Iowa Personal Injury Attorney
Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Iowa
Personal injury and medical malpractice cases both stem from negligence. Whether the negligence originated from a physician failing to uphold the appropriate standard of care, or if it was an individual who drove recklessly and caused an auto accident, in each case, the negligent party should be held legally and financially responsible for any injury or harm they cause to an innocent victim.
At McGuire Law, PLC, we have been handling accident cases all throughout the state of Iowa for over 40 years, and over which time we have tried hundreds of jury trials and obtained millions in successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We invite you to become familiar with this website by clicking on the links below. For further information about our legal services, we urge you to contact an Iowa personal injury or medical malpractice attorney from our firm as soon as possible.
We rely heavily on motor vehicles to get to and from work, school, and wherever else we need to go. Unfortunately, thousands of drivers, passengers and pedestrians are injured in motor vehicle accidents in Iowa each year. Driver distraction and negligence causes accident victims to suffer from broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries and in extreme cases, wrongful death.
Brain injuries are often caused by car accidents, falls from heights and acts of violence. The brain injury victim can experience vision loss, nausea, vomiting, confusion, memory loss, and headaches. In more serious cases the victim may experience loss of consciousness, coma, or their injuries can lead to death of the victim.
Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
When an individual is involved in an accident or the victim of medical malpractice, it's possible for them to sustain injuries to their brain or spinal cord, both of which may be serious and life threatening conditions. A spinal cord injury may cause partial to complete paralysis below the injury site, depending upon the extent of the injuries sustained.
While a small amount of bruising or swelling may be a normal part of birth, brachial plexus injuries, facial paralysis, cerebral palsy, and brain damage can all be the result of medical negligence or malpractice. When an infant sustains a preventable birth injury, he or she may be the victim of a negligent obstetrician, nurse or other member of the delivery team.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Brachial plexus is a type of birth injury that affects the nerves around the baby's neck and shoulder. When these nerves become stretched and torn, it can lead to weakness in the arms, wrist, or hands, sometimes causing a paralysis in the infant's arm. These types of injuries are often caused by the physician using excessive force or choosing the improper delivery technique.
Burn injuries may be caused by the following: chemical burns, electrical burns, fires, explosions, radiation, and exposure to hazardous materials, exposure to hot metal and from dangerous property conditions. Third degree burns can lead to multiple surgeries, nerve damage and permanent disfigurement.
One of the most common types of medical malpractice is cancer misdiagnosis. Tragically, when a medical doctor or an oncologist fails to detect the obvious signs of cancer, the misdiagnosis can lead to the spread of the disease to the point that treatment would be unable to handle the condition. When this occurs, the patient may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against their doctor.
Cerebral Palsy Injuries
Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls voluntary movement and coordination. It is characterized by weakness or stiffness in the arms and legs and can be associated with seizures and mental retardation. Cerebral palsy is often a preventable birth injury that is caused by medical malpractice or negligence.
Both doctor and hospital malpractice can lead to serious injuries to the patient, if not wrongful death. Depending upon the facts of the case, a lawsuit may be filed against the doctor responsible for the injuries, or it can be filed against the hospital and the staff responsible for your injuries. These may include nurses, X-ray technicians, or independent contractors such as anesthesiologists etc.
Dog owners are responsible for their pets and when their pet bites or otherwise attacks an innocent person or worse, a child, then the dog's owner can be held legally and financially responsible for any injuries sustained. Unfortunately, a large percentage of dog bite victims are small children. When children are attacked by a dog, they frequently sustain injuries to the face, head, neck and throat, thus causing permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Fire and Gas Explosion Cases
Natural gas in homes can be deadly if the gas leaks and goes undetected. When this occurs, the gas leak can not only destroy the home but it can cause serious injuries to the occupants of the home when it leads to a fire or explosion. Those injured due to a faulty smoke detector, or a broken furnace, or another defective household appliance, may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.
When a physician or other medical professional provides a substandard level of care to a patient and the patient is injured as a result of the physician's negligence, it is referred to as medical malpractice. This can include a broad range of situations including: misdiagnosis, a wrong site surgery, poor post-operative care, nicking a neighboring organ during surgery and much more.
Motorcycles are economical on gas and they are more affordable than larger passenger cars and trucks. However, due to their size and lack of protection, motorcycle riders run the risk of sustaining significant injuries if they are involved in an accident. A large percentage of motorcycle accidents are caused by the driver of the motor vehicle failing to either yield to the motorcycle rider's right of way, or by failing to see the motorcyclist until it's too late.
Due to the massive size of semi-trucks, big-rigs, and eighteen wheelers, smaller passenger sized cars and trucks barely have a chance when they are involved in an accident with one of these "giants" of the road. The vast majority of the time it's the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles that are seriously injured or killed while the truck driver walks away unscathed.
A wrongful death refers to when innocent people are killed as a result of someone else's negligent, careless or reckless actions. Common causes of wrongful death cases include auto accidents, burn accidents, fires and explosions, dog bites and attacks, as well as falls from heights.
When you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, who you choose to represent you is extremely important and will affect your final settlement or verdict. Due to our frequent cases, we have garnered a reputation throughout the legal community for being highly skilled negotiators and litigators. We always prepare our cases as if they will have to go to trial, that way the insurance company is aware that we won't accept a small settlement offer. One of our recent and successful Iowa settlements involved obtaining 2.3 million dollars for a young child who was badly burned in a house fire. In the end, it is your attorney who is responsible for securing a high dollar settlement that reflects the true value of your claim. Please, don't hesitate to
contact our firm right away to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team.