Articles Posted in Iowa

If you were the victim of sexual abuse or assault, either as a child or an adult, you have the right to bring a civil lawsuit against both your abuser and any school, company, or organization that might be liable for the abuse.

In this post, we will provide a brief overview of sexual abuse lawsuits in Iowa. We will explain the applicable statute of limitations for sex abuse civil cases in Iowa and the potential settlement value of these cases.

Below are example settlement amounts and jury payouts in Iowa medical malpractice and other personal injury cases.

Iowa Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements

  • 2023, Iowa: $19,180,000 Verdict: A construction worker in Polk City, Iowa, was severely injured when a trench collapsed at a work site. Despite expressing safety concerns to his supervisor, he was instructed to work in the precarious trench, which caved in and trapped him, resulting in extensive physical injuries and psychological trauma, including PTSD. An Iowa jury awarded him over $19 million, with $3 million for compensatory damages and $16.18 million in punitive damages. He does not get to keep all of the punitive damages. Under Iowa’s Civil Reparations Trust Fund, the plaintiff keeps only 25% of a punitive damages award.

Two years ago, a North Iowa-based nursing home was hit with a stunning $6 million verdict in a lawsuit filed by the children of an 83-year-old resident from Buffalo Center.  Their nursing home lawsuit alleged unconscionable and intentional abuse. The jury’s landmark award gave the children $2 million for pre-death pain and suffering, $1 million for pre-death loss of full mental and physical capability, $1 million for loss of relationship, and $2 million in punitive damages.

The nursing home appealed – they always appeal – alleging the trial judge, Judge James W. Drew, mistakenly allowed evidence of one employee’s intentional abuse that was central to the claims, was hearsay.  Sadly, the Iowa Court of Appeals agreed this week and sent the case back to Buffalo Center for a new trial.

Facts of Timely Mission Nursing Home v. Arends

The Iowa Supreme Court reversed a Scott County District Court summary judgment ruling in an important discovery rule medical malpractice ruling.  This case,Rock v. Warhank, is a failure to diagnose breast cancer case, rejecting malpractice defense lawyer claims that Plaintiff should have known of her injury, for purposes of the statute of limitations, just because a doctor made her aware that her breast was not normal.

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