Personal Injury/Car Accidents

Personal Injury Acccident

Overview

Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm to their body, mind, or emotions from an accident or injury, for which someone else might be legally responsible. The responsible person’s insurance company may be forced to pay money to the injured person for medical bills and ongoing medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of function to a part of the body, loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of life itself.

Our lawyers handle a variety of personal injury cases including, but not limited to, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, semi accidents, vehicle-bicycle accidents, vehicle-pedestrian accidents, wrongful death claims, construction accidents, dram shop suits (vs. establishments who serve alcohol), slip and fall accidents, and animal bites. Contact us today for a free consultation!

CAR OR SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENTS
This is the most common personal injury case we see. If you are in a car or semi accident caused by another driver’s carelessness, you have the ability to seek compensation for any injuries you experience or suffer.
MOTORCYCLE AND BICYCLE ACCIDENTS
Motorcyclists and bicyclists face grave dangers when riding on the roads and highways. Careless drivers cause countless accidents each year resulting in serious injuries and even death.
PEDESTRIAN INJURY ACCIDENTS
Drivers have an obligation to look out for pedestrians, but each year thousands of pedestrians are seriously injured or killed by careless drivers.
SLIP AND FALLS
Such accidents include things like slipping on spilled liquids in stores, slipping on ice or snow, trips on defective sidewalks and other conditions on properties that cause injuries. If you are injured on another person’s property, you may have a personal injury case.
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS
There are federal regulations and other safety standards mandating safe construction procedures on worksites. Even so, many contractors and subcontractors are either unaware of or ignore these safety rules and regulations leading to serious injuries or deaths caused by accidents.
DOG BITES
Dog owners have a legal obligation to restrain and control their dogs to prevent attacks and dog bites. In the event of injuries arising out of a dog bite or attack, legal claims for compensation can be pursued.
WRONGFUL DEATH
When these tragedies occur, an estate must be opened to pursue all claims. Attorney Tim Bottaro’s office has attorneys who know how to open an estate and follow the procedures to distribute any money obtained from the resolution of the case.
DRAM SHOP
These cases are against bars and restaurants, etc. which serve a person alcohol when they know or should have known the person is intoxicated or to the point, they become intoxicated. If the drunk person harms others, the business can be at fault. Legal assistance should be obtained asap.
INSURANCE LITIGATION
Bad faith claims against Insurance Co. can be brought when they have failed to act in good faith either in dealings with their own policyholders or people making a claim against the insurance company. At times insurance companies can be sued for breaches of their contracts or against their agents.
GENERAL LITIGATION
These could include actions against builders or architects for homes or businesses, which are substandard. Actions against neighbors/adjoining landowners when they do something, which affects another’s property or in some way adversely affects another person’s use of their property.

Noteworthy Cases

Some of the noteworthy cases of our personal injury attorneys include:

  • Representation of a Salix, Iowa man who sued Woodbury County after he was left paralyzed in a motorcycle accident attributed to loose gravel on a county black top. The suit was settled when Woodbury County agreed to pay $2 million to our client.
  • Representation of Security National Bank as the conservator for a Siouxland infant who suffered brain damage following ingestion of e. sakazaki bacteria/cronobacter alleged to have come from contaminated powdered infant formula.
  • Representation of former patients of Siouxland Urology who tested positive for Hepatitis C following the clinic’s improper re-use of single use saline bags and tubing and failure to properly sterilize medical equipment.
  • Representation of multiple parties who were injured or killed in the Terra explosion of 1994. Our attorneys were able to negotiate a confidential settlement amount in the seven figures for our clients.
  • Representation of an injured party in a head on semi-truck collision case where our client sustained multiple burn injuries. Our attorneys vigorously represented our client and recovered $2.1 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

Immediately determine if anyone is injured, and if so, do not move the injured person.  As soon as possible, call or direct someone to call emergency “911.”  If the collision is very minor, you may not need to contact law enforcement or law enforcement may determine an investigation is not necessary.  If someone is injured, or if there is more than $1,000 in property damage, you must file an accident report with the Iowa Department of Transportation.  The appropriate forms can be obtained from law enforcement or from the Iowa Department of Transportation.  The Report must be filed within 72 hours of the accident, or your driver’s license may be suspended.  If law enforcement are present to investigation the crash, tell the officers what you observed.  Do not admit fault at this point, as the excitement of the moment may cloud your judgment and perceptions.  Also, make sure you write down the other driver’s name, address, car license, driver’s license and auto insurance information. Be prepared to provide the same information to the other driver. Be sure to record the names, addresses and telephone numbers of people who witnessed the collision or events before, during or after the collision. The individuals include: passengers in the other involved vehicles, pedestrians, residents, construction workers, and employees from businesses located at the scene.  Finally, be sure to obtain the investigating officer’s name and badge number.

YES.  Notify your automobile insurance agent or company immediately and cooperate with your insurance representatives in their investigation.  The other driver’s insurance company may contact you and request that you give a statement.  This is not unusual; however, a lawyer may be helpful at this point in giving your statement, if you choose to hire one. When giving your statement, the most important thing to remember is to be honest and truthful and relay only what your observations were. Do not give your opinions as to the cause of the accident or whose fault it was.

If you are uncertain as to your legal rights regarding any property damage and personal injuries incurred in the car accident, you should consult a lawyer.   The reasonableness of the settlement offer depends upon the type and seriousness of your injuries, the probability of any future complications of those injuries, how much you were at fault in causing the crash, and a multitude of other facts.