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Case Results

The investigation of this car-semi-truck collision took us from Iowa, to Missouri, to Nebraska and then to Texas. We settled the case for $6.1 million. Our clients were troubled by what to do and how to protect their rights as they we lying in a hospital bed. We immediately investigated the accident, contacted the Missouri Highway Patrol, the local police in Independence, Missouri to collect and to preserve the necessary evidence. Medical billings needed attention with the hospital, doctors and other providers. Medicare got involved. Iowa and Texas Medicaid were also involved. The health insurer went bankrupt in the middle of the case. Settling the case required discussions with defense counsel for the insurance company. A Life Care Plan was arranged along with a Medicare Set-Aside evaluation. Annuities for long-term planning were necessary and we made arrangements for all of this. These are complicated cases with many moving parts. We are skilled at all the moving parts including negotiating with Medicare and Medicaid.

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$925,000 Life Insurance Payout Following Denial

Insurance company refused to payout on a $250,000 life insurance policy. We were hired to investigate the refusal. Our investigation revealed three policies $203,000.00 + $203,000.00 and $500,00.00. With interest $212,435.30 x 2 + $520,733.70 for a total of $945,604.30.



This working grandmother with two adopted grandchildren was a casino dealer who developed wrist pain while counting money for the rich Iowa casino owners. After seeking medical help, she was forced to seek out legal advice after doctors took her off of work and her future turned bleak. After all, a working grandmother who wasn’t born with a silver spoon needs help with her trailer-lot-rent, the grocery bill and with heating a South Dakota trailer in the dead of winter. With hard work and a little luck, we were able to secure a $250,000 settlement under Iowa’s workers’ compensation program. This permanently injured grandmother now can buy a house trailer, a new car and catch up on all her bills after being so far behind. Like many of our clients, she has a home of her own, one with no mortgage and a step-up on life. At the Lombardi Law Firm we have for the past 37+ years focused on taking a bad-situation and making something good come from it.

If we can help you get a leg-up on life call us. 


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Intersection collision with at-fault driver’s insurance paying $350,000 limits of insurance and underinsured motorist insurer paying limits of $25,000. This intersection collision between two cars settled after suit was filed in Polk County District Court. The at-fault driver drove from our client’s left and the collision occurred in the intersection. Two independent witnesses driving from behind our client’s car provided key testimony of our client having a green light. The medical evidence in this case just got worse and worse as what started as a dispute over property damage ended with shoulder surgery, spine surgery and finally a stroke. This case pointed out why you seek the assistance of an attorney early after the accident, why you snap a few photographs at the accident scene, why you get witness names and contact information and how your own insurance company is not your friend. Your own insurance company is not either you good neighbor or someone with whom you’re in good hands.

$375,000.00 Intersection Auto Accident with Shoulder and Spine Surgery followed by a Stroke

I want to thank Steve and his staff, Katrina and Barbara who all worked very hard for me.

I was in an accident that the company was self insured. They basically had me guessing what they were going to try next over 10 years and two other lawyers. I met Steve when he was stepping in to do a deposition. I was so impressed with the questions he asked and the sincere concern he had for me and my case.

I immediately hired him because I felt like I was in limbo waiting months or years to hear from other lawyers that worked my case. In the end Steve made sure I was taken care of so I could live my life with the extent of my injuries and not have to worry. I also found a friend who still checks on his clients to see what and how they are doing in life. Thanks again!

$415,000

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An oncoming car driven by an elderly driver turns left of the center line to enter a strip mall. With the sun in his eyes he doesn’t see our client in the oncoming truck. To avoid the collision our client turns sharply to the right, goes off the road where he collides with a utility pole. The impact of the collision causes his head to strike the steering wheel. The trauma to his spine causes a degenerating condition to the myelin sheath that surrounds the spinal cord resulting in a condition of incomplete paraplegia. This case points out the essential function of the nervous system. It also demonstrates why when you can’t see what’s coming, you stop first and turn only after you can see what’s coming. Here is one explanation on Wikipedia.

Myelin is a dielectric (electrically insulating) material that forms a layer, the myelin sheath, usually around only the axon of a neuron. It is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It is an outgrowth of a type of glial cell. The production of the myelin sheath is called myelination. In humans, the production of myelin begins in the 14th week of fetal development, although little myelin exists in the brain at the time of birth. During infancy, myelination occurs quickly and continues through the adolescent stages of life.

Case settled for $1,100,000 which is the insurance limits. The workers’ compensation award was a permanent-total award, meaning the injured worker/driver will receive benefits for his entire life.

Symptoms

Demyelination results in diverse symptoms determined by the functions of the affected neurons. It disrupts signals between the brain and other parts of the body; symptoms differ from patient to patient, and have different presentations upon clinical observation and in laboratory studies.

Typical symptoms of demyelination include:

blurriness in the central visual field that affects only one eye, may be accompanied by pain upon eye movement

double vision

loss of vision/hearing

odd sensation in legs, arms, chest, or face, such as tingling or numbness (neuropathy)

weakness of arms or legs

cognitive disruption, including speech impairment and memory loss

heat sensitivity (symptoms worsen or reappear upon exposure to heat, such as a hot shower)

loss of dexterity

difficulty coordinating movement or balance disorder

difficulty controlling bowel movements or urination

fatigue

$1,100,000.00 - No-Contact Car Accident Leads to Myelopathy and Incomplete Quadriplegia

Iowa Interstate Highway Accident Lawyer - I-80, I-35, I-235, I-380, I-29 - Handling personal injury accidents on Interstate highways in Iowa. Because these accidents often involve drivers and trucking companies from different locations in the United States, they require a prompt investigation. You should hire a lawyer quickly to preserve your claims. I have personally handled over 2,000 personal injury insurance claims in Iowa and the Midwest, recovering over $20 million for seriously injured people.    


*DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients' cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client's case.