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  • Posted on 5/5/2016 Johnson & Johnson Faces Serious Issues after Recent Jury Verdict

    Johnson & Johnson has been at the center of legal battles over the connection between its talcum powder and evidence to suggest it has led to numerous cases of cancer.  The most recent lawsuit just concluded with a jury verdict in favor of the victim who claimed the company's baby powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.  The lawsuit occurred in St. Louis and the jury awarded $55 million to the victim.  Several other similar lawsuits had similar results and the company plans to appeal.  A lawyer representing some of the plaintiffs in these cases alleges that the company had documents beginning in the 1970s that indicates an association between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.  There are 1,400 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson based on its baby powder alone.  The company has faced many other legal issues in recent years, including off-label prescription-drug marketing, litigation over faulty hip and knee parts, and recalls of consumer products including children's Tylenol.

  • Posted on 5/3/2016 May 2, 2016 Compendium of Fatal Accidents in Iowa

    There are many causes of what makes a car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or bicycle crash, but after 35 years of practicing personal injury law a few things seem to stand out. You can classify most into categories that include, texting while driving, drunk driving, driving too fast (excessive speed), inattentiveness and inexperience. The teenage driver with a car load of teenage passengers is probably as much of a problem as is texting-while-driving and driving-under-the-influence (drunk driving). I know a lawyer who always bought his teenagers two-seater cars because a bunch of high schoolers squeezed into a car usually spells trouble, with a capital T. Here are news items for twenty motor vehicle accidents over the past two-weeks and just in Iowa. If you’re a teenager and you want to know how not to become a statistic read these crash reports and commit them to memory. And as always if you need help dealing with the insurance adjuster in your case give us a call.  

    Man Identified In Sac County Crash

    Rieng Lo, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on Saturday, April 23rd after his car was hit by another motorist in Sac County. Russell John Bucky, who was driving a 2007 Freightliner, struck the back of Lo’s car on Highway 20 and pushed it into a ditch where both vehicles caught fire. Bucky was not harmed in the incident. The crash is currently under investigation by the Sac County Sherriff’s Office and the Iowa State Police.

    Man Dies in Car Accident Due to Possible Medical Condition

    54-year-old Dale Vahl of Ashton died Monday, April 25th when his Peterbilt tractor trailer drove off Tyler Avenue at approximately 12:15 pm. Investigators believe that Vahl suffered a medical condition and was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor trailer was not damaged in the incident.

    One Dead in Carroll County Crash

    At approximately 1:53 pm on Monday, April 25th, a traffic accident occurred on US Highway 71 and 180th Street. Kera Ann Shriver of Jefferson was traveling southbound on US Highway 71 when she collided with a Honda Civic traveling northbound, driven by Debora Kay Claussen, 39, of Carroll. Carol Jane Roetker, 56, a passenger in the Civic, died due to her injuries in the accident. Shriver and Claussen were both transferred to St. Anthony’s for treatment of their injuries.

    Man Killed After Exiting Vehicle to Repair Tire

    Zachary Gueller, 21, of Mason City, had been driving a minivan on Highway 218 near 260th Street when he realized his vehicle had a flat tire. Mueller pulled to the side of the road and exited to minivan to investigate the tire. A truck driven by Loren Musch, 28, left the highway and moved onto the shoulder. He hit and killed Gueller and collided into the van. Multiple individuals were transported to area hospitals. This accident remains under investigation.

    Man Killed in Single Vehicle Accident Near Le Grand

    Matthew Seim, 51, of Marshalltown died in a single vehicle accident near Le Grand at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 146. Seim was traveling eastbound on Highway 30 near 2:00 am on Wednesday, April 27th. Investigations indicate he left the roadway and traveled over the median before hitting an overpass and becoming airborne. The vehicle landed on its roof and was in flames when emergency personnel arrived. Seim was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Two Injured in Highway 10 Accident

    Logan Vlotho, 21, of Ireton was driving his Volkswagen southbound on Route 10 on Thursday, April 28th at 3:45 pm. Judy Carpenter, 52, of Wagner, South Dakota, was also driving southbound on Route 10 when both cars collided. Both drivers were transported to the Hawarden Regional Healthcare Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

    Accident, Death Caused by Possible Medical Condition

    A Nissan Murano, driven by Jack Schoelerman, 75, left the road near the intersection of North Main Street and 130th Avenue. This single-car incident occurred around 10:54 a.m. Friday, April 29th. Schoelerman was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead. Authorities suspect a medical condition is to blame for the accident and death.

    One Dead in Mills County Collision

    Ismail Mulondo, 53, was driving his Chevy on Highway 34, east of 370th Street, when he crossed over into the westbound lane. Two vehicles swerved off the road to avoid Mulondo, and a third vehicle maneuvered into the eastbound lanes just as Mulondo corrected and returned to those same lanes. Mulondo collided head-on with the Ford at approximately 6:39 pm. Mulonda died and passengers from both vehicles were transported to local hospitals with injuries.

    17-Year-Old Student Dies in Car Crash

    Dakota “Cody” Gittins, 17, died in a car accident Sunday, just east of Honey Creek, Iowa. The single-car-accident occurred around 2:40 a.m. when a Ford Escort filled with teenage passengers left the roadway, went into a ditch, and rolled onto its top at 185th and Sumac Road. Several other teenagers face non-life-threatening injuries. The community is mourning Gittins, an athletic junior at Underwood High School, and an investigation is ongoing.

    20-Year-Old Dies in Rollover Accident Early Sunday Morning

    William Johns, 20, of Dorchester, died after a vehicle struggled to negotiate a curve and left Highway 76 near Dorchester Drive at around 2:19 a.m., on May 1st. The car rolled and came to a stop upside down. Johns died due to his injuries, and two others were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The accident is under investigation.

    Motorcyclist Dies After Sunday Morning Collision

    Jonathon Ihnen, 53, was driving his motorcycle on 11th Avenue SW when a vehicle driven by Linda Kunzmann pulled directly into his path, forcing the vehicles to collide. Ihnen was taken directly to Spencer Hospital, but was dead on arrival. An investigation is ongoing and charges are pending in this case.

    Excessive Speed Cited as Cause of Fatal Motorcycle Crash

    Michael Broderson, 25, was driving his motorcycle on 100 East Street in Mineral Township Sunday, April 17th. At around 4:00 pm, Broderson failed to properly negotiate a turn and skidded off the opposite side of the roadway. The motorcycle first maneuvered through approximately 300 feet of fields before becoming airborne over a drainage ditch. When the vehicle landed again, Broderson was thrown over 50 feet. Emergency personnel pronounced Broderson dead at the scene of the accident. Police speculate the cause to be excessive speed and a loss of control.

    2 Men Die in Pickup Crash in Kossuth County

    Henry Fraker, 63, and passenger David Ludwig, 65, were traveling on US Highway 18 on Monday, April 18th at around 1:45 pm. Fraker lost control of the 1999 Chevy Silverado, traveled up an embankment and flipped before hitting a utility pole. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.

    Motorcycle Rider Dies as He Allegedly Flees from Police

    Council Bluffs police attempted to stop two motorcycles at around 10:20 pm on April 19th. Both motorcycle riders fled the stop at high speeds. 18-year-old Lance McCormick lost control of his 2006 Yamaha just west of the intersection of 16th Street and Nash Boulevard. McCormick was ejected as the motorcycle went over a curb and struck a fence. McCormick was wearing a helmet and was transported to Mercy Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Preliminary reports indicate the motorcycle McCormick was riding was reported stolen on April 12th.

    Man Dies in Accident at Iowa Premium Beef

    22-year-old Roger J. Purk of Tama died early Wednesday morning after getting caught in a piece of machinery at the Iowa Premium Beef factory. Police and rescue personnel responded to a call at around 3:50 am on Wednesday, April 20th. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into this incident is ongoing.

    Two Killed in Accident with Semi

    On Thursday, April 21st, a Toyota Camry driven by Annie Kumcho Ngum, 32, of Coon Rapids stopped briefly at a stop sign on Eddyville Road before crossing over Highway 63 near Chillicothe. A semi driver traveling east on Highway 63 collided with the car, killed both Ngum and passenger Patience Ndikum Mbuh, 31, also of Coon Rapids. Witnesses noted that the semi driver appeared uninjured.

    Bicyclist Thrown Off Her Bike, Killed in Crash

    Joleen Marie Stork, 60, of Glidden, was riding her mountain bike west on County Road E-26 Friday, April 22nd. At around 6:42 pm, a Chevy Silverado driven by 83-year-old Walter James Wenck struck Stork’s bicycle. The force of the crash caused Stork to land in a north ditch. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Polk County Accident Leaves Woman Dead

    Susannah Dryer Thompson, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash early Saturday, April 23rd. The crash occurred when a Ford pickup truck traveling west on I-80 in Polk County changed lanes and collided with a semi’s trailer. The truck hit a guardrail, and both passengers were ejected as it went airborne. The man driving the truck was transported to the hospital. Charges are pending and an investigation is ongoing.

    Driver Killed in Fiery Accident

    Shortly after 6:00 am on April 23rd, on US Highway 20 in Sac County, a car and a semi were found in flames in a ditch. Both vehicles were severely burned. The driver of the car was pronounced dead, and the condition of the truck driver is unknown at this point. The semi, registered to Panama Transfer, was carrying corn herbicide and the Region 5 HAZMAT team responded to the scene. An investigation into the accident is ongoing, and the name of the deceased has not yet been released.

    Des Moines Resident Dies in Saturday Morning Crash

    Timothy Joseph Zepeda, 54, of Des Moines, was killed around 8:42 am on Saturday, April 23rd. Early indications appear that Zepeda had left his vehicle on Interstate 235 in Des Moines to retrieve an object from the roadway. He was struck by Stuart Pannkuk, 54, of Webster City. An investigation is ongoing.

  • Posted on 5/2/2016 CVS Pharmacy Recalls Tea

    CVS Pharmacy sells an organic herbal tea that it recently recalled due to notification from its supplier that it detected salmonella in one of its ingredients.  This ingredient is used in the "Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz." tea sold by CVS.  No illnesses have been reported, but CVS recalled it as a precaution.  The product has a best-by date of March 18, 2018 and a UPC code: 0-50428-541043.  The product was sold nationwide and 200 units have been recalled.  CVS is providing full refunds for any customer who purchased the product. 

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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 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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