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5 Things that May Surprise You About Filing a Lawsuit in Iowa

Posted By Emily Anderson - 02.04.21

After you have been seriously injured or a loved one has died because of someone else’s fault, you might contact an Iowa personal injury lawyer to discuss what the next steps should be. Many people have mistaken beliefs about filing a lawsuit.

Here are 5 things that might surprise you about filing a lawsuit in Iowa:

1. You Do Not Have Pay Any Up-Front or Hourly Fees to Your Iowa Personal Injury Attorney 

During my first phone call with an injured person, I often hear: “I don’t have a lot of money. How much will it cost to hire you?”

The good news is, there are no up-front costs or retainer fees – we do not bill our clients by the hour. RSH Legal works on a contingency-fee model. We are paid a percentage of what recover on your behalf—and we are not paid until the end of your case. 

You will never receive a monthly bill and you don’t have to worry about being charged every time you call with a question. No matter your finances, you can afford to hire an experienced Iowa personal injury attorney to fight for fair compensation.  

2. Not All Iowa Personal Injury Cases Go to Court 

Many people believe that filing a personal injury lawsuit in Iowa means you will automatically have to go to court and be involved in a trial. But for most people, that isn’t the case. Most cases settle before trial.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we just don’t see eye to eye with the insurance company on what is fair compensation for an injury. When that happens, we will need to take the case to trial, which we are always prepared to do. We will attempt to settle your case before we make the decision to go to trial, however.      

3. It Won’t Take as Much of Your Free Time as You Think 

If 2020 taught us anything, we can accomplish a lot without being in the same room. Many clients prefer to meet with us in person—we are happy to do that. 

However, we also have the capabilities to do many things, starting with the initial sign up, without having an in-person meeting. RSH Legal has invested in technology that allows our clients to sign documents electronically and communicate by text with the people working on your case. Communication with your legal staff has never been easier.  

4. Most Times You Are Asking an Insurance Company for Money, Not a Person 

In most personal injury claims, the defendant isn’t some huge corporation. Instead, it’s a person just like you, or perhaps a small business. Their careless actions may have led to your injury, but that doesn’t mean they are bad. This can make personal injury victims leery about bringing a lawsuit against another individual.  

But most often, it is an insurance company who will be responsible for paying for your injury—not the individual defendant.  

5. When You Hire an Attorney, You Won’t Have to Talk to the Insurance Company by Yourself Anymore 

Once you decide to hire an Iowa personal injury attorney to represent you in your lawsuit, the insurance company representative is not allowed to speak directly to you anymore. Your attorney will handle most of the communication with the insurance company. During the times the insurance company representative gets to speak with you, like a recorded statement or deposition, the attorney will prepare you for that session, and be there with you to guide you through the process.    

RSH Legal offers a free, no-obligation case evaluation to Iowans who were seriously injured because of someone else’s fault. To schedule yours, call 1-800-433-0283 today.

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