Medical Malpractice:


State: Iowa

Link to State Law: Iowa Code

The following information is meant to be a guide. It is believed to be accurate at the time of authorship but may not reflect the most current data due to changes in the law. If you require legal assistance or guidance with regard to Iowa state law, contact an experienced attorney.

Statute of Limitations: 2 years from the time the injury was or should have been discovered, but not more than 6 years following the injury (except in the case of a foreign object). For those younger than 8, the statute of limitations extends until they are 10 or according to the adult statute of limitations, whichever is longer. For the mentally ill it extends to 1 year following the removal of the disability. (§614.1)

Minimum Qualifications of Expert Witnesses: The medical malpractice expert witness’s qualifications must directly relate to the medical issue or treatment in question. (§147.139)

Limitations on Monetary Damages: There are no limits to monetary damages.

Limitations on Attorney Fees: Court reviews attorney fees.