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State orders Tina Fey to pay thousands of dollars for unpaid workers’ comp insurance

Posted on April 8th, 2014 No Comments

Tina Fey owes the state $79,000 over unpaid workers’ comp insurance for two years, an online report revealed on Friday March 28.

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board ruled that the actress-comedienne had not carried workers’ comp insurance from November 2012 until February of this year. However, Tina’s spokesperson, Cara Tripicchio, said the actress never failed to pay for workers’ comp insurance for all her employees, and added that a clerical error with the board resulted in the notifications being delivered to a different address.

If you were a worker injured while on the job and struggling to get the workers’ compensation insurance benefits you need, call (877) 327-2600. Our lawyers at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., help people in Des Moines file workers’ comp claims and get the benefits they need. We may be able to help you.

Investigation over a Storm Lake plant fire might last a few days

Posted on March 28th, 2014 No Comments

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office has stated that an investigation over a fire at a turkey processing plant in Storm Lake may last for quite a few days, according to an online report published Monday, March 24.

In a statement, the Storm Lake Department of Public Safety said firefighters from Storm Lake rushed to Hillshire Brands turkey processing plant after a fire alarm sounded at about 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. The firefighters got the fire under control after three hours, though they didn’t leave the scene until all the flames were completely extinguished at around 1:15 p.m.

No civilians were injured in the fire, though one firefighter did reportedly sustain a shoulder injury.

When you sustain a workplace-related injury in Des Moines, our legal team at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., knows how difficult recovery can be. Fortunately, you might be owed workers’ compensation insurance benefits, so call us at (877) 327-2600 to discuss your situation and find out how we may be able to help.

Groups oppose OSHA’s proposed reporting rule

Posted on March 18th, 2014 No Comments

The Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS) recently issued a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Monday, March 10 opposing OSHA’s new proposal to require employers with more than 250 employees to electronically report any injury at work.

OSHA said electronic reporting would allow up-to-date and efficient access to accident data by the public. However, RIMS said it would compel employers not to report minor work-related injuries to maintain low workplace accident rates.

Groups opposing the bill also stated it would make the employers vulnerable to privacy concerns.

If you have a pending workers’ compensation claim, getting help through the process can be critical to getting a positive response. The lawyers from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., can help anyone in Des Moines who has been injured at work understand this process and their rights to workers’ compensation insurance. Call us at 877-327-2600 to find out more about how we can help you.

Small business owners expect workers safety issues will get their attention this year

Posted on February 27th, 2014 No Comments

A survey conducted by small business insurance specialist Employers has found that most small business owners think they will be spending much of their time dealing with workplace safety issues in 2014.

In the online report released Monday, February 17, 35% of employers stated that they believe they will be addressing workplace safety risk more than any other business risks, such as professional liability, natural disasters and cyber security. The survey further revealad that 4 of 5 respondents believe they are not that ready to face common workplace safety issues, such as fires, explosions, trips, and falls.

The survey involved 502 small businesses with 100 employees or less.

With years of experience helping injured workers from Des Moines, our team at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., is prepared to assist you in the arduous process of obtaining workers’ compensation. Call us at 877-327-2600 if you have been injured in your workplace and want to claim workers’ comp benefits.

Court fines Uma Thurman $72,000 for failure to obtain workers’ compensation insurance

Posted on February 15th, 2014 No Comments

Kill Bill star Uma Thurman was ordered by a court to pay $72,000 after failing to provide a year of workers’ compensation for her employees, a report by the Daily Mail revealed on Wednesday, February 5.

According to the report, the Workmen’s Compensation Board in the State of New York found that the 43-year-old actress had neglected her duty to provide workers’ compensation insurance for her workers between December 2011 and December 2012, which resulted in a fine of $72,000.

Many employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in order to provide workers injured on the job with financial assistance. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for people in Des Moines to get the workers’ comp they need, as our lawyers at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., know. Call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation and how we can help today.

Woman denied workers’ compensation benefits following state decision

Posted on February 5th, 2014 No Comments

A woman lost her workers’ compensation case after filing for permanent disability benefits due to psychological anguish she sustained in a workplace incident, a report published by the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Thursday, January 30, stated.

In March 2010, around 15 workers were rushed to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic (UIHC) after approximately 30 gallons of liquid ammonia leaked in a West Liberty Foods processing plant. Among the workers was Maria Cruz, who claims she has suffered from permanent emotional trauma after being undressed in front of other people to be hosed down as a decontamination procedure.

The State of Iowa has denied Cruz her permanent disability claim after Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner William Grell ruled on January 15 that Cruz can still perform her work duties despite the incident. Grell added that none of the mental health professionals have placed a work restriction on her, despite stating that her mental anguish is real.

Unfortunately, many people have their workers’ compensation and long-term disability claims denied, preventing them from getting much-needed financial support. If this is the case for you or a loved one in Des Moines, our lawyers at LaMarca & Landry, P.C., can help evaluate your situation and possibly take legal steps to fight for the compensation you need. Call us at 877-327-2600 today.

OSHA and Iowa Division of Labor investigate fatal Walmart accident

Posted on January 13th, 2014 No Comments

An online report published by the Clinton Herald on Saturday, January 18 stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Iowa Division of Labor are currently investigating the death of Charles M. Wilson, 63. Wilson died in a Walmart storage room in Clinton on January 1.

Executive officer of OSHA Jens Nissen said in an interview that the investigation hopes to be concluded within six months. Meanwhile, a spokesperson with the company claimed Walmart is currently working with OSHA on the investigation.

Wilson sustained injuries after falling off a ladder in the store’s storage room. He was rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, but was pronounced dead five days later.

Unfortunately, workplace accidents can be fatal, causing painful and tragic losses such as this. If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident in Des Moines, talk with a lawyer from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., about pursuing workers’ compensation and benefits to help you through this difficult time. We can be reached at 877-327-2600.

Federal government to face major workplace safety challenges next year

Posted on December 27th, 2013 No Comments

A report released by the Inspector General on December 18 projected that the Labor Department will face major challenges in protecting the health and safety of workers in the country this coming year.

The report stated that, although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been successful in decreasing workplace deaths in the country, OSHA faces the challenge of extending its reach to areas and industries with the highest risk of workplace injuries.

OSHA, which was created in 1970, monitors more than 8 million businesses in the country to ensure safety and health measures are being implemented in the workplace.

Workers suffering from the physical and financial burdens of dealing with a workplace injury should seek help from a lawyer when seeking worker’s compensation. If you live in Des Moines and have been harmed in a workplace accident, our lawyers from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., can help. Call us at 877-327-2600 today.

Federal contractors are biggest labor law violators, study shows

Posted on December 17th, 2013 No Comments

A report from the Associated Press on Thursday, December 12 revealed the federal government spends more than half a trillion dollars in contracts granted to employers who consistently violate health, safety and wage laws.

This came after a study commissioned by the Democratic administrators on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, which concluded that 30% of the biggest violators of labor regulations were also granted federal contracts from 2007 to 2012.

Iowa Senator and chair of the Committee Tom Harkin fears that U.S. taxpayers pay companies that fall short in giving rightful pay and providing safe workplace.

If you have suffered from any work-related injuries, seeking workers’ compensation and holding your employer accountable might be difficult without the help of experienced workers’ comp lawyers. Our experienced Iowa-based lawyers from LaMarca & Landry, P.C., can help you in this situation. Call us today at 877-327-2600.

Asbestos fraud non-existent, White House claims

Posted on November 17th, 2013 No Comments

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.



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