18
Jan

The Other Guy Already Has an Attorney

January 18, 2017

On the road there are rules. Those rules were established to protect all drivers. From stop signs to painted double yellow lines, these markers are a framework designed to help you and your loved ones get from A to B without incident. When followed, the framework works. When it is not, there’s often a different outcome. Consequently, most car accidents in Indiana result from someone straying outside that framework or ignoring the rules all together—an act of negligence that isn’t easily forgiven.

If you’ve been hit by a careless driver, you know firsthand the anger you feel. However, that anger isn’t why you should seek a lawyer to handle your injury claim. You’ve got to protect your best interests. By default, the at-fault driver automatically has an attorney provided by their insurance company. That attorney will fight tooth and nail to minimize the amount of money you get from their insurance company. Why wouldn’t you even the fight from the start and get your own attorney?

If you’ve been injured by a careless driver, even the playing field and call our experienced car accident attorneys for a free consultation. We know how the insurance companies work, and we know how to beat them at their own game. Call us today for your no cost, no obligation consultation, and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

11
Jan

Injured Workers in Indiana Deserve Better

January 11, 2017

Some of the most important jobs are paid hourly. From construction work to waste disposal, our society only functions due to the efforts of millions of Americans who punch a clock every day. If it were up to us, these hourly workers would be placed on salary with paid vacation and sick leave. Unfortunately, we’re nowhere near that reality, which means if hardworking Americans like yourself are injured on the job, your livelihood and your family’s financial future is automatically threatened.

Even if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be fully compensated for your injuries. You deserve to have all your current and future medical expenses taken care of, lost wages paid, and other expenses handled. In short, you shouldn’t have to come out of pocket for anything. Getting the insurance company to buy into that demand can be difficult on your own, which is why you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney fighting on your behalf.

If you’ve been injured on the job, get a law firm on your side with the experience necessary to get you full workers’ compensation benefits. Our experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys won’t let the insurance company take advantage of your situation. You deserve full benefits, and that’s exactly what we’ll go after. Contact us today for a free consultation.

4
Jan

Social Security Disability: Getting it Right the First Time

January 04, 2017

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a safeguard for disabled Americans who can no longer work or make a living on their own. Without SSD benefits, these individuals would struggle to make ends meet. Although Social Security Disability has never made anyone rich, it could be the difference between living well and falling through the cracks.

That’s why it’s so important that you secure SSD benefits as quickly as possible, and an experienced Indiana Social Security Disability attorney can help you do just that. The SSD application process is notoriously difficult to navigate on your own, which is why more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied. That’s thousands of Americans denied every single year. Thankfully, with an attorney’s help, many of those who were initially denied will receive benefits through the appeal process, but it’s important that you secure legal help as soon as possible.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give yourself the best chance of winning your appeal by calling an experienced attorney today. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve been helping the disabled people of Indiana get the benefits they deserve for years, and we’re ready to help you as well. Your SSD benefits are too important to your family to try and go it alone. Contact us today.

28
Dec

Leaving You Better Off Than We Found You

December 28, 2016

A good rule for teaching children to respect borrowed possessions is “leave it better than you found it.” That’s an old adage that still holds true today, especially in personal injury law. Every client who comes through our doors trusts us with something very precious: their future. And that’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly.

Filing an injury claim is something no one wants to do, but the outcome of that claim could be the difference between fully recovering from an accident and finding yourself in a financial nightmare. It’s vitally important that you get maximum compensation for your injuries, because chances are, you’re going to need every penny. In our experience, the insurance company will try and pay you as little as possible. After all, minimizing your claim is in their best interests. Getting them to pay what you truly deserve can be difficult on your own, which is why so many folks in Indiana turn to us for help.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve been fighting on behalf of Indiana’s injured for more than 30 years. In that time, we’ve never taken for granted the awesome task entrusted to us by our clients. We work hard to maximize every client’s injury claim, because we know their family’s future may depend on it. And we’re ready to do the same for you.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. You deserve to be fully compensated for what you’ve been through, and we’ll fight to make sure you are. Contact us today.

21
Dec

Three Facts You Need to Know about Car Accidents

December 21, 2016

Most Americans will never need the help of a personal injury lawyer. Although most of us will be involved in a car accident during our lifetime, the majority of those accidents are minor and will not involve injuries. However, just because the chances of you being involved in a serious accident are low doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Here are three facts every driver and passenger should know about being in a car accident.

  1. The accident report only tells half the story. The report the attending officer files following your accident contains a wealth of information pertinent to your injury claim. However, it only tells half of the story. The other half requires an in-depth investigation by an experienced law firm to unearth.
  2. Insurance won’t automatically cover all your expenses. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s the responsibility of the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover your expenses. However, getting what you truly deserve can be difficult on your own. The insurance company will try to pay you as little as possible for your claim, not what your case is necessarily worth.
  3. Expense and worth are two different things. In an injury claim, the expenses you incur due to your injuries, such as medical bills and lost wages, don’t necessarily amount to what your case is worth. You have to take into account pain and suffering, lost opportunities, and reduced quality of life, all of which are difficult to determine on your own. You need an experienced attorney to truly assess these non-expense components to come to the true worth of your accident.

Getting maximum compensation after an accident should be your top priority. If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case for no cost or obligation, so call now.

14
Dec

Fatigued Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

December 14, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we love the holiday season. For us, it’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, be generous with our time and resources, and reflect on the past year. It’s also one of the busiest times of year. Late nights and early mornings impact our sleeping patterns, leaving us more fatigued than usual. That fatigue can be dangerous.

According to a recent study, driving fatigued or sleep deprived is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driving with too little sleep is equivalent to driving after consuming three or four alcoholic drinks. That’s a sobering statistic for the millions of Americans who get less than seven hours of sleep per night (35%) and the millions more who get less than five (12%).

What does this mean for car accident injury claims in Indiana? Potentially a lot. We could see fatigued driving becoming a central component in determining fault in an accident and even monetary liability. Luckily, there’s a remedy. Get more sleep. If you ever find yourself too fatigued to drive, call a cab or arrange for other transportation. Your life is worth far more than a one-way cab fare.

And as always, if you need legal advice after a car accident, call us today for a free consultation. Our Indiana car accident attorneys are ready to hear your story and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

7
Dec

A Reasonable Standard of Care

December 07, 2016

If you’re like most Americans, you can’t rebuild a carburetor from scratch or rewire an entire house on a whim. Instead, we turn to mechanics and electricians when the need arises and rarely venture into their space. It’s simply a matter of know-how. The same is true for medical treatment. There aren’t many who can both diagnose and treat their own ailments, so we put our trust in medical professionals. When that trust is betrayed, the consequences can be dire.

At Stewart & Stewart, we believe in holding medical professionals to a reasonable standard of care. Most of our medical malpractice cases involve medical professionals who hurt our client more than they helped. The injuries they caused would never have happened if the medical professional had upheld, at the very least, a reasonable standard of care. Instead, our client received negligent care, sustained injuries, and therefore deserves to be compensated.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact us immediately. Our team of experienced Indiana medical malpractice attorneys are ready to hear your story and work to get you the justice you deserve. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

30
Nov

Why Stewart & Stewart Is the Right Firm for You

November 30, 2016

Well, we survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the shopping season is far from over. You could be picking things up as late as Christmas Eve, making for an interesting final lap before the big day.

At Stewart & Stewart, we wish folks in Indiana only had to worry about holiday shopping this December, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. December is one of the heaviest car accident months of the year, leaving many injury victims shopping for the right lawyer to handle their case. We know just how many choices Indiana injury victims have when it comes to personal injury law firms, which is why we’ve made it easy to find out if Stewart & Stewart is the right firm for you.

First of all, we offer free consultations to every single injury victim who comes through our doors. This is an opportunity to speak with an experienced car accident attorney without any cost or obligation. If you just have a few questions or want to know more about our firm’s experience, the call is always free.

Secondly, if we do end up representing you, we’ll work for free until we get money for you. It’s called working on a contingency fee basis. It basically means that we’ll front all of the costs upfront, and if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us anything.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, give us a call today for your free consultation. An experienced Indiana car accident attorney is ready to answer any questions you might have at no cost or obligation. Contact us today.

23
Nov

Universal Truths About Every Car Accident

November 23, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve handled hundreds of personal injury cases over the years. Although every car accident case comes with its own nuances, there are a few similarities in all car accidents that are universal.

Injuries make an accident more complicated. Fender benders and minor accidents with no injuries can be a nuisance, but they can be resolved relatively easily. Put injuries into the mix and your simple car accident property claim turns into an injury claim, which is more complex and requires much more time to resolve.

The insurance company’s first offer is going to be low. Insurance companies are pretty good about paying property damage. They aren’t so great about paying injury claims, at least not what the accident victim deserves. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can expect the insurance company’s first offer to be much lower than you deserve.

Consulting with a lawyer is always the right first step. Getting the compensation you deserve from the insurance company takes much more time and energy than you’re probably able to give in your current state. That’s why consulting with a lawyer is always the right first step after an accident. At Stewart & Stewart, we have years of experience negotiating with the insurance company to get our clients maximum compensation, and we’re ready to do the same for you.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. Our legal team is ready to hear your story and start working on your behalf immediately. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call today.

16
Nov

Social Security Disability: Don’t Wait Until You’re Denied

November 16, 2016

More than two-thirds of initial Social Security Disability applications are denied and we believe your best chance of securing benefits in your appeal is with a lawyer on your side. However, did you know that you don’t have to wait to be denied before giving us a call?

As a disabled worker, your first priority should be to get Social Security Disability benefits as quickly as you can. Therefore, it makes sense that you would want to build the best initial application possible and secure benefits the first time around. The problem is, most folks in Indiana don’t know the ins and outs of the Social Security Disability system, leaving them grasping for straws when it comes to filling out their application.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know how to secure benefits the first time around. We’ve helped people from all over the state successfully apply for and receive Social Security Disability benefits, and we’re ready to help you as well. If you’re disabled and unable to work, call our experienced Indiana Social Security Disability attorneys today for your free consultation. We’ll work hard to get you maximum benefits in the least amount of time.