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  • Posted on 10/27/2016 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning of Homeowners

    What is carbon monoxide poisoning and how do I prevent it?

    Two dead in Waterloo apparently from fumes from a generator being used for power inside the homes attached garage.

    I’ve written on this subject and if you go to the Lombardi Law Firm website [www.lombardilaw.com] and do a search for “carbon monoxide poisoning” you’ll see at least twenty-five posts.

    Now here is the news item from KCRG-TV9 which does a great job of reporting the news.

    Two dead in Waterloo; fumes from generator suspected

    WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) —Police think fumes from a gas generator may have caused the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found in their flood-damaged home in Waterloo.

    Authorities found the pair, and two dogs, dead about 10 a.m. Sunday.

    Neighbors told police the man and woman had been cleaning their home at 4011 E. Shaulis Road. The two may have been using a generator inside the house's attached garage. Flood waters damaged the property last month.

    Police say a friend of the victims alerted authorities after finding one of the two unresponsive.

    A medical examiner will conduct autopsies soon to find an official cause of death of the man and woman.

    Police don't believe there are any signs of foul play.”

    Here are a few titles from Lombardi Law Firm posts about carbon monoxide poisoning.

    And yes whoever is not the homeowner in this case may have a claim against the homeowner's insurance policy for negligence or a defect in the property. The deceased person would have an estate opened in order to pursue the claim. This is work we do on a constant basis for what lawyers refer to as wrongful death. If the Lombardi Law Firm can help you contact Steve or Katrina for a free interview. 

  • Posted on 10/26/2016 Young lawyers would be smart to focus on environmental law

    I have battled in the trenches as a trial lawyer for more than 35 years and so I’m sometimes asked where the areas of growth are in the legal profession. Aside from the obvious such as criminal law environmental law seems to be one area that is expanding. Here today are several recent headline stories that highlight the point. Of course this doesn’t mean you get away from the bread and butter areas of the law – after all we still have to pay the bills as we make a name for ourselves. So stick with what makes you the money to pay the light bill and then take on an environmental case or two.

    Environmental group: Iowa waterways improve little after $4.4B expense

    There is little evidence that Iowa has cut runoff pollution significantly since 1995, even with $4.4 billion in federal spending on agricultural programs, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. That's the word from the Environmental Working Group, which has released a new database detailing spending on voluntary programs in which farmers use conservation techniques on their land. Nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has spent $29.8 billion on conservation efforts the past decade. The environmental group suggests the money would have been better spent on targeted efforts.

    EPA fines Albaugh for mislabeling pesticides

    Albaugh LLC has been fined $112,684 for violating federal environmental laws related to misbranding pesticides. Ankeny-based Albaugh agreed to a court settlement. The case involved a 2013 inspection of the company's facility in St. Joseph, Mo., that found 16 cases of misbranded pesticides and five cases in which ingredients didn't match the reported formulation. In one case, a pesticide contained 125 percent of the active ingredient amount listed on the label.

    Another arson incident suspected on Bakken pipeline equipment

    Cedar Rapids Gazette: Police are investigating another incident of suspected arson after fires appear to have been intentionally set to construction equipment working on the Bakken pipeline. Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputies responded Saturday night to a reported fire in rural Jasper County near the community of Reasnor, according to a news release today.

    Sioux City not likely to oppose pipeline, mayor says

    Sioux City Journal: Mayor Bob Scott told nearly three dozen Dakota Access Pipeline opponents Monday that it's unlikely the council will adopt a resolution opposing the pipeline, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have issues with it.

    State to establish more permanent drug 'Take Back' sites

    Gov. Terry Branstad today announced a new initiative to create more permanent year-round Prescription Take Back locations throughout Iowa to augment the biannually scheduled Take Back Days. The initial goal is to ensure each county has at least one permanent collection site by January, said Steve Lukan, director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy. About 60 secure medicine disposal kiosks are already located at community pharmacies and local law enforcement centers, according to a list on the drug control office's website. Last year, 23 Iowans died from prescription opioid overdoses. Annually, more than 300 million doses of controlled prescription drugs are dispensed in Iowa. The next Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a list of Take Back locations, click here.  

    Iowa wimps out on animal confinement rules, environmentalists complain

    Des Moines Register: Environmental activists are criticizing state leaders for failing to strengthen rules overseeing livestock confinement operations to better protect Iowa and its residents, leaving loopholes that allow producers to build small pig facilities near each other to avoid oversight. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement also asked the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission to require large corporations that own animals raised by local farmers to be "held liable" for environmental fines and penalties assessed in Iowa.

    Iowa Water and Land Legacy coalition expands

    Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Iowa Water and Land Legacy coalition on Tuesday announced that Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and more than a dozen other elected officials and business leaders have joined the effort to secure a sales tax increase to fund the natural resources trust fund. Cownie is one of seven mayors to join the coalition along with Ron Corbett of Cedar Rapids, Jon Kruse of Storm Lake, Bob Scott of Sioux City, Jim Erb of Charles City, John Lundell of Coralville and Ed Malloy of Fairfield.

    Environmental Law - Bakken Pipeline, Iowa Waterways, Pesticides, Prescription Drugs & Animal Confinements

  • Posted on 10/25/2016 Samsung implodes with Galaxy Note 7 Battery Fires

    They call it “disruptive technology”, and that means the invention of a technology that disrupts the cash flow of a dominant and long-held business interest. Smart phones were a disruptive technology. It replaced landlines and then many home computers. The smart phone changed the way we communicate, do business and live.

    “Like almost all modern smartphones and lots of other consumer electronics, the Note 7 uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Electronics companies favor these kinds of batteries because they’re cheap, they pack plenty of power, and they don’t lose a lot of their charge over time when they’re sitting idle. Yet they have also been involved in several high-profile fire incidents, including episodes that more or less ended the hoverboard craze and caused problems with Boeing’s 787 jetliner.” Time

    The Galaxy Note 7 and the lithium battery fires have caused airlines and TSA to ban them from airline flights.

    And so while Samsung’s smart phone may have been a disruptive technology this is not the sort disruption the society appreciates.

    “For instance, faulty batteries can be overcharged. Well-made batteries will stop charging automatically once they're full, but that's not always the case for faulty batteries, Gordon told Live Science. If left plugged in for too long, the lithium ions can collect in one spot and be deposited as metallic lithium within the battery, he said. Also, heat from the overcharging can cause oxygen bubbles within the gel, which are highly reactive with metallic lithium.” Scientific American

    More to read about disruptive technologies in development

    “As of Sept. 1, Samsung is aware of 35 cases globally of lithium-ion battery malfunction, the company said in a statement.

    "In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue," the company said in the statement. The company said it would temporarily halt sales of the device, and that it would replace current Galaxy Note7 smartphones with newer, safer models in the coming weeks, Samsung added.” Scientific American

    Samsung suspends sales of Galaxy Note 7 after smartphones catch fire The Science behind Samsung Phone Battery Fires - How the Galaxy Note 7’s lithium batteries can go awry.

    Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 production as battery problems linger

    New York Times: Samsung has temporarily halted production of the Galaxy Note 7, a person familiar with the decision said today, amid reports that a number of the devices -- including replacements offered by the company -- had caught fire.

Des Moines Accident Attorney Serving All of Iowa And Answering Questions About Personal Injury Accidents

Straight talk when you need it most because "There's nothing more thrilling than nailing an insurance company!"

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. googlee76264f2c0b96d5e.html

Personal injury law is our business and for the past 30+ 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. 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.  

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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!

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. 

Professional Licensure Defense for Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses

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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