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Erik D. Bair

Workers compensation Attorney at Urbandale, IA

4.9   34 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

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  1. Workers compensation
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  2. Car accident
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    21 years

  3. Personal injury
    10%
    Too many clients make mistakes before they had the “right” information resulting in them losing thousands of dollars. Finally, you can le

    21 years

  4. Animal and dog bites
    5%

  5. Slip and fall accident
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My name is Erik I have been helping Iowans protect their rights since graduating from Drake Law School in 2001.  I practice primarily in workers' compensation helping injured workers and in personal injury law (car, truck and motorcycle accidents, dog bites, etc.). 

 

I grew up in Des Moines and graduated from East High School. I worked my way through college while attending undergraduate at Iowa State, working for the city as a laborer and evenings for a hospital.  After Iowa State I went to law school at Drake where I graduated with Honors.  I am dedicated to helping Injured Iowans and with personal attention and hard work. 

Client's Choice 2021
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Licensed for 21 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 09/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Walker, Billingsley & Bair
208 N. 2nd Ave. West
Newton, IA, 50208
Walker, Billingsley & Bair
2605 SW White Birch
Ste. 110
Ankeny, IA, 50023
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4.9 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
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Erik received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Deb | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Erik Bair - An excellent attorney that CARES
I was caught in the jungle that is known as work comp. After several treatments I was diagnosed with a rare disability that requires regular medications and special care. Once I received my diagnosis and frightening treatment options I decided to call an attorney which is how I gratefully came to Erik. I had many questions and concerns over my injuries and disability and when I spoke with Erik on the phone he provided me with real honest answers about my rights and responsibilities as an injured worker. I felt much better after speaking with Erik and he said if I had other questions to call back. There was no pressure to come in, just straight honest information that I needed. Fast forward about a month and another surgery that was preapproved by work comp, and I received a balance due bill for it. I was also having problems getting my meds filled and getting approval for specialty care for my disability. I called Erik and asked if my husband and I could come in for a consultation. Not even half way though the consult we decided to ask Erik to take my case and he agreed. Once Erik became my attorney I no longer had to worry about the work comp stuff, my only concern was taking care of myself. If I had any issues with getting the medications or approvals for procedures the doctors ordered I called Erik and he made sure that I got the care I was entitled to. Not only this but he followed up with a call to ensure that everything was okay. I'm not sure how many people can say that but I CAN. This is who Erik is. When work comp wanted to start talking about a settlement they offered more money with no future medical OR less money with medical. Erik told me that he was obligated to explain both offers and after he did he said his advice was to keep the medical. That is exactly what I wanted to do and I honestly knew that would be Erik's advice as well. In this day of the almighty dollar ruling most peoples decisions, especially when an attorney stands to profit from the more money offer, Erik once again showed his true character. I would definitely recommend Erik to anyone who has the misfortune having a serious work related injury.
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Posted by Kelly | April 3, 2017
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Car accident and work comp
Erik did a great job. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Reba | January 29, 2022
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Blessed!
I would give a 10 star rating for Erik Bair if it was possible. He is very professional and enlightened with knowledge. Everything went extremely well and was handled with ease. A quote I found from Conception Abbey sums it up: "Today in the Gospel, we hear about the storm on the sea and Jesus sleeping. His disciples are filled with anxiety, saying, “‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, ‘Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?’” I have been through some pretty tough storms, and as a follower of Christ and the Immaculata, the storms and the crosses are just going to get heavier, but as brothers in the monastery and friends in my office have reminded me, “you’re not alone, we can help carry your cross for you!” Always rely on those closest to you just as the disciples relied on Jesus when they thought they were perishing at sea. St. Maximilian Kolbe once said, “Without struggle, victory would be impossible and without victory, there can be no crown, there can be no reward (cf 1 Cor 9:25)…Be prepared for anything.” Be prepared and expect the unexpected. Remember to have Christ, Our Lady, and the saints with you because they will help. Reflection by Br. Maximilian Burkhart, OSB" A blessing to have Erik Bair help indeed! Thank you kindly, Blessings to all of you! Reba
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Posted by Izzy | December 13, 2021
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Amazing Attorney!
I’m so thankful for Erik Bair’s help with my lawsuit. He was incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and determined to help. He took my wishes into consideration and made sure to keep me updated with each step of the process. Lori Henderson was a great help as well. I am so thankful to everybody who assisted with my case.
Posted by John | August 26, 2021
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Work comp case
Very professional had my best interest before anything else. Up front and honest
Posted by Melody | August 19, 2021
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Excellent client service.
Erik Bair provided the excellent communication skills I needed during a frustrating time of pain and helplessness. I needed contact with an attorney that would speak directly to me and straight to the point in easy terms that I could comprehend. Erik was always willing to answer my questions. I highly recommend Erik, he was definitely in my corner during a difficult situation from start to finish. Erik provides excellent client services! Melody
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Posted by Craig | June 24, 2021
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Explanation
My experience with Erik Bair, was very rewarding. He helped understand what was going on and always promptly answering my calls or calling me back. And the sum of my lawsuit was very reasonable and I thought he did a good job and helped me thru everything.
Posted by Joseph h Marcov jr | May 28, 2021
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Workman comp.
Eric answered my call when I didn't know what to do when the company I was working for decided that they were not responsible for workman comp,he accepted my case pro Bono,walked me through the whole process,kepted my spirits high and positive through my rough times after surgery,I have slot to thank Eric for.his hard work and dilligence gave my family the rightfully closure and a successful defence of my workman's comp case,rather the outcome of my case Eric and his team will fight for their clients no matter what.I highly recommend the law firm of Walker,Billingsley and Bair.
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Posted by Teresa | April 6, 2021
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Mrs.
Erik took the time to answer all my questions about my back injury from a fall at a pumpkin patch. He was very professional and kind and kept in contact with me. Marie Henderson was helpful in getting me in touch with Erik.
Posted by Jeanne | March 8, 2021
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vehicle accident personal injury
Erik was extremely knowledgeable and professional about my situation. Always answered my questions promptly with respect. He explained how procedures worked so I was calm and not so nervous. Erik got my case settled. I am exceptionally satisfied with Erik and Lori, legal secretary to Erik. Great job done! Highly recommend!
Posted by Andy | January 19, 2021
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Work injury
Where to start with Erik? First off, just an absolute amazing human in general. He made he feel more like a friend than anything. Made everything seem simpler than i imagined. Alway returned calls and emails right away. As for my work injury case, i was diagnosed with convergence paralysis which is very rare and not to many people know what it is. Most doctors have no idea, let alone an attorney. Erik took all the time he had to find out all the information about it. Calling doctors to get any information about it. As a result, the more he was able to learn, the more I was able to settle for. The fact he took the time to become knowledgeable of something that is so rare absolutely amazed me. Without his extreme efforts, i know for a fact i would not of received anything close to what he was able to get me. He was able to get me more than 100% of the pay I could of potentially received. So if you have any doubts about hiring an attorney for a work related injury, take it from me and hire Erik. You will not be disappointed at all.
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Posted by Linda | November 12, 2020
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Erik was a great lawyer to work with
Erik helped us with a personal injury claim. My husband was injured in a fall and the insurance company was not wanting to be responsible. Erik Bair is first and foremost a very kind and compassionate person. He took our case and handled it with professionalism. Erik gave us updates as the case progressed. If I had a question he returned my call immediately. We have now settled our case to our satisfaction due to his hard work and knowledge of the legal system. I highly recommend Erik if you are needing an attorney.
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Posted by Dale | March 22, 2020
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very good
Mr . Bair was very good. He returned my phone calls promptly, and kept me fully informed thru out the case. The only thing I wish, I could have met him once in person to know who was representing me even though I know it wouldn't have changed the out come of the case. (That's just me.) He was very good and if I need another attorney I will use him again.
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Posted by Anthony | February 11, 2019
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Great Service
Eric was great to deal with. And helped me on my case. Without him I would have never gotten treated for the other injuries that I had sustained in my accident.
Posted by Roger | December 3, 2018
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Work comp
Very much appreciated the work Erik did for me and the final settlement. The time he spent with me was invaluable.
Posted by Denise | August 1, 2017
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I would strongly recomend Erik Bair for your workers compensation claim.
I was injured at work and have had several surgeries and became permanently disabled. I followed the rules and contacted my HR department and was sent to the local doctor. From the beginning I contacted Eric Bair and he agreed to take my case. He was a lifesaver. When it all began I had to fight for the proper care and surgery needed. Erik fought for me and was able to see that I received the proper care. It was a very difficult and confusing time. Erik guided me through each process and I had confidence I would get through this. It was also a time of stress financially. We had drained our savings and retirement so fast and I believed the dream of retirement at my age was no longer possible. Once the case was settled everything I had lost was given back. Now I am retired. It is a time of great pain and confusion so I would recommend anyone in the same situation to call Erik Bair.
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Posted by Shawn | April 14, 2017
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My experience…
I reached out to Walker, Billingsley & Bair after dealing with an injury that I sustained while working. It took me awhile to come to the conclusion that I needed some kind of representation since I felt that I was alone and didn’t feel as if I had the support that I needed when dealing with work comp adjusters and their doctors that I was to see. Once I called Walker, Billingsley & Bair, I was appointed to Erik Bair who listened to me and got me the confidence to move forward with my case. During my time working with Mr. Bair, I felt as if I had someone who I could trust and wasn’t pressured to do anything that I wasn’t confrontable with doing…it was all up to me and even when decisions were being made, I wasn’t persuaded in any way. If anyone is like me, feeling as if you’re betraying your employer when it’s not your fault that you were injured on the job and thinking of obtaining some sort of legal advice; I would say that when obtaining legal counsel, do it sooner than later and you’ll be happy that you did. Even after my case had been resolved, my attorney still gives me the respect that I deserve when I call for a simple question and gives me 100% of his time by following up very quickly on any question that I may have before and after my case.
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Posted by Clark | March 31, 2017
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Highly recommend Erik Bair
Erik was highly recommended to me after I injured my shoulder at work. I touched base with him after my 1st surgery failed and my WorkComp advised an "experimental procedure" as I had complications with my injury. After meeting with him and seeing that he truly cared about my situation as an individual and not just being another client, I hired him on the spot and without hesitation. Since then he has been very active in keeping my situation beneficial to me, and both keeping me updated and being extremely accessible to contact. His knowledge in the area of workplace injury is stellar. I could have has serious issues with my injury and my case had it not been for his knowledge of how the system works. I was very nervous and uneasy about my future and what it held until I hired Erik. I'm now confident that things will work out well, and not just monetarily but that my rights as an injured worker will not be abused or infringed upon. It's definitely a nice balance with him. Some lawyers will promise high settlements but only be in it for their share and not care about you. Also if their promises don't pan out, they'll still take their large share. Erik will be up front with you from the beginning about what to expect throughout the process, and the agreement is worked out at the beginning, and honored throughout. All in all I put forth my 110% confidence in Erik concerning all areas of my case, and would 110% recommend him to everyone wanting the best representation in their case by someone who truly cares about you as an individual, and will do the most to see that you receive all you're entitled to in all areas.
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Posted by Mary | January 5, 2017
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I am a Registered Nurse who experienced a shoulder injury at my job.
Erik worked with me and guided me throughout my difficult time while manuvering through the workers compensation system after I experienced an injury at work. Erik was always available to answer any questions I had with the treatment I received at work after I was injured, to helping me get the surgery I needed after the workers comp. doctor said there was nothing further he would do for me. Erik was able to negotiate with workers compensation, getting them to agree to pay for my surgery and continued tempory total disability payments throughout my recovery until I was release to return to work. Erik was able to navigate throught the negotiation process and secure a settlement far above of what I anticipated. I would recommend Erik to any one who is going through a workers compensation claim. Let Eric help before you try to navigate it on your own. You will not only get a lawyer who has expert knowlege of the workers compensation laws and process, but you will also gain a great friend who cares about his clients.
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Posted by Robin | November 6, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I'm happy I chose Erik to handle my case (car accident). He explained what I could expect from filing a case. He listened and I felt comfortable when talking with him. He was honest about what he thought my case was worth and not just some unreasonable figure. Erik kept me up to date on what was going on with my case. I felt free to call him anytime I had a question. Erik handled everything. He had my back and worked to get my case settled with my best interst in mind. I would hire Erik again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 30%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Walker, Billingsley & Bair
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Walker & Billingsley
  • 2001 - 2008

Education

  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor with Honors
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Carlson v. Pattison Sand Co.
  • Permanent total disability awarded to injured worker. Affirmed on Appeal and Judical Review
  • Ross v. Casey's Marketing Co.
  • $103,000 Jury Verdict
  • Mahon v. Dollar General Corporation
  • Employee was awarded medical care for his neck, including cervical fusion, along with benefits for the neck and shoulder injury
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Associations

  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • William J. Wimmer Key Person Award
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Juris Doctorate Degee with Honors
  • Drake University Law School
  • 2001
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Publications

  • How to Maximize Reimbursement in Iowa Injury Cases
  • 7 Medical Provider Billing Myths
  • 2010
  • What Will Happen When I Die?
  • How Proper Planning Can Help Your Family
  • 2009
  • Iowa Guide to Protecting Your Rights and Freedom if Charged With a Crime
  • I've Been Charged With a Crime, What Happens Next?
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Law Day
  • Workers' Compensation
  • 2014
  • East High School Law Day
  • Guest speaker
  • 2011
  • Vision Financial Client Education Event
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Erik is committed to providing his clients with the best representation possible. He is diligent in working to obtain results that help his clients move on from the difficulties that arise from their injuries."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Erik truly cares about his client. Erik is always professional. He fights for his clients and gets great results. Before I started working with Erik, I knew he had a good reputation in the legal community. Since I have been working with him, he has proven that reputation to be true. He is a great attorney and I am lucky to work with him. I see someone who truly cares about his clients therefore, he gets good results."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Erik. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Erik Bair is a very knowledgeable, diligent attorney. He has a great deal of experience in personal injury matters and is incredibly thorough in his preparation of cases. On the rare occasion Erik does not know an answer to a question, he does not guess. Erik puts in the time and effort to properly research each issue in order to maximize his clients' recovery."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Erik is an attorney who used to do manual labor himself in high school and in college. Having grown-up on the east side of Des Moines, he knows what a hard day of work is all about. Because of his background, he goes the extra mile to help injured workers in their time of need. I have personally observed Erik's work ethic and know that he truly cares for and respects his clients. He returns phone calls promptly and does whatever he can to help his clients."
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Urbandale Workers compensation Lawyer Erik D. Bair
Erik D. Bair
Workers compensation Attorney
Urbandale, IA
Licensed for 21 years
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