The personal injury, car accidents, employment law, wrongful death, construction accidents, catastrophic injuries and product liability claims and settlement attorneys at the Duff Law Firm P. L. C. are dedicated to serve their clients in central Iowa, including the cities of Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Dubuque, Waterloo and Burlington , and the communities that make up Woodbury, Pottawattamie, Polk, Webster, Story, Linn, Johnson, Scott, Dubuque, Black Hawk, and Des Moines counties.
At Duff Law Firm, we recognize that our clients are seeking help after a life altering event such as the loss of a job or the death or serious injury of a family member or loved one. Duff Law Firm is committed to providing each client with individualized service which includes keeping you informed and up to date on the progress of your case. ___________________________________________________________________
Tom Duff has been a practicing attorney for 18 years and has represented clients in a wide array of cases including car crashes, construction accidents, fire and gas explosions, defective products, medical negligence, wrongful discharge and civil rights violations. Tom has successfully handled these types of cases across the state of Iowa in both state and federal courts.
There are various ways that Personal Injury may result. Personal Injury may be caused by defective or dangerous consumer goods, motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls or even animal attacks. Personal Injury attorneys are experienced with recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of your case. They know before you pursue legal action if you have a potential case and what would be needed to make it stronger. Personal Injury attorneys work the experts in various areas that assist with intelligently investigating the technical and medical aspects of your case as well as investigators to complete all the details. READ MORE }}
AUTO / CAR ACCIDENTS According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone is involved in a car accident every ten seconds in the United States. This high frequency of car accidents makes motor vehicle accidents the most common personal injury cases in the courts today. In most states, motor vehicle accidents are covered by negligence law, although some states have laws (known as "no-fault" laws) that state that the driver that caused the accident is irrelevant to the case. Generally, however, motor vehicle drivers have to use the amount of care that a reasonable person would employ under the circumstances. READ MORE }}
EMPLOYMENT LAW There is a large body of federal and state law that regulates the relationships between employers and their employees, including potential and former employees. Employment law covers a number of complicated issues, including taxation, record-keeping, discrimination and safety concerns. Employment relationships take different forms. Most employment relationships can be categorized as at-will or contract employment. READ MORE }}
Frequently Asked Questions about Employment Law
My employer has treated me unfairly. My supervisor criticizes me in front of other workers, embarrasses me, shouts at me and loads work on me. I believe I am in a hostile environment. Do I have a case?
But it's making me depressed and sick. I cry all the time and when it is time to go to work, I get chest pains. What shall I do?
If I file for workers' compensation, my employer will find a reason to fire me. Is there any protection available if I get fired for using workers' compensation benefits?
Wrongful death occurs when companies or individuals are negligent or either of these are found to have misconduct in their duties to others. These include car accidents, medical malpractice, occupational accidents and others. Statutes are in place for every state to establish procedures for bringing actions against the responsible party or parties; in this case, it is called a Wrongful Death Statute. READ MORE }}
How do they determine if the death may be punishable by criminal action? What is the difference between the civil and criminal cases that can be filed?
Construction workers face dangerous working conditions every day, whether the project is a major industrial site or just home renovations. Despite a large number of safety regulations, inspections and job safety programs, construction workers suffer work-related injuries every day. The hazardous nature of the work means that construction workers will inevitably face accidents. Major injuries can be caused by falls, defective or unsafe equipment, chemical exposure, electrocution, and injuries caused by lifting or repetitive motion. READ MORE }}
Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Accidents
Can I get more than workers’ compensation if I’m injured while working on a construction site?
Can I sue the property owner if I was injured while working on their property?
Injuries that have a tremendous impact on the lives of the injured person are called “catastrophic”. They generally occur without any warning. These types of injuries include: Brain injury, Spinal cord injury, Neurological disorders, Severe burns, Accidental amputation, and Multiple fractures. Often, these injuries affect the central nervous system, which causes other complications. These complications can include: Loss of mobility or sensation, Loss of cognitive ability, Respiratory or circulatory problems, Problems with other organs or systems, such as the urinary, digestive, or immune systems.
Thousands of people are injured every year by dangerous or defective products. The laws governing responsibility for product defects are different from ordinary liability law. These rules can make it easier to recover damages for injury. Product liability means that a manufacturer or retailer can be held liable for producing or selling a defective product. Responsibility for a product defect lies with all sellers or distributors of a product, including the manufacturer and component manufacturers, wholesalers, and retail stores. READ MORE }}
Des Moines, Iowa Attorney practicing in Iowa in personal injury, car accidents, employment law, wrongful death, construction accidents, catastrophic injuries and product liability. Lawyers at the Duff Law Firm P. L. C. are dedicated to serve their clients in Iowa, including the cities of Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Dubuque, Waterloo, Adel, Marshalltown, Pella, Decorah, Knoxville, Eldora, Johnston, Ankeny, and Burlington , and the communities that make up Woodbury, Pottawattamie, Polk, Webster, Story, Linn, Johnson, Scott, Dubuque, Black Hawk, Dallas, Marshall, Marion, Winneshiek, Madison, Hardin and Des Moines counties.
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