First of all, depending upon the nature and severity of your injuries, you may or may not need an attorney in your case. However, it is always a good idea to at the very least consult with an experienced Iowa injury attorney and request information (like a book available at no cost) that may help you through the process and avoid common costly mistakes.
If you have not yet decided to hire an attorney and an Iowa injury book is not available to be sent to you, you may want to keep looking. Also, make sure to look at the attorney's reviews on Avvo.com and Google because just because they say they do personal injury or workers' compensation does not mean that they do it well. Look for reviews from prior clients that talk about their experience as a client including the results they obtained. You want to make sure that you hire the right attorney for your case.
Also, keep in mind that we do not accept every client that calls our office because frankly, not all clients are the right fit for us. For example, we receive many more calls from potential clients than the number of cases that we accept because we want to focus on and provide the best results for the clients that we accept.
Should we decide to work together as your Iowa injury attorneys, here are some tasks that we will do for you. Please keep in mind that every case is different and that we do all these tasks at no risk to you because we only get paid if we are successful in your case. Also, if you have been hurt at work, we do not take anything that you are voluntarily being paid by the workers' compensation insurance company. If we are successful then we are paid a percentage based upon if the case settles, goes to trial, and is appealed.
What Can an Attorney Do for You?
- Educate our clients about Iowa injury laws because they vary from state to state
- Gather documentary evidence including police accident reports, medical records, and bills
- Hire an investigator, if necessary, to interview witnesses, locate witnesses, etc.
- Collect other evidence, such as photographs of the vehicles and accident scene
- Review and analyze the legal issues, such as comparative fault (also known as comparative negligence) and assumption of the risk
- Talk to the client’s physicians and obtain written reports from them to support their case and fully understand the client’s condition
- Analyze the client’s insurance policy to see whether there are any coverages which the client has that may pay all or a portion of the medical bills while the claim is pending
- Review and analyze the validity of any liens on the case. Doctors, insurance companies, welfare benefit plans, and employers may assert that they are entitled to all or part of the client’s recovery
- Contact the insurance company to put them on notice of the claim, if this has not already been done
- If a suit is filed, prepare the client, witnesses, and healthcare providers for depositions
- Prepare written questions and answers and take the deposition of the defendant and other witnesses
- Conduct a scheduling conference to set a trial date
- Prepare a demand package to send to the defendant in an attempt to settle the case
- Prepare for a possible mediation and/or settlement before trial
- Prepare for trial
- Prepare medical, demonstrative, and other exhibits for trial
- Prepare the client and witnesses for trial
- File motions and briefs with the court to determine what will be allowed into evidence at trial
- Take the case to trial with a jury in most personal injury cases or to a judge in workers' compensation cases
- Review and analyze the verdict to determine if either side has good grounds to appeal the case
- Make recommendations to the client as to whether or not to appeal the case
- And much, much more. . .