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What is the function of the spinal cord and what is spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord runs from the bottom of the brain, down the center of the back and stops at about the waist. It is approximately 18 inches long and is a bundle of nerves that relays impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. When severe damage is done to the spinal cord, a victim will experience a loss of sensation and mobility, which results in spinal cord injury. The spinal cord does not have to be detached for loss of function to occur. The majority of victims that suffer from spinal cord injury in Iowa sustained the injury in a catastrophic car accident and kept their spinal cord intact. However, the damage is so serious that it results in a loss of function and mobility.

If you or someone you love has experienced a spinal cord injury, contact the experienced Iowa catastrophic injury lawyers at the law firm of Brady Preston Gronlund today at (319) 866-9277 for a free legal evaluation.

My husband died in a farm accident. Who may be responsible for his death?

We are extremely sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, and hope you find this answer helpful.

Farming accidents in Iowa and throughout the nation are typically catastrophic in nature, as farming involves hard work, heavy machinery, and toxic chemicals. In fact, farming is one of the deadliest industries in the U.S.

When a farm accident occurs, many things may have caused the accident, including: human error, defective equipment, equipment that was not maintained properly, lack of training, and improper storage of hazardous chemicals.

In order to determine if there is another party that should be held responsible for the death of your loved one, a farm accident investigation needs to be conducted as soon as possible. For example, if the accident involved a tractor or other heavy equipment, pictures of the equipment need to be taken and engineers and other industry professionals need to visit the site and inspect the equipment and accident scene.

A skilled lawyer will be able to arrange an accident inspection and determine if you have a legal case and who should be held responsible for the death of your family member. Equipment manufacturers, farm owners, and other workers at the farm are just some of the parties that may be liable for your loss.

Contact a the law offices of Brady Preston Gronlund today and speak with an experienced Iowa farm accident lawyers today at (319) 866-9277 to find out if you may be entitled to financial compensation. Also, read A Guide to Wrongful Death Claims in Iowa, a FREE book provided by Brady Preston Gronlund.

I can't seem to find a quality nursing home in Cedar Rapids for my father. Are there any good ones in Iowa, and why are there so many Iowa nursing homes fined for health and safety violations?

Sadly, there are hundreds of Iowa nursing homes fined for health and safety violations. Many reasons include lack of staff, neglect, staff not trained properly, inadequate nutritional services, malnutrition, failure to make the facility safe, inability to provide quality care to residents, patient abuse, infected bed sores, medication errors and more.

While I'm sure everything you are reading sounds bad, there are still some good Iowa nursing homes out there; however, you need to conduct your research, visit the facilities and interview the residents and staff.

When a nursing facility is cited for a health and safety violation, they may be penalized with fees, probation, or other disciplinary actions. Unfortunately, the average Iowa nursing home has an average of 7 health deficiency violations. Make sure you do your research on a facility to find out how many violations they might have.

If your loved one has been a victim of Iowa nursing home neglect and abuse, contact the Cedar Rapids nursing home abuse attorneys at Brady Preston Gronlund today for a free consultation at (319) 866-9277.

Can I file a wrongful death case for the death of my spouse or child if they were unemployed at that time they died?

Yes. The death of a loved one is a significant loss even if the person was a child, retired or a stay-at-home parent. Whether your loved one was employed at the time of death may affect the amount of the damages that you are entitled to recover, however you can still seek recovery for your loss.

Can I file a lawsuit for the death of my minor child?

Yes if the death was caused by the negligence, carelessness or intentional act of another. This is called a wrongful death lawsuit. There is no greater tragedy then the death of a child and if the death was preventable, the parent(s) of the child may bring a lawsuit against the responsible person or company. If you have lost a child and think you may have a wrongful death claim, you should contact an attorney to learn more.