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Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Law Firm in West Des Moines, Iowa

Unbelievably, medical mistakes kill 100,000 Americans each year, according to a 1999* report from the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. Every doctor swears to the Hippocratic oath: First Do No Harm. What steps can you take when the one who is supposed to heal harms you or a loved one?

We are the law office of Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Hockenberg & Scalise, P.C., and our attorneys represent clients in West Des Moines and throughout Iowa who have been seriously harmed through the negligence or mistake of any medical professional. We also represent the families of loved ones who have died due to medical mistakes through wrongful death claims.


A significant percentage of our legal practice is centered in the area of medical malpractice. In this area, we have recovered on behalf of our clients six and seven figure settlements and awards over the course of more than four decades of legal practice.

You Have a Right to Compensation for Damages and Medical Expenses

You have a right under the law to compensation for the injuries you have suffered, and we are here to help you get what you deserve as compensation.

Our firm has represented clients in medical malpractice lawsuits who have suffered from:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed or inappropriate treatment
  • Birth injury
  • ER nerve damage
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Hospital negligence
  • Improper prescription or prescription error
  • Plastic surgery problems
  • Cardiac medicine misdiagnosis
  • Anesthesia issues

People who are dealing with significant trauma due to doctor's mistakes or hospital negligence are entitled to damages for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and earning capacity
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement and other damages

You Do Not Pay Attorney's Fees Unless We Win Results

If you become our client, you do not pay us an attorney's fee unless we recover money. In other words, our medical malpractice cases are on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not require payment of legal fees, except associated expenses, until you are awarded damages. We welcome questions from our clients and potential clients. Please contact our West Des Moines office at