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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Iowa on
Q: Supreme court dismissed personal injury case from auto accident. Anything else to be done to win this yet? Perm injuries
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Jan 24, 2023

What’s the case name? There’s no way to answer your question without first reading the Supreme Court’s opinion.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Iowa on
Q: Daughter's ex's name is on property & loan, but daughter has been paying 100% on it for over 5 years.

Hello, My daughter has a house that she bought with an ex-boyfriend (never married). When they split up, they signed a contract saying she had 100% posession to the house for 5 years (until Mar 2023 - when the grant for 1st time home buyer ends). After that, she has 1st chance on refinancing/buying... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens
answered on Jan 10, 2023

Your daughter needs to retain a real estate attorney as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: My small claims matter was just dismissed stating, this is not a small claims jurisdictional issue,this matter must be

handled in family court. But the judge gave me an appeal bond. Of 300. I'm suing a woman who new all along a child was not mines and admitted it 9 years later, the child was not mines, I'm suing her for child support paid by me 1,300 dollars. Can I pay the appeal bond and proceed or go to... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens
answered on Jan 10, 2023

You need to immediately retain an attorney who handles family law matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: If you hit a garbage can in a parking lot and the owner is outside and he dosent stop you and theres nodamagetothetrash
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Jan 4, 2023

What is your question? What you wrote is not a statement or a question. Rewrite it please.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: my truck has no insurance and its not plated, it popped out of gear and damaged a house i wasnt around when it happened

i was inside my apartment at the time and notice my truck wasnt parked where i usually park it.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 2, 2023

An Iowa attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. In general nationwide, such situations could be covered by the damaged neighbor's homeowner policy if they choose to file a claim. If that happens, the homeowner's carrier has the right to recover their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Iowa on
Q: Opening a quilting business, and I want to sell basic patterns, how would I check if it is too similar to a ©️ pattern

I intend to start a retail quilting/diy store; if I base a design off of an idea that I’ve seen (Pinterest, family quilts, magazines, in-store etc) if I made something that was similar, but I didn’t follow their directions, (or theoretically, if I did) could I be infringing on copyrights of... Read more »

Steve Charles Vondran
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answered on Dec 17, 2022

It is important to understand copyright laws when it comes to selling quilting patterns. While certain elements of copyrightable subject matter may be used without infringing upon existing copyright protection, the substantial similarity of a design can create copyright infringement issues. If a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Q: Are my lawyers entitled to part of the settlement pertaining to late workers comp payment penalties and future medical?
Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens
answered on Dec 16, 2022

Your lawyers are entitled to receive a portion of anything that they, through their efforts, obtained for you pursuant to the attorney fee agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: My nephew is involved in a lawsuit, found out they are being followed and videos recorded and pictures taken is it legal
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 6, 2022

An Iowa attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could depend on the type of lawsuit and the relevance of the videotaping. If it involves an injury case, it is permissible for investigators from insurance carriers to observe claimants in public places without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Iowa on
Q: If I have comercial small business/building insurance do I need an additional business insurance at same address???

I’m paying almost 5k a year on my newly possessed comercial building and it has a small mechanic shop in the garage. It’s an old gasoline station no pumps, no gas tanks just my new residence. My insurance agent made an additional charge of 1.5k for the small business shop in the back and it’s... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 30, 2022

An Iowa attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. However, it would be difficult to answer your question about whether you need additional insurance. This is something to go over with your insurance carrier or broker, who would review your needs in more detail.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Iowa on
Q: I want to knw if I can sue my hospital for delayed treatment and not being made comfortable with a leg injury

On October 3rd I was injured at work and went to mary greeley hospital er in ames and x-rays were done and I was in and out in a hour on the following Thursday Oct 13th I went back cuz I was still in pain and I had to wait for 4hours before anyone came to check on me and actually talk to... Read more »

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Oct 17, 2022

Can you or should you? I am doubtful any lawyer would take such a case. A four-hour delay does not amount to the level of damages that would be required to know if liability exists.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on
Q: Do I have the right to ask for my case file from my lawyer after the case has closed?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 15, 2022

An Iowa attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Until you're able to consult with a local attorney, the general rule nationwide is that you're entitled to your file. States could differ among one another with issues such as attorney work product... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Iowa on
Q: My husband was in a car/semi accident. No ticket was given to the person at fault. What can we do about this?

My husband drives a semi, a car turned in front of him. She had the yellow blinking arrow he had the green light. Instead of hitting her straight on he took the ditch and totalled out his truck. No ticket was given to her. What can we do about this?

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Oct 14, 2022

Have your husband call a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Q: Temporary benefits reinstated

I have a pinched nerve in neck that 3 Drs have put in writing that it’s work related one being their own doctor also they tried everything to fix it but without accepting the claim now their doctor recommended disc replacement after that insurance company has went non responsive will not answer... Read more »

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Oct 14, 2022

Probably, it all depends on the record you made. Stop thinking they care about you as a person. To them you are the product. Similar to how Facebook sees you as the product.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Q: I have 2 pinched nerves from lifting cases of product. I am a truck driver that delivers and unloads my product.

Dr says it’s from degenerative arthritis but was no problem until I was unloading my truck one day. Now my right shoulder and arm go numb.

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Oct 10, 2022

Another fake opinion and fake denial. Gee, I wonder why?

Most of the authorized treating physicians are handpicked by the insurance company. That creates a conflict of interest and a bias against the injured worker. Because the injured worker is not the doctor's client or the customer;...
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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Q: Is a MMI required for every workers comp case? Dr. Released me with a 5 lb restriction and no over the head lifting?

He released me without addressing restrictions how does that work? Last restrictions was that above. Then referred me to Cervical Spine Dr. Then neck Dr says my injury is workers comp issue. Recommends surgery. But insurance says not work related due to degenerative arthritis but spine Dr and 2 of... Read more »

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Oct 8, 2022

Since July 1, 2017 you don’t have a chance to win without a lawyer, but finding one is not all that easy. When and how, when and how? What no injured worker seems to appreciate is how they are viewed by the authorized treating physicians. You are the product, not the client. The doctor doesn’t... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on
Q: Had a neck claim denied and shoulder claim accepted but after 4 months shoulder doctor says mri was normal for shoulder.

Shoulder Dr referred me to Cervical spine Dr and they have been treating neck does this mean it’s been accepted?

Stephen Douglas Lombardi
Stephen Douglas Lombardi
answered on Oct 8, 2022

No. Not accepted unless you have a letter from the insurance adjuster that says it is an accepted claim.

They don't want to accept the claim because it will entitle you to industrial disability (a higher benefit). Iowa workers' compensation has become a game of one denial after...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law and Collections for Iowa on
Q: If some one keeps giving out your phone number knowing that they are doing it falsely, is there any grounds for a suite?

who ever had my number before keeps giving it out for every thing under the sun that they don't want to ever pay or deal with. And it has been over 10 years. Is there any thing here I can do on the legal end to stop them?

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Sep 28, 2022

You can talk to a local lawyer whether this constitutes harassment but you have to determine who is responsible for doing so. Or you can change your phone number.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Iowa on
Q: Does a loan modification require the signature of all borrowers listed on the mortgage?

It’s a VA loan and I’m the qualifying veteran. The loan requires the property to be my primary residence but she refuses to refinance and take me off the loan. Also I signed a quit claim during the divorce

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 31, 2022

All notemakers will have to agree to the modification. However what did the Divorce order? If it required a conveyance and a refinance, then file an action to hold her in contempt. If the VA discovers any breach of the security instrument it might get the lender to foreclose, so be careful.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Iowa on
Q: After applying for *but not having been approved or denied* SSI benefits, are you able to move states?

A friend is currently homeless and has applied for SSI benefits in Tennessee. They have not been approved or denied. They wish to move to Iowa where I live. Will they need to start a new application process, or can they just notify the Social Security Office of a change of address?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Your friend can just update her address with Social Security when she moves at either the local Social Security field office or by calling the national Social Security number at 1-800-772-1213. Since Social Security is a Federal program, it will carry over when she moves to a new state. There is no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Collections and Consumer Law for Iowa on
Q: I filed chapter 7 last year, final. One creditor refused to be notified over phone, called me many times during

All other creditors took filing and attorney info over the phone (call recorded by me). Bankruptcy had been final for a time when the bank in question FINALLY took the attorney's information OVER THE PHONE! While it was happening I researched the number (would not answer it, as it was... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 6, 2022

You should sue them or at the very least bring contempt proceedings against them for violations the stay.

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