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  • Posted on 12/17/2014 Employment Termination in Iowa Allows for Employees to Receive Generous Benefits

    If you are terminated by your employer, there are many avenues under Iowa law that allow you to be eligible for unemployment benefits.  For example, if you are terminated for "misconduct" but the employer fails to prove that the supposed conduct was intentional, you are still eligible to receive benefits.  If you decide to enroll in a training program or course of study after you are terminated from employment, you may also be eligible to receive unemployment benefits even without continuing to search for work.  The training program or courses must be related to a certain type of industry, such as IT or biotechnology (among others).  In addition, if you are in a qualifying training program, you can also apply for an extension of the regular benefits, provided you meet certain qualifications as defined by Iowa statute.  One of the qualifications is that your termination was due to a permanent reduction of operations.  If your prior employer was in the process of cutting down its number of employees to cut costs and this reduction is permanent, then you may qualify for this extension program. Iowa employees that work for organizations run by Catholic Health Initiatives may be subject to termination for these reasons in January 2015.  Call us today if you have questions about your termination from employment and would like assistance in trying to obtain unemployment benefits.

  • Posted on 12/16/2014 What to do when your company announces layoffs

    Mercy just let everyone know they are merciless and will ax 1,500 positions. Probably if they didn’t pay so much for land or to build a hospital they didn’t need then they wouldn’t be in this position. But they do and ungodly amount for land and they did build a hospital in West Des Moines and so 1,500 people must now find someplace else to work. When you get a pink slip from your Iowa job you might want to consider your options for benefits.

    Unemployment Benefits - You should be entitled to unemployment benefits, but if not keep Katrina’s phone number handy (515-222-1110) Katrina will write this week about how to get your unemployment benefits if you are a laid off Mercy health care worker.

    Work Related Injuries and Iowa Workers’ Compensation - If you were hurt on the job call me and please don’t wait to report your injury. Many clients think they are doing themselves a favor by not reporting work injuries under the work comp insurance. They think the employer will keep them on or at least not fire them if they don’t report a work injury as workers’ compensation related. Think again.

    You should immediately report all injuries that are caused by your work.

    Let me explain the box you place yourself when a work injury is covered under health insurance. Sooner or later health insurers catch on that the medical care is really from a work injury and should be covered under the workers’ compensation insurance. So the health insurer then turns around and denies the claim. But by then the 90 day reporting period has run and the workers’ compensation insurer no longer has to cover the medical care simply because the injured worker failed to report it in a timely manner.

    So please do yourself and your family a favor and immediately report your injuries.

    Mercy's parent company plans systemwide job cuts

    Catholic Health Initiatives, the national nonprofit health system that operates Mercy Health Network in Iowa, plans to cut 1,500 positions across its 18-state system, Becker's Hospital Review reported. CHI officials said the job cuts, which it plans to announce in mid-January, are partly attributable to fewer people using its services. "As a result of lower-than-expected operating and financial performance in the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, Catholic Health Initiatives and its market organizations will take action to reduce expenses across the system," CHI spokesman Michael Romano told the Denver Post, which originally reported the story. "The losses were due to a number of external and internal factors, including reduced utilization of services." Based in Englewood, Colo., CHI operates 105 hospitals in 18 states, including Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines. Although it is still unclear which positions will be cut, administrative and support staff will be the focus, according to the report.

  • Posted on 12/15/2014 Lawyers Being Asked to Pay-To-Play

    The Iowa Bar Association (lawyers not bartenders) is considering whether lawyers should be taxed, they call it a fee, for providing free legal services to those who are unrepresented. I find this to be a terrible idea.

    I am against a mandatory pay-to-play system. Taxing those with a law license to pay for society's unmet needs is an attempt to employ a political solution by adding to the already high cost of running a law practice. It is just one more nail in the coffin of being an overburdened lawyer. It will result in one more form to file, six more rules to adhere to, two more fees to pay, two hours less time in a lawyer's schedule all the while discouraging young people to want to practice law in Iowa. Iowan's like to think they are a step up from the rest of the country and know better than the rest about what is good for society. Well we aren’t so special.

    This is a slippery slope. If this measure passes, the Iowa Bar Association is no longer a bar association; it then becomes a politicial entity. Bar associations govern lawyers who solve legal problems. Unlike professional organizations, political organizations generate revenue to try and solve social problems. We are lawyers, not politicians. Politicians are elected by voters who pay taxes. We are professionals who hold a license and take a position for clients with legal problems. If the Iowa Bar Association passes this measure then as a matter of fairness the manner in which officers are elected needs to be changed to one by popular vote. That way the "lawyer voters" can toss out those who do things the "voters" don't support. Steve Lombardi, Lawyer and voluntary member of the Iowa Bar Association

    Why does everyone need a lawyer for every legal problem? Simply put, some are not deserving and don’t deserve a lawyer. Is simply being poor enough of a reason to be provided with free legal services? What about the working poor? Shouldn’t a widow with three children who works and is not technically poor be worthy of legal assistance? Why should the bar association tell me who I should provide free legal services to? That is my right having earned the degree and license to choose who I want to give my time. Not a bunch of grumpy old men and women who know nothing about the hundreds of communities throughout rural and urban Iowa where lawyers choose to live.

    Some people are poor by choice.

    Are the poor, those who are lazy or who waste their own resources, really deserving of free legal services? I agree that not all who are poor are lazy or waste their resources, but many do. The current system works just fine. Those who deserve free legal services are capable of conveying their legitimate need to a caring lawyer who then, of his/her own free will, donates their time and money to right a wrong. Taking money from lawyers will backfire because those being forced to pay will turn their phones off to those who come calling for pro bono legal services. "Sorry I already gave at the office" will be the mantra adopted. Those who want and can donate do; and those who can't or won’t don't. That is the American way. This is a tax and it is nothing more than a socialist program that promotes litigation and is being disguised as an attempt to help the poor.

    This is not a fee to manage or to insure risk of managing lawyers in a bar association; it is a social program (i.e., a socialist program). Someone wants to promote a common good rather than a legitimate cost associated with running a bar association. To do that you have to stop seeing lawyers as lawyers and begin seeing them as revenue generators. Where will this end? What are legitimate limits to what social ills the Bar Association can then strive to correct? The fee being proposed has nothing to do with practicing law. This tax is simply being used as an excuse to generate more dollars for something having little or nothing to do with running a bar assosiation or the legal work I do for my clients; simply put it is a revenue generator. When will we see a security fee for simply walking through the metal detectors at the courthouse? In fact if you used the metal detectors you could simply keep all the change in your pockets and know you got it all.

    Like Joe Holland I oppose the measure

    So let us call this what it really is. This is a tax. It is not "pay or play", but "pay to play"; because if you don't pay then they take away your license to practice law. It is forcing lawyers to pay a tax for an effort that is bound to backfire and to fail. The amount collected will pay mostly salaries and do little if anything for those who are legitimately poor and in need of legal services. The amount collected will be miniscule, the demand still unmet, and in the end the next round will “request” more money from lawyers in order to play in the legal sandbox. 

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

Straight talk when you need it most.

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 often are asked and these answers can all be found 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. 515-222-1110 or sdlombardi@aol.com. He looks forward to speaking with you.

Personal injury law is our business and for the past 30+ years Steve Lombardi has assisted hundreds of clients with personal injury. Clients come from all over Iowa, we do travel and have handled cases in most of Iowa's 99 counties. 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 telling you what you need to hear not 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 become devastating. 

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 seems 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 can help.  With over twenty-six years of experience representing civil trial clients in central Iowa, he knows the law and can achieve results for you.   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.  The doctors gave his father no real help.  For two years before his father’s death, they diagnosed a pulled muscle.  Before going to law school he had never been in a lawyer’s office, because his family couldn’t afford legal services.

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 just 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.

This week I'm stressing highway safety.  With the cold wintry weather there have been a lot of accidents, injuries and deaths on Interstate 80, 35, 235 and all the other highways in Iowa. I've been posting on some of them.

There are snow plows and Interstate Highway Workers out there and when you see one get over to the side, giving them plenty of room, stop and let them go by or get over and stay clear of the work area. Don’t challenge them or be impatient with these workers. They have a job to do and you challenging them for the road is going to get you no where fast. So back off and let those guys do their job.


Adventure Travel

The adventure travel business is big in the United States and for that matter all over the world.  In the year 2000 the estimated worldwide revenue was $154 billion and was growing at a 20% annual growth rate.  See Adventure Travel Industry Growth Statistics, Christina Heyniger, Xola Consulting. This industry is unregulated and the certifications the guides obtain are of limited comfort because the associations regulating those guiding services have no enforcement mechanism. The release documents the adventure travel customers sign completely relieves the guiding service of any wrongdoing these Generation X "kid" guides do on the trip. I've travelled all over the world and have some observations from my experience. I invite others to join in with comments and if you write to me I'll respect your privacy, if you want me to, and will use your experiences, both good and bad to make everyone aware of the pitfalls. So come join us with Adventure Travel.

Ag-Law Farm Accidents

Iowa farm families when suffering accidental injury can count on the Lombardi Law Firm to assist them in handling their insurance claims. If you need assistance with an insurance claim give us a call. We handle accidental rollover cases, highway collisions, injuries by equipment, grain dust cases, grain bin suffocation cases, explosions, burns from explosions and electric shock, electrocutions and chemical poisonings. If your accident isn't in this list, call us to see if we can assist you. For 30 years we've helped Iowans just like you to recover fairly. Call us at 515-222-1110 or write to Attorney Lombardi at sdlombardi@aol.com

Boating Accidents

Boating safety is a major concern for those who own or operate a boat on Iowa's lakes and rivers. On this site we focus on boating safety and how boaters get themselves in "hot water" with liability. If you're hurt while on the water you should immediately contact a quallified attorney and seek legal advice about how to gather and preserve the evidence you may later need to protect your rights.

Campus and School Accidents

Going to college is an exciting time in a young adult's life. But the college life is one where freedom causes those not yet ready for responsibility to experiment with the bounds of reason leading to unique ways people are injured. Join us at Lombardi Law Firm as we catalogue the university milieu and personal injury in America.

Car and Tractor Trailer Accidents

Although tractor trailers are a vital part of the American economy, their presence on the roads presents a significant problem while car drivers fail to respect them. 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.

Car Damage Property Accident Lawyer

With over 30 years of Iowa property damage and personal injury accident law we provide the law experience you need to maximize your personal injury recovery in any property damage case. If you have questions about property damage here are the answers to your questions. Due in part to the number of questions we get about property damage and how to settle the property claim after an accident the Lombardi Law Firm has created this page with a list of commonly asked questions. If your suit has significant personal injury or death claims we invite you to contact us about your case, but due to the time involved in answering questions (and the fact we still have to pay the bills around here) we do not allow non-client questions for just property damage. Clients may contact us at 515-222-1110 or 800-383-0331 or sdlombardi@aol.com.

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.

Construction Site Personal Injury Accidents

Construction Site Personal Injury Accidents - Despite attempts to improve safety at construction sites by updating the regulations about equipment and producing detailed safety information, construction sites remain one of the most dangerous workplaces. If you are injured while working on a construction site, contact personal injury attorney Steve Lombardi as soon as possible to help with getting the relief you’re owed.

Criminal Law

Criminal law in Iowa is an interesting exercise in police power and the State of Iowa flexing it's muscle to collect fines and police the state. If we can help you find the right legal counsel to defend you against criminal charges contact Attorney Steve Lombardi at sdlombardi@aol.com or 515-222-1110. 

Dog Bite Accident Lawyer

With over 30 years of Iowa personal injury accident law we provide the law experience you need to maximize your personal injury recovery in any dog bite case.

Drunk Driving Iowa Personal Injury Accidents

Drunk Driving, Alcohol and Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Accidents in Iowa

Guns & Handgun Rights

If you want to carry or (buy) acquire a handgun, rifle, or revolver and you’re running into obstacles, the Lombardi Law Firm is here to help.  Based in Polk County, Iowa, lawyers Steve Lombardi and Katrina Schaefer practice statewide and are prepared to guide you through the getting, keeping, or renewing your permit to acquire or permit to carry weapons. And if you are a gun owner and need legal help we are here to help you with your legal problems.

Here are some of the services we can provide:

  • We can help you apply for a permit to acquire.  If you don’t already have a permit to carry, then you need to get a permit to acquire if you want to get a pistol or revolver. This is a fairly simple process.
  • We can help you apply for a permit to carry.  If you want to carry a loaded firearm in public in Iowa, you need a permit to carry.   We can help you apply.  Need help becoming eligible?  We can help.  Need to know what rights your permit to carry gives you?  We can help you there too. We can also direct you to where to take the concealed or carry permit instruction course.
  • We can defend you if you’ve brought your gun somewhere you shouldn’t have.  Did you bring your gun into a business that has a policy against guns?  Are you facing a trespass charge for being ready to defend yourself?  Need to know whether your firearm needs to be concealed or whether you can carry it openly?   Come to us to and we can help you protect your gun rights.
  • We can help you if your permit has been denied, suspended or revoked.  Maybe you’ve run into trouble with the application process, or maybe you just received notice that an annual background check has placed your right to bear arms in danger.  You can appeal any decision to deny, suspend or revoke your permit to acquire or permit to carry.  And we can help.

Hip & Knee Implants

Hip and knee replacement devices have come under increasing scrutiny in the last few years, as manufacturers began to recall certain types of these implants. One type of hip implant, and perhaps the most controversial at this time, is called a metal-on-metal bearing. With knees we're starting to see Zimmer's NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component product questions.

I-35 I-80 I-235 I-380 Collisions/Accidents

Interstate highways 80, 35 and 235 personal injury lawyer teams up with lawyers from Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas and all other states to provide information to those injured or the families of those killed in accidents and crashes with semi-trucks, motorcycles, cars, SUV's, mini-vans and those working on the highways (State Troopers, highway workers, DOT maintenance workers and others. ) Contact any of these firms for assistance. Steve Lombardi, 1300 – 37th Street, Suite 6, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (515)222-1110.

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.

Motorcycle, Bike and ATV Accident Lawyer

With over 30 years of Iowa personal injury accident law we provide the law experience you need to maximize your personal injury recovery.

Lottery, Gaming and Games of Chance

Winning the Lottery is more than Just Dumb Luck. - You can’t win a lottery without turning in a ticket.

As much as you may want to think this is about fairness, it’s not; it’s about playing by the rules you agreed to when you bought a lottery ticket that is later picked as having the winning numbers.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking you won the lottery when you can’t produce the winning ticket. To win the lottery you have to do several things.

  1. Be old enough to legally play the game.
  2. Buy the winning ticket.
  3. Buy the ticket during the time period when the game is active.
  4. Possess the winning ticket. (Can be by gift or other legitimate means. Just not stolen.)
  5. Sign the winning ticket.
  6. Turn the ticket in by the deadline for validation.
  7. Actually turn the ticket into the Iowa lottery.
  8. Have the ticket be validated by the lottery’s machinery.
  9. Don’t engage in fraud or theft to possess the winning ticket.
  10. Don’t wait to turn in the winning ticket if the economy is in down market because the value of the winning prize will probably decline.

The Iowa Lottery recently had a drawing named Hot Lotto that was sold at a Des Moines convenience store with the winning number being drawn on December 29, 2010. That meant the winning number had to be turned in on or before December 29, 2011. It was, but barely.

Pedestrian Collisions Causing Injury and Death

Pedestrian accidents can have many causes. Pedestrian accidents are caused by inattentive drivers, crossing in the wrong place, listening to an iPod or other MP3 device, the weather or a whole assortment of other facts. Lombardi Law Firm explores the many facets of pedestrian accidents. Come join us. Clients may contact us at 515-222-1110 or sdlombardi@aol.com.

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.

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 sdlombardi@aol.com


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. 

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.

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.

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Steve Lombardi
Iowa civil trial, workers' compensation and personal injury lawyer