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Ward A. (Sam) Rouse
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Rouse Law is a legal firm based in Des Moines, Iowa. The private practice of Attorney Ward A. (Sam) Rouse, the firm has nearly a quarter century of experience. Rouse Law focuses on personal injury and some criminal defense areas of the law and has a long record of demonstrable success. If you are searching for a personal injury lawyer or criminal defense attorney in the Des Moines region, bring your case to Rouse Law. The firm offers free initial consultations, allowing clients to meet with Mr. Rouse to get some preliminary advice about how to best pursue their case.

Rouse Law Areas of Practice

Mr. Rouse began his legal career as a prosecutor but launched his own practice during the mid-1990s to pursue what he’s most passionate about: helping people. To that end, Mr. Rouse focuses on personal injury and criminal defense cases. He has more than two decades of experience helping clients achieve their legal goals. He is a highly skilled litigator and negotiator. When representing his clients, Mr. Rouse offers customized solutions that are based on the particulars of each case. From the negotiation table to the courtroom, Mr. Rouse will aggressively pursue his clients aims throughout their legal journey.

Personal Injury Law

Rouse Law P.C. specializes in multiple areas of personal injury law. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to fair compensation under Iowa law. Personal injury law is a broad field. Mr. Rouse focuses on cases that include the following:


If you don’t see your accident type listed here, contact the firm anyway. Mr. Rouse has experience with other cases and may be able to take on yours. If he cannot, he can recommend another personal injury attorney in Des Moines who can.

In cases that involve personal injury, Rouse Law P.C. will not charge clients legal fees unless it’s able to achieve an agreeable settlement or compensation award. Mr. Rouse knows the difficulties that accident victims go through with medical bills piling up. Unless he achieves a successful outcome, he will not send you a bill for his professional legal services. And, as always, initial consultations are free.

Personal Injury Law Practice Areas Overviews


Attorney Rouse focuses on a few areas of personal injury law. He has an in-depth knowledge of these types of cases and will put his experience to work for you. To each of these case types, Mr. Rouse brings his relentless desire to see justice done on behalf of his clients. Although a lucrative settlement or compensation package cannot undo the pain and suffering accident endure, it can alleviate some of the financial burden caused by the accident—and hold the negligent or reckless party accountable for their actions.

If you’ve been injured in any of the following types of accidents that were caused by someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or wrong-doing, Rouse Law can help:


Car Accidents

Each year, thousands of accidents occur on Iowa highways and byways. Many of these collisions are caused by careless or reckless drivers. Mr. Rouse will work to hold errant drivers responsible for their wrongful actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car collision that was caused by someone else, Mr. Rouse can help. The sooner you present your claim to him the better. He can meet with insurance company representatives on your behalf and begin to gather evidence that can support your claim. In matters of personal injury law, there is a time limit. Mr. Rouse can advise you about these limits as well as the best course of action for you to follow.

Truck Accidents

Commercial truck drivers are supposed to drive with extreme caution, but when they don’t, a serious accident can occur. In one recent year in Iowa, more than 80 people lost their lives in accidents with big rigs—and thousands more suffered injuries. If a truck driver was the cause of your collision, you may be eligible for compensation in accordance with Iowa law. Attorney Rouse has more than two decades of experience helping accident victims fight for fair compensation. He is eager to help you too.
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Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when driving on Iowa roads. Without a steel frame for protection, they can suffer catastrophic injuries when involved in a collision with another motor vehicle. If a careless or reckless driver caused your motorcycle accident and injuries, it’s important to entrust your claim to an experienced attorney. Mr. Rouse is a strong advocate for motorcycle accident victims. He will pursue your right to fair compensation at the negotiation table or in the courtroom.

Serious / Catastrophic Injuries

Rouse Law P.C. represents many clients whose injuries can be described as catastrophic. These injuries may include the loss of a limb, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, disfigurement, and permanent disabilities. A catastrophic injury is life-changing. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, Mr. Rouse will work to hold them accountable. No amount can undo the pain and suffering caused by an accident, but it can alleviate financial stress.

Wrongful Death

The loss of a loved one is devastating. If your loved one’s death was caused by another’s negligence or wrong-doing, Mr. Rouse will fight for your right to compensation. Although no settlement or compensation sum can replace a loved one, it can alleviate some financial stress. Filing suit also forces the at-fault party to take accountability for their careless actions or negligence.

Dog Bites

Iowa has strict dog bite laws to protect people when they’re attacked or bitten. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you can seek compensation. So long as you did not trespass or engage in any unlawful act when bitten, you can seek compensation from the dog’s owner that includes your medical expenses, lost work wages, and pain and suffering. A dog bite can be traumatic. When dog owners don’t prevent their pets from biting others, they are liable for these attacks.

Injured Workers Compensation

If you were injured at your place of employment or while on the job, you may be eligible for compensation. Iowa employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits. However, sometimes these benefits fall short and do not provide workers with the compensation they deserve. Sometimes workers are left unable to perform their jobs any longer due to the serious nature of their injuries. Although workers’ compensation cases can be complex, Mr. Rouse has years of experience pursuing justice for his clients.

Excessive Force (Civil Rights)

Excessive force and civil rights claims are not uncommon. From racial profiling to use of excessive force during an arrest, police or other government agents sometimes fail to act in accordance with standards. If you’ve been subject to excessive force, you may be entitled to fair compensation in accordance with Iowa laws. Bring your case to Rouse Law and discuss your situation. There’s no initial consultation fee and no obligation. If you choose to hire Mr. Rouse, he will provide you with the aggressive representation you deserve.

Criminal Defense

Attorney Rouse also handles criminal defense cases that involve:


Mr. Rouse is dedicated to providing each client with his experienced-based representation and competent legal advice. Serious criminal charges require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you’re facing charges that relate to any of 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 incarceration are some of the outcomes associated with these convictions. Mr. Rouse understands how to evaluate these cases from every conceivable angle in order to provide his clients with the most effective defense.

Drug Charges

Attorney Rouse has considerable experience defending clients who have been charged with misdemeanor and felony drug-related crimes in both state and federal courts. Mr. Rouse provides each client with a defense that’s customized to the particulars of their case. He will work tenaciously to provide each client with the skilled legal representation they deserve.

Federal Crime

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Rouse has defended many types of federal cases in both Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. He has also handled many appeals of federal criminal cases to the Eighth Circuit of Court of Appeals. Contact Rouse Law for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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