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Category Archives: Personal Injury

Patterson Law Firm Attorney, Michael S. Jones, Wins Four Consecutive Defense Verdicts

On March 18, 2015, the District Court for Polk County granted the Defendant’s renewed motion for directed verdict in the case of Atzeni v. Quiktrip Corporation, LACL129272. The Plaintiff slipped and fell when exiting the Defendant’s men’s restroom. The Defendant, represented by Patterson Law Firm attorney Michael S. Jones, denied that the Defendant breached its […]

Polk County Defense Verdict

On October 2, 2013, in the case of Dorothy Welsch v. Kimberly Reisner, a Polk County jury returned a verdict favoring the defendant.  The case involved a rear-end collision that was admittedly the fault of the Defendant.  The Plaintiff sought over $30,000 in damages for an alleged permanent neck injury.  The Defendant, who was represented […]

Exceptional is Not So Uncommon: A Review of Duty of Care for Negligence Findings Post-Thompson v. Kaczinski

The Iowa Supreme Court stated in Thompson v. Kaczinski, 774 N.W.2d 829 (Iowa 2009) (hereinafter Thompson), that “the general duty of reasonable care [for negligence] will apply in most cases, and thus courts can rely directly on § 6 and need not refer to duty on a case-by-case basis.”  774 N.W.2d at 834-835 (citing Restatement […]

Johnson County Defense Verdict

On August 23, 2012, a jury returned a defense verdict in the case of Lynn Worrell v. Aristotle Pappajohn, LACV072470.  The Plaintiff’s foot was crushed by Defendant’s vehicle in the parking lot of Kinnick Stadium on the morning of a University of Iowa football game.  The Defendant, represented by Patterson Law Firm attorney Michael S. […]

Valuing Aches and Pains in Civil Lawsuits – Physical and Mental Pain and Suffering

How do you put a dollar amount on that alleged gnawing ache or lingering burning sensation someone has after being the victim of a defendant’s negligence?  Is a multiple of a plaintiff’s medical expenses, a per diem amount, or some other type calculation most appropriate? Iowa’s civil jury instructions recognize the unique character of noneconomic […]