Archives for July 2012

Iowa Workers Compensation – Outstanding Healing Period Ruling

The Iowa Supreme Court issued an outstanding ruling this month supporting the rights of injured Iowa workers to obtain more than one healing period resultant from a work injury.  The decision is a win for workers who have sustained Iowa Workers Compensation injuries.  A healing period is the time period which occurs when an employee is […]

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Dram Shop-Condonation

In dram shop litigation, there is a defense of an injured passenger that can be asserted called Dram Shop Condonation. What this simply means is that if a passenger travels with a driver that the passenger knows to be intoxicated, the passenger does so at his or her own risk and no liability can be […]

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Can Family Members Sue a Family Member Driver

A question that is posed to us frequently is whether one family member can sue another family member who has negligently driven an automobile and caused injury. The answer is yes, they can as there is no exclusion. A long time ago there was such an exclusion, but when the question was presented to the […]

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Does Insurance Coverage Exist if A Family Member Driver Injures Another Family Member Passenger

A question we, at the Beattie Law Firm, are frequently asked is whether insurance coverage exists for a family member injured by another family member driver in a vehicular collision. In a previous post, it was determined that a family member can in fact sue another family member driver for negligently causing injury. The question […]

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Right of Passenger to Sue Driver

Under Iowa law, a passenger has the right to sue the driver of the vehicle in the event that the driver has caused or contributed to causing a collision regardless of whether it is a multi-vehicle or single vehicle accident. This is settled law in Iowa. Any driver of a vehicle has the duty and […]

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Can a Passenger Be at Fault

The issue of whether a passenger in a vehicular collision can be held comparatively at fault frequently arises. At first blush it seems almost comical to state that a passenger could be held at fault. However, if a passenger is injured in a vehicular collision the laws of comparative fault apply. Comparative fault simply is […]

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