Hi, I'm Jamie Ford, your Iowa City

Hi, I'm Jamie Ford,
your Iowa City

personal

injury lawyer.

My priority is helping you, how can I assist you?

About Me.

A Personal Injury Law Firm With A Personal Touch

The Ford Firm PLC was established by me, Jamie Ford. I am a solo practitioner based in Iowa City who specializes in personal injury law. Being focused solely on one area of law means I know exactly the skills and tactics required to handle your specific case and get the absolute best outcome for you. If you are looking for candidness and efficiency, then you have come to the right place.

Larger firms often rely on support staff to work up your file and to make important decisions at the inception of your claim that could affect your bottom line. An attorney may not even LOOK at your case for months or years. When you are represented by The Ford Firm, I will personally manage your claim from start to finish and keep you informed every step of the way.

Our Practice Areas.
How We Help.
When you're hurting, you can count on me.
First,
Know that I am on your side.

When it comes to personal injury claims, you need someone in your corner.  Make no mistake about it, the insurance company is not looking out for your best interest.  From the initial consultation to the day in court, I’m here for you, and nothing or no one else.

Second,
Arrange for your immediate needs.

The job of a personal injury lawyer goes beyond the courtroom.  I’m here to answer your questions, give advice, and guide you through the legal process so you feel as comfortable and represented as possible. 

Third,
I will negotiate the best settlement for you.
Once you are done treating your injuries, we will discuss the fair value of your case.  Then, I’ll negotiate directly with the insurance company and get you the settlement you deserve.
 

 

Our Process.
Our process may look something like this...

Gather Evidence

We’ll take care of gathering evidence, such as the accident report, your medical records and bills, and any wage loss documentation.  We will also speak to any witnesses to the accident itself and get opinions from your medical providers that may be relevant to your case.

Send A Demand Letter

Once we’ve gathered all the requisite paperwork and your medical treatment is finished, we’ll send a demand letter to notify the other party we are seeking damages and begin the process of settlement negotiation.

Settlement​

After receiving an offer from the insurance company, your attorney will call you to discuss the offer and give their opinion as to what a fair settlement value for your claim would be. Your attorney will then negotiate with the adjuster based on that decision.  If the parties can agree on a final number, the case will be “settled” at this time.  This means that you agree to drop the case as long as the defendant pays the agreed amount of compensation.

File A Personal Injury Lawsuit​

Whether or not you decide to take the insurance adjuster’s final offer is your decision, and you can take it or leave it.   The Ford Firm will be there for you with guidance on whether the offer is fair or if it makes sense to continue with a lawsuit.

Practice Areas.

What is personal injury?

Are you hurt? Call your doctor.

Personal Injury is a term used to refer to injuries that occur to a person’s body, mind, or emotions rather than their property.  Personal Injury claims can be made for a wide variety of situations, from slip and fall incidents, to car accidents, to wrongful death claims.  Each case is unique, and you deserve an attorney who will take the time to familiarize themselves not just with the details of the case, but the details of you, too. 

Definition,

Personal Injury

Personal injury is the legal term used to describe physical harm to your body caused by the careless actions or negligence of another. But it’s often more than just physical or emotional harm. Personal injury suits can include demands for medical costs, lost wages, transportation, and other expenses.  Occasionally, it can include damage to property, but that’s often a separate suit.

Personal Injury Laws,

Personal Injury Laws in Iowa City, IA

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Breaking Down a Personal Injury Claim.

Negligence describes a situation in which a person acts in a careless (or “negligent”) manner, which results in someone else getting hurt or property being damaged.  Pursuing a claim of negligent actions is one of the most common routes for plaintiffs in a personal injury case.

Liability is the concept of fault, more so the idea of which party involved in any type of accident bears the responsibility for its occurrence. When someone is held liable for an accident or injury, they are deemed as the fault party, or simply the party responsible for the accident or injury.

In order for a personal injury claim to exist, the at-fault party’s negligent behavior must have caused you some kind of injury.  There are a wide variety of injuries covered in personal injury law.  Some of the common types include:

  • Soft tissue injuries.  These types of injuries often occur in car accidents and include sprains, strains, and contusions.  Low back pain and whiplash are common examples of soft tissue injuries.
  • Objective injuries.  These types of injuries include anything that can be definitively diagnosed by a medical scan, such as broken or fractured bones, a rotator cuff tear, or a slipped disc.  Broken bones are more common in slip and fall cases, but can occur in any type of case.
  • Brain injury or concussion.  There are varying degrees of head injuries that can occur as a result of personal injury.  Symptoms of a mild concussion may resolve soon after an accident with no lasting consequences, while a traumatic brain injury can have lasting effects on the way your brain functions.
  • Permanent injuries.  Any serious injury has the potential to leave you with permanent impairment.  Injuries that require surgery sometimes never return to pre-accident condition.  Scarring is another example of a permanent injury and is common in dog bite cases as a result of lacerations to the skin.  Only a medical professional can advise whether or not your injuries are likely to be permanent. 

Just because you have a claimed injury does not necessarily mean you are entitled to recover from the at-fault party.  You must have identifiable damages, which generally come in the form of medical bills and lost wages.  Of course, you are also permitted to claim pain and suffering as a form of damages, but rarely will these kinds of damages alone support a personal injury claim.  If you are never treated for your injuries, it will be very difficult to sustain a personal injury claim. 

What To Expect.
What should I expect from my personal injury case?

Possible medical expenses, calls from your insurance company, not to mention any emotional distress—you’ve got enough on your plate with your case.  The last thing you want to worry about is another financial burden, or if your attorney even knows your first name.  

With me, consider those big firm worries a thing of the past.  I’m here to help you, in any way I can.  That means I get to know you, I take your case with no money down, and I don’t see anything until we win.   

As an experienced lawyer, I’ve learned over the years that my job can’t ever be about the fees—it’s about getting injured people, you, the legal care, representation, and fair compensation you deserve, no matter what.

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Jamie L. Ford, JD, LLM.

Consult with your Iowa personal injury attorney.

If you need personal injury representation from someone who will care about your case from start to finish, you’ve come to the right place.  Contact me here.