Injured trash hauler’s workers comp case to move forward

A workers’ compensation case involving a 55 year-old Des Moines trash hauler who was injured on the job in 2009 will finally be prosecuted. The man was injured three years ago after he fell eight feet while trying to tie down a tarp on a trash collector.

He was hospitalized after the fall and suffered severe abdominal pain and was vomiting blood, according to state records. His employers did not have insurance to cover workers’ compensation.

After he resigned two years later, a workers’ compensation deputy discovered that his injuries were not properly recorded. Another deputy has ordered his employers to pay the man’s disability payments and a $25,000 penalty. The state is considering criminal and civil ramifications.

If you or someone you love has been hurt on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. Contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Miners exposed to diesel exhaust more likely to develop lung cancer

A new study by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have found that non-metal miners are significantly more likely to develop and die from lung cancer than other people.

More than 12,000 miners were studied by researchers at non-metal mines such as salt, limestone, trona, and potash mines. These workers are exposed to high levels of diesel exhaust more often than the general population due to the heavy equipment used.

The study found that underground miners with heavy exposure to diesel exhaust, who are also smokers, are three times more likely to develop lung cancer; non-smoking workers are seven times more likely.

If you are a miner and have suffered health problems as a result, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Grain elevator explosion sends one to the hospital

A worker was taken to the hospital with burn injuries after a grain elevator exploded in Kansas last week.

Witnesses say the employee opened the elevator door and walked inside when the explosion suddenly occurred. The blast broke windows and a metal door in the head house. So far OSHA and Reno County Emergency Management are investigating the cause of the explosion.

Residents and businesses in a three-block radius of the elevator were ordered to evacuate as a precaution, and traffic and trains were diverted as the city’s gas services inspected the area for a possible gas leak. The man’s condition was not disclosed.

If you have been injured on the job, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 for a free consultation.



Michigan governor changes workers compensation legislation

Earlier this week Governor Rick Snyder signed off on a new workers compensation laws in order to repay the federal government $3 billion it owes in unemployment benefits.

However, many are criticizing the new legislation. Unemployed workers who are receiving workers compensation have only 10 weeks to find a job, even if it pays lower than their previous job and is outside their previous experience. If they decide not to take a job after 10 weeks, they could lose their benefits. This provision will make it harder for unemployed workers to collect benefits if they quit or are fired.

The only professions exempt from the new law are firefighters and law enforcement.

If you have suffered a workplace injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 today.



Man pleads guilty to workers’ compensation fraud

A man has received probation after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and filing a false report.

The 28 year-old paramedic shot himself in January but said that a man wearing a lime green jacket with NASCAR badges on it shot him. While the shooting was under investigation, the man broke down and admitted he made the story up and the wound was self-inflicted.

A judge has sentenced him to thirty-six months probation for workers’ compensation fraud and one year for filing a false report, both will be served concurrently.

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Employee sues employer for $10 million

A former construction worker is suing his employer for $10 million after he lost his leg in a car accident that occurred while on the job. The man says his boss was negligent as she was driving a pickup truck and ran over him.

While his boss has taken sole responsibility for the accident and agreed that he should be awarded workers’ compensation for the accident, she believes that his compensation should be capped at $50,000 by law. The man claims he was not covered by workers’ compensation insurance and so no limit should be imposed.

He is seeking the $10 million in lost income, the extent of his injuries, medical expenses, unpaid overtime, and his wife’s emotional distress.

If you or someone you know has suffered a workplace injury, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today by calling 877-327-2600.



Iowa Bill Prevents Off-Duty Employees from Receiving Workers’ Comp

A new bill that has been approved in the Iowa House will prevent workers who are injured at the workplace while they are off duty from collecting workers’ compensation.

The bill was created after an employee of a company was given $30,000 in workers’ compensation after she was injured while running personal errands at her company. Because this case is currently under appeal by the state, some House members who are against the bill have said that they believe the bill was created solely to shorten the appeal of the previously mentioned case.

Despite the concerns of some, the bill was passed 56-36, and the bill will almost definitely have an effect on the outcome of this appeal case.

If you or someone you love has been injured at the workplace and would like more information on collecting workers’ comp, please contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Ohio Worker's Comp Bureau admin to be named

John Kasich, the newly elected Gov. of Ohio, is expected to name state Sen. Stephen P. Buehrer to the position of administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

Kasich has a morning press conference scheduled at the Fulton County Courthouse in Wauseon, where it is expected that he will announce Buehrer as the fifth confirmed member of his cabinet.

The 43-year-old Senator has been a member of the Senate since 2007 and also served as a member of the Ohio House from 1999-2006. He is currently chairman of the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, which handles injured worker claims.

If you are seeking experience legal counsel regarding workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Massachusetts prison guard accused of workers comp fraud

A Massachusetts prison guard from Freetown pleaded not guilty in a Suffolk Superior Court last week to charges that he ran long-distance races while at the same time collecting worker’s compensation payments for an on-the-job injury he said made him unable to perform manual or strenuous labor.

The judge in the case released the guard on Tuesday on his own recognizance pending the trial date.

Prosecutors allege that the guard was injured in July 2008 while at work, and then collected about $56,000 in worker’s compensation benefits between January and March of the next year.

Authorities began the investigation this year following an anonymous tip to the attorney general’s office that the guard had run in a January 2009 marathon while receiving worker’s compensation benefits.

If you are seeking experienced advice when it comes to a workers compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



California vetoes new workers comp legislation

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week sided with insurers in vetoing legislation that would have forced workers compensation insurers to submit dispute-resolution clauses to the state’s insurance commissioner for review, according to a California lawmaker.

The legislation would also have required workers compensation dispute-resolution clauses to specify that California law applies in coverage disagreements involving California employers.

Currently, California law requires workers compensation insurers to submit for approval their policy forms to the insurance commissioner but does not require that side agreements be reviewed or agreed upon.

In a Sept. 30 veto message, the Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the bill is unnecessary because there is no evidence a problem exists and it could reduce “the competitive market for workers compensation California now enjoys.”

“The high-deductible contract negotiations the bill seeks to impact are conducted by sophisticated participants on both sides of the table that are well-versed in all aspects of workers compensation and other insurance products.”

If you are seeking experienced advice when it comes to a workers compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



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