Workers, take action! Help stop House File 518!

The attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C.have dedicated our professional lives to protecting workers and their rights, especially when it comes to injuries on the job. There is a reason why so many workers in Iowa have turned to us for help with their workers’ compensation claims, and our experience and compassion is second to none. That’s why we are alarmed at the introduction of Iowa House File 518, which aims to drastically reduce the amount of compensation available to Iowa workers. Read more on the bill below:

House File 518 has been introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives. If passed, this
proposal would dramatically reduce the workers’ compensation benefits available to
injured Iowa workers. Workers with pre-existing conditions, shoulder injuries, and older
workers are particularly impacted. One section allows the employer to tum an industrial
disability to a functional injury by merely offering employment. This would reduce
permanency benefits for shoulder injures alone by 80% ! This bill is not even intended to
lower workers’ compensation premium costs. Rather, it is designed to benefit a few,
large self-insured employers.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Contact your state representative as soon as possible and urge
them to vote “No” on House File 518. Call the House switchboard at 515-519-3717 and
ask for your House member. You can find your House member at:
https://www.le gis.iowa. gov/leeislators/fi nd

Also email your objection to House File 518 to your House member.”

For more information on this newly introduced bill, or for help with an employment claim, contact an experienced Iowa workers’ compensation attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.

Man who caused accident at I-235 was traveling at 90 mph

The motorist who caused a four-vehicle accident along Interstate Highway 235 near 56th Street was traveling more than 90 miles per hour on the inside shoulder. The accident, which occurred on Monday, January 9 at approximately 7:30 a.m., happened when the driver crashed into a median and made his way into traffic.

According to Des Moines Police spokesman Sergeant Paul Parizek, a 38-year-old man from Dexter was cited for careless driving in relation to the accident. More charges may be filed after the investigation is concluded. Parizek said the man did not appear to be inebriated during the crash. Although police officers have yet to determine the rate of speed the man was going when he caused the accident, witnesses said he was driving at a rate of 90 mph. “I saw him hit the [median] a couple of times and then just keep going,” a witness said.

We at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you recover financial compensation in your personal injury accident case in Des Moines or other areas in Iowa. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (515) 225-2600 so we can attend to your case right away.

Driver in Des Moines charged with possession of weapon after wreck

A two-vehicle collision that occurred near 19th Street and Clark in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, December 30 resulted in one person getting injured.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Des Moines Narcotics Unit, a black SUV was travelling the wrong way along Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and hit another vehicle. The driver of the SUV, 29, was attempting to escape police officers after a traffic stop revealed he had drugs and weapons inside his car. Police said one person in the suspect’s vehicle was critically injured. They also discovered drugs and weapons in the vehicle. The driver is now facing charges, which include eluding and possession of a weapon.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., who provide legal services for our clients in Des Moines, handle a variety of cases involving personal injury. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (515) 225-2600.

Man accused of killing another in drunken driving accident

Tennessee native Daulton Holly died in a vehicular accident and his body was found just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2015, along Raccoon River Drive in West Des Moines, Iowa. Van Meter resident Ronald Paul Hauser was sentenced to 10 days of imprisonment and two years of probation in connection with this incident, after reaching a plea agreement on two misdemeanor charges—operating while impaired and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in serious injury—on Friday, December 9 at the Dallas County Courthouse.

According to the criminal complaint, Hauser had been drinking at a bar in Van Meter the night that Holly died when he decided to drive to the Beach Girls, a strip club along the Raccoon River. Hauser crashed into Holly before arriving at the strip club.

Scott Michels, Hauser’s legal counsel, said there are some mitigating factors that may cast doubt as to Hauser’s guilt, noting, “We know the injuries that he had, we know that Mr. Hauser ran the body over. But as a defense attorney, I think I would have had plenty of arguments to make that could have raised reasonable doubt.”

However, Jennifer Morris, the mother of the victim, is sure of Hauser’s guilt, saying, “If he didn’t know that he hit something, that shows me that man was beyond drunk.”

Howard County one-truck rollover accident case to be retried

A Howard County jury in Iowa awarded almost $1.6 million to Cresco resident Kelsey Bronner on Aug. 12, 2016, who sustained injuries in a one-vehicle rollover accident on April 20, 2008, while she was a passenger in a vehicle owned by Cresco-based Reicks Farms Inc. However, this award will likely be scrapped due to developments in the trial.

According to Bronner’s legal counsel, Nick Rowley, she was 15 at the time she had her right ear torn off due to the accident, causing her to suffer permanent disfigurement, nerve damage to the right side of her face, a broken nose, and broken cheekbones.

In November, Trial Judge Margaret Lingreen of Postville in Allamakee and Clayton counties decided that the rebuttal argument made by Bronner’s attorney during closing arguments was prejudicial to the defendant, noting that “it is probable a different result would have been reached, but for that misconduct. The court concludes defendant is entitled to a new trial, as misconduct of the prevailing party’s counsel materially affected defendant’s rights at trial.”

Defense attorneys, in their motion for a new trial, said Bronner’s lawyers uttered “improper statements and arguments to the jury which included personal opinions of counsel, personal vouching of their client, improper reference to defendant and to defense counsel.”

If you have been injured in a car or truck accident in Des Moines or other areas in Iowa, and especially in the case this accident disabled you, you might have the right to sue the offending parties with the help of our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600.

Thanksgiving holiday travelers reminded to travel safely by Iowa officials

The Iowa Department of Public Safety encouraged people traveling to, from, and within Iowa to practice safe driving habits over the holidays. In particular, they should be especially careful when maneuvering their vehicles and use seat belts and other safety devices to lessen the risk of serious damage in the case of unpreventable vehicular accidents.

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed 341 people from the United States lost their lives in vehicle-related traffic accidents in 2014 during the Thanksgiving holiday. A spokesman from the Department of Public Safety said most of the people who died – 50% of them, in fact – were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau Chief said police officers will focus their efforts on dangerous motor activity on the streets during those times. He noted “what officers are looking for are violations that could cause serious injuries.”

Our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. provide legal services for clients in Des Moines and other areas in Iowa. We handle personal injury accident cases that involve car accidents and motorcycle accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your options.

One woman injured in Grinnell two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle collision occurred in the 600 block of U.S. Highway 6 near Grinnell in Poweshiek County, Iowa. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 and resulted in one woman getting injured.

The victim was identified as a 63-year-old woman who was a resident of Ladora in Iowa County.

The Grinnell Fire Department, along with Midwest Ambulance, responded to the scene of the accident, helping with the transport of the woman who sustained critical injuries during the incident. She was taken to Grinnell Regional Medical Center for immediate medical attention. A Mercy Hospital medical helicopter was requested at the scene of the accident but was re-routed at the hospital.

If you have ever experienced being hurt in a personal injury accident in Des Moines or another area in Iowa due to the negligent actions of other people or parties involved, do not hesitate to seek legal action against them. Recruit the help of our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling our offices today at (515) 225-2600.

Man hospitalized and woman jailed after personal injury accident

A man was hospitalized and a woman was jailed after an accident at Park and Washington Streets in Inwood, Iowa. The Lyon County accident occurred around 2:00 a.m. last Sunday, November 6.

According to preliminary investigations, a 25-year-old Kerkhoven, Minnesota woman was trying to exit a place of residence in Inwood when her boyfriend tried to get inside her vehicle as the vehicle was moving. He was allegedly dragged for half a block without the woman knowing about it before he was finally dislodged from the vehicle. The Lyons County Sheriff’s Office reported the woman did not stop when she discovered the incident, and she left the scene of the accident. The man was taken to Canton Inwood Hospital to receive medical treatment for his serious injuries. Meanwhile, the woman was charged with reckless driving, a simple misdemeanor, and failure to stop at a personal injury accident, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., provide legal services for our clients in Des Moines and other areas in Iowa. We deliver a personal approach to every personal injury accident case we handle to ensure our clients receive unparalleled representation. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your situation.

Willey three-vehicle collision injures local man

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa reported a multi-vehicle accident that happened along Olympic Avenue, just north of 280th Street, last Monday, October 31. One man was injured in the accident, which occurred at approximately 5:07 p.m.

According to preliminary investigations, a 1996 Dodge Avenger operated by Keenan Olson and a Pontiac Grand Prix operated by an unknown driver were travelling down the road at a high rate of speed.

As the vehicles headed southbound, David Wendl, who was driving a 1996 Ford Bronco, pulled out of his driveway to head south and was rear-ended by Olson’s Dodge Avenger. The Pontiac also collided with Olson’s Dodge Avenger before veering into the east ditch. The Pontiac was able to exit the ditch and flee the scene of the accident.

Wendl was thrown out of his vehicle and sustained multiple injuries. He was taken to St. Anthony Regional Hospital by Carroll County emergency medical services and was later taken via helicopter to a medical facility in Des Moines.

Our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. provide legal services for our clients in Des Moines and other areas of Iowa, handle personal injury accident cases such as car crashes, among others. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal options.

Woman charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident

A 26-year-old Mason City, Illinois woman is facing charges of misdemeanor driving under suspension, driving without required court-ordered insurance, and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash. The charges come after her role in an accident that occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. last Sunday, October 23 on Fir Avenue, located just north of 275th Street in Clear Lake.

According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office deputies, when they arrived at the scene of the accident, they found a 20-year-old female, who was the owner of the car that fell in the creek. Authorities said the driver, who they identified as a 26-year-old Mason City woman, a 19-year-old Mason City female resident, and two other people, had already left before law enforcement arrived.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. provide legal services for our clients in Des Moines and other areas of Iowa. We handle personal injury accident cases such as product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and medical malpractice, among others. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal options.

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