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  • Posted on 2/23/2017 Have You Been Involved in a Head-On Truck Collision?

    Why would someone cross the center line of Highway 2 in Lee County, then collide head-on with an oncoming Chrysler Sebring? That is what a subsequent lawsuit would be about. The injured persons’ lawyer will want an answer to that question and the focus will likely begin with the cell phone records of the offending driver. Four people were injured in this head-on collision. Depending on how badly the victims were hurt, it is probably going to be interesting and complicated.



    Here is the report.



    Minimal Crash Report:




























































































































     Case Number:



     2017000113



     Type:



     Personal Injury



     County:



     56














     Crash Date:



     01032017



     Time:



     1259












     Location:



     2450 HWY 2
















     Vehicle 1 Year:



     1999



     Make:



     PONT



     Type:



     GRAND PRIX












     Towed By:



     BJ'S














     Driver Name:



     HAYES,MICHAEL ANDREW



     Age:



     48












     City & State of Residence:



     FORT MADISON,IA
















     Vehicle 2 Year:



     2004



     Make:



     CHRY



     Type:



     SEBRING












     Towed By:



     BJ'S














     Driver Name:



     WATTS,CASSANDRA RENEE



     Age:



     27












     City & State of Residence:



     FORT MADISON,IA












     Injury 1 Type:



     Injured














     Name:



     HAYES,MICHAEL ANDREW



     Age:



     48












     City & State of Residence:



     FORT MADISON,IA














     Seatbelt Use:



     Yes



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



     Yes














     Transported To:



     UICH



     Transported By:



     MED FORCE












     Injury 2 Type:



     Injured














     Name:



     WATTS,CASSANDRA RENEE



     Age:



     27












     City & State of Residence:



     FORT MADISON,IA














     Seatbelt Use:



     Yes



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



     Yes














     Transported To:



     UIHC



     Transported By:



     MED FORCE












     Injury 3 Type:



     Injured














     Name:



     HATES,GINA MARIE



     Age:



     49












     City & State of Residence:



     FORT MADISON,IA














     Seatbelt Use:



     Yes



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



     Yes














     Transported To:



     FMCH



     Transported By:



     LEE CO AMBULANCE












     Injury 4 Type:



     Injured














     Name:



     SHALLCROSS,KARA ALLYN



     Age:



     28












     City & State of Residence:



     FORT MADISON,IA














     Seatbelt Use:



     Yes



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



     Yes














     Transported To:



     FMCH



     Transported By:



     LEE CO AMBULANCE












     Summary:



     












       



    UNIT 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON HWY 2, CROSSED THE CENTERLINE AND COLLIDED HEAD-ON WITH EASTBOUND UNIT 2 IN THE EASTBOUND LANE- UNIT 1 CAME TO REST ON THE ROADWAY AND UNIT 2 CAME TO REST IN THE SOUTH DITCH

    OFFICER NAME: ANDREASEN . POST: 13

    ASSISTED BY: LEE CO SO 














     Officer Name:



     ANDREASEN



     Post:



     13












     Assisted By:



     LEE CO SO





     

  • Posted on 2/22/2017 High-Speed Police Chase Death

    This one in Keokuk County, Iowa on January 11, 2017 with Washington County with two people injured. The drives appears from the report to be Dalton Jack Marine, 21 and his passenger is 20-year-old Brittney Jo Weber from Wellman, Iowa. She wasn’t wearing her seat belt nor was he.



    The details of why there was a high-speed chase and how it started aren’t given. Those details are obviously important. Why the driver lost control is of importance included the presence of absence of a PIT maneuver. Reckless? Doubtful, but possible. The devil is in the details.



    For more information about high-speed-police chases go to our High-Speed-Police Chase Page.



    Minimal Crash Report:


















































































     Case Number:



     2017001117



     Type:



     Personal Injury



     County:



     54














     Crash Date:



     01112017



     Time:



     2310












     Location:



     180TH ST TO 330TH AVE
















     Vehicle 1 Year:



     1999



     Make:



     STRN



     Type:



     PC












     Towed By:



     MOORE'S TOWING














     Driver Name:



     MARINE,DALTON JACK



     Age:



     21












     City & State of Residence:



     WESTCHESTER,IA












     Injury 1 Type:



     Injured














     Name:



     MARINE,DALTON JACK



     Age:



     21












     City & State of Residence:



     WESTCHESTER,IA














     Seatbelt Use:



     No



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



      














     Transported To:



     WASHINGTON CO HOSP



     Transported By:



     KEOKUK CO AMB












     Injury 2 Type:



     Injured














     Name:



     WEBER,BRITTNEY JO



     Age:



     20












     City & State of Residence:



     WELLMAN,IA














     Seatbelt Use:



     No



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



      














     Transported To:



     WASHINGTON CO HOSP



     Transported By:



     KEOKUK CO AMB












     Summary:



     












       



    VEH WAS INVOLVED IN A PURSUIT WITH WASHINGTON CO SO VEH WAS HEADING WB ON

    180TH ST FROM WASHINGTON CO VEH ENTERED A CORNFIELD AT THE INTERSECTION OF

    180TH ST AND 310TH AVE IN KEOKUK CO VEH TURNED EB ATTEMPTED TO JUMP 310TH

    AVE COMING TO REST IN THE EAST DITCH

    OFFICER NAME: ISP77 GENT . POST: 13














     Officer Name:



     ISP77 GENT



     Post:



     13












     Assisted By:



     WASH CO SO KEOKUK CO





     

  • Posted on 2/19/2017 A Frost Covered Road in February in Iowa is Not an Excuse

    In this Sac County accident we have the Iowa State Trooper describing the roadway as being frost-covered. That slick roadway caused a truck that was rounding a curve, to slide sideways into the oncoming lane of traffic. There was a semi-truck coming and the two wrecked. Someone died. That's unfortunate. And so today we ask a question about how weather can affect a negligence claim.



    Does frost on the road excuse the driver’s negligence?



    Answer: No.



    What you need to know is that generally speaking, weather is not an excuse for losing control of your car or truck.



    In this case the weather-related condition, is frost on the road. Frost is something we encounter every cold-weather season. It's not a surprise. In this instance, the accident took place in February - at 8:10 A.M. - in northwest Iowa. Frost on the roadway is not an unusual event during February in Iowa. And certainly not in northwestern Iowa. Remember we are still in the winter season. So that is hardly going to get a person to be found free from fault.



    Frost in July? Maybe. But frost in February? Never.



    That’s because drivers have a duty to maintain control of their cars and trucks; which means, anticipating that which is commonly encountered. And when you don’t you are at fault. You might want to argue, this driver didn’t notice the frost or anticipate it was there. But, just maybe he should have. He could have slowed down, put it in 4WD or simply slowed way down and avoiding losing control.



    So when you come across foul weather or an adverse condition, slow down, look harder and longer. Focus. Be more attentive. The weather is not going to get you off the hook.



    Call us if we can help you with your car or truck accident case.



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    Minimal Crash Report:










































































































     Case Number:



     2017005067F



     Type:



     Fatality



     County:



     81














     Crash Date:



     02142017



     Time:



     0810












     Location:



     M54 & 280TH ST
















     Vehicle 1 Year:



     2008



     Make:



     DODG



     Type:



     PK












     Towed By:



     SCHAU TOWING














     Driver Name:



     WILLIAM FEWELL



     Age:



     73












     City & State of Residence:



     LAKE VIEW
















     Vehicle 2 Year:



     2006



     Make:



     STER



     Type:



     SEMI












     Towed By:



     SCHAU TOWING














     Driver Name:



     MAXWELL (DAVID) STALL



     Age:



     42












     City & State of Residence:



     LYTTON












     Injury 1 Type:



     Fatality














     Name:



     WILLIAM FEWELL



     Age:



     73












     City & State of Residence:



     LAKE VIEW, IA














     Seatbelt Use:



      



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



     No














     Transported To:



     MERCY MED CENTER



     Transported By:



     MERCY AIR CARE












     Injury 2 Type:



     Fatality














     Name:



     PEGGY BEHRENS



     Age:



     65












     City & State of Residence:



     LAKE VIEW














     Seatbelt Use:



     Yes



     Life saved by Seatbelt:



     No














     Transported To:



     FARBER & OTTEMAN



     Transported By:



     FUNERAL HOME




     Motor Carrier Info (IF Large truck is involved)











     Name of Carrier:



     SAC COUNTY SECONDARY ROADS



     











     City & State of Carrier:



     SAC CITY, IA



     Hazmat Involved?:



     No












     Summary:



     












       



    VEH #1 WAS NB ON M54 GOING AROUND A CURVE DRIVER LOST CONTROL ON THE FROST COVERED ROAD CROSSING THE CENTERLINE AND SLID BROADSIDE INTO VEH # 2 A SB SEMI PASSENGER IN THE PICK UP WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE AND DRIVER DIED AT THE HOSPITAL INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

    OFFICER NAME: 294 WISSLER . POST: 05














     Officer Name:



     294 WISSLER



     Post:



     05












     Assisted By:



     SAC CO SO, LAKE VIEW



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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!

High Speed Police Chases

High-speed police chases happen all around us, and at unpredictable times.  There is no telling when we may witness one occur near us, or when we or someone we know will be unintentionally involved if an accident is caused by the chase.  When such high-speed chases occur in close proximity to other cars and people, the risk of accidents causing death or injury to bystanders is high.  The law is complicated in terms of when an injured bystander may be able to recover for injuries sustained in a high-speed chase.  Iowa has many on-point cases, but the facts vary from case to case and will vary in real life.  For instance, how long did the chase occur? Where did it occur? What time of day? What was the offense committed by the suspect being pursued? Was the suspect posing a threat to the public? If you or someone you know was an innocent bystander and suffered injuries, or death, as a result of a high-speed police chase, contact us today to determine whether you may have a case to pursue and what insurance coverage may apply to your injuries.

Workers' Compensation

If an individual is injured while on the job, he or she is entitled to worker’s compensation to pay the medical expenses and help cover a percentage of lost pay from mandatory time off. Although the process is relatively simple, getting the full value of your claim is a time-consuming and potentially complicated issue.

Large Damage, Major-Serious Injury and Death Cases

Damage cases involing death, brain injury, traumatic head injury, spinal injuries, loss of a limb or eyesight or hearing. Most law firms shoe every horse that comes into the barn. We won't and don't. We say no to most cases. We say "yes" to large damage cases so we can focus on getting you the best result.

Property or Real Estate related Injuries leading to Serious Injury or Death

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]

 

Client Trial-Deposition Preparation

Lombardi Law Firm believes in trial preparation. We don't rely on luck to win your case. Instead we prepare you from the first moment we talk with you. What we do is listen to how you talk, think and most importantly answer questions. You can be successful if you are prepared correctly. Not all attorneys take the time to properly prepare their clients. We do.

OWI-CDL Lawyers

Without a CDL you can operate. As a truck driver in Iowa an OWI can cost you dearly. Call these OWI-CDL Lawyers for HELP.

Unemployment Benefits in Iowa

If you’re unemployed or partially unemployed and are looking for an attorney to help you get the unemployment compensation you need, the Lombardi Law Firm is here to help.  Based in Polk County, Iowa, lawyers Stephen Lombardi and Katrina Schaefer practice statewide and are prepared to guide you through the difficult process of getting unemployment insurance benefits.

Where can you find legal help with your Iowa unemployment insurance claim? The Lombardi Law Firm is here for you. Call Steve and Katrina at 515-222-1110. 

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We assist the medical, dental, pharmacist, nurses and veterinary professionals with defense in civil matters having to do with the Iowa Board of Medicine and all other licensing boards. Call for a consultation.

Whistleblowers / Financially Ripped Off?

Financial crime has increased in America. The amount of retirement funds saved along with government fostering a gambling mentality has creating an environment where greed seems acceptable. Working people, honest people, young adults and the elderly need to be on the lookout to save their hard earned savings and to protect their futures. Join us with the Lombardi Law Firm as we create depository of blog posts that are all about financial rip-off stories that are in the news.

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