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  • Posted on 8/17/2017 The State of South Carolina Sues Drug Maker Purdue over Opioid Crisis

    In 2007, Purdue Pharmaceuticals agreed to a $19.5 million settlement with 26 states and Washington D.C. to resolve a lawsuit alleging Purdue's involvment in the opioid crisis.  Purdue also pled guilty to federal charges that same year related to its misbranding of OxyContin, paying $634.5 million to resolve a probe by the U.S. Justice Department.  Now, South Carolina has filed a new lawsuit against Purdue for continuing to engage in misleading marketing practices that it had agreed to stop in the 2007 settlement.  Purdue denies the allegations and says it is committed to putting an end to the opioid crisis.  South Carolina's Attorney General Alan Wilson stated that Purdue had engaged in telling doctors that patients cannot become addicted to opioids and that if they appeared to be addicted, they only needed more of the drug.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in 2015 alone, opioids played a part in over 33,000 deaths.

    Other Reporting Source: This story is also covered in the Wednesday, August 16, 2017 issue of the Wall Street Journal on page A3. State Sues Drugmaker For Opioid Marketing by Sara Randazzo

  • Posted on 8/16/2017 Why Profanities May or May Not Disqualify Employees for Unemployment Benefits

    Iowa law holds that misconduct is grounds to disqualify an employee from receiving unemployment benefits upon termination.  However, whether the use of profanities and vulgar language meets the statutory definition of "misconduct" is not always clear.  This is a fact question for the administrative law judge at the appeal level within the Iowa Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau and depends upon the circumstances surrounding the use of the language.  For example, where an employee uses profanities directly at a supervisor showing intentional disrespect, this will more than likely be held to be misconduct.  But where a profanity is perhaps used in a moment of frustration, pain, or fear, such as at a factory where a worker is injured, there is room to argue that this was not an intentional disregard of the employer's interests that would make it "misconduct."  Where vulgar language is commonly used and accepted in the particular work environment, an employee's use of profanities may also not be deemed to be misconduct.  Again, the particular facts of each situation and each work environment, along with the past behaviors of the employee, will be taken into consideration by the judge when determining whether the employee should be eligible for unemployment benefits.

  • Posted on 8/11/2017 Risks of Proceeding to Your Worker's Compensation Hearing

    Worker's compensation clients generally feel very strongly about either proceeding all the way to their final hearing (the "trial" in a worker's compensation case), or trying to avoid it altogether.  For those that want to "have their day in court," they often believe that the outcome at the hearing will be better than whatever settlement offer has been made by the defense.  Whether they believe their case is strong, or they simply believe the process will be fair to them, the belief that they will receive a favorable outcome is tempting.  However, in every case that proceeds to hearing, there is always the risk that the client could walk away with little or nothing.  If a case is likely to produce a clear favorable outcome, the defense is likely to want to settle the case because they are afraid of a favorable outcome for the client.  When the case is not quite so strong as to concern the defense, the settlement offers are not as tempting and the clients often believe that the hearing decision will be better.  Yet the hearing process is highly unpredictible since it is not possible to guess what a deputy may believe or how she or he will interpret the facts as presented.  Additionally, even if the outcome is favorable to the client, the hearing decision is not immediate and can take over a year before the deputy issues the decision.  Even then, the defense may appeal and it will take yet another year before a final decision is reached.  Money is always a concern for anyone with a worker's compensation injury claim and sometimes it is better for some clients to accept a settlement offer that will allow them to collect money within a matter of weeks rather than wait two years to get a decision that maybe is not as favorable as they had hoped.  These are all risks that are involved in the worker's compensation hearing process, and that must be weighed by the client before deciding to proceed to hearing.  We are always willing to proceed to hearing for all of our worker's compensation clients, but we also understand that sometimes that choice is not in the best interest of our clients.

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Exploring Recent Personal Injury News From Around the State of Iowa

What's my case worth? What should I do right after the accident? Why is the case manager working against me? These are all questions we are often asked and the answers can be found right here at the Iowa Injury Law Center. If you have a question that isn't answered or just want to talk to a personal injury lawyer, contact Steve or Katrina by dialing 515-222-1110 or writing to [email protected] or [email protected] They look forward to speaking with you.

Personal injury law is our business and for the past 35+ years Steve Lombardi has assisted over two thousand clients with personal injury. Clients come from all over Iowa, we do travel and have handled cases in most of Iowa's 99 counties along with injured people just traveling through Iowa. Steve has handled cases in Montana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, California, Florida and Texas just to name a few. Let us help you or at least help you get to the right attorney. Currently the worst personal injury cases come from interstate highway accidents, drunk driving collisions, rollover accidents, work related injuries, explosions, electrocutions, falls and spinal chord injuries. We've handled most every type of personal injury case in Iowa and would like to evaluate your case. So call us before you talk with the insurance adjuster.  Katrina and Steve can help you. Call today.


We pride ourselves on telling you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear.

Accidents.  They happen anywhere, anytime.  You cut your finger with a knife in the kitchen.  You spill your morning cup of coffee.  You slip on a patch of ice and fall.  Accidents at home are painful and perhaps embarrassing but certainly manageable.  When they happen on the road or on the job, however, they can become a real challenge to putting food on the table and paying the bills. The insurance industry is not there to treat you fairly, because what is fair to you may not be considered fair to them and their insured. You need good representation; someone to help you understand how to win. Keep in mind the insurance industry wants you to lose.

Whether you’re involved in a serious car wreck, an accident with a truck, or hurt on the job, you’ll find yourself potentially out of work and out of money.  What if you lose your eyesight or a limb?  Your bills will pile up, especially those never ending medical bills that can result in your insurance company raising rates or worse yet, refusing to cover you.

Even though you’re the victim, it will seem as if nobody wants to help you and everyone who is supposed to be helping you, wants to blame you. Trying to handle the situation without professional assistance can be just as terrifying as the injury itself.  

At these times, personal injury attorney Steve Lombardi and Katrina Phillip can help.  With over thirty years of experience representing personal injury clients in central Iowa, Steve knows the law and can help you to achieve THE BEST result.   His practice includes personal injury cases; car, truck, motorcycle, and boat accidents; major injury cases including brain damage, loss of limbs, loss of eyesight, death and surgical cases; workers’ compensation; professional malpractice; and a limited number of divorce cases in which significant and valuable property must be divided.

Lombardi Law Firm is located in West Des Moines, Iowa, and serves clients from Polk, Dallas, Madison, Warren, Clarke, Cerro Gordo, Jasper, Linn, Wapello, Clinton, Scott, Pottawattamie, Muscatine, Lee, and Johnson counties, including accidents occurring along the interstate highways I-80, I-35, I-235, and I-380.

Steve Lombardi is the kind of lawyer who cares deeply about his clients.  Just like many of his clients, he too has experienced the breakdown of the health-care system.  When he was thirteen, his father died of lung cancer. For two years before his father’s death, the primary care physician diagnosed a pulled muscle. No x-ray was taken. Had this simple test been ordered the lung cancer may have been diagnosed and his life saved. He died two years after a specialist ordered an x-ray. Before going to law school he had never been in a lawyer’s office, because his family couldn’t afford legal services. Today he is there for his clients.

From those experiences, he draws a great desire to help his clients win their cases involving any type of malpractice, and serious injury, a desire to help his clients find some justice in an imperfect world.  He prides himself on always telling clients what they need to hear not just what they want to hear.

In the pursuit of justice, Steve Lombardi believes his clients are necessary partners in building the evidence that will be used in court:  active, responsive clients with some understanding of the process have the best chance of success.  He is passionate about the work he does and enjoys working closely with his clients to collect the evidence supported by the legal theory.  He believes there are no small issues in a case because every detail could turn a case in the client’s favor. 

Steve Lombardi works very hard to positively impact his clients’ lives.  And while he recognizes that not every case can be won, he simply hates to lose.  Justice delayed is justice denied. You can be sure Steve Lombardi will use all of the legal tools available to fight for you, and to win your case.

So call us and let us HELP YOU TO HELP YOURSELF!

Iowa Car Accidents

Let us do the work, remove your worries and deal with the hospital, the doctors and the insurance adjusters. We specialize in representing car wreck and truck accident victims who have suffered serious injuries. We take control of every aspect of your case. Let us worry about how to prove who was at fault in a car accident. And how to prove your damages.

Truck And Tractor Trailer Accidents

Although tractor trailers are a vital part of the American economy, their presence on the roads presents a significant when they are involved in and cause an accident. The accidents are often severe, resulting in spilled products, bad wrecks, and possible death. If you are injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer along the highways of central Iowa, Steve Lombardi of the Lombardi Law Firm in Des Moines can help you handle these troubling times. Call 515.222.1110 for a free consultation.

Workers' Compensation & Employee Rights

If you are injured while on the job, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits that pay the medical expenses and cover a percentage of lost pay. Although the process is relatively simple, adjusters complicate it. For you to get the full value of your claim is a time-consuming and potentially complicated issue.

Property & Real Estate Injuries

If you’re injury or death case happened (caused) on property (real estate) you need to get a qualified legal opinion that will result in a successful insurance claim and lawsuit settlement or verdict. You need a lawyer on your side that is licensed as a lawyer and licensed as a real estate broker. As a lawyer with a client, but who doesn’t practice in this area full time you need direction and a lawyer who can act as co-counsel. We handle referral work all over Iowa and pay thousands of dollars in referral fees to Iowa’s rural practice lawyers. If you’re not sure there is a case call or email Attorney Lombardi and find out; this consultation is usually free of charge. 515-222-1110 or [email protected].

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