26
Apr

Should You Bring a Medical Malpractice Claim?

April 26, 2017

We have pretty high expectations of our medical professionals. After all, they hold the fate of our lives in their hands. When surgeons, operating staffs, and other care-givers fail to follow the rules of safety,  they put their patients in danger. Sometimes those mistakes lead to serious health consequences for the patient.

Most medical professionals and organizations carry medical malpractice insurance for this very reason. They prepare for the eventuality of a medical malpractice claim by securing insurance. That act alone doesn’t prove they were negligent in your medical malpractice case, but it should give you confidence in knowing that you’re doing the right thing by bringing a lawsuit. You may have thousands of dollars in medical expenses ahead of you, not to mention the toll your accident has taken on you and your family. You deserve to be compensated for what you’ve been through and shouldn’t feel one moment of hesitation when seeking legal help.

If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, call Stewart & Stewart right now. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to Indiana folks in your exact situation, and we’re ready to help if we can. Contact our experienced Indiana medical malpractice attorneys today.

19
Apr

Distracted Driving is on the Rise in Indiana

April 19, 2017

If you own, operate, or ride in a car, consider this. Distracted driving is on the rise, and there’s not much you can do to protect yourself and your family. From checking the phone to putting on makeup, nearly every driver out on the road has engaged in distraction while behind the wheel, and nearly every time they’ve put themselves and others in danger. Thousands of accidents every year are caused by distracted driving, leading to serious injuries and even death. Is reading that text or watching that Snapchat while driving worth someone’s life?

At Stewart & Stewart, we believe in justice. If a negligent, careless, or distracted driver has severely altered or ended the life of a loved one, we believe that driver should be held responsible for the pain they’ve caused. As your car accident attorney, we’ll do more than handle the heavy lifting associated with your injury claim. We’ll fully investigate why your accident happened and whether or not it could have been avoided.

If you or someone you love was hit by a distracted driver, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today.

12
Apr

The Highs and Lows of a Workplace Injury

April 12, 2017

A workplace accident is all about highs and lows. The first low comes right after the accident, when you realize your injuries are substantial enough to keep you from working. Then comes the high of discovering your employer provides workers’ compensation benefits to injured employees, shortly followed by the low of discovering the benefits won’t cover all your medical expenses, nor pay you lost wages while you’re recovering.

You can choose that as the ending to your story, but we recommend you call an experienced attorney instead. At Stewart & Stewart, we know how to determine what your workers’ compensation claim is truly worth, and we’re ready to fight to get you every dollar. Simply give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation to you, so that you can move forward with confidence.

If you’ve been injured on the job, the financial decisions you make today can impact the rest of your life. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Let our experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys fight for maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.

5
Apr

SSD Benefits: Your Second Chance at Life

April 05, 2017

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits provide more than financial assistance to Americans who can no longer work due to their disability; they provide a second chance at life. If you’re disabled and can’t work, only you know how demoralizing and frightening it can be not knowing how you’re going to survive without a regular paycheck. If you could work, you would. But the reality is your disability has robbed you of your ability to do so, which is why you applied for SSD benefits.

The good news is SSD benefits are available to folks in your exact situation. The bad news is securing benefits can be extremely difficult on your own. If your application is like more than two-thirds of initial applications, you’ll be denied benefits on your first attempt. You can of course appeal that denial, but that could take a while, and if you make the same mistakes on your appeal application, you can expect the same result when the decision comes back.

That’s why it’s important that you consult with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney if you’ve been denied benefits. At Stewart & Stewart, we know the SSD system, and more important, we know what you need to do to qualify for benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll evaluate your situation and if we feel like we can help, we’ll work hard to get you benefits in the least amount of time. Don’t try to go through this alone. Contact us today.

29
Mar

Car Accident? This is Your Next Step

March 29, 2017

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’re probably wondering what your next steps should be. Well, it depends on who you ask. The insurance company may offer you a settlement check soon after your accident and advise you to take it, as it’s all you’re going to get. From their perspective, that makes sense, because once you sign for that check, they are no longer responsible for future expenses. If you have further medical needs due to your injures or are out of work longer than you thought, don’t expect the insurance company to cough up any more money. You’ve officially released them from their duty.

The personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart would tell you to never take an insurance company offer without first consulting with an experienced car accident attorney. It’s worth a call to discover if the insurance company’s offer is fair or not, and at Stewart & Stewart, that call is always free. We offer free, no obligation consultations to every Indiana car accident victim who gives us a call, because we believe it should be easy to get the help you need.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call us today for a free consultation. Our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys are ready to hear your story and fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t be fooled by the insurance company. Call us today.

22
Mar

Overworked Indiana Truck Drivers Can Lead to Tragedy

March 22, 2017

Tractor-trailers keep our country moving. The amount of goods and materials they transport every year boggles the mind and is a reminder of just how vital the trucking industry is to our society. If big trucks stopped their march across the country, our lives would be much different. At Stewart & Stewart, we appreciate the contributions that truck drivers make to our society, and we recognize that their job requires skill, precision, and focus. However, when trucking companies expect too much from their drivers, the results can be tragic.

Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. and haul everything from boxed cereal to explosive fuel. In contrast, the average car weighs less than 4,000 lbs. Controlling that much weight at speeds up to 65-70 mph takes extreme focus and resilience. There are no second chances when it comes to big truck driving, because a simple mistake can end a life in an instant. That’s why unreasonable schedules and deadlines for truck drivers often lead to devastating results.

At Stewart & Stewart, we hold big trucking companies accountable for the damage their fatigued or overworked drivers cause. We fight for the accident victims who, from no fault of their own, suffered horrendous injuries due to a truck driver’s negligence, and if you’ve been injured, we’re ready to fight for you as well. Call us today for a free, no obligation consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today. We’re ready to put more than 30 years of experience to work for you.

15
Mar

Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?

March 15, 2017

There are certain things you come to expect when you go to the doctor. First and foremost, you expect to get answers to questions you have about your health. Whether those questions center around a diagnosis or a treatment plan, you trust the medical professional to provide thoughtful and informed answers.

When many folks think of medical malpractice, what comes to mind are operating room horror stories. Although a large number of medical malpractice cases involve surgical mistakes, there are also a number of cases that result from a misdiagnosis or due to carelessness that took place in a routine doctor’s visit. For example, if your doctor prescribes you the wrong medication or dosage for a condition and you are harmed after taking that medication as directed, you may have a medical malpractice case.

But how can you know for sure if your experience warrants a medical malpractice lawsuit? Call an attorney. The medical malpractice attorneys at Stewart & Stewart have years of experience helping Indiana medical malpractice victims seek compensation for their injuries. That compensation could include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, call us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to hear your story and offer you the help you need.

8
Mar

Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve

March 08, 2017

Personal injury claims exist to compensate accident victims for the expenses they have or will incur due to their injuries. The majority of that compensation will pertain to the medical treatment they receive. That’s relatively easy to calculate. After all, hospitals and medical professionals usually keep pretty good records and are almost never shy about sending you a bill for their services. But what about the other costs of your accident—those less tangible things that don’t come in bill form?

An equal component to the financial burden a car accident causes is the physical pain you experience due to your recovery. What about the hours of painful physical therapy you must endure to regain mobility and lost strength? What about the loss of social ties or depression that result from being incapacitated? Although not expenses from a financial standpoint, these hardships take a significant toll on your quality of life, and we believe you should be compensated for them.

That’s why at Stewart & Stewart, we consider pain and suffering for every accident case we handle. Getting you the compensation you deserve is more than recovering expenses; it’s about recovering your quality of life, and we’ll fight to ensure you do.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for your free consultation. We’re ready to fight for the compensation you deserve, so you and your family can put this accident behind you. Contact us today.

1
Mar

Your Options After a Work-Related Accident

March 01, 2017

You’ve been injured on the job. Now what? Well, you have a couple options. First, you can file your workers’ compensation claim with your employer and take whatever the insurance company decides to pay you. That amount may be what you need to fully recover, but in our experience, it’s usually not. And once you sign with the insurance company, it can be extremely difficult to get them to pay anything else to make up the difference.

The second option is to call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At Stewart & Stewart, we know the workers’ compensation laws and your rights as an injured worker. We’ll work with your employer and their insurance company to negotiate the full amount we feel you and your family should receive for your injuries. That may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. If your injuries warrant long-term benefits, we’ll fight for those too.

Given those options, we recommend you go with a lawyer. You only get one chance to get your workers’ comp claim right, so call the experienced Indiana workers’ comp attorneys at Stewart & Stewart today for your free, no obligation consultation. You better believe it’s worth a call. Contact us today.

22
Feb

The Truth About Social Security Disability Benefits

February 22, 2017

For disabled folks in Indiana, it’s a thin line between making ends meet and barely hanging on. If you’re disabled, you can’t work. If you can’t work, you can’t earn a living. If you can’t earn a living, your only recourse is asking for help. That help should come in the form of Social Security Disability benefits, but the reality is those benefits can be difficult to secure. In fact, more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied.

Why? Because many applicants don’t fully understand the requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration. To qualify for benefits, you must be unable to do any type of work, not just your chosen profession. For instance, if you can sit at a desk and answer a phone, you probably don’t qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, if you can prove that you are completely unable to work, then you have a chance. Problem is, proving that degree of disability can be difficult on your own, which is why so many folks in Indiana call Stewart & Stewart for help.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call for a free consultation. We can help you navigate the system with confidence, giving you the best chance to secure benefits in your appeal. The sooner you start receiving disability benefits, the sooner you can get on with the life you deserve. Contact us today for your no cost, no obligation consultation.