Two-Vehicle Collision Kills 1

A car passenger traveling east on Highway 163 died from the injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon, August 22.

Iowa State Patrol confirmed that 23-year-old woman from Cedar, Iowa, was in a car driven by a man, also of Cedar, when the vehicle rear-ended a commercial truck. The larger truck was speeding up after merging onto the roadway in the left lane of traffic, heading east on Highway 163 near Bayard Avenue. Officers do believe excessive speed was a factor in the accident. Unfortunately, the woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact.

The passenger was declared dead at the scene by a state medical examiner, and the driver of the Saturn was brought to Pella Regional Health Center for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact, which likely saved his life. The commercial vehicle driver was unharmed, but there were over two hours of delay as crews worked to clear the road.

Although the commercial truck driver did not sustain serious injuries in this case, truck drivers are hurt on the job all too often. If you sustain injuries on the job, the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help. Contact us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Commercial Air Conditioner Falls off Truck, Kills One

A heavy-duty, 3,200-pound  air conditioner, has fallen off a truck, and crushed an employee working at a Pennsylvania plant, for a Wisconsin company, on Wednesday, July 27th.

Jennifer Wright, a 37-year-old West York woman, was assisting in loading the unit onto a trailer at a Johnson Controls plant in Spring Garden Township when it fell off the pallet and landed on her. She was retrieved from underneath the equipment and taken to a hospital, where she died. Wright’s death has been classified as work-related by the York County Coroner Pam Gay and the autopsy was scheduled for the following Friday. Wright was a temporary employee of the Wisconsin-based company and Johnson Controls is deeply saddened by Wright’s death.

The attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. understand that workplace death occurs far too often and are standing by to treat your case with respect and compassion. Their thoughts go out to the victim and her loved ones.



Iowa Farming Industry Continues with Highest Fatalities

Last year Iowa was declared by the Iowa Department of Public Health to have the highest rate of worker fatalities in the entire Midwest. It is no secret that agriculture plays an important role in the state’s economy, with major industries including forestry, fishing, and hunting. But agricultural workers continue to be subjected to a number of hazards that put them at high risk for injury and death.

There are other factors that make Iowa in particular dangerous in these industries. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa employs a large number of older individuals, and has a lack of safety equipment. On top of this, farming involves long hours, working with large equipment, and dealing with a number of chemicals. Agricultural workers are exposed to numerous health hazards that include:

  • Respiratory Risks
  • Skin Disorders
  • Cancers
  • Hearing Loss
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Overheating

The significant risks that farmers are subject to can often be prevented, but the necessary precautions are often not taken to protect the workers in the field.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys believe that the health of farm workers needs to be protected, and are here to help anyone who has suffered from work-related injury. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed on the job, then contacting out legal team can help you receive the financial support to help recovery. Contact our offices today at 877-327-2600.



Truck driver discovered hours after I-80 crash

Rescue workers found an overturned semi-trailer and an injured driver on I-80, west of the Grand Prairie Parkway exit near Waukee on June 15.

Officials believe the truck, which was hauling lettuce and strawberries, went into the median and dropped thirty feet between two bridges, landing upside down in Sugar Creek. “We had some construction workers working on the north side of the bridge, and they saw a semi-trailer down in the river,” said Iowa State Trooper Tracy Bohlen. “And they did find the driver laying out in the water, halfway up on a couple pallets.” Troopers said the driver suffered from a broken leg, but was able to talk and stand. The driver, a California man, told rescuers that he crashed around 4 a.m.

If you are in need of legal counsel after suffering from a serious injury, you can rely on the Des Moines personal injury attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. to help you file a claim and receive compensation. Contact us today at 877-327-2600 to discuss the details of your situation.



OSHA requiring employers to improve safety by collecting injury data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now requiring employers, especially those in high-hazard industries, to disclose all incidents of work-related injuries in an attempt to improve workplace safety.

In the new rule issued by OSHA, the workplace injuries or illnesses already required to be recorded by employers will be posted on OSHA’s official website. The new policy is intended to urge employers to maintain their facilities to prevent injuries and illnesses. Job seekers are expected to benefit from the publicly posted injury data of employers because they can choose workplaces with low injury rates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that over 3 million workers sustain workplace injuries yearly. The new OSHA policy is expected to take effect on August 10.

The lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. understand that many workers experience a financial loss as a result of sustaining injuries in the workplace. If you are in such a situation, our firm may be able to help you earn the workers’ compensation you need for recovery. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your legal options.



Man killed in tower tank accident in Sergeant Bluff

According to a news report by the Sioux City Journal, an accident on a construction site at CF Industries in Sergeant Bluff resulted in the death of a 44-year-old man from Tecumseh. The incident happened at around 2:40 p.m. on March 19, according to a news release from the Woodbury County Sheriff.

Two men were working at a tower tank when the accident occurred. They were entrapped in the confined space, according to ktiv.com, and the 44-year-old man was left unconscious, while the other worker was able to escape and was taken to Mercy Medical Center.

A spokesperson for CF Industries stated that the area of the accident is currently not in use and is not dangerous to employees and contractors.

The incident is subject to further investigation.



Is your shoulder injury covered under Iowa’s workers’ comp law?

Shoulder injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by employees. The types of injuries associated with shoulder joints range from mildly uncomfortable to severely painful, but any variation of discomfort may affect a worker’s ability to perform job-related tasks. The most frequently reported types of shoulder injuries are:

  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

An employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if the shoulder injury or shoulder pain was cause by the performance of job-related duties or a workplace accident. The employer’s insurance must pay for all the medical bills associated with the injury. Income replacement benefits may be provided when the employee needs to adjust work duties, is unable to return to work, or is permanently affected by the injury.

If you sustained a shoulder injury in a workplace accident or during your employment, please get in touch with our workers’ compensation lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. to learn about your legal options. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 today.



Trench collapse kills Colfax man

According to Des Moines Register, a 30-year-old man passed away after being trapped in a trench collapse on January 6 at a construction site in Altoona. The news release showed that the victim was under JRS Excavating and that the accident happened at around 8:15 a.m.

Altoona Police Sergeant Jason Ferguson said that they responded to a call at a site located north of the Fifth Avenue Northwest and Adventureland Drive intersection. They found the worker, who was part of a team involved in the digging of the trench and excavation work being done for a sewer pipe, buried after the walls of the trench collapsed.

Emergency responders spent hours working to rescue the worker, but were unable to do so as the tunnel they were attempting to dig in order to reach him repeatedly collapsed. Eventually the team recovered the man’s body at around 2:30 in the afternoon.

Jens Nissen, the administrator of Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, stated that the objective now was to see whether the employer obeyed the construction and excavation laws. Citations will be given if violations are confirmed.



Worker dies after Buffalo quarry accident

The Quad-City Times reported that a worker at a cement company died after an accident at Continental Cement Co. on December 15. A Medic ambulance and the authorities from Buffalo Police and Fire Departments were called to the scene of the accident at around 3:00 p.m. when a man suffered head trauma after he was hit by a falling boom, reports stated.

According to a Buffalo officer, the man was doing contract work for the Lafarge company at the time of the accident. The boom malfunctioned while being lowered and fell, causing the man to be trapped under the heavy piece of machinery. Sergeant Alex Gries of the Buffalo PD said that the victim appeared to be in stable condition when responders arrived and was taken to a hospital.

Unfortunately, the worker sustained serious damage to his head, neck, and chest, and he died of his injuries after being transported to General East Hospital in Davenport.

The accident is being investigated by officials including the Mine Safety and Health Administration.



Types of workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa

Iowa employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees. The three types of workers’ compensation benefits are as follows:

  1. Medical Benefits – Any medical care that an employee requires as a result of a workplace injury will be paid for by the employer and insurance provider. The employer has the autonomy to choose the doctor. The employer and insurance provider must reimburse the employee for any travel expenses (fuel) associated with medical appointments.
  2. Permanency Benefits – An employee may receive permanent partial disability benefits after sustaining a permanent injury, and it is provided based on the degree of the disability and the earning capacity of the employee thereafter.
  3. Wage Replacement Benefits – Any wages that are lost as a result of your workplace injury will be paid for by your employer and insurance provider. This also makes up for wages that would be made otherwise if the employee must work fewer hours for a certain period of time after the injury.

If you are in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Iowa, consult with our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C.. Don’t hesitate to call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600.



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