Iowa Personal Injury Guide

IA personal injury cases & accident info

The rural lands of Iowa contain so many hidden treasures, but it's also no stranger to car accidents and personal injuries. Perhaps it was you who was hurt, or maybe it was a friend or family member who now needs a support system.

Whatever happened, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.

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Iowa personal injury law: the basics

Iowa statutes online

This is where you’ll find Iowa's laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, damage caps on personal injury cases, and other important information that you will need.

Iowa Code Online

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Iowa's car accident statutes of limitation

In Iowa, you have two years to bring a personal injury claim and five years for a property damage claim. That doesn't mean the whole personal injury lawsuit has to be completed in just two years; it just needs to be filed with the court before that time is up.

Iowa's Statute of Limitations

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Accident worksheets

Your First Meeting with an Attorney
A worksheet to prepare for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney – what to bring, what they'll ask
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Documents & Evidence Checklist
Checklist of 30 items to help you prepare for making a personal injury or accident claim
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Personal Injury Attorney Interview Sheet
Worksheet with questions to ask a personal injury attorney to help determine if he or she will be a good fit for your case
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Damages/Expenses Worksheet
Damages worksheet to track expenses for your injury claim (medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, prescriptions)
Download in PDF format

Post-Accident Journal Form
Sample accident journal/diary to help you document the effect on your daily life
Download in PDF format

Accident Report Form
Sample post-accident report form to keep in your glove box - fill out at the scene or as soon as you can after a car accident
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Hiring a lawyer in Iowa

The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as real estate law or tax law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward or settlement, plus whatever office expenses they incurred.

If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.

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Personal injury law basics

What is personal injury? Common questions answered. Accident & personal injury case/claim basics: read about money, insurance, liability, negligence, timing, lawsuit, settlements. Read more

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Law libraries in Iowa

There are lots of issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer, surprisingly enough. If you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.

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