Workers Gather in Des Moines for Rights

The Iowa workers’ union came together to fight for their first amendments right of freedom of assembly and association. An uproar in the union was caused when a bill was approved in Wisconsin, known as the “anti-union” bill, that would take away rights of workers involved in unions.

While many came in support of the workers, members of the Tea Party movement, who oppose unions and their involvement with government, appeared to voice their point of view. They claim that unions are against taxpayers.

In Iowa, no bill has been approved to take away the rights of the workers’ union.

It is important for workers to have rights and exercise those rights whenever possible or necessary. If you are in need of assistance in gaining your worker rights, such as workers compensation or benefits, please contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Railroad Companies Interfere with Injured Workers’ Benefits

Because of the extreme risks involved with working on a railroad, railroad workers are protected under the Federal Employment Liability Act, or FELA. However, it has recently been discovered that injured railroad workers may have difficulties recieving the full benefits they are entitled to under the act.

Under FELA, railroad workers only recieve compensation for injuries if it can be proven that the railroad company is at fault. In some cases, railroad companies have gone so far as to destroy evidence that would prove they are at fault and entitle the worker to benefits.

There have been 13 cases in which railroad companies have tampered with evidence and behaved dishonestly in order to deny employees the right to workers’ compensation.

If you need help with your workers’ compensation benefits or would like to know more about it, please contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Woman awarded workers’ comp after injury during smoke break

An Arkansas woman who slipped and broke her arm during a cigarette break at work has been awarded workers’ compensation benefits after taking her case all the way to the state’s Supreme Court.

Originally, the woman was was told that workers’ comp would be awarded for her injures. However, this decision was later appealed when it was challenged that she was taking a personal break and was not performing employment services when she was injured.

The Arkansas Supreme Court later affirmed the original decision of the Workers’ Compensation Commision by ruling that, since at the time of the injury the woman was waiting to pick up her paycheck as required by her employer, she was indeed performing employment services.

If you are facing difficulty receiving the workers’ comp you need for your injuries, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



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.



PA brass foundry fined $500,000 by OSHA

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) last week announced intentions to impose penalties of more than $550,000 against Excelsior Brass Works in Blandon, PA, which is owned by Kief Industries Inc.

The fines are in response to investigations that determined that the brass foundry knowingly exposed workers to lead, violating federal workplace health and safety standards.

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA stated, “The employer deliberately refused to protect workers from overexposure to lead and other workplace hazards.”

Kief Industries has been given 15 business days to respond to the penalties.

Exposure to lead is a serious workplace hazard. If you or someone you know has been the victim of negligent workplace safety standards, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your rights.



What are permanent disability benefits?

When employees are injured on the job, they may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits come in many forms depending on the nature of the injury.

If the work-related injury leads to a permanent loss of physical ability, injured employees may be able to receive permanent disability benefits. The loss of physical ability, however, does not mean that the injured worker cannot return to his or her job. Instead, workers who receive permanent disability benefits may be able to still return to their job.

If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



The implications of Healing Period benefits

There are a number of different types of temporary disability benefits. One type is Healing Period benefits.

Healing period benefits are given to workers who are recovering from a workplace injury that resulted in permanent impairment. These benefits start the day after the injury occurs and continue until the worker returns to work, recovers as much as possible from the injury, or is medically capable of returning to his or her previous job.

If you or anyone you know has questions about healing period benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Does workers' compensation cover work-related illnesses?

Not all workers’ compensation cases involve employees injured by accidents. Some workers’ compensation cases include injuries related to stress injuries like back problems.

Workers’ compensation may also cover certain illnesses and sicknesses caused by working conditions. These illnesses or diseases may include lung diseases and heart conditions.

If you have questions about your workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



What is a full commutation?

In a workers’ compensation case, a full commutation is a type of settlement. Under a full compensation, the victim is given a lump sum payment of all future benefits.

The risk of a full commutation is that it ends an employee’s rights to future benefits. This type of settlement, however, must be approved by the workers’ compensation commissioner.

If you or anyone you know has questions about workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



What should you do if your employer will not let you change doctors?

When individuals receive treatments in workers’ compensation cases, they often are treated by a doctor chosen by the employer. In some cases, individuals are not satisfied with their treatment and ask their employer if they may see another doctor.

While some employers may honor the request, others may refuse to allow an individual to receive treatment from another doctor. When this occurs, individuals have the option of seeking another doctor through an Informal Dispute Resolution.

During this process, a representative of the court will help the two sides agree. If this reconciliation process does not lead to an agreement, individuals may file a petition with the court.

If you or anyone you know cannot get treatment from a doctor of your choosing for a workers’ compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



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