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  • Posted on 12/5/2016 Why We Cannot Predict How Long Your Worker's Compensation Case Will Last

    Many clients ask how long it will take for their worker's compensation claim to be completed, when they will get their money, and when they will be done with the process.  Unfortunately there is never a good answer to this question, often leaving clients frustrated or unprepared for what is involved in the process.  Even when we explain the unpredicability of how long the process will take, some clients still believe it will be over in a few months and become frustrated again when that does not happen.

    Several factors contribute to the length of the worker's compensation claim, with the main contributing factor being the course of the client's medical treatment.  If a client comes to us at the beginning of treatment, or somewhere in the middle and there is a long road of treatment ahead, there is nothing we can do as attorneys to speed up the process and we cannot move toward settlement until you are done treating, or have reached what is called "maximum medical improvement." Until the client has reached this point, as determined by the worker's compensation authorized treating physicians, there is no way to determine the extent of the client's disability in order to evaluate the claim for a settlement demand amount.

    Other factors that go into determining the length of the claim process includes the responsiveness of the defense attorney and/or insurance adjuster.  We are often met with resistance and delays that we cannot control.  Even once we have set a hearing date (the end result in a worker's compensation claim), it is possible that the hearing date will be continued if there are unforeseen factors that come up or if the client needs additional treatment before reaching maximum medical improvement.  Once a hearing date is set, certain deadlines are put in place that do help move the case along and possibly to settlement before the hearing date, but we often continue negotiations right up to the hearing date and there is no way to predict when or if the case will settle before hearing.

    While there are no concrete answers we can give to clients, it is important for them to understand this before agreeing to move forward with filing a worker's compensation claim. The process can be long and frustrating, but our goal is to ultimately obtain the best settlement possible for our clients, no matter how long that may take.

  • Posted on 12/2/2016 Brain Injuries in Young Children May Result in Attention Problems

    New studies show strong evidence that children who suffer a traumatic brain injury will likely suffer permanent attention deficits.  This type of attention problem is seen in adults who suffer a TBI, but for children such lapses in attention are related to a negative effect on the child's intelligence and behavior over the long-term.  The study revealed that children who suffer a TBI at an early age end up with attention problems, internalized anxiety, and/or higher rates of aggression.  The children's reaction times were also slower.  Children with moderate to severe TBI also scored lower on IQ tests than children with mild TBI.  There is no clear treatment for this issue and the only sure way to prevent it is to protect children from ever getting a brain injury in the first place.

  • Posted on 12/1/2016 The Big Yellow School Bus

    In what can only be described as “What were you doing?” a young man drives right into the rear of a stopped car as it waits for the school bus to move. Wasn’t it big enough? Bright enough? Lights on? What did you need to see it? And then what were you doing while driving that you didn’t see it?

    Powershiek County, Iowa – This is a rear-ender on Highway 6 in Iowa at 3:39 PM, right after school gets out. Who is described as a “juvenile male” is driving a Chevy Impala, comes up behind Kitty Sue Wagner from Ladora, and rear-ends her Ford Escape as she’s stopped waiting for a school bus. Ms. Wagner who is 63 is injured in the accident and taken to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines via the Mercy helicopter.

    Causation is multi-faceted and would likely include the cell phone, if any, of the young juvenile male. The burning question of the days is, why didn’t you see a car stopped in front of you, the one behind a big yellow school bus with lights flashing? What was the distraction that was so important? There is a pretty good photograph taken by Duane MClun in the Des Moines Register article. From the images it appears the Wagner car was overturned by the impact.




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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