24
Aug

The Guarantee We Give Every Client

August 24, 2016

There are few guarantees in life. We live in a world of uncertainty, where anything can happen. In personal injury law, you’ll be hard pressed to find a lawyer in Indiana who will guarantee that they’ll win your case or get you a big sum of money. There are just too many variables to consider. However, the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart can extend every client a guarantee that could significantly impact your decision to hire a lawyer after your accident. It’s called the No Fee Guarantee®, and as a client of our firm, you automatically qualify for it.

The No Fee Guarantee states that if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us anything. That means we’ll work on your behalf with no upfront costs—no attorneys fees, no out-of-pocket legal expenses—until we win you money. If by chance we don’t win or settle your case, you don’t owe us anything. Why do we do this? Because we believe every accident victim in Indiana should have access to the legal help they need, and taking away some of the financial risk allows them to do so.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. If we feel we can help, we’ll take on your case and you won’t owe us a dime until we win. That’s the No Fee Guarantee. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call us today.

17
Aug

The Difference Between Information and Experience

August 17, 2016

Getting the information you need used to be a process. For instance, you wanted to know the capital of Uruguay, you had to either ask someone who knew or look it up at the library. Nothing was instantaneous. Nowadays, getting information on pretty much anything you want to know is always at your fingertips. All you have to do is pick up your phone, type in a question, and a wealth of info will flood your screen faster than you can say “search engine.” You can even find all the information you need online in order to file your own injury claim, though we wouldn’t recommend it. Here’s why.

There’s a big difference between information and experience. Although YouTube can show you how to fix a faulty gas line in your house, most folks would prefer that an expert take care of it instead. Why is that when you both have access to the same information? Experience. There are a thousand things that can go wrong in the process, and when they do, you want someone with the necessary experience to handle them. The same is true after a car accident. An experienced Indiana car accident attorney, like those at Stewart & Stewart, have years of experience handling injury claims. We know what can go wrong and how to fix it when it does.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t make the mistake of handling your injury claim on your own. Call us instead for a free consultation. There’s no cost or obligation. Just answers. Contact us today.

10
Aug

Medical Malpractice Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

August 10, 2016

Did you know that in recent years, medical negligence was named the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer? That’s a pretty shocking statistic considering millions of Americans every year put their trust in medical professionals. We expect those medical professionals to put our health and well being above everything else, and most of the time, they do. However, when a medical professional’s negligent act or behavior puts you or someone you love in harm’s way, the results can be devastating.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know that one lapse of concentration or careless act can be fatal, leaving the surviving families wondering what went wrong and what to do next, so they turn to us for help. We handle medical malpractice cases because we believe our medical professionals should be held to the hippocratic oath they took when first starting out. That standard was designed to keep patients safe within their care, and we believe they should uphold it no matter the circumstances.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call for a free consultation. Our Indiana medical malpractice attorneys will fully investigate the events that led up to your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. You have options, and we can help. Contact us today.

3
Aug

Are You Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

August 03, 2016

A workplace injury is, in many ways, the worst type of injury you can sustain. Beyond the physical harm done to your body, it also puts a strain on your relationship with your employer and leaves you and your family wondering how you’re going to make ends meet. You might assume that you’re automatically covered under workers’ compensation insurance, but securing the benefits you deserve may not be as simple a task as you may think. Not every employer in Indiana is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, so determining whether or not you’re eligible for benefits could be tricky.

That’s why it’s vitally important that you call a workers’ compensation attorney immediately following your accident. There are a number of dynamics involved in workplace injuries that you may not be immediately aware of, and this is not a time to be naïve and assume your employer will do the right thing. They may have a vested interest in covering the accident up completely, leaving you in a financially precarious position. Calling a lawyer at the very least lets you know your options, and at Stewart & Stewart, that consultation is always free.

If you’ve been injured on the job, call our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys today for a free consultation. Your workers’ compensation benefits are too important to your family for you to try and go it alone, so contact us today.

27
Jul

Distracted Driving Statistics

July 27, 2016

There are rules everyone must follow on the road in order to ensure the safety of all drivers. Never cross a double line, yield to pedestrians, and signal before a turn are just a few of the rules every driver is taught. In recent years, new laws have been passed to combat distracted driving, such as the Indiana law banning cell phone use for people under 18. Adhering to these new laws is just as important as stopping at a stop sign or leaving adequate between you and the driver in front of you.

Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the country. According to Distraction.gov, in 2014 alone, more than 430,000 people were injured and 3,100 were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. Not scary enough? Here are a few more statistics to consider:

  • 10% of all drivers 15 to 19-years-old who were in a fatal accident were distracted immediately preceding the accident.
  • At any given moment, 660,000 Americans are using their cell phones while driving.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting, which is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

At Stewart & Stewart, we see every day the amount of destruction distracted driving can unleash on a community. That’s why we hold distracted drivers who cause serious car and truck accidents accountable for their negligence. If you’ve been injured, call our Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

20
Jul

What “Fair” Means to the Insurance Company

July 20, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we spend a lot of time talking about fair. In fact, we’ve spent our entire careers in the pursuit of fair compensation for our clients. Fair doesn’t mean inflated or unwarranted. Fair means fair. We don’t seek more damages than our clients deserve. When we go to the insurance company with a demand, we truly believe our client is entitled to that amount, and we’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure they get it.

But what does fair mean to the insurance company? In our experience, their initial offers seldom seem fair, nor do their second. Perhaps the word “fair” doesn’t have the same positive connotations to them as it does for us. Fair eats into their profits. Fair jeopardizes their business model. Yet their marketing teams spend millions of dollars every year assuring the public that they’ll treat them fairly. Contradiction? We think so.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting the insurance companies for fair compensation, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you. Don’t settle for less by going it alone. Contact us today.

13
Jul

How to Defuse Road Rage in Indianapolis

July 13, 2016

Road rage is a leading cause of car accidents. When emotion takes over, common sense is usually the first thing to go. At Stewart & Stewart, we see the devastation aggressive driving can inflict on a community, which is why we would like to offer the following tips for defusing road rage before it causes an accident.

  • Move over—One of the most dangerous, not to mention annoying, forms of aggressive driving is tailgating. When someone gets right on your bumper and stays there, avoid the urge to respond in kind by speeding up, or worse, slamming on your brakes. Instead, simply move over a lane and let them pass. Don’t let their hurry force you into a perilous position.
  • Keep your cool—No matter what someone else on the road is doing, you have the power to react in a calm and collected manner. If someone aggressively engages you with their vehicle or in an otherwise threatening manner, don’t engage them back. Instead, keep your cool and separate yourself from them.
  • Use your horn only when necessary—The car horn is intended to be used to warn other drivers of potential danger, not as a weapon. Use your horn sparingly to avoid igniting a volatile situation with another driver.

No matter how safe you are, sometimes you can’t avoid an accident due to someone else’s carelessness. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll fight to get your maximum compensation for your injuries so you can put this accident behind you.

6
Jul

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help Indiana Workers

July 06, 2016

You take pride in your work and work hard for your pay. It may not be the most glamorous job in the world, but you earn every single dollar on your paycheck and you provide well for your family. However, all that can change if you’ve been injured on the job.

More than 55% of all American workers are paid hourly, many of which don’t have paid time off. So when they are injured on the job and can’t work, it can quickly throw their families into a financial crisis. To make matters worse, their employer may not have workers’ compensation insurance, or they do, but the insurance company isn’t playing fair. At Stewart & Stewart, we understand the strain a workplace accident can have on a family, which is why we’re proud to fight on behalf of Indiana workers that have been hurt on the job.

If you’ve been the victim of a workplace accident, you deserve the workers’ compensation benefits you’re entitled to. Give us a call immediately for a free evaluation. Our Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys will fight to make sure you and your family get the benefits you deserve. Those benefits are too important for you to go it alone, so contact us today.

29
Jun

Proving Disability to the Social Security Administration

June 29, 2016

The Social Security Act of 1935 was one of the greatest legislative achievements of the 20th century. It provided financial support to seniors who otherwise would have struggled financially in their latter years. That crowning achievement was only surpassed when the act was amended in 1956 to include disabled Americans. Millions apply for these benefits every year, but more than two-thirds of initial applications are denied, leaving many wondering how they’ll make ends meet.

To secure Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must prove that you 1) are disabled and 2) cannot do any type of work, not just your preferred occupation. For example, if you are a mechanic and become disabled, you only qualify for SSD if you can prove that you are unable to do any job, even something like collecting tickets at a movie theatre. Proving that level of disability on your own can be extremely difficult, which is why many call an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer for help.

If you’ve been denied SSD benefits, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our experienced Indiana Social Security Disability lawyers will thoroughly research and evaluate your condition to determine the best approach for your appeal, giving you the best chance of securing benefits. Your SSD benefits are too important for you to go it alone, so call us today.

22
Jun

How Much More Can a Lawyer Get You?

June 22, 2016

As personal injury lawyers, we’ve spoken with a lot of accident victims over the years, many of which decided not to call a lawyer to handle their injury claim. Most wish they had, because several months after taking on the insurance company alone they found themselves in a financial crisis. It’s hard to fault them. After all, the insurance company offered them a quick check just weeks after their accident. How much more could a lawyer get them anyway? The answer could be a lot.

In our experience, here are the 3 main differences between the insurance company’s initial offers and the settlement amount a lawyer will pursue on your behalf.

  1. Medical expenses—There’s no way you can know just a couple weeks after your accident how much your long-term medical expenses are going to be. There could be dozens of future doctor’s visits, expensive tests, surgeries, and other unexpected treatment expenses. An experienced lawyer will take into account your current medical expenses and all future medical expenses when determining how much your claim is worth.
  2. Lost wages—If you’re injured, you’re probably out of work. For how long is yet to be determined. Don’t expect the insurance company to put compensation for that time off into their initial settlement offer. An attorney will.
  3. Pain and suffering—Your accident was traumatic. It has flipped your world upside down, and you deserve to be compensated for the pain it has caused you. Although that probably won’t be a factor in the insurance company’s initial offer, it’ll be a high priority for your personal injury attorney.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, getting fair compensation for your injuries can be extremely difficult on your own. Call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today. We know what this accident is going to cost you and we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation from the insurance company. Don’t go it alone. Call us today.