Worker injured in road collapse

According to news reports, a man was pinned underneath a trench while working on a construction site after an old road collapsed at Cedar Bend Street in Waterloo on October 8th. The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Two men were working on a storm drain as part of the Iowa Flood Project when the collapse occurred. Waterloo Fire and Rescue Chief Mike Moore said that the men were lucky to be alive and that the previous trench collapse left a man dead. There was an excavator in the area and the trapped man’s coworkers were able to lift the concrete off of him. Moore mentioned that this could have been more harmful, but that it likely saved the worker’s life in this instance.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration told reporters that they investigate all cases in which workers are hospitalized. Reports show that the contracted company for the project, Ricklefs Construction, has no prior violations.

It is up to construction companies to ensure the safety of their workers at every stage of construction. When these businesses fail to do this, they should be held responsible for the injuries and damage their actions caused. If you have been injured in a construction accident, call the workers’ compensation attorneys of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

Iowa State Budget Leaves Question Mark for Workers’ Compensation

When Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad released his state budget proposal last month, he was not entirely clear on one key issue. That issue was workers’ compensation for nearly 20,000 union represented state workers.

Unfortunately, for union workers, this issue may not be resolved so easily. Despite the fact that there is extra money in the budget, Branstad wants to “win concessions from public sector workers.” In other words, Branstad wants these workers to pay a portion of their health control costs.

Union president Danny Homan, of Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, believes Branstad’s actions are an attempt to weaken the union.

Iowa begins the fiscal year on July 1 with a budget surplus of almost $1 billion, $400 million of which Branstad wants to spend on tax cuts over five years.

“We’re only one of six states in the nation paying zero [for health care costs],” Branstad said. “What we’re asking is that state employees pay their fair share.”

If you have been injured and are in need of workers’ compensation benefits to pay for medical bills and other expenses, you need an attorney on your side helping. To learn more, contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by calling 877-327-2600.

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.

University professor denied workers’ compensation

A former professor at the University of Northern Iowa was denied workers’ compensation by state officials after she filed a lawsuit against the school for causing her to have a mental breakdown.

The woman claimed that administrators and colleagues created a stressful and negative environment, which caused her to have a mental breakdown and leave the school. The Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner found that the woman failed to prove that mistreatment by the administrators was the direct cause of her breakdown.

The woman has stated that she will be seeking an appeal.

If you feel that you are owed workers’ compensation due to mental or physical distress, please contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 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.

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.

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.

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation files against city of Middleton

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation this week issued multiple citations against the city of Middletown following the death of a city worker earlier this year.

The worker’s death was caused by inhalation of nitrogen fumes during a routine sewer line inspection. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation alleges that the leakage was due to poor maintenance by the city and could have been avoided.

The 31-year-old worker opened a manhole on the 2500 block of Yankee Road on May 7 earlier this year when he inhaled the fumes. Three firefighters also inhaled the fumes and became ill while attempting to rescue the worker.

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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