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'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.
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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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.