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.
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, traveling, and running errands, making car accidents extremely common.
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were:
- 337 total traffic fatalities in 2020, an increase of .6% from 2019
- 1,099 distracted driving accidents in 2019, leading to 538 injuries and 3 fatalities
- 43 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2019, most of which occurred in June and August
- 319 traffic fatalities and 18,178 traffic injuries in 2018
- 56,670 total traffic accidents in Iowa in 2018
To make matters worse, data trends show that the rate of traffic accidents leading to injuries and fatalities has steadily been increasing in Iowa over the last five years.
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.
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.
- $2.74 million settlement for a 24-year-old woman who suffered multiple pelvic fractures and a concussion after being run over by a DART bus in downtown Des Moines.
- $4.3 million trial court ruling against the Iowa Department of Transportation for negligent maintenance of a highway resulting in a head-on collision seriously injuring 2 members of the Drake University women's basketball team.
- $2 million medical malpractice jury verdict after a spine surgery operation left a 55-year-old woman partially disabled.
- $4.4 million trial court ruling for fraud by a developer who diverted loan proceeds rather than pay a construction firm which built subdivision infrastructure in reliance on loan proceeds. The ruling consisted of $1.1 million in actual damages and $3.3 million in punitive damages.
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. Visit our case results page to see more of our past successes.
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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.
A leader in the Iowa legal community, LaMarca Law Group, P.C., handles a variety of cases involving personal injury, business litigation, and workers’ compensation. The role of our attorneys extends beyond the courtroom and boardroom. They are also mentors, advisors, and educators. Our attorneys take a personal approach to ensuring that you receive unparalleled representation and that, together with the firm’s knowledge, experience, and vision, provide the highest quality of representation for you. The lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., know that the only lasting way to build a referral base is to earn it by providing exceptional service to each client, no matter how big or small the potential recovery in their case.
If you are in need of legal counsel after suffering an injury, put our litigation experience to work for you. At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our attorneys provide experienced legal counsel and trial work for your personal injury cases, including trucking collisions, automobile accidents, drunk driving accidents, motorcycle accidents, aviation accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and more. Legal matters can be highly complex. If you are considering pursuing legal action, it is in your best interest to secure the services of a qualified attorney.
We have dedicated our lives to protecting the rights and futures of injured Iowans. We work to ensure that your case is handled while you focus on your recovery.
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.