Doctors prescribe medications to cure illnesses and to keep people healthy. Unfortunately, there are risks when taking any medication. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are more than one million emergency hospital visits each year in the United States due to using medications (Source: CDC.gov). It’s important to apply safety standards whenever you…

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Medical advocates play a crucial role in helping loved ones during a hospital stay. Advocates serve as objective listeners and information seekers. It’s important that advocates are present during rounds to speak with the doctors each day. As the person who knows your loved one best, you provide the background knowledge medical professionals need to…

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According to the World Health Organization, people are statistically safer flying in an airplane or working for nuclear industries than going to the hospital. How can this be? The WHO reports that the risk of dying in an airplane accident is estimated at 1 in 3 million, but the risk of dying due to a…

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We’re so excited! Fred James has been named “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. This is the seventh year Fred has been recognized by Best Lawyers! Nominated by Peers Fred was nominated by his peers based on a peer-review survey comprising more than…

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We’ve been representing clients for over 30 years in Iowa. Some of the medical malpractice cases we’ve been involved with are heart breaking and honestly, scary. Clients come in who are now living with long-term disabilities and carrying a financial burden they were not equipped to cover. One out of 5 Iowans Impacted by Medical…

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There are many dos and don’ts after being in a car accident, suffering an injury, or finding out a loved one was hurt through medical malpractice. I’m going to cover all the dos and don’ts in my future blog posts. For now, I want to cover the ONE THING you should do today to make…

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A few years ago the Iowa Courts adopted procedures for electronic filing in all district court matters.  Recently the Iowa Supreme Court has addressed issues regarding the timeliness of filings.  On Friday November 18, 2016 the Court decided the case Jacobs v. Iowa Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, No 16-0133.  The issue the Court…

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Two legal issues were addressed recently by the Iowa Supreme Court involving an arbitration clause in a nursing home contract and, if non-parties to the contract, have a right to a jury trial. Reaching their answer the Court goes through the history of wrongful death law in Iowa and who has the right to bring…

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Medical malpractice cases are expert witness driven.  Even though we may feel the care received was negligent, all elements of a medical practice claim must be supported by competent expert witness testimony. Prevailing in a medical malpractice case To prevail, you the plaintiff, the person bringing the case must prove, by a preponderance (more likely…

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