Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Des Moines, IA

A catastrophic injury can change the course of a life in the blink of an eye. Catastrophic injuries are those that include long-term or permanent disability or disfigurement like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and birth injuries. Victims of catastrophic injuries typically require on-going or life-long medical care. The expense of this care can be staggering for individuals and their families.

Rouse Law P.C. is a personal injury law firm based in Des Moines, IA. Mr. Rouse focuses on personal injury cases that include catastrophic injury claims. If you or a loved one has been injured by another party and left with serious or catastrophic injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. These injuries are invariably life changing. They cause immense pain and suffering and often prevent the injured party from working or living their life as they used to. Because many of these cases can be complex, it’s best to hire an attorney who has successfully managed such cases before.

Catastrophic Injuries in Iowa

Victims of catastrophic injuries face immense challenges—not just to cope with their injuries and the life changes they inevitably bring, but also the financial burden that complicates their situation. Negligence, carelessness, blatant wrong-doing—the actions or inactions of responsible parties can be devastating for accident victims who have been injured through no fault of their own. Some types of catastrophic injuries that Iowans have suffered as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior include:

  • Spine injury that results in paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Electric shock
  • Vision loss
  • Severe neck injuries
  • Blunt force trauma and more

 

If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence or wrong-doing, call Rouse Law for a free initial consultation. He can answer your questions and help you decide how best to proceed with your claim.

How Is a Catastrophic Injury Different from Other Accident Injuries?

A catastrophic injury typically has a greater impact on a person’s life than other injuries. A catastrophic injury may render an individual unable to use their legs; they can no longer walk or run and must use a wheelchair to get around. The loss of a limb or vision also permanently impacts their life. Because of the gravity of these types of injuries, damage amounts are consistently higher.

Proving Fault

To win a catastrophic or serious injury claim and win a monetary compensation sum, accident victims must be able to prove that the defendant is responsible either because of carelessness, recklessness, or negligence. Sometimes it’s a simple matter to assign fault. For example, the accident may have been caught by video surveillance or involve a number of witnesses whose accounts of the event are nearly identical. Sometimes, though, the case can be complex. Defendants may deny culpability or their attorneys may attempt to lay some of the blame on the accident victim.

Mr. Rouse has more than two decades of experience pursuing justice for clients who have been seriously injured because of someone else’s fault. He has the skills needed to pursue justice even in these complicated situations. Rouse Law P.C. has a proven track record for success. If you need an experienced personal injury attorney in Des Moines, you can rely on Mr. Rouse and his dedicated associates to fight for your right to fair compensation.

What Is Fair Compensation for Accident Victims in Iowa?

In the state of Iowa, victims of catastrophic injuries can seek both economic and non-economic damages. When examining a claim, Mr. Rouse takes great care to assess all the damages that clients may claim as a result of their catastrophic injuries. Damages can include:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses related to the injuries
  • Lost work wages
  • Loss of ability to work
  • Property damage
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

 

Calculating future costs isn’t an easy task. It’s often necessary to consult with medical experts and actuaries to determine the economic damages that an accident victim faces. Arriving at this figure is important. Mr. Rouse will need to have an idea of what fair compensation should look like when negotiating or litigating the case.

Is There a Time Limit for Filing My Claim?

Typically, claimants have two years from the date of their accident to file a claim seeking damages for their injuries. Some exceptions may occur. Mr. Rouse can advise you about these exceptions as well as any deadlines associated with your case.

Negotiation vs Litigation

Many catastrophic injury claims in Iowa are settled at the negotiation table. In cases where the defendant’s fault is clear, their attorneys and insurance providers have a vested interest in settling out of court. Litigation can involve greater expense. Mr. Rouse is a highly skilled negotiator who will put your interests first. He knows what amount of compensation you are entitled to and he will remind the at-fault party of their obligations.

There are times when negotiation is fruitless. Defendants may insist on their innocence. They may refuse to sit down at the negotiation table. At such times, Mr. Rouse will aggressively litigate your claim before a judge and jury.

Rouse Law P.C. Works for You

Rouse Law has represented thousands of clients over the last quarter of a century. The firm has a record for winning lucrative settlement sums and compensation awards. Mr. Rouse and his firm offer clients a full spectrum of legal services that include:

  • Evaluate your claim: Mr. Rouse will assess your claim detail by detail to understand its merits and challenges.
  • File court documents: Mr. Rouse handles all court filings and case-related paperwork.
  • Investigate: Mr. Rouse and his team will try to procure evidence that supports your claim. This can include video footage, photos, or witness accounts.
  • Communicate with at-fault party: no need to worry about saying or doing the wrong thing. Mr. Rouse will communicate with the insurers as well as the at-fault party’s attorneys on your behalf.
  • Negotiate or litigate your claim: Mr. Rouse is an experienced negotiator and litigator. He will aggressively pursue your right to fair compensation for what you’ve endured.

 

Rouse Law P.C. is a small law firm that prides itself on its big results. Its small size allows it to provide clients with the personalized attention they deserve. Some clients feel anonymous when consulting with a big firm. We never treat clients like they’re a case number. When you retain our services, you can expect competent legal advice and aggressive representation of your claim.

Catastrophic Injuries in Detail

Brain Injuries: Serious brain injuries may be caused by car accidents, slip and fall accidents, surgeon negligence—even skiing accidents. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. Many of these injuries are associated with permanent disability.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries lead to profound physical and psychological suffering. Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis. Some people lost the loss of their legs. Others—their entire body from their neck down. These catastrophic injuries may occur as a result of an athletic injury, motorcycle accident, truck accident, construction site accident, or fall. Accident victims who suffer from these types of serious injuries generally require on-going medical care.

Birth Injuries: Birth injuries can occur because of complications during the delivery of an infant. They can involve improper prenatal medical care or even a defective medication. Birthing injuries often have a life-long impact on the child and their family.

Loss of Limb: Losing a limb can have a devastating effect on an individual’s life. Some accident victims who have lost limbs are unable to work in their chosen careers. Reduced mobility can change their lives permanently.

Disfigurement: Accident victims who are left permanently disfigured may require on-going medical care that includes multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. The physical and psychological effects of these injuries can transform a life.

The Benefits of Retaining the Services of Rouse Law P.C.

Mr. Rouse is an experienced personal injury attorney who has helped hundreds of clients who’ve been involved in serious accidents. If you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries that have been caused by someone else, you have the right to seek damages. Mr. Rouse provides each client with personalized service. He will get to know your claim backwards and forwards because every detail is important. Whether negotiating or litigating, he will strive to put your interests first. Fighting for your rights is the cornerstone of Rouse Law.

In addition to his experience-based service, Mr. Rouse will not charge accident victims his legal fees unless he is successful. This means, clients will not receive a bill unless Mr. Rouse achieves a compensation award or settlement sum. As always, the firm offers a free initial consultation to all prospective clients.

Contact Rouse Law P.C. to schedule your free initial consultation. Mr. Rouse can examine your case and provide you with some preliminary legal counsel, helping you to decide how to pursue your claim. If you choose to allow him to represent your case, you can rely on his dedication and integrity. He cares about his clients and will work tirelessly to win justice on their behalf.

Attorney Ward A. (Sam) Rouse