Walmart employees among injured in fatal pickup truck crash

Three people were killed and two were injured when a speeding pickup truck drove through a Walmart store entrance in Pella, Iowa.

According to initial reports, a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck travelling at a high rate of speed crashed into the building’s front door and came to a stop near a refrigerator in the store’s fresh produce aisle. The impact of the crash killed three and injured two people. According to an off-duty Walmart employee, at least two of the five casualties were Walmart employees.

How the accident actually occurred is yet to be determined, but it was clear that the incident did not appear to be intentional. Information about the identification and condition of the driver of the pickup truck is yet to be released.

If you or your loved one has been physically injured or sustained emotional harm as a result of an accident at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the skills and experience helping workers in need of disability benefits. Call us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation.



Medical Coverage for Short-Term Disability Benefits

In case of illness or injury sustained outside the workplace, one may be entitled to short-term disability benefits. Some states provide employees with these benefits, and employers in other states can offer short-term voluntary benefits.

Short-Term Disability Insurance (STDI)
Some states provide short-term disability benefits through a state fund paid for by employees, employer contributions, or both. Employers might also offer STDI benefits either fully paid by the employer or subject to employee contributions.

Illnesses Covered by STDI
A short-term disability plan provides payment for lost wages if an employee is unable to work temporarily due to pregnancy or an illness or injury suffered off the job. Qualifying surgeries must be medically necessary. Common examples of medical operations that might qualify for short-term disability benefits are: open heart surgery, caesarean section birth, removal of gallbladder or other internal organs, broken bones, and knee or hip replacement surgery.

The attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help workers in need of disability benefits. Contact our firm at (515) 225-2600 to see how we can get you the coverage you need.



Two-Vehicle Collision Kills 1

A car passenger traveling east on Highway 163 died from the injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon, August 22.

Iowa State Patrol confirmed that 23-year-old woman from Cedar, Iowa, was in a car driven by a man, also of Cedar, when the vehicle rear-ended a commercial truck. The larger truck was speeding up after merging onto the roadway in the left lane of traffic, heading east on Highway 163 near Bayard Avenue. Officers do believe excessive speed was a factor in the accident. Unfortunately, the woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact.

The passenger was declared dead at the scene by a state medical examiner, and the driver of the Saturn was brought to Pella Regional Health Center for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact, which likely saved his life. The commercial vehicle driver was unharmed, but there were over two hours of delay as crews worked to clear the road.

Although the commercial truck driver did not sustain serious injuries in this case, truck drivers are hurt on the job all too often. If you sustain injuries on the job, the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help. Contact us at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Truck driver discovered hours after I-80 crash

Rescue workers found an overturned semi-trailer and an injured driver on I-80, west of the Grand Prairie Parkway exit near Waukee on June 15.

Officials believe the truck, which was hauling lettuce and strawberries, went into the median and dropped thirty feet between two bridges, landing upside down in Sugar Creek. “We had some construction workers working on the north side of the bridge, and they saw a semi-trailer down in the river,” said Iowa State Trooper Tracy Bohlen. “And they did find the driver laying out in the water, halfway up on a couple pallets.” Troopers said the driver suffered from a broken leg, but was able to talk and stand. The driver, a California man, told rescuers that he crashed around 4 a.m.

If you are in need of legal counsel after suffering from a serious injury, you can rely on the Des Moines personal injury attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. to help you file a claim and receive compensation. Contact us today at 877-327-2600 to discuss the details of your situation.



OSHA requiring employers to improve safety by collecting injury data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now requiring employers, especially those in high-hazard industries, to disclose all incidents of work-related injuries in an attempt to improve workplace safety.

In the new rule issued by OSHA, the workplace injuries or illnesses already required to be recorded by employers will be posted on OSHA’s official website. The new policy is intended to urge employers to maintain their facilities to prevent injuries and illnesses. Job seekers are expected to benefit from the publicly posted injury data of employers because they can choose workplaces with low injury rates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that over 3 million workers sustain workplace injuries yearly. The new OSHA policy is expected to take effect on August 10.

The lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. understand that many workers experience a financial loss as a result of sustaining injuries in the workplace. If you are in such a situation, our firm may be able to help you earn the workers’ compensation you need for recovery. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your legal options.



Man killed in tower tank accident in Sergeant Bluff

According to a news report by the Sioux City Journal, an accident on a construction site at CF Industries in Sergeant Bluff resulted in the death of a 44-year-old man from Tecumseh. The incident happened at around 2:40 p.m. on March 19, according to a news release from the Woodbury County Sheriff.

Two men were working at a tower tank when the accident occurred. They were entrapped in the confined space, according to ktiv.com, and the 44-year-old man was left unconscious, while the other worker was able to escape and was taken to Mercy Medical Center.

A spokesperson for CF Industries stated that the area of the accident is currently not in use and is not dangerous to employees and contractors.

The incident is subject to further investigation.



When does one become eligible to file a workers’ comp claim?

According to legal editor Bethany Laurence, one may file a workers’ compensation claim as soon as the person injures themselves on the job or when the person begins to develop an illness that is work-related.

It becomes a disadvantage if a worker prolongs or delays the filing of the claim in the sense that the worker’s compensation insurance carrier may already deny the benefits. The delay may be taken as a warning signal by the insurance carrier, and may pose further complications such as the legitimacy of the injury being questioned.

The processing of the workers’ compensation claim includes the disclosure of your injury to your employer and the formal filing of the claim.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a tedious job especially if you are working and processing the claim simultaneously. It is always safe to seek legal help in order to fully exhaust all possibilities of compensation and legal rights. Speak with our lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. and call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600.



OSHA revises manual for firefighters’ safety

Firefighting is not an easy task.  Firefighters face potential hazards to their own health in their daily jobs. On September 17, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) published a revision of the manual, Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems.

OSHA revised this publication, stating that fire personnel will be able to respond to an accident sooner and more safely if the building meets the needs outlined for emergencies. The revised manual also has new chapters on water supply and integration of design elements. The manual is aimed at helping emergency responders during fires and other emergencies, according to OSHA.

The OSHA Act of 1970 states that employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for the employees.

If you are a firefighter or you know one who is aggravated by negligent employers, you may want to consult with our workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. and call our Des Moines offices at 877-327-2600.



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