Here are examples of settlement amounts as well as jury awards in Iowa medical malpractice cases and in other personal injury lawsuits.
Iowa personal injury verdicts as well as Settlements
- 2022 Iowa $97,400,000 verdict. A newborn boy was born by vacuum extraction. He was afflicted with hypoxia, and suffered fractures to his skull. The child sustained permanent damage to his brain. He needed continuous care for the rest of his life. Parents of the boy alleged incompetence against the doctor. They claimed she made a mistake using the forceps, as well as the vacuum extractor, used overly force, and refused to contemplate a C section. In the end, the Johnson County jury awarded $97,400,000 which is the biggest malpractice award ever in Iowa history.
- 2021 Iowa Verdict: $217,385. A tenant fell while walking down collapsed steps. The woman suffered from right peroneal tendinosis. She underwent surgery on her ankle. The woman alleged that she was negligent against the owner of the property. The owner was accused of failing to fix and maintain the steps. The jury awarded her $217,385.
- 2021 Iowa $22,368 verdict. A family of four members was injured by a T-bone. The husband experienced an aggravation of his existing spinal injury. The wife and the two kids had injuries that were not specified. Family members alleged negligence towards the driver at fault. The family claimed that he was stopped at a stop light and didn’t ensure he was in the right place at all times. The jury handed down $22,368.
- 2021 Iowa $81670 verdict. A motorcyclist was injured when he was t-boned. The man suffered personal trauma. He alleged that he was negligent against the driver at fault. He claimed that she did not observe a safe distance and also ran a red light. He also filed an UIM demand in the case against State Farm. He was awarded $81,670.
- 2021 Iowa Verdict: $2,000,000. A 68-year-old walked from the building where she worked in, which was in the process of being renovated. The woman fell down the door to the crawl space. She injured her leg, hips and her ankle. Also, she suffered adhesions to her left knee. She claimed that negligence by the contractor caused permanent injury. She was awarded $2,000,000.
- 2021 Iowa $6550,000 Settlement. A Department of Transportation employee was hit while the truck was parked close to his vehicle. He sustained serious injury. He alleged that he was negligent against the driver who was at fault. He claimed that she did not observe a safe distance and also failed to stop the vehicle. The defendant was awarded $650,000 judgment.
- 2021 Iowa $65,000 Settlement. A woman was injured when she was t-boned. The woman suffered serious injury, including concussion. Post-concussion syndrome was a complication that she suffered and persistent headaches. The woman alleged that she was negligent against the driver at fault. The plaintiff claimed that she did not take the time to yield to the intersection, and failed to ensure that she had a clear view. The woman was awarded $65,000.
- 2020 Iowa $114,225 verdict. A woman was struck and bitten by the bite of a Chow Chow. The victim suffered leg, the forearm, and ankle injuries. Also, she injured her back and hip. The woman alleged that she was negligent against the owners of the dog. The owner claimed she failed to properly restrain their pet. The dog was awarded $114,225.
- 2020 Iowa $1,290,000. The verdict. A 50-year-old railroad trackman did repairs and maintenance for a train that slid off the track. He had to be thrown out of it. He suffered from right tarsal syndrome and exacerbation to an already existing spinal injury. The man alleged that he was negligent against the employer. He claimed that the company was not able to provide safe work conditions, and gave him dangerous job. The company paid him $1,290,000.
Iowa Malpractice Law
Here are the most important points in Iowa Medical Malpractice Law:
Professional Testimony is Typically Required
To prove an initial case to support an action for medical malpractice in Iowa plaintiffs have to show proof that confirms the relevant medical standard, show the standard of care has been breached and establish an causal link between the act of violation and the damage.
The only exceptions to this are negligence lawsuits in which a violation of the standards of care will be apparent for laymen or even if the doctor acknowledges that there was a infraction. You will probably require an specialist (or an treating physician in this instance) to show that there is a causal link between the injuries suffered and the negligent act.
Iowa Code Section 668.11 defines guidelines regarding the public disclosure of experts in Iowa negligence lawsuits:
In an action for professional liability brought against an authorized professional in accordance to this chapter and who wishes to summon an expert representative of their own choice must be able to confirm to the court as well as any other parties that the name of the expert witness, their qualification and purpose of inviting the expert witness. ….
Certificate of Merit Required in Iowa 2022.
Iowa Code Section 147.140 requires in 2017 medical malpractice plaintiffs to obtain a certificate of merit for the case of medical negligence in Iowa against the hospital or medical expert.
Iowa Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
Iowa has a statute limitations, as well as a statute repose in medical malpractice cases.
Statute of Limitations
The limitation period is two years, for injuries and death wrongfully.
It is said that the Iowa legislature “intended to establish a medical malpractice time limit to start with the actual or implied knowing of the injuries and the cause.” (The “twin-faceted trigger incident must be proven by enough circumstances to put an reasonably vigilant plaintiff in a position to conduct an investigation.”
Statute of Repose
The period of repose applicable to medical negligence cases is 6 years. There are therefore no “twin-faceted trigger events” the discovery rule exemptions that are applicable to the statute of reply. However, fraudulent concealment can be an exemption to the law of repose. It is a matter of the issue is whether there was fraud or not is usually the subject of a jury.
Iowa Malpractice Cap on Damages
There’s a cap of $250,000 for pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases in Iowa. It’s not the case.
The most significant exception comes when the jury determines that ” there’s a serious or lasting impairment of a bodily function significant disfigurement or the death of a person, leading to an order that the limitation could make the plaintiff ineligible for indemnity for any injuries sustained.” It is the situation in virtually all serious medical malpractice cases within Iowa.
Iowa Informed Consent Law
Iowa’s informed consent law inquires whether any reasonable person in plaintiff’s situation would be able to consider that the information that did not get provided was crucial to the plaintiff’s decision which procedure. The test is if the information was relevant to the choice of a reasonable and objective patient, but not necessarily for the individual patient in this case. There isn’t a requirement for the physician to have did not commit medical negligence in the treatment of the patient who gave an informed and informed consent.
Damages for infraction of informed consent could involve comparing two different universes . This is the situation the plaintiff could have faced had she been informed , and had not agreed to the risk, and the condition of the plaintiff because of the risk’s happening.
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