In the area of Personal Injury Law, you absolutely must have a lawyer with experience, commitment, passion and compassion, because your opponent, the insurance company, has many advantages but they'll never have the big advantage of passion. They spend their lives making sure people get less than they're entitled to, while Larson & Evenson get to fight for justice. You need experience AND commitment, and at Larson & Evenson you’ll get passionate representation from someone who's worked on hundreds of car-crash cases as well as slip-and-fall accident cases, other negligence cases, products liability cases, and has been successful in representing people in everything from small injury cases to auto and airplane crash fatalities. On all Personal Injury cases, Randy Larson and Amy Evenson work on the cases together, sharing responsibility and working together on important areas such as discovery, investigation, negotiation, research, court appearances, client interaction, and paperwork. Amy and Randy enjoy working together as a team on these cases (helped in this by the fact that they're cousins!) and Amy deserves much of the credit for the firm’s successes. Her empathy and commitment to the case, combined with her steadfast devotion to building the case page by page, is essential. Together they work to convince the insurance company or jury that their client's injuries are real, that all they are claiming is completely proven, and that their client’s request for damages is fair and totally deserved.
Particularly in personal injury cases, it's impossible to know how good a result is in a case without knowing all the facts but here's some examples of the types of cases Larson & Evenson handled in 2012.
Dram shop claim from automobile accident in Johnson County, settled in Dec 2012
Larson & Evenson recovered $225,000 for this client, by suing both the driver of the car that hit her head-on on Hwy 1 after a night of drinking in Iowa City and the 2 bars where they drank. They achieved the maximum amount recoverable by getting the policy limits from the insurance company that insured their client because the at-fault driver did not have insurance, and by successfully forcing both of the bars where the driver drank to participate substantially in the settlement, to the tune of $100,000. Their client was obviously seriously injured, but she did not have clear-cut permanent injuries that would have allowed higher damages. Her medical bills were about $32,000 and arguably she only had about $5,000 in lost wages, so the majority of her settlement were to her as compensation for pain and suffering.
Motorcycle accident in Washington County, settled in July 2012
Larson & Evenson recovered the policy limits of $100,000 for this client, who was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle on the highway. The amount paid for his medical expenses was about $21,000 so to get the full amount available of $100,000 was particularly good, especially for a motorcyclist because many adjusters feel like there is less sympathy for a motorcycle rider from juries.
2 Automobile crashes for one client Dec 2012
Larson & Evenson recovered $25,000 for this client who was the innocent victim of 2 automobile crashes 6 weeks apart that caused her soft tissue injuries only. Because both defendant insurance companies could allege blame for her injuries was due to the other crash, this was a good settlement.
Construction accident July 2012
Larson & Evenson recovered $25,000 for this client who fell off a wall while helping a friend build a house. Worker's compensation did not cover him and the issue of comparative fault and lack of significant injuries made this a good settlement. Other law firms had turned the case down entirely.
Victim of assault by drunken assailant in Story County June 2012
Larson & Evenson recovered $25,000 from the insurance company for a bar under dram shop liability theory for a man who was beaten in his driveway after an altercation with 2 drunk young men. Both liability and damages were very much in dispute, as the Plaintiff had not gone to a doctor even once after his initial ER visit where he was diagnosed only with bruises and lacerations, and it was difficult to prove the attackers had not gotten drunk elsewhere than the bar because they had stopped off at parties afterward. The attackers had no resources or insurance to contribute.
Motorcycle accident April 2011 $25,000
Larson & Evenson took this case because the client was a former player for Larson. When his insurance company tried to settle the property damage part of the case before Larson got the case, the other driver's insurance company claimed plaintiff should be held to be 40% at fault, under Iowa's comparative fault law, and the arbitrator agreed. In the settlement achieved by Larson & Evenson, that argument did not prevail, as the plaintiff did not bear any fault. With medical expenses of $5,000, and no other elements of damages except pain and suffering, the $25,000 settlement was a good one.
Bicycle struck by car case April 2012 $23,000
Larson & Evenson recovered $23,000 for a bicyclist who was hit at night by a car leaving a parking lot. With $3700 in medical costs, and no lost income, and a broken leg that healed fully, this was a good settlement from an insurance company that initially claimed the accident was fully the bicyclist's fault and refused any settlement.