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.



Iowa Farming Industry Continues with Highest Fatalities

Last year Iowa was declared by the Iowa Department of Public Health to have the highest rate of worker fatalities in the entire Midwest. It is no secret that agriculture plays an important role in the state’s economy, with major industries including forestry, fishing, and hunting. But agricultural workers continue to be subjected to a number of hazards that put them at high risk for injury and death.

There are other factors that make Iowa in particular dangerous in these industries. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa employs a large number of older individuals, and has a lack of safety equipment. On top of this, farming involves long hours, working with large equipment, and dealing with a number of chemicals. Agricultural workers are exposed to numerous health hazards that include:

  • Respiratory Risks
  • Skin Disorders
  • Cancers
  • Hearing Loss
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Overheating

The significant risks that farmers are subject to can often be prevented, but the necessary precautions are often not taken to protect the workers in the field.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys believe that the health of farm workers needs to be protected, and are here to help anyone who has suffered from work-related injury. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed on the job, then contacting out legal team can help you receive the financial support to help recovery. Contact our offices today at 877-327-2600.



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.



Types of workers’ compensation benefits in Iowa

Iowa employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees. The three types of workers’ compensation benefits are as follows:

  1. Medical Benefits – Any medical care that an employee requires as a result of a workplace injury will be paid for by the employer and insurance provider. The employer has the autonomy to choose the doctor. The employer and insurance provider must reimburse the employee for any travel expenses (fuel) associated with medical appointments.
  2. Permanency Benefits – An employee may receive permanent partial disability benefits after sustaining a permanent injury, and it is provided based on the degree of the disability and the earning capacity of the employee thereafter.
  3. Wage Replacement Benefits – Any wages that are lost as a result of your workplace injury will be paid for by your employer and insurance provider. This also makes up for wages that would be made otherwise if the employee must work fewer hours for a certain period of time after the injury.

If you are in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in Iowa, consult with our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C.. Don’t hesitate to call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600.



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.



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.



What you need to know about working in confined spaces

To reduce the number of fatalities and injuries associated with working in confined spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently revised its policy requirement for confined space work, which now covers crawl spaces and attics.

The new ruling requires employers to implement a permit program to protect workers from the hazards of working in a dangerous confined space. Contractors are also required to conduct an inspection before entry to ensure that the air is free from toxic and flammable substances, proper ventilation is present, points of entry and exit have been identified, and all potential hazards are controlled.

Employees working in attics, crawl spaces, and other confined areas are at great risk of suffocation and engulfment. To know more about seeking the compensation you deserve after being injured in a work-related incident in Des Moines, our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are willing to help you. Call us at 877-327-2600 today for a free evaluation of your case.



OSHA promotes heat safety awareness at work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that it will continue its efforts to reduce the risk of heat-related risks at work with the help of the National Weather Service, Farm Futures reported on June 11.

As part of the OSHA’s effort, the agency spruced up its Heat Safety Tool phone app, which aims to help site managers and workers calculate the heat index of their worksite and determine its risk level. The app will also feature steps to identify and mitigate symptoms of heat-related illness.

OSHA said outdoor workers, such as farmers, ranchers, and firefighters, are at the highest risk of heat-related incidents at work. Employees working indoors under high temperatures, such as bakery workers, may also suffer from heat illness.

If working under extreme heat has caused you to suffer from an illness or injury, our legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you obtain the benefits you truly need. Call our Des Moines office at 877-327-2600 to learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim.



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