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  • Posted on 8/26/2016 Iowa Fatal Crashes Increasing

    The number of fatal crashes in Iowa has increased since last year.  There have so far been 239 deadly crashes in 2016 alone, 45 more than last year.  Iowa State Trooper Scott Miller said that speeding is a large cause of these accidents.  Another huge contributing factor is distracted driving, caused particularly by people using their phones to text while driving.  the Iowa DOT has produced statistics to show the number of crashes caused by distracted driving. People continue to look down at their phones while driving, failing to pay attention to the road in front of them and failing to avoid hazards that could be avoided had they kept their eyes on the road.  This combined with high speeds and sometimes alcohol will inevitably lead to disaster and further fatal crashes in Iowa.

  • Posted on 8/25/2016 Iowa Legal News

    Today we will simply report the news as simply "news items" because to get into this issue about student loans is one I don’t enjoy. If you are borrowing student loans get some advice before running up a lot of debt. Student loans are not the gravy train you may be led to believe.

    Employees of some nonprofits get notified they don't qualify for student loan forgiveness program

    Some nonprofit employees counting on the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program recently received word that they don’t qualify, for reasons that remain unclear. The change might be related to an employer’s tax status. Part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, the PSLF program includes charitable nonprofit employers that under the Internal Revenue Code have 501(c)(3) status.

    ABA Journal

    Iowa Supreme Court considers Cedar Rapids woman's $75 traffic camera ticket

    A Cedar Rapids woman was zipping down Interstate 380 in her Ford Mustang, clocked at 68 mph in a 55 zone, one day in February 2015. It was all caught on a traffic camera, and Marla Leaf, 65, soon found a $75 ticket in her mailbox. Except, Leaf was driving cautiously because earlier that day an icy and "very slick” I-380 had caused accidents and it was still icy on her return, she testified.

    The Cedar Rapids Gazette

    New Iowa law on court debt aims to keep drivers on road

    Thousands of Iowans threatened with the loss of their driver's license could legally stay on the road under a new state law scheduled to take effect July 1. The legislation signed by Gov. Terry Branstad last week includes provisions to help motorists who don't pose a threat to public safety but who are having difficulty paying fines and other court debts, said Mark Lowe, director of driver's services for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

    The Des Moines Register

  • Posted on 8/24/2016 What can you do to stop thieves from hacking your cars keyless entry?

    Apparently the device costs just $30.00 and it will unlock just about any keyless entry car, says Road and Track magazine reporter Bob Sorokanich. Hacker's $30 Device Unlocks Just About Any Keyless Entry Car

    What is a Faraday Cage?

    "As TechInsider reports, Kamkar's latest toy takes advantage of a rather old vulnerability in car keyless entry systems. Most remotes use rolling codes to communicate with the car—meaning that the remote sends a different coded signal every time you push the button. This is meant to prevent bad guys from copying the remote's code to create a dummy remote. Most remote garage door openers operate on the same principle. 

    But there's a catch: Most automakers don't set an expiration date for the previously-used codes. While a single code can't be used twice, if a code never reaches the car in the first place, it's still valid.

    That's where Kamkar's little device comes in. Named RollJam, the wallet-sized gizmo can be hidden on or underneath the target car. When the owner pushes the remote unlock button, the device detects the remote signal and jams it, preventing the car from hearing the signal. Since the car hasn't unlocked, the owner pushes the Unlock button a second time. The RollJam device records the second code, and sends the first code to the car. The car is unlocked, but the device has a stolen second code that never reached the car—one that can be used at a later date by the bad guys to unlock the car.

    There is another story in Wired titled, Radio Attack Lets Hackers Steal 24 Different Car Models, where you can read the list of cars and models vulnerable to this type of hack. This article also has an illustration of the device and how it works."

    For car owners who want to protect themselves against keyless-entry hacks, though, experts say there are precautions you can take.

    "Stefan Savage, a University of California, San Diego computer science and engineering professor and a staffer at the Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security, says that keeping your keys in a metal box, or carrying them in a wallet or purse designed to thwart hacks of passports with radio-frequency ID chips, could do the trick. Some key-holder products that claim to act as effective Faraday cages are the Fob Guard pouch and cases or wallets by Silent Pocket.

    Bottom line is this; electronic key fobs are capable of being hacked by thieves who can then open your car doors at-will, when your car is publically available. They can even do this while the key fob is in your house and not in use.

    Thieves are using signal amplifiers to take the faint whisper from the key fob in your house and amplify it to make it heard by your car as if it was right in their hands."

    What is a FobGuard? You might want to know. $29.95, but then again there is a less expensive option.

    Protect your car and its contents with this high quality "faraday cage" fob pouch - proudly made in the USA. Buy one for each of your key fobs.

    This is mind boggling. Known in the industry as the proximity keyless entry exploit, aka Relay Hack.

    So is it worth $29.95 to protect against this hack? Well, what if you could protect against the same hack for only a few dollars? How about $4.00?

    Watch this video to learn how. Keep Hackers Out of Your Car With This Relay Hack Blocker


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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