Personal Injury Law Practice

Kaplan & Frese LLP Law Office represents clients involved in personal injury cases who have suffered financial, physical, and emotional consequences due to the negligent actions of another party. The firm, located in Marshalltown, Iowa, handles personal injury claims such as wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, injuries on property, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and professional negligence. If you are a personal injury victim in Ames, Des Moines, Boone, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Ankeny, or any other community throughout Iowa, contact Kaplan & Frese LLP for a free case review.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death is any accidental or intentional death caused by the actions of another party. Relatives of the deceased may file a wrongful death personal injury case even if the responsible individual is being tried in a criminal trial. The following people are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Iowa:

  • Spouse and surviving minor children of the deceased
  • Adult children of the deceased
  • Parents of a deceased minor or adult child
  • Administrator of the deceased person’s estate

Because Iowa imposes a two-year statute of limitations to file a claim, it’s essential to work with an experienced wrongful death lawyer to start your lawsuit as soon as possible. Some of the compensation you may be entitled to receive includes funeral and burial cost reimbursement, lost wages of the deceased, reimbursement of medical bills to treat your family member, and loss of companionship. Although no dollar figure can make up for the latter, the purpose of the lawsuit is to hold the other party financially responsible for all of your losses.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Injuries sustained in a car accident can permanently affect your quality of life. You may become partially or fully disabled, unable to work, and have hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of medical expenses to pay due to another person’s negligence or willful recklessness. Unfortunately, car accident cases often become a case of one driver’s word against another. Our experienced motor vehicle accidents attorneys work with accident reconstruction specialists, doctors, psychologists, public safety experts, and other professionals to prove that your injuries happened exactly as you state. If you win the lawsuit, you may receive compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning power, and reduced standard of living. You may also receive additional compensation for punitive damages if the judge decides that the other driver’s behavior was especially dangerous.

Injuries on Property

Injuries on property, also known as premises liability, is when you sustain significant injuries due to unsafe conditions where your injury occurred. Slip and fall accidents are a common reason that people file a personal injury lawsuit. In this situation, our attorneys prove how the accident could have been avoided if the person or group responsible had used reasonable precaution. For example, assume you broke your leg falling on a wet floor in a grocery store. You would have an excellent case if no one put up a sign warning you of the danger.

Although the negligence is often obvious in premises liability cases, knowing who is responsible is not always as clear-cut. With their firm grasp of personal injury law, our slip and fall lawyers will determine who to file a lawsuit against on your behalf.

Medical Malpractice

To win a medical malpractice claim, the burden of proof is on you as the plaintiff to prove the following:

  • Existence of a doctor-patient relationship
  • The doctor owed you a certain standard of care
  • The doctor failed to provide that standard of care
  • You were injured as a direct result of his or her incompetence

Iowa medical malpractice laws state that you have two years from reasonable discovery of the injury to bring your lawsuit so it is vitally important to seek advice the moment you think you might have a claim. Since medical malpractice suits are among some of the most difficult personal injuries to prove, it’s in your best interest to obtain legal counsel with Kaplan & Frese LLP immediately.

Workers’ Compensation

Even when Iowa employers accept liability in workers’ compensation cases, the results are often less than satisfactory for the injured worker. Your employer may dictate which doctor you see, deny certain claims, or pay an inadequate amount to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. Some employers may even intimidate workers so they never file a claim. You may be eligible for temporary total disability, permanent total disability, or permanent partial disability depending on your situation.

In addition to weekly payments equaling up to two-thirds of your salary, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other benefits. If you have filed a claim and feel you’re being treated unfairly, hiring one of our experienced Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys will restore the imbalance of power in your case and help you get the benefits you deserve.

Professional Negligence

Professional negligence is a breach of the normal duty of care expected between a person acting in a professional capacity and his or her client. While medical malpractice is the most widely known type of professional negligence, it also occurs with lawyers, mental health workers, builders, architects, and other professionals whose actions caused physical or emotional distress. Our professional negligence attorneys will file a professional negligence lawsuit against the person or organization that harmed you. Potential compensation includes medical or therapy expenses, lost wages, and diminished quality of life.