Iowa Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Injured Worker

Lee Burress worked in an IBP Inc slaughterhouse from 1987 to 1997. In 2003, he was diagnosed with brucellosis caused by contact with pigs’ blood. When he sought workers’ compensation for it, IBP challenged.

A workers’ comp commissioner gave full benefits to Burress, but they were later retracted by a district judge. However, the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court have both ruled in Burress’ favor, granting him benefits.

If you or someone you know is being denied workers’ comp, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Man Fired after Applying for Workers’ Comp

In Wisconsin, a man was fired from Holten Meat after filing for workers’ compensation. The man injured his left hand while working on February 25 and sought medical treatment that day.

Shortly after the incident, the man was fired in response to his seeking workers’ compensation. He has filed a law suit against the company and is seeking compensatory damages.

If you or someone you know has been denied workers’ comp, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



WY Raises Workers’ Comp Benefits

For the first time in 20 years, the state of Wyoming is raising some of its workers’ comp benefits. Survivors of killed workers will now receive more as will workers on personal disability benefits.

Wyoming currently has the highest rate of workplace fatalities in the nation. It has also had a workers’ comp system that deterred workers from applying for benefits. However, a task force is now looking into these problems.

If you need help obtaining workers’ comp, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



CA Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Up

Medical payments in workers’ comp in California have been on the rise since 2005. This rise took place shortly after the state reformed its workers’ comp system in 2004.

Between 2005 and 2007, average medical payments in workers’ comp claims rose 23%, going from $2,100 to $2,582. Unfortunately, these increases make insurance companies less and less willing to pay injured workers’ benefits.

If you are having trouble claiming workers’ comp, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Man Indicted for Workers’ Comp Fraud

A man in Austin, Texas has been indicted for fraudulent workers’ comp claims. The man received workers’ comp benefits totaling $6,197 beyond what he was entitled to.

After claiming that he was unable to work because of an accident, the man began working for another company. The insurance company investigated and learned of his situation. He is now facing trial.

If you need help obtaining workers’ comp benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Sick Days and Workers’ Comp

In Emmet County, the Board of Supervisors has approved a change to the workers’ comp system. Now, workers who are injured on the job will take their first three days off as sick days.

Workers’ compensation plans will pay for the first three days after two weeks off work. Once this benchmark is reached, workers will have their three sick days restored to them.

If you need help with workers’ comp, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Possible Federal Workers’ Comp System

House Resolution 635 is a piece of legislation that would establish a federal governing body for oversight of state workers’ comp laws and systems. The resolution has met with some opposition.

The legislation has been deemed the National Commission on State Workers’ Compensation Laws Act of 2009. Those in opposition say that the law is unnecessary and will only make things more difficult.

If you are in need of workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C.¬†at 877-327-2600.



Man Still Waiting for Workers’ Comp

A man who used to work for the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant applied for workers’ compensation in 2003 and again last year. He was a civilian employee of the Army when he worked there 17 years after World War II.

The man suffers from renal cancer as well as other medical conditions as a result of his work. Unfortunately, that work was classified and he cannot prove employment with the Atomic Energy Commission. Because of this, he has still not heard back about whether or not he will be compensated.

If you or someone you know needs workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Legislation May Give Former Workers Benefits

A new piece of legislation could be a great help to workers’ compensation applicants. The legislation would put the burden of proof on the labor department and would make payments to estates if the applicant dies before processing.

This bill comes in the wake of one man’s case. After fighting for benefits for seven years, the man died of complications from brain tumors developed through work. He never received his benefits.

If you or someone you know is trying to get workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



Florida Passes Workers’ Comp Reform

Florida state legislators have passed a bill that will keep workers’ compensation rates low for employers. The Florida Supreme Court made a ruling in October that eliminated the attorneys’ fees cap that was already in place.

With the passing of this new bill, that cap is reinstated, rolling back a 6.9% increase in workers’ comp rates that occurred in the interim. Now employers across the state are expected to save $172 million in policy premiums.

If you need workers’ comp, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



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