We’re so excited! Fred James has been named “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. This is the seventh year Fred has been recognized by Best Lawyers! Nominated by Peers Fred was nominated by his peers based on a peer-review survey comprising more than…

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A few years ago the Iowa Courts adopted procedures for electronic filing in all district court matters.  Recently the Iowa Supreme Court has addressed issues regarding the timeliness of filings.  On Friday November 18, 2016 the Court decided the case Jacobs v. Iowa Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, No 16-0133.  The issue the Court…

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Two legal issues were addressed recently by the Iowa Supreme Court involving an arbitration clause in a nursing home contract and, if non-parties to the contract, have a right to a jury trial. Reaching their answer the Court goes through the history of wrongful death law in Iowa and who has the right to bring…

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Fred James

  These are difficult times.  In reflection, I re-read the first opinion from the Iowa Supreme Court.  It made me proud to be an Iowa lawyer.  It brought me hope. The case is styled, In the Matter of Ralph (A Colored Man). It was decided in July 1839 22 years before the Civil War. The…

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Medical malpractice cases are expert witness driven.  Even though we may feel the care received was negligent, all elements of a medical practice claim must be supported by competent expert witness testimony. Prevailing in a medical malpractice case To prevail, you the plaintiff, the person bringing the case must prove, by a preponderance (more likely…

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