Welcome to Rouse Law, PC

Personal Injury Lawyer Des Moines, IA

"Fighting for YOUR RIGHTS"


Ward A. (Sam) Rouse
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Rouse Law

For more than two decades, Attorney Ward A. (Sam) Rouse has represented clients in and around Des Moines, IA, with consummate professionalism. Mr. Rouse launched his law firm Rouse Law P.C. during the mid-1990s and has since focused on a dynamic range of case types that include personal injury law and criminal defense. Rouse Law P.C. is committed to preserving the rights of clients and providing them with unstinting legal service. If you’re looking for a personal injury attorney or defense attorney in Des Moines, contact Rouse Law P.C. for honest legal counsel and aggressive representation of your rights.

“I always try to do my very best for every client in every case, and I not only work hard to obtain results, but I also work hard to be accessible to my clients and keep them informed.” –Attorney Ward A. Rouse

Des Moines Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Attorney

Fighting for clients’ rights is a cornerstone of Rouse Law P.C. Mr. Rouse and his firm have a long track record of successfully pursuing their clients’ legal objectives. As a small firm, Rouse Law provides clients with personalized solutions that meet the specifics of their case. Many large legal firms are unable to provide the level of custom care that Rouse Law does. No client enjoys feeling like just another case file—anonymous and inconsequential. Such feelings are unknown to Mr. Rouse’s clients. He and his associates take great care to provide each client with attentive service complemented by the solid legal advice that the firm is revered for. If you’ve been hurt in an accident or you need representation to fight criminal charges, meet with Mr. Rouse for a free initial consultation.


Have You Been Hurt in an Accident in Iowa?

Accidents can change your life in a split second. Unfortunately, many accidents could have been prevented but for the negligence of carelessness of another. If you’ve been hurt in an accident that was caused by the recklessness, negligence, or carelessness of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. Personal injury is a broad area of the law that encompasses many types of accident-related cases. Rouse Law P.C. focuses on personal injury cases that include:

Our firm can help if you or a loved one has been injured in these types of personal injury cases. Our firm offers a free initial consultation. We can meet to discuss your case. Mr. Rouse can provide you with some preliminary legal advice, helping you make an informed decision about how to proceed with your claim.

In matters of personal injury, Rouse Law P.C. will not charge any legal fees unless it’s able to achieve a settlement or compensation by verdict. Mr. Rouse understands what accidents victims go through with medical bills piling up. Unless he achieves a successful outcome, he will not send you a bill for his services.

Personal Injury Law Practice Areas Overviews

Rouse Law P.C. focuses on a few areas of personal injury law, and that has allowed us to hone our skills to provide clients with experienced-based legal counsel and representation. Even though no two cases are alike, having experience in certain types of personal injury law case types gives us an edge when we negotiate or litigate on behalf of our clients. In our two decades of experience, our firm has represented hundreds upon hundreds of accidents claims that range in type and severity. But to each of these claim, Mr. Rouse brings his uncompromising desire to see justice done on behalf of his clients. Although a lucrative settlement or compensation package cannot undo the pain and suffering that an accident has caused, it can alleviate the burden of financial stress—and hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.

If you’ve been injured in any of the following types of accidents and suspect that someone else’s negligence was the cause, Rouse Law P.C. can help.

Car Accidents

Every year, thousands of accidents take place on Iowa roads. Many of these collisions are caused by careless, negligent, or reckless drivers. Mr. Rouse will work to hold errant drivers responsible for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was caused by someone else, meet with our firm to discuss your claim. You have a right to fair compensation and Mr. Rouse will pursue your right aggressively.

Truck Accidents

The drivers of big rigs are supposed to drive cautiously, but accident statistics demonstrate that this isn’t always the case. In a recent year, more than 80 people lost their lives in collisions with commercial trucks and thousands more were injured. If a truck drivers was the cause of your collision, you may be eligible for fair compensation in accordance with Iowa law. Let Rouse Law help you.

Motorcycle Injuries

Without a steel frame to surround them and air bags, motorcycles are among the most vulnerable on Iowa’s highways and byways. When a collision occurs, it’s typically the motorcyclist who suffers serious—even catastrophic—injuries. If a careless or reckless driver caused your motorcycle crash and subsequent injuries, you need experienced legal representation to press your claim. Contact Rouse Law for our free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Serious / Catastrophic Injuries

Without a steel frame to surround them and air bags, motorcycles are among the most vulnerable on Iowa’s highways and byways. When a collision occurs, it’s typically the motorcyclist who suffers serious—even catastrophic—injuries. If a careless or reckless driver caused your motorcycle crash and subsequent injuries, you need experienced legal representation to press your claim. Contact Rouse Law for our free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Wrongful Death

The untimely loss of a loved one is a devastating event. If your loved one’s death was caused by another’s negligence or wrong-doing, Mr. Rouse will fight for your right to compensation. It’s true—no settlement or compensation amount can replace a loved one, but it can alleviate some financial stress. Filing suit also forces the errant party to take responsibility for their careless actions.

Dog Bites

Every year, dogs bite millions of people. Iowa features strict dog bite laws in order to protect its citizens. If a dog bit you or your child, you have the right to seek fair compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost work wages. Contact Mr. Rouse and discuss your claim. He can provide you with a free initial consultation and preliminary advice, helping you decide whether or not to pursue your case.

Should I Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney Right Away?

It’s always best to consult with your attorney right away after you’ve been involved in an accident. The fact is, evidence can become lost irretrievably if too much time lapses between the event and the legal suit. For instance, if photos aren’t taken of damaged vehicles shortly after the accident, such photos are likely to be impossible to get after the passage of months. When you procure the services of Mr. Rouse, he can work to obtain important evidence that can support your case if you choose to pursue it. For instance, he can:

  • Take photos of the accident scene and damaged property (i.e. vehicles)
  • Examine police and incident reports to ensure there are no errors
  • Obtain witness statements
  • Procure video footage if it exists

In addition, Mr. Rouse can talk to insurance representatives and the at-fault party’s lawyers on your behalf. Their calls may be forthcoming even if you’re in the hospital or at home recovering from your injuries. You could say or do something that could damage your case. Mr. Rouse has years of experience talking to these parties on behalf of his clients.

Don’t Wait Too Long!

Don’t wait too long to consult with Rouse Law. Personal injury cases are subject to statutes of limitations. Mr. Rouse can provide you with all the information you need to know about your claim and time limits. If you choose to pursue your claim, you can file all the necessary court documents as well as manage all case-related paperwork. Schedule your free initial consultation so Mr. Rouse can offer his experience-based opinion after learning about your situation.

We Don’t Charge Personal Injury Victims Unless We Win the Case

When an accident leaves a person injured and unable to work, the situation can be devastating. We’ve represented many clients whose serious injuries prevent them from working for months. Between the high cost of medical bills and regular monthly expenses, financial ruin looms. We understand the financial straits that accidents cause. Rouse Law P.C. will not charge accident victims our legal fees unless we’re able to achieve an agreeable settlement or win compensation in the courtroom. We want to help alleviate our clients’ financial stress—not add to it.

When we do bill clients, we provide detailed information so clients understand exactly what our fees represent. We believe in full transparency and while we charge fair rates for our professional services, we do not over charge. Many clients are naturally concerned about the cost of our services. When you meet with us, our firm will discuss our fees upfront—and remind you of our promise: no fees unless we win your case!

Des Moines, IA, Criminal Defense Attorney

Rouse Law P.C. also handles some criminal defense cases that involve:

Mr. Rouse has more than two decades of experience defending clients who’ve been charged with serious state and federal crimes. He is committed to providing every client with his experienced-based representation and sound legal advice. He will help you identify the ideal procedure for your case and mount an aggressive defense. All initial consultations at Rouse Law are free. Call to schedule yours and discuss the particulars of your case. If Mr. Rouse cannot take on your defense, he can recommend another qualified Des Moines criminal defense attorney who can.

Overview of Rouse Law P.C. Criminal Defense

Serious criminal charges require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you’re facing charges that relate to the following case types, Mr. Rouse can help:


Iowa has strict laws and mandatory penalties for drivers convicted of OWI, DWI, or DUI. Loss of driving privileges, heavy fines, and even incarceration are some of the outcomes associated with these types of convictions. Not all OWI attorneys can boast the experience that Mr. Rouse has. He has tried cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney; he understands how to examine these cases from every possible angle in order to provide his clients with the most effective defense, including searching for ways to legally challenge charges before the case ever gets to trial.

Drug Charges

Attorney Rouse has extensive experience defending clients who have been charged with drug-related crimes in both state and federal courts. He’s represented clients who have been charged with drug-related misdemeanors and felonies. Some types of drug-related convictions may carry mandatory prison sentences. It’s paramount to retain the services of an attorney who understands the intricacies of these cases. Mr. Rouse provides each client with a defense that’s customized to their situation. He will provide you with a tenacious defense—as is your right.

Federal Crime

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, bring your case to Rouse Law to discuss your situation. Mr. Rouse has defended a wide array of federal cases in both Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. He has also handled appeals of federal criminal cases to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Because there are many differences between federal and state criminal cases, it’s important retain the services of an attorney who has demonstrable experience in these matters.

Attorney Ward A. (Sam) Rouse

4940 Pleasant Street

West Des Moines, IA 50266