16
Aug

Safety Gear Makes All the Difference in Motorcycle Accidents

August 16, 2017

Summer will begin winding down soon in Indiana, and that means cooler temperatures and perfect riding weather are on the way.

If you’re heading out to ride on the state’s highways and interstates, it’s important to drive defensively and outfit yourself in the right gear. As a motorcyclist, you lack the same protection that drivers and passengers in vehicles get, and unless you’re properly equipped, you’re especially vulnerable to suffering critical and life-threatening injuries.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers know that full riding gear helps protect motorcyclists from injuries in a variety of ways:

  • Full-face helmets protect the face, head, and brain. With full-face helmets, riders are much less likely to suffer potentially fatal head injuries that are commonly seen in motorcyclists who either don’t wear helmets or who wear half helmets.
  • Riding jackets and pants protect from road rash. Even the thickest “normal” clothing is no match for the surface of the road when you contact it at high speed. Riding jackets and pants are designed with durable material that will protect your skin during an accident.
  • Gloves and boots protect hands, feet, fingers, and toes. Injuries to the extremities are common during motorcycle accidents. In some cases, victims may even lose fingers or toes due to severe road rash or from impact with the ground. Heavy-duty gloves and riding boots that cover the ankles protect the extremities and can prevent amputation.

While riding gear can help reduce the severity of injuries, it can’t always prevent them. If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your accident—we’re here to help.

9
Aug

Multiple Parties at Fault in Truck Accident Cases

August 09, 2017

While the fault for a car crash often falls on a single driver, the blame for truck accidents can be shared among multiple parties. If you were recently injured in a truck crash, you may find it difficult to begin the process of getting compensation for your accident—especially if you don’t know which party is to blame.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana truck accident attorneys investigate all the facts of your truck accident to determine who was at fault and how much they contributed to the accident. In many truck accidents, three separate parties may be held accountable:

  • The truck driver – Truck drivers are required and expected to obey all traffic laws. But when they speed, drive while intoxicated or impaired, or follow too closely behind other vehicles, they can cause deadly crashes.
  • The trucking company – Trucking companies sometimes prioritize profits over safety. When they do, they may overload trucks, fail to train drivers, or force drivers to work for extended periods of time without proper rest.
  • The truck owner – Third parties own many semi trucks and tractor trailers, and it’s their responsibility to make sure their vehicles are well-maintained and safe for driving—especially on long-distance and cross-country trips.

Because truck accidents are legally complex and trucking companies are often represented by big insurance companies, it’s important to have an attorney on your side that won’t back down from a challenge.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve fought for our clients’ rights for years, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Fill out a free consultation form to get started today.

3
Aug

Move Over for Stopped Emergency Vehicles

August 03, 2017

Indiana law requires that all drivers change lanes when they approach stopped emergency vehicles on two or four-lane roadways.

“Move Over Laws” are on the books in states throughout the country to protect police officers, firefighters, paramedics, utility, and rescue workers who often work just a few feet from speeding vehicles.

If you see any of the following vehicles stopped on the side of a street, highway, or interstate, you should change lanes as soon as it’s safe to do so:

  • Ambulances
  • Fire trucks
  • Highway incident-response vehicles
  • Highway maintenance vehicles
  • Highway patrol cars
  • Police cruisers
  • Rescue vehicles
  • Tow trucks
  • Utility service vehicles

Changing lanes can help you avoid the risk of striking a stopped vehicle, pedestrian, or emergency responder, but it’s important to be cautious when you follow the law. If you don’t have room or time to change lanes, reduce your speed and proceed near the stopped vehicle with caution.

Drivers who violate the state’s “Move Over Law” by failing to change lanes or slow down can be charged with a fine and lose their licenses for up to two years if they cause an accident that damages property or results in the injury or death of an emergency worker.

Were you or someone you love injured in an accident that could have been prevented if the driver changed lanes? If so, you can contact Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indiana auto accident lawyers for a free consultation. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Let us fight for your rights to compensation.

26
Jul

Insurance Companies Are in Business to Make Money—Not Pay Settlements

July 26, 2017

Despite their catchy slogans and viral advertisements, insurance companies rarely have the best interests of the people who need them the most at heart. Big insurers generate huge profits year after year, and those profits often come at the expense of people who need settlements and payouts after suffering serious injuries or developing severe illnesses.

When you file a claim with your insurance provider, its teams of adjusters will begin looking for ways to reduce or even deny your claim and potential settlement offer. Adjusters have many tricks to accomplish this, including:

  • Using your own words against you
  • Disqualifying your claim due to minor paperwork errors
  • Offering low-ball settlement offers in the hopes that you’ll accept
  • Giving you the runaround and counting on you to give up

In many cases, the odds are stacked against ordinary people like you who were hurt by someone else’s negligence. Getting an experienced Indiana personal injury lawyer on your side can help level the playing field. When you set up a free consultation with our legal team, you’ll get personalized attention and a commitment to success. Let us get started on your claim today.

19
Jul

Saving Your Financial Future After an Accident

July 19, 2017

A car accident can change your life instantly. Suddenly you’re facing the costs of car repairs, medical bills, and other expenses you didn’t see coming. Your financial future can start to feel much less secure. At Stewart & Stewart, we help car accident victims find a better future. We do this by fighting for maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Getting that level of results takes diligence and dedication to the profession, as well as meaningful connections to our clients.

At Stewart & Stewart, we pride ourselves on our professional experience. We approach every case as if the future of our client depends on the outcome, because it often does. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your financial future will be directly impacted by what happens with your injury claim. You’re going to need substantial compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Our job is to help you get every dollar you deserve in the least amount of time.

Call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation in an effort to set you up for success moving forward. You don’t need to go through this process alone. Contact us today so we can help you take your next step.

12
Jul

Nursing Home Abuse? Don’t Wait to Get Help.

July 12, 2017

Even the best nursing home facilities can be guilty of abuse or neglect. All it takes is one irresponsible or negligent employee to put the well-being of residents at risk. And when that occurs, the results can be devastating.

Nursing home abuse and neglect comes in a variety of forms. It’s important that you recognize signs of abuse early to ensure your loved one’s safety. Some common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect include:

  • pale complexion
  • poor hygiene
  • bruises or broken bones
  • malnutrition
  • changes in mental or emotional stability
  • anxiety or depression
  • unauthorized changes to medication
  • offensive odors

If you suspect your aging loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, the first thing you should do is get them to safety. Do this immediately. The sooner you get your loved one out of harm’s way, the better. Their life could depend on what you do next.

Once their safety has been secured, call an Indiana nursing home abuse attorney at Stewart & Stewart. We know your loved one’s rights and will do everything within our power to protect them. You don’t have the luxury of time in this situation. Contact us today.

6
Jul

Workplace Injury? Don’t Settle for Less.

July 06, 2017

In theory, workers’ compensation insurance should cover injured workers in Indiana in the event of a workplace accident. However, “cover” means different things to different people. To the insurance company, that means paying out as little as possible for medical and other expenses. To us, it means fully compensating injured workers for every expense related to their injuries, including current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

Many injured workers in Indiana don’t know that they can negotiate with the insurance company around their workers’ compensation claim. That’s why so many take less than they deserve, putting themselves and their families in a tough financial position. An experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorney can help you negotiate with the insurance company for all the benefits you deserve, not just what they’re willing to pay. The first step is giving us a call for a free consultation. We’ll discreetly review your case at no cost or obligation. If we feel we can help, we’ll do everything within our power to get you benefits as quickly as possible.

If you’ve been injured on the job, your workers’ compensation claim is far too important to your family’s future for you to try and go it alone. Contact us today for your free consultation. Let our Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys put their experience to work for you.

28
Jun

Your Future Is Worth Fighting For

June 28, 2017

We all spend a lot of time thinking about our futures. For most of us, that future holds possibilities we’re willing to wait for. From financial freedom to personal achievement, the plans we make for our futures can have a positive influence on our present. It gives us something to look forward to and yes, even fight for. For accident victims in Indiana, that future is immediately put at risk, and it may not be a fight you can weather alone.

At Stewart & Stewart, we handle all types of personal injury cases. Our main goal is getting maximum compensation for our clients. The reason we fight so hard for that compensation is we know it may be the only way you can recapture the future you’ve always imagined. We’re not just fighting for fair compensation. We’re fighting for the dreams and aspirations that were threatened when that careless driver turned your whole world upside down.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for your free consultation. Our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys have been helping the injured in Indiana get the compensation they deserve for decades, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Your future is worth fighting for. Contact us today.

21
Jun

Indiana Truck Accident Investigators Working for You

June 21, 2017

Truck drivers have one of the toughest and most important jobs in America. Through tireless hours and unrelenting concentration, they get vital resources to folks across our country. At Stewart & Stewart, we have a great amount of respect for their contributions to our society. What we can’t respect is trucking companies who put these drivers in compromising situations all in the name of profits.

A fatigued driver in a regular automobile can be just as dangerous as an intoxicated driver. Add 80,000 lbs. to that equation (what many tractor-trailers weigh), and you get a recipe for disaster. Our experienced Indiana truck accident attorneys investigate truck accidents to determine who was at fault and why. We do so to ensure our clients get treated fairly in the injury claim process and get maximum compensation for their injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a big truck accident, you need a law firm on your side that won’t stop until we get the answers you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation and work to hold those accountable responsible for what you’ve been through. The big trucking companies have teams of lawyers looking out for their best interests. Shouldn’t you have an experienced Indiana truck accident attorney looking out for yours? Contact us today.

14
Jun

Medical Negligence vs. Medical Malpractice

June 14, 2017

One of the most important relationships in our lives isn’t with a family member, friend, or colleague. It’s with our physician. That relationship can determine both the quality and longevity of your life. It requires an investment of trust on both your parts. When that trust is betrayed, the results can be devastating, as many Indiana medical malpractice victims have discovered.

Medical negligence occurs much more than you might think. However, just because your physician or hospital was negligent doesn’t necessarily mean malpractice exists. In order for malpractice to exist, there must be injuries involved. For example, if your physician accidentally prescribes the wrong medication, it may be considered medical negligence. However, it only becomes medical malpractice if taking that prescription leads to physical or mental harm.

If you feel you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call immediately. We know how to determine if your experience warrants a lawsuit. If so, we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation for what you’ve been through. It costs you nothing to find out your options. Contact our experienced Indiana medical malpractice attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation.