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  • Posted on 7/26/2016 Fatal Bike Crashes Continue in Iowa

    Iowa bike crash fatalities are still on the rise, with the eighth fatality this year occurring on July 19.  58-year old Dan Lehn, a professor at Coe College, was hit and killed early Tuesday morning by a pick-up truck at the intersection of Highway 965 and Meadow Road NE in Johnson County.  From 2011 to 2015, there were only four bike fatalities each year according to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.  They also stated that half of bike fatalities are caused by motor vehicles failing to yield when passing the bicyclist.  The Coalition is working to pass laws that will require drivers to change lanes before passing and that will increase the penalties for drivers violating the rules of the road that were meant to protect bicyclists.  Iowa's RAGBRAI is set to begin next week and bicyclists will be on the roads in greater numbers, requiring drivers to keep a closer lookout and safer distance to ensure against further deaths of bicyclists.

  • Posted on 7/25/2016 When does Worker's Compensation Cover Assaults at the Workplace?

    Worker's Compensation is generally meant to provide coverage to employees who are injured on the job, either during one specific incident that caused injury, for example a broken leg, or for a cumulative injury that was caused over time from repetitive work movements.  Some may be surprised to learn that worker's compensation coverage also covers injuries sustained by an employee when another employee assaults him or her at work.  There are very strict criteria that must be met for this type of injury to be compensable, but if the injured employee was at the workplace during his or her shift, doing assigned work, and he or she is hit or assaulted by a co-employee without reason, the injured employee will be covered by worker's compensation for the treatment of the resulting injuries.  Iowa Code excludes injuries suffered by an employee in this case only when the third party's actions were directed at the employee for reasons personal to that injured employee; that is, if the third party hit the employee because the employee previously assaulted the third party and there was a specific reason to hit that employee, the injured employee will not be covered. But if the third party simply lashed out and the employee happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, the injured employee will be covered.  This area of worker's compensation coverage can be very subjective as the motivations of the assaulter are not always clear. Yet such assaults can cause significant bodily injury and employees who are subject to this type of incident should know their rights and their entitlement to worker's compensation.



    Call us today if you have suffered injuries at work as a result of a third party assault. 515-222-1110.

  • Posted on 7/22/2016 Serious Crash on Iowa Highway 20 Leaves one Dead

    Early in the morning of July 11, 2016, a tractor-trailer driven by 34-year old Lucas Lodermeier of Zearing, Iowa collided with the back of another tractor-trailer that had rolled and landed on its side on the shoulder of Highway 20 traveling westbound.  Mr. Lodermeier's seat belt cut on impact and he was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the tractor that rolled, 30-year old Alberto Sosa and his passenger, 27-year old Martin Feliz, were both injured and taken to the hospital by ambulance.  It is unclear who owned the tractor-trailers that each party was driving, but there is likely a worker's compensation claim involved if they were working as truck drivers at the time of the accident.  It is also unclear what caused the first tractor-trailer to lose control and roll onto its passenger side on the side of the road.  News sources report that the deceased, Mr. Lodermeier, died one day before his wife gave birth to their third child.

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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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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