Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation System- Myths and Mysteries Revealed

September 28th, 2022 by admin No comments »

Another misconception that some injured workers have is that the insurance adjustor is there to help you with your work injury case. The insurance adjustor works for your employer and/or their insurance company and has no duty to protect your rights or even tell you what the law is. Also, sometimes a nurse or medical case manager will be assigned to your case. The nurse will come to your appointments, talk to your doctors and often act like they are your friend. Keep in mind that they also are working for your employer and/or their insurance company so be careful what you tell them. They are trained to find things in your past medical treatment and try to use those things against you in your work injury case. While honesty is always the best policy that does not mean you should tell them your whole life story. Along the same lines, often people think that they have to let the medical case manager into the examination room. The answer is no, you do not have to let them in during the examination. However, under Iowa law they can speak with your doctors and other medical providers when you are not present.

Sometimes clients will come to see me after they have fired an attorney they found in the phone book who advertised as a workers’ compensation attorney. Any Iowa attorney can advertise that they handle workers’ compensation cases even though they may have never handled a single case. What you need to look for is an attorney who advertises “practicing primarily in workers’ compensation”. This means that the attorney has certified with the Iowa State Bar Association that at least 40% of their law practice involves workers’ compensation and that they have spent at least 15 hours per year taking continuing education classes about Iowa’s workers’ compensation laws. Iowa’s work injury laws are far too complex for someone without knowledge and experience to represent an injured worker. Only a qualified Iowa workers’ compensation attorney can make sure that your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly in your case.

Another thing to look for when searching for an attorney is what results they have obtained for their clients and what their past clients have to say. Don’t take “all my cases are confidential” as an answer. Ask yourself do you want someone representing you with a proven track record or do you want to take a gamble on the attorney you chose. If an attorney has obtained good results for past clients and past clients have good things to say, then chances are they are qualified to to represent an injured worker. Whether you live in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Iowa City, Ft. Dodge, Marshalltown or even outside of the state of Iowa, you should find an experienced Iowa work injury attorney to help you.

Iowa Expungement 101

April 20th, 2022 by admin No comments »

Under Iowa law, you can expunge, or erase, three types of criminal records:

1. Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age (PAULA), which are also referred to as Minor In Possession convictions (i.e., M.I.P.), may be erased in accordance with Iowa Code 123.47, as long as 2 years have actually passed from the time of conviction and you received no new citations (not including simple moving vehicle offenses) during the course of the same two year time span. In most cases, it is high school students and university undergraduates that receive such convictions and need to get them expunged before they send resumes for jobs, summer internships, higher education, or professional degrees. In today’s competitive market, even a minor misdemeanor record might be a serious hindrance.

2. Public Intoxication– which describes drinking alcohol in public, being intoxicated in the open, or merely pretending to be intoxicated in public– could be removed pursuant to Iowa Statute 123.46 as long as 2 years have passed since the judgment of conviction and you received no other criminal convictions (not taking into account minor motor vehicle infractions) throughout that same 2 year time (these are the exact same conditions for removing a PAULA in Iowa ). You may receive a public intoxication citation regardless of age. Consequently, many adults who may have plead guilty to a public intoxication charge while tailgating or at a wedding party, for instance, wisely do what’s necessary to expunge the record before it impacts their employment, credit rating, or even references.

3. Deferred Judgments are a form of judicial leniency that can apply to a broad range of criminal violations that are generally minor in nature. In the usual deferred judgment situation, a charged individual pleads guilty to the citation, but the judge defers, or waits before entering, the guilty plea and orders probation instead. Granted that all the conditions of probation are properly performed, then the record can be sealed off from the public record.

The Iowa Expungement Process: The process for expunging Iowa criminal records is reasonably simple, and can be summarized in three basic steps.

First, is the drafting of a legal document called the petition, or application to the judge, seeking expungement. The petition needs to contain the relevant facts along with the proper Iowa code sections regarding your case.

Second, after the petition or application has been properly drafted, it must be filed with the correct courthouse (each of Iowa’s ninety-nine counties has its own court building) and served to the appropriate prosecuting attorney’s address.

Finally, if you complete the correct filings and satisfy the expungement prerequisites, the judge rules on your petition and will frequently grant the expungement with no a hearing by docketing an order necessitating that the court clerk and necessary state agencies expunge or seal the case history.

You have a right to either handle your own expungement or hire a lawyer. The decision is up to you. Commonly, the more intricate the legal matter, the more you require a lawyer. Fortunately, expungements in Iowa are often relatively simple, in other words, if you meet the requirements for expungement under Iowa code, the judge must grant your petition. All you need to get the expungement is to file the correct legal filings with clerk of court and send them to the correct parties. With the right resources, many people are able to successfully file their own expungements in Iowa at a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney.

The Important of Reputation Management For Your Business

March 18th, 2022 by admin No comments »

Have you been searching for accommodating and solid data? Indeed, this article will ensure you get a few strong ideas. It will assist you with sorting out some way to more readily deal with your standing.

Posting data via online media locales is essential to your business’ standing. You should post a few times each week at any rate to actually run an advertising effort. Assuming you see that posting via online media locales is overpowering, consider recruiting an aide to make your posts for you.

At the point when individuals invest in some opportunity to offer something about your business, it is vital that you are sufficiently gracious to answer. While you might be an extremely bustling individual, it shows your crowd that you really care about them and what they need to say. This is imperative to keep a consistent client base.

At the point when you talk with your crowd, ensure that you do as such in a conversational tone. Individuals try to avoid the possibility of entrepreneurs continuously addressing them with promoting to them. While you would like to make a deal, you ought to never cause a client to feel like this is your main concern.

Be grateful. Assuming somebody leaves a decent audit about your organization, send them an individual message and express gratitude toward them for their criticism. On the off chance that conceivable, send your client a coupon for a specific percent off on their next buy as a much obliged. In the event that this is preposterous, earnestly say thanks to them for their input.

Assuming you will utilize anybody’s thoughts, you ought to constantly make a point to give them credit for that. Everybody out there can advance a little from others, so giving due credit will show individuals that you don’t think you are over that. This is an extraordinary method for getting their appreciation.