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6M The Des Moines Register Thursday, August 20, 1998 Obituaries and Almanac Bridge idea SIDE VIEW i' UMh Pi , : p i-- mil - . ; I 60 meters (190 feet)' L-. :...! : n fa S0UCE: to cross the Golden Horn inlet in Istanbul. At 1,155 feet, it would have been the world's longest bridge. But the sultan rejected the plan because he doubted it would work. The scaled-down version of the bridge envisioned would reunify the Capitol grounds. A footbridge would :--L Da Vinci bridge plan considered at Capitol BRIDGE Continued from Page 1M adequate clearance" for trucks. There's also the matter of cost. The Legislature will be asked again next year to allocate money for a pedestrian bridge. The general services department has estimated $4 million, but commission members believe the bridge could be built for less. If state officials choose the da Vinci design, they will be showing more faith in it than did Sultan Ba-jazet II. Da Vinci designed his bridge Armey campaigns for McKibben The Recistf.r's Iowa News Service Pella, la. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, campaigned Wednesday in Pella for state Sen. Larry McKibben, Republican candidate for the U.S. House from Iowa's 3rd District. "Americans should be able to keep more of what they earn. Larry McKibben and I agree on the need for significant tax reform to achieve this goal," Armey said in a statement released by McKibben's campaign. "Lower taxes, a simple tax code and a fair IRS will keep the economy strong and boost savings and investment so all families, especially Iowa families, will have more opportunities to pursue their dreams," Armey said in the statement. McKibben is trying to unseat Democrat Leonard Boswell. Knoxville councilman fined in benefits probe Former Iowan a; Persis Khambatta ; dies of heart attack Bombay, India (AP) Persis Khambatta, a former Miss India who lived for a time in West Des Moines and portrayed a navigator in the film "Star Trek The Motion Picture," died in Bombay following a massive heart attack, newspapers reported Wednesday. Khambatta, 49, who died Tuesday in a Bombay hospital, had undergone a bypass operation in 1983. She and her husband, Rui Saldan-ah, married at the Polk County Courthouse in May 1989 and lived for a time in West Des Moines. Saldanah was not listed among her survivors. She began modeling at the age of 13 and went on to win the Miss India beauty crown in 1965. She starred in a few Hindi language films in India and then went to feature in Hollywood productions, such as "The Wilby Conspiracy," "Conduct Unbecoming" and "Night Hawks." Her biggest break as an actress was playing Lt. Aliea in the "Star Trek" movie. . JAMES DOYLE JR. Des Moines James Phillip Doyle Jr., 37, of 1503 Penn Ave. died Sunday at Des Moines General Hospital. A medical examiner's report is pending. Services were held Wednesday at Hamilton's Funeral Home Chap el, with burial at Glendale Cemetery. -Mr. Doyle was born in Chicago and had lived in Des Moines most of his life. He was a general laborer. Surviving are a son, James, a daughter, Jessica Doyle, and a sister, Cheryl Groves, all of Des Moines. EARL ESTES Riverview, Fla. Earl M. Estes, 93, of Riverview, Fla., died of a heart ailment there Tuesday. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield, la. Interment will be at Greenfield Cemetery. Mr. Estes was born in Adair County had lived in Greenfield many years before moving to Riverview in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Hazel; a son, Harry of Valrico, Fla.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. ADVERTISEMENT vtr., V f i ' ' Des Moines Births IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL BAINTER Kristi and Ron of Des Moines, a son, Tuesday. BURCH Angie and Calvin of Des Moines, a daughter, Tuesday. MILLER Shirley and James of Ames, a daughter, Wednesday. NUNEZ Margarita and Salvador of Des Moines, a daughter, Tuesday. WOODARD Cindy Cox and Adam Woo-dard of Des Moines, a son, Wednesday. YAKUBU Bilkisu Yakubu and Ibrahim Suleman of Des Moines, a son, Wednesday. IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER CRAVER Brenda and Jordan of Newton, a son, Tuesday. GRAHAM Lori and Bill of Kent, a daughter, Tuesday. HILL Deena and Sam of Prairie City, a daughter, Tuesday. JAMES Mary and Fritz of Des Moines, a daughter, Tuesday. LAIRD Susan and R, Scott of Waukee, a son, Tuesday. MERCY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER DORAN Tamara and John of Ankeny, a son, Tuesday. HORTON Kamedah Logan of Des Moines, a son, Wednesday. KAHRIMANOVIC Mejrusa and Vahid of Ankeny, a daughter, Wednesday. LANGE Rebecca and Kurt of Urban-dale, a son, Tuesday. PENNEY Nhot and Eric of Des Moines, a daughter, Wednesday. RIEMENSCHNEIDER Brenda and Scott of West Des Moines, a daughter, Wednesday. SPENCE Rachelle and Russell of Milo, a daughter, Tuesday. STRIPE Stephanie Judkins and Shawn Stripe of Des Moines, a daughter, Wednesday. Divorces These people have been granted divorces in Polk County: Bruce and Marianne Bogle. Julie A. and Robert D. Stepleford. Vivian Maxine and Donald Jay Newburn. Robert Leonard and Melinda Sue Perinne-Ramirez. Tricia M. and Scott Amdahl. Martin Lynn Aneigh and Mindy Lynn Gyles. Rodney Gene Allbee and Renee Christine Perez. Billie Milton Cooper and Audrey Arline Buchman. Andrew B. Doria and Nessa Lea Wauters. Andrew Patrick Erickson and Michelle Ann Burrows. Jesse Eugene Fallis and Kathyrn Mae Conley. Heriberto Hernandez and Dalia Maria Jocobo. Yunus Hidajat and Trang Xuan Lec. Andrew David Jensen and Lorie Anne Dillin. Michael Lee Johnson and Stacy Mitchell. Corey Lynn Lewis and Margaret Zoe Spellman. Justin Nnamdi Livinus and Edith Uche Lhesirika. Miguel Malagon and Antonia C. Lechuga. David Lynn Minor and Karen Marie Parish. Juan Carlos Mungaray and Norma Angelica Valdez. Mitchell Dale Nissen and Tracy Lynn Schaffer. Mattew Doyle Powers and Toa Margarita Galambos. Donald Paul Reimers and Shelley Lee Grim. Sean Andrew Wallace and Laura Vergene Albright. Michael Glen Wedemeyer and Jill Ann Greufe. Delan Edward Weuve and Shirley Rene Hebrank. - .11:.'L!.. tit,.?'.,; Leonardo da Vlncl D Iowa Capitol Planning Commission officials are considering a bridge design by Leonardo Da Vinci for a Court Avenue site. TOP VIEW SCOTT KAVKNTlIK RKiilSTKK again make the Japanese Bell and Bell House, among other monuments south of the street, readily accessible to Statehouse visitors. Jonathan Roos can be reached at (515) 284-8443 or a one-time incident," Flack said. "At no time has the school lost money. However, we are addressing this concern internally." Flack said Walters remains an employee of the district. Walters was unavailable for comment. Investigators with the Social Security Administration said school officials were not culpable for the error. No civil charges were filed, said Al Overbaugh, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Des Moines. "Walters didn't make any admission of guilt and settled before any charges were filed," Overbaugh said. Reporter Jason Clayworth can be reached at (515) 699-7043 or ib ' -"" 1 kij n.., 1 if ' ; ; attorneys and are paid By JASON CLAYWORTH Rroistrr Staff Writer A Knoxville city councilman will pay a $5,000 fine for supplying his employer with false information related to obtaining Social Security benefits. Leonard G. Walters, who drives a bus for the Knoxville school district, agreed to pay the penalty after an investigation by state and federal authorities. Randy Flack, superintendent of the Knoxville school district, said the inaccurate report came after a time sheet for an extracurricular trip was not turned in. Flack said the school district did not realize there was an inaccuracy until the investigation began. . "Investigators led us to believe this is JJiflsG: ttDna fecter, pEaase. To send your press release to The Register the easy way. simply fax your news to us at (515) 286-2504. ADVERTISEMENT Engineering college plans picnic, tour The Rkoistkr's Iowa News Skrvick Iowa City, la. Students, staff and faculty at the University of Iowa 'College of Engineering are preparing 'a series of engineering-related activities in September. ; The three Iowa senior chapters ; and two university student chapters , of the Institute of Industrial Engineers will hold a picnic, tour a local manufacturer, display posters and 'provide high school counselors with information about industrial engineering as a career choice. For information, call (319) 384-0030. Issued by major depository ' institutions Due 082813 19 Year Final Maturity Interest paid semi-annual Callable beginning 082899 at 101.00" FDIC Insured up to $100,000 l Annual Percentage Yield (APY)- -interest cannot remain on deposit; periodic payout or interest a required. Effective 081998. Market value will fluctuate it sold prior to maturity. This deposit note is callable at the option of the issuer, not the investor Call or stop by today. MMuailMrt 10 2nd St. St 967-7644 AMES Jeff Gibbons Mary Gibbons ALTOONA Mike Tlmmons 3b2ll Beavei 277- 0719 OES MOINES Amy Hill WJtbMtfleHayHoad 254-1697 GRINNELL Loren Kolpin 909 MHin 236-6139 INOIANOIA Quendy Durham So Howard 962-1949 INOIANOIA Phil Langstraat 13 So Howard 961-5367 JOHNSTON Wayne Belner SHr Merit' Hay 278- 2525 KNOXVILLE Kirk Leonard 100 N 2nd St. 828-7711 MARSHALL TOWN Doug Reese 16 P Main 753-4163 MARSHALL TOWN Dick Russell ?no s Center 752-3017 DES MOINES NEVADA MarkCahM 1 128 6111 SI. 382-3041 NEWTON Nancy LeBianc 232-5059 Bob LeBianc 792-5550 PELLA AMES Robert Greiner ?W N Duff Ave. 232-3371 BOONE Mike Overton HI Keeter 432-7127 CUVE Matt Mulleni 253-9902 DES MOINES Patrick Franke 2?l l Grand Ave. 280-7475 OES MOINES John Tllk 5711 Hickman 255-7589 DES MOINES Kevin Pearson 4313HeurOr. 285-1838 DES MOINES Terry Peter ?H?b Hubbetl 266-0174 Scon Van Tassll 628-1552 PERRV Jim Gibbons t?09 2nd St 465-5336 URBANDALE David Smith 7b1 1 Oouqlas 276-6237 WINTERSFT Mark Pearson 1 to w conn st 462-4426 809 Washington W. DES MOINES Jan Beliuchi 4401 Westown 223-1205 W. DES MOINES Al Cross 11?? Grand Ave 226-0340 www. edwardiones. com Member SIPC Edwardjones Serving Individual Investors Since 1871 ADVERTISEMENT Personal Injury: Slip and Fall Accident QMy wife recertify slipped and fell while shopping in a local store, sustaining severe injuries, including a hip fracture. She has not been mobile since the injury, and our doctor indicates that she will have significant and permanent impairment. Needless to say, our lives have been severely disrupted and we are faced with great uncertainty about the future. We have been informed that $1,000 was all she could recover. What can we do? A The suggestion that you could only recover $1,000 probably reflects the maximum amount of medical pay insurance that the store had at the time of your wire's injury ana which is paid regardless of the cause of injury. To collect this amount toward your wife's medical bills, you would only need to show that she was injured while on the store's premises. In order to recover an additional amount, it would require a showing that her fall was caused by the negligence of the store. Although the store is not a guarantor of your wife's safety, the store (and their liability insurance companyl is accountable for injuries caused by hazards which were created by the store or its employees, of which they knew about or should have known about and did not correct. Such causes of action must be brought in the state of Iowa within two years from the date pt the tail. Elements of recovery include not only medical bills and wage loss, both past and future, but also past and future pain and suffering (both physical ana mental), loss orrunction, and disfigurement. Tom Whitney Attorney at Law TOM WHITNEY LAW OFFICES 900 Two Ruan Center Des Moines, Iowa 50309 (515) 245-3866 L05P1SAFA.TW Personal Injury: Disclosing Prior Medical Care Why is if important for an j injured person to disclose prior medical problems? A Any prior injury or medical care is relevant in determining what injury you sustained from this accident. For example, a person who hurts their neck in an automobile accident should expect to be ques MM" 1" l . Legally Speaking advertisements.' For more information concerning LegaEy Speaking, txxrtad KTTacker or Gary D. Piiis at 234-8329. i ux segments are written by surgery made it impossible for him to continue in the same job. The employer has offered him an in town driving job but this results in a substantial drop in earnings because of a reduced rate of pay. Should he accept this job? If he accepts this job will the worker be able to replace any of the lost wages? A As long as the new job fits within the physical restrictions imposed by your doctor and you believe that you are able to physically perform the ob, you should give strong consideration to accepting the job. Reasons not to accept the ob are if you are physically unable to perform it or you have a better job lined up. Since you nave an injury to your neck you are entitled to be compensated on an industrial disability basis. In essence, a determination of your lost earning capacity needs to be made. This analysis is usually done initially by your attorney. The analysis would include your age, education, prior work experience, your physical condition, earnings before the injury, and earnings after the injury. True wage replacement does not take place in a workers' compensation Legally am. case. Other factors to consider include your motivation to continue to work and the fact that your employer was willing to accommodate your restrictions by finding yoy work, even though at a lower rate of pay. If you have a job available to you that better fits your physical restrictions, andor pays you a greater wage than what is being offered by your current employer there is no reason not to explore those opportunities as well. Accepting employment with a different employer will not end your workers' compensation claim against your current employer. Channing Dutton, Attorney at Law Author: WinningProving Your Workers Compensation Case for the Iowa Trial Lawyers Seminar (1993) Member, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc. LAWYER, LAWYER, DUTTON & DRAKE 1200 35th Street, Suite 500 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (515) 224-4400 1-800-890-4544 L02WCAA.CD Speaking circurn-general guid- such differences into account, of the information may m may apply in other f. I , I " ' , Worker's Compensation: Carpal Tunnel Benefits Q Early last year, I had carpal tunnel surgery done on my left wrist. I did receive temporary workers' compensation benefits during the weeks I was away from work. While I still have some symptoms in my hand, I have been able to continue working. Recently the carrier sent me a check for 3.8 weeks of benefits and a letter saying that the doctor had rated me as having sustained a permanent impairment of 2 to my hand. That seems low to me. Am I entitled to any other benefits as the result of my work-related injury, if I cash this check? A Yes. Regardless of whether you cash the check sent by the carrier, you are still entitled to ask for the interest on those permanency dollars, dating back to the day you were able to return to work. In addition, if you believe the company doctor's rating was too low, you are entitled to a second opinion from a doctor of your choice on the question of how much permanent impairment you now nave. Depending on your past medical history, moreover, you may be entitled to other benefits from the Second Injury Fund. Finally, you should also understand that injured workers are entitled to on-going medical treatment even after they have returned to work, as long as that treatment is causally related to the work injury. For these and other reasons, you may want to consult with an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation law to make sure you understand all of your rights. Max Schott and Jason D. Neifert Attorneys at Law MAX SCHOTT AND ASSOCIATES 6959 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 503 11 (515) 277-4727 (800) 577-7288 L6H04WCCT.MS Social Security Disability NAfter I received a denial of my Vxreguest for reconsideration, I asked for a hearing. That was several months ago. Why does ft take so long to get a hearing? If I hire a lawyer, will my case be handled any faster? tioned by the doctors, and the insurance company, concerning any previous injuries to the neck and shoulder region. The reason for this inquiry is that the insurance company is entitled to know if you are seeking compensation for an old condition that has been aggravated by an accident, or if this is an entirely new traumatic injury. Of course even an aggravation of an old injury can be covered in the claim. Uninformed injury victims sometimes believe they should not disclose prior medical problems of significant nature. They reason that the prior problem is not the cause of the current injury and fear that if they reveal the earlier injury they will be denied medical care or compensation needed as a result of this accident. The danger here is that the injured person is withholding evidence that may or may not be relevant. When you withholcf evidence from the doctors, or the insurance company, you raise the question as to whether or not you are being truthful on other topics. For example, assume that a person injured their knee in a basketball game many years ago. If that same person then suffers a broken hip jn a broken hip suffered in a car accident, me raiiure to aisciose it couia aaverse- ly impact your case. The pest policy is to provide full and complete disclosure on all topics involved in litigation. Any time you withhold information from your doctors or the insurance company, you can harm your case to a greater extent than ever would have been done by revealing the inlormation. If you have questions as to what type of information is relevant, or should be disclosed, you should consult with an attorney or your choice. ( Channing Dutton Attorney at Law Member, Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa (1985-1987) LAWYER, LAWYER DUTTON & DRAKE 1200 35th Street Suite 500 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (515) 224-4400 1-800-890-4544 L703PLCO Workers' Compensation: Accepting a Job with Less Pay Q Assume an over-the-road truck driver injures his neck while unloading the company trailer. The physical restriction after his neck 5ar acciaenr it is important to aisciose ie prior knee injury. Although the prior knee injury is not relevant to a A The most frustrating thing a per-' son can be asked to do is wait, especially when you are waiting on something as important as the decision on your disability claim. The reason that it takes so long to get a hearing is that there are so many people who requested a hearing before you and the only fair way to do it is to hear the cases in the order in which they are received. The Office of Hearings and Appeals in West Des Moines handles most of the disability hearings for people living in Iowa. There are six Administrative Law Judges there. If the hearing is held in West Des Moines, the case is randomly assigned to a judge. That case is then "worked up". That is, all the papers put in the proper order, duplicates discarded, and the like. When the case is ready to schedule, the judge's assistant will try to schedule the cases first that have been waiting for a hearing longest. Sometimes, for any number or reasons, certain judges have more cases waiting for hearing that others and one individual will have to wait a couple more months for a hearing than someone else. If a hearing is postponed, it will be rescheduled with the same judge as soon as possible. The thing that you must remember is that when the Administrative Law Judge works on your case, the Judge will give it the attention needed to make the best decision possible. While a lawyer cannot make your case come up for hearing any faster - (that would be unfair to the people who requested a hearing before you) - the lawyer can make sure that the Administrative Law Judge has all the information needed to make the correct decision so that further appeals and further delays can be avoided. The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives is a nationwide group of lawyers who practice Social Security Law. Theses lawyers attend conferences about Social Security law and share information with each other in order to keep up with recent developments in the law. We are members of this organization and accept representation of clients on a contingent fee basis. If you have further ayestions, please feel free to call our office. Max Schott and Thomas A. Krause Attorneys at Law Members, National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives MAX SCHOTT AND ASSOCIATES 6959 University Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50311-1540 Phone (515) 277-4727 800-577-7288 I2SNW If you have a question you would like to see in Legally Speaking send it to: The Des Moines Register co Legally Speaking, Attn: Brandon Ryals or Gory D. Pitts, P.O. Box 957, Des Moines, lA 50304. USE OF THIS FEATURE This feature is intended to provide helpful information about the law. But remember that the information is general, and is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a lawyer. The information in this feature is organized by topic. The headings indicate the topic of the questions and answer and are not intended to identify any description or imitation of practice by the author, when using this feature, keep these limitations in mind: This is only a general explanation. Small differences in individual stances can be .very important in resolving legal problems, and the gene ldual ance provided by this feature cannot take Information about the law quickly becomes outdated. While every effort was made to ensure that the information was accurate when written, the law changes so quickly that by the time you read this, there are bound to be some important changes. The focus, is on Iowa. While some states, you should assume that other states will have ditterent laws. It you have a legal problem, do not attempt to solve it on the basis of the information pro-videa in this feature. Get a lawyers advice. "The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rtile of the Supreme of kwa. A description or indication of limitation of practice does not mean that any agency or board has certified such lawyer as a specialist or expert in an indicated field of law practice nor does it mean that such lawyer is necessarily any more expert or competent than any other lawyer. Al potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa." Memberships and offices in legal fraternities and legal societies, technical and professional licenses, and memberships in scientific, technical and professional associations and societies of law or field of practice does not mean that a lawyer is a specialist or expert in a field of law, nor does it mean that such a lawyer is necessarily more expert or competent than any other lawyer. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. This notice is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa. The Des Moines Register is not responsible for the information presented herein. aJaUaHaa1

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