Posted on November 17th, 2013
In a statement released on Tuesday, November 12, the White House opposed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act, which is designed to increase the transparency of asbestos bankruptcy trusts, claiming that the measure was established on a false assumption of prevalent fraudulent deals in the trusts’ system.
The statement added that the FACT Act would expose vital information of individuals who had taken legal action for asbestos-related injuries or illnesses to the public, making them at risk of privacy violations.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various insurance groups believe that the FACT Act would end duplicated asbestos-related claims and ensure assets for the benefit of future asbestos claimants by requiring asbestos trusts to make additional information about the victims’ claim publicly available.
An individual planning to file an asbestos-related complaint against an employer might find himself confused regarding the legal intricacies, making it necessary to have an effective legal team equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully handle asbestos lawsuits. If you are planning to file a lawsuit due to asbestos-related illnesses in Iowa, our lawyers from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., are ready to help. Call us at 877-327-2600 to seek legal advice.
Posted on October 25th, 2013
The former University of California Davis police officer who pepper sprayed protesters in 2011 will receive workers’ compensation, according to a report released on October 23.
The University of California will have to pay former police officer John Pike $38,055 worth of workers’ compensation after he claimed that he became depressed and anxious from death threats that he received after the university incident.
Pike’s disability was confirmed by a psychiatrist, who said the former policeman experienced “significant emotional upheavals.”
Spokesman Andy Fell said that the case was settled following the process of state law and workers’ comp.
In November 2011, outrage erupted on campus after a video of Pike pepper spraying peaceful protesters went viral. Each victim of the spraying received $30,000 for their personal injury.
If you or a loved one have been wrongfully treated by a past employer, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., in Des Moines today by calling 877-327-2600 to find out how we may help you.
Posted on October 2nd, 2013
According to an article on The Province, men under the age of 25 are far more likely to be involved in workplace injury than older workers or their female counterparts. 3.1% of male workers are injured on the job, although the overall rate is 2.3%.
Many experts speculate that this is because young men are more likely to work in more physically dangerous industries (such as oil or construction) than women and older men.
Others conclude that lack of experience, knowledge, and training may also contribute to the data. Since young employees have spent less time on the job than their older counterparts, they may not have gained the skills necessary to avoid potentially harmful situations.
Workplace injuries affecting young men or any other workers can be devastating, and may result in permanent disability and hefty medical expenses. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call 827-327-2600 for a free consultation with our Des Moines attorneys at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., today.
Posted on September 17th, 2013
An excavator operator sustained injuries after his machine fell through the floor and landed on the basement of Spirit Lake City Hall on Tuesday morning, September 11.
The excavating machine that was being used to demolish the old building fell through and landed on its side at around 9:30 a.m., Sioux City television station KTIV reports.
The unnamed operator received treatment for multiple cuts caused by broken glass on a local hospital. Work was resumed after the excavator was removed a day after the accident.
Being injured at work can cause serious injuries and the accrual of burdensome medical bills. Fortunately, with the help of a lawyer from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., injured workers in Des Moines can pursue the workers’ compensation benefits that they need. Call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss filing a claim and how we can help.
Posted on September 6th, 2013
Workplace injuries can be hard on you in many ways. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do in order to better prevent these injuries from happening. Here are some tips to avoid common back, leg, neck, and knee injuries:
- About 5 minutes of daily morning stretches helps loosen your muscles and stretch your body.
- Know how to properly lift and what specific lifting techniques are best.
- Stand close to the load you’re lifting with your feet shoulder width apart.
- When squatting down, keep your back in neutral posture.
- Make sure your grip is firm before attempting to pick up the load.
- Always lift with your legs.
- Spread out your loads in order to better ease the strain on your back.
If you work in an office, here are a few steps you can take to ease your back:
- Sit in a chair with a straight back and/or low back support.
- Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips. You can do this by adjusting your seat or using a stool beneath your feet.
Unfortunately, many workplace injuries cannot be prevented, leaving workers injured and in need of financial assistance. To get help filing your workers’ compensation claim in Des Moines after being injured at work, contact a lawyer from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., at 877-327-2600.
Posted on August 13th, 2013
A construction worker from Marshalltown was critically injured while working at interstate 80/35 at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 5. The Iowa State Patrol reported that 50-year-old construction worker Trinidad Banderas was run over by an excavator due to poor visibility.
Iowa Department of Transportation spokesperson Andy Loonan says because of heavy traffic in the day time, it was necessary for workers to do their jobs at night so they can stop traffic on chosen lanes of the road when there are fewer cars. Loonan also warned people about the dangers of working in construction areas and cautioned drivers on the necessity of driving carefully in these areas.
If you or someone you know has been injured on-the-job in Des Moines, our attorneys at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., can potentially help you fight for the compensation you need. Discuss your options by calling 877-327-2600 today.
Posted on July 29th, 2013
A study released by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based think tank Workers Compensation Research Institute showed that prices for common outpatient hospital knee and shoulder injuries usually cost more when they are paid for via workers’ compensation insurance versus employer-sponsored group health plans. The study was based on data they gathered in 16 states in 2008.
Employers buy workers’ compensation insurance to serve as financial assistance for employees who get sick or injured due to the performance of their day-to-day work duties. This insurance will typically include medical costs and partial replacement of the income that the employee should have been earning had they not been incapacitated.
Employers’ premiums, on the other hand, are calculated based on the size of an employee’s salary and the number of illnesses and injuries in this particular industry.
In Iowa, workers’ compensation insurers paid $8,586 for an average shoulder surgery, which is 50 percent more than what group health care plans paid in 2008.
If you need legal help filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact our lawyers at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.
Posted on July 25th, 2013
Authorities are currently investigating an electrical explosion that happened on July 20 in a northwestern Iowa manufacturing plant that resulted in five people sustaining burns. They are trying to find out what could have caused the blast.
Workers at the Timewell Tile plant in Sibley were transferring some power lines to another set of transformers when the explosion occurred, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s office.
Five men sustained extensive burns in the incident, Lt. Seth Hoffman said. The names of the workers were not released, but authorities did state that two were from Timewell and three were from Current Electric.
If you are involved in an accident in the workplace in Iowa, you may be owed workers’ compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of a skilled lawyer from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., in getting these benefits by calling 877-327-2600.
Posted on July 15th, 2013
Outpatient shoulder and knee surgeries often cost more when filed under workers’ compensation insurance than under employer-sponsored group health plans, a study sponsored by the Workers Compensation Research Institute showed.
Two-thirds of the states studied by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit think tank, based on data they collected in 2008, showed that worker compensation payments were greater than those of group health. Also according to the report, workers’ compensation treatment costs were exceptionally high in Iowa ($8,586 for a normal shoulder surgery, 50 percent more than group health care plans), New Jersey ($7,323, whereas group health plans pay only $4,583, which makes the workers’ comp rate 37 percent more), and Virginia ($11,321, which is more than twice the $5,279 paid for by group health plans).
A possible reason for this may have something to do with workers’ compensation insurers having less bargaining power in price negotiations with hospitals than private insurers.
At LaMarca & Landry, P.C., our attorneys work diligently to make sure people, like you, get the financial assistance through workers’ compensation that they need. Call 877-327-2600 to get the legal representation you need in such matters.