe