RJ Hudson Law Firm, P.C.
specializes in Personal Injury Law in Iowa

“Personal Injury” law covers cases where someone is injured – physically or emotionally – or private property is damaged due to the acts of a third party. A person may receive compensation for damages caused by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions. Personal injury law is the largest area of “tort” law.

personal injury lawyer west des moines iowaThe elements of tort civil actions are:

A legal duty between the one doing the wrong (the defendant) and the person injured (the plaintiff);

  1. A breach of that duty; and
  2. Damages that occur because of that breach.

When all elements take place, a personal injury, or tort, has occurred.

Forms of Personal Injury Law

Liability can be caused by negligence, intentional acts or under a unique theory called “strict liability.”

  1. Negligence: A negligent act occurs when someone fails to take appropriate action and you are harmed as a result of that failure. For example, negligence occurs if someone fails to stop at a red light and proceeds through an intersection and hits your car.
  2. Intentional Act: An intentional act occurs when the person committing the act wants to engage in the conduct. For example, an intentional act is committed if someone takes a baseball bat and intentionally hits you with the bat.
  3. Strict Liability: Strict liability means that there is responsibility to others whether or not unreasonable conduct was involved.
    1. Products liability is another example of when strict liability may apply. Manufacturers are charged with the responsibility of assuring that their product is safe when used as directed. If someone is injured by a product, under the terms of strict liability the injured party does not have to prove intent or negligence, only that the product was defective through no fault of their own, and that harm was done.


Personal injury law is the mechanism for determining who is in the wrong, or in other words, who is “liable,” and what the liable person should have to pay for the damages caused.

Once a personal injury has occurred, the defendant has a liability to make good the damage done. “Damages” are what is owed to you to compensate you for your loss. Damages can be agreed upon by you and the injuring party without the need to go to trial or file a lawsuit. However, the damages offered to you may not fully compensate you for your loss, especially if you have suffered physical injury and have not been able to work. Hiring a personal injury lawyer ensures that you are treated fairly through this process.

The Team at RJ Hudson Law Firm, P.C. is at your side through the entire process.

Iowa personal injury law is our specialty. Our attorneys provide you with unmatched legal knowledge and support from the initial consultation to the final settlements. If you need legal support in a personal injury case, call our office for a consultation at 515-421-4191. Or for more information about your unique legal needs, contact us today.

We look forward to working for you!