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At Beattie Law Firm in Des Moines, our lawyers represent clients throughout Iowa, making sure they are treated fairly and justly. Our personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys are compassionate to clients and aggressive in pursuing their best interests. We level the playing field, so that your voice will be heard. Our personal injury practice includes a wide range of cases.

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Dog Bites

Suffering a dog bite or other animal attack can result in serious injuries, many of which can alter a person’s life drastically. If you or a loved one was attacked, bitten or otherwise injured by a dog, speak to one of our experienced Des Moines dog bite attorneys immediately. We will look out for your best interests and help you obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.

In Iowa, unless a dog is needlessly provoked, its owners are liable for the injuries their pets cause. In other instances, fault can be placed on a dog’s caretaker or another person entrusted with its supervision. At our firm, we will thoroughly investigate your claim and pursue all avenues that are available for you or your child’s recovery.

Pedestrian Accidents

Not all automobile accidents involve two or more cars. Car drivers are often trying to get somewhere fast and concerned only about avoiding running into other cars. All too often, they fail to notice someone walking along the road or crossing the street. A pedestrian accident is often the result. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you are welcome to call Beattie Law Firm to talk to an Iowa pedestrian accident attorney.

Do not let anyone tell you that a pedestrian accident was your fault. Talk to a personal injury lawyer who will investigate the accident and explain your right to be compensated for your injuries. The consultation is free.

The rules of the road apply to drivers and pedestrians. Pedestrians also have the right to be on the road. If a driver ignores a pedestrian’s right-of-way, that can be dangerous for everyone.

Even if your pedestrian accident was a hit-and-run, a review of your insurance policies plus an investigation into the accident may be able to produce the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Let us go to work for you.

Neck, Back & Spine Injuries

Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are often quickly dismissed by insurance adjusters as minor injuries. In fact, they may even question whether the injury was caused by the accident for which a claim was filed.

At Beattie Law Firm, our Iowa personal injury attorneys take soft tissue injuries seriously because we know how much a soft tissue injury can affect a person’s ability to work and play.

Do not let an insurance adjuster tell you a soft tissue injury is not a result of your accident or that it does not seriously affect you. Talk to a lawyer who understands soft tissue injuries.

Insurance adjusters may try to tell you your injury is minor, trying to convince you to settle quickly. A whiplash injury can be hard to treat and recover from. It can affect your ability to work and your ability to interact with friends and family. Something as simple as picking up a baby or playing a game of volleyball may cause pain.

TBI/Brain Injury

TBI — traumatic brain injury — is a heartbreaking injury. A TBI has a profound effect on the person suffering from TBI as well as on family and friends.

Beattie Law Firm’s Iowa personal injury lawyers understand the impact TBI has on the victim, and we work diligently and aggressively to obtain the necessary compensation.

It can take time to diagnose TBI. A closed head injury should be observed closely for any sign of TBI. It is important not to accept a settlement — no matter what the pressure from an insurance adjuster — until the damage is fully known. Before doing so, consult with an Iowa TBI attorney.

Head trauma can occur in almost any type of accident. At first the victim may seem normal, but then the signs of disorientation begin. There may be mood swings, an impairment of cognitive abilities, and confusion. Immediately after an accident, the injury may not be noticed. Because there is not observable blood, a closed head injury may go unnoticed.

Business Litigation

We spend 40+ hours a week at work for 50 weeks a year. Sometimes, bad things happen when business is involved. Do you have a contract dispute? Did a business partner misrepresent something to you? Did someone commit fraud?

Business litigation can result from any number of different scenarios. We at Beattie Law Firm have handled serious business litigation cases and are happy to review your case free of charge. If you have questions concerning a business dispute, please call us.

Premises Fall Liability

Have you been injured at someone’s property due to the fault of the property owner or someone else responsible for maintenance of the property? If so, you may be entitled to compensation.

Iowa law requires an owner and occupier of a property to use reasonable care in the maintenance of their property. This requires the owner and occupier to consider:

  • The foreseeability or possibility of harm;
  • The purpose for which the visitor entered the premises;
  • The time, manner, and circumstances under which the visitor entered the premises;
  • The use to which the premises are put or are expected to be put;
  • The reasonableness of the inspection, repair, or warning;
  • The opportunity and ease of repair or correction or giving of the warning; and
  • The burden on the land occupier and/or community in terms of inconvenience or cost in providing adequate protection.
  • Any other factor shown by the evidence bearing on this question.

Sports Injuries

Have you been injured at a sporting event? Were you struck by an errant golf shot? Hit by a hockey puck? Injured because another participant went outside the rules of the game? If so, you may be entitled to compensation.

Iowa law provides many rules and exceptions for Iowans who are injured during sporting events. We at Beattie Law Firm have handled sports cases and can help navigate the legal framework for you.

Serious Injury

Whether being behind the wheel of a car or performing the daily duties of your job, a serious injury can change your life in an instant. For the families of wrongful death victims and the victims of catastrophic personal injury, we understand this.

Just as you or a loved one has received medical treatment from a specialist in the medical field, you or your loved one should receive legal advice from a specialist in dealing with catastrophic injuries.

At Beattie Law Firm, our Iowa catastrophic injury attorneys represent clients and their family members when a catastrophic personal injury abruptly changes or ends lives.

Suffering a catastrophic personal injury requires more than just an analysis of a person’s immediate needs. Compensation needs to include future medical needs, disabilities and long-term care.

General Negligence

Accidents happen. We have all heard that before. But if your accident was caused by the fault of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation.

In Iowa, “negligence” means the failure to use ordinary care. Ordinary care is the care which a reasonably careful person would use under similar circumstances. “Negligence” is doing something a reasonably careful person would not do under similar circumstances or failing to do something a reasonably careful person would do under similar circumstances.

Negligence comes in all shapes and sizes. Beattie Law Firm has handled numerous general negligence cases and is happy to review your case free of charge.

Insurance Bad Faith

The insurance company is not always there to help you recover from a loss. There are times when an insurance company will deny coverage without a reasonable basis. That can be insurance bad faith.

You count on your insurance company. When they deny a claim, you have the right to question why. At Beattie Law Firm, our Iowa insurance bad faith lawyers can protect your rights.

If the insurance company denies a claim, are they within the

ir rights? Or are they violating the agreements they made in your insurance policy? Ask a lawyer experienced with insurance disputes and insurance bad faith.

Insurance companies make money by collecting premiums, not by paying claims. When an insurance adjuster denies a claim, many people simply accept the decision — and the insurance company may be counting on that. If you feel that your claim should have been paid, challenge the denial. Explain the situation to an experienced business litigation attorney.

The insurance company may not deny a claim outright, but they may delay payment with one excuse after another. Delayed payments are considered bad faith in meeting their contractual obligation to you.

Insurance Claim Disputes

Does your insurance cover the damage to your property? Does it cover a personal injury? Your insurance company may have one opinion and you have another.

Your insurance company has lawyers; you need one, too, if you are involved in an insurance dispute. At Beattie Law Firm, we help Iowa clients resolve insurance disputes.

You paid for insurance coverage, you thought you were covered, but the insurance company disagrees. Who is right? Do not take their word for it. Talk to an attorney today.

The terms in an insurance policy can be difficult to understand. The insurance company is happy to interpret the policy for you, but they are more interested in their own profitability than in your problems.

Is the tornado damage covered? What about hail or fire damage? Does the policy cover certain kinds of damage and not others? Bring your policy to a business litigation lawyer experienced with insurance claims denials.

What if the at-fault driver in a car accident does not have insurance or has a minimal amount of insurance? You can make a claim against your own policy’s uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage. Sometimes the insurance company may not tell you about that coverage.

Professional Malpractice

Even professionals make mistakes. Often, a professional’s mistakes can cause a person serious injury, or in the worst case, death. Whether it is a professional engineer, construction company, dentist, doctor, lawyer, architect, nurse, or other professional, we are happy to speak with you about your claim.

Professional malpractice claims require great expense and attention to details. The proper experts need to be consulted and retained. The proper investigation needs to be conducted.

We at Beattie Law Firm have experience in handling professional malpractice actions. There are many nuances in Iowa law when it comes to suing a professional. We help our clients navigate those waters with great success. Whether it is an architect, engineer, insurance agent, nurse, doctor, lawyer, or other licensed professional, we are here to help.

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