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.

9
Nov

Getting Workers’ Comp Isn’t the Problem

November 09, 2016

Workers’ compensation insurance exists to help injured workers get the financial help they need after being injured on the job. You might assume that if your employer has workers’ comp insurance that you’re good to go after an injury. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Just because your employer puts a workers’ compensation claim in on your behalf doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to get the full benefits you need and deserve.

A workplace injury can sideline you for months, requiring thousands of dollars in medical expenses and taking money out of your pocket every payday. What do you do if the insurance company decides to pay you less than those expenses amount to? Who’s going to pick up the thousands in excess bills and lost wages? Without an experienced lawyer on your side, it could be you.

At Stewart & Stewart, our workers’ compensation attorneys fight to get injured workers in Indiana maximum workers’ comp benefits. That’s money for all your medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you’ve been injured on the job, call our Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll help you determine what this accident is going to truly cost you and will fight to get you every penny you deserve.

2
Nov

300,000 Vehicles May Have Lethal Defective Takata Airbags

November 02, 2016

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), defective Takata airbags have claimed yet another life. A 50-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries when the airbag in her vehicle ruptured upon inflation. She becomes the 11th victim linked to defective airbags in recent years, and yet many consumers are still driving at-risk vehicles.

Defective Takata airbags have been known to rupture, sending razor-sharp shrapnel throughout the car, potentially injuring the driver and passengers. The NHTSA estimates that more than 70 million vehicles may have contained defective Takata airbags, and currently more than 300,000 have yet to be repaired or otherwise accounted for.

If you own a vehicle on the following list, contact your dealership immediately for a no-cost repair:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot

Takata airbags are just one of thousands of defective products that put Indiana consumers at risk. If you or someone you love was injured by a defective product, call our Indiana product liability attorneys today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. However, your window for filing a claim may be limited, so contact us today.

26
Oct

The Truth About Medical Malpractice

October 26, 2016

Over the years, our firm has won substantial verdicts for medical malpractice victims in Indiana. That success has given us the reputation for being the firm to call if you or someone you love sustained injuries due to medical negligence. Although a medical malpractice case is something no one ever wants to go through, we believe one of the hardest parts is picking up the phone and giving an experienced lawyer a call.

What keeps most victims from calling a lawyer? In our experience, we’ve found that many medical malpractice victims simply don’t want to get their doctor in trouble, so they do nothing. Although their reluctance comes from a charitable place, their logic is flawed.

The reality is the medical professional or institution that caused your injuries has prepared for this lawsuit. Almost every medical professional and hospital has medical malpractice insurance because they know they may at some point be held liable for failing to deliver the standard of care their patients deserve. Although the surgeon or hospital will be named in the lawsuit you bring, it is the insurance company that will more than likely pay damages in your case, not the doctor or hospital.

If you or someone you love was the victim of medical malpractice, do the right thing and give us a call today for a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. You are the victim in this situation, and you deserve justice. Contact us today and we’ll fight to secure it for you.

19
Oct

How to Earn the Insurance Company’s Respect

October 19, 2016

After being in personal injury law for more than 30 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about getting respect from the insurance company. Like in most life situations, respect is earned through strong character and an uncompromising resolve. Over the years, we’ve earned the respect of insurance companies by standing up for what is fair, fighting for the rights of our clients, and never compromising for less than they deserve, no matter how much easier doing so would be. That mutual respect enables us to negotiate with confidence, often getting to a fair settlement without the need of going to court.

Even if you’re a lifelong customer of the insurance company in question, they have nothing to lose by offering you a small check that may or may not cover all your expenses. If you take it, they’re off the hook for good, leaving you responsible for every medical bill or other expenses that comes your way in the future.

Thankfully, there is something you can do to gain the insurance company’s respect. Give us a call. We’ve helped hundreds of folks in Indiana over the years get what they deserve from the insurance company, and we’re ready to help you too. If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

12
Oct

Three Questions to Determine If You Have a Claim

October 12, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we offer every accident victim who calls our firm a free, no obligation consultation. We do that because we know how many questions folks have after an accident, and we don’t believe they should have to pay to get the answers. However, we can’t provide answers to your questions unless you call. But how do you know if you should call a lawyer?

Here are three questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not you should call a lawyer:

  1. Did someone else cause the accident?
  2. Were you injured in the accident?
  3. Do you feel you shouldn’t be responsible for what this accident is going to cost you?

If you answered yes to all three of those questions, you should give us a call. It’s quite possible that you have a personal injury case that could result in a significant settlement. To find out how much that case is worth, as well as learn what your next steps should be, you need to consult with an experienced Indiana car accident attorney. Give us a call today for your free, no obligation consultation. We’ll answer any questions you might have, so you can take the right next steps with confidence.

5
Oct

Defective Medical Devices Lead to Severe Complications

October 05, 2016

Any time you go under the knife, there are a million things you worry about. Will the medical staff do a good job and carry you through safely? How will your body respond to the anesthesia? Will the surgery fix your condition or make it worse? Although those concerns are reasonable, there’s another concern that few ever consider: defective medical devices.

Most of us just take for granted that the medical components used in surgery are well constructed and surgically sound, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Defective medical devices can lead to serious complications, including chronic pain, corrective surgeries, and even death. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve seen firsthand the severe complications a defective medical device can have on a patient, which is why when it happens to someone in our community, we’re ready to defend their legal rights to compensation.

If you or someone you love suffered complications from a defective medical device, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call our Indiana personal injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. The amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit may be limited, so contact us today.