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.

15
Feb

Car Accident: The One Mistake to Avoid

February 15, 2017

No one wants to pay more taxes than they owe. That’s why so many folks hire an accountant around this time of year to make sure they maximize their refund while minimizing the amount they owe the IRS. Sure, you could file your taxes using an online resource, but there’s just no substitute for an experienced professional looking out for your best interests. They know the system and how to make sure you don’t pay more than you absolutely have to.

The same is true in personal injury law. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Indiana, you have the option to attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company on your own. That’s absolutely your right, and we’d imagine the insurance company would applaud that decision. After all, if they can convince you to take less money than your case is worth, that’s more money for their bottom line. It might put you and your family at financial risk, but going it alone is an option.

Another option is calling an attorney. Just like with your taxes, an experienced car accident attorney knows how to determine what your case is worth and will fight to get you every dollar you are entitled to. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give the experienced Indiana car accident attorneys at Stewart & Stewart a call today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no risk or obligation to you, so you can be confident in your next steps.

Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today.

8
Feb

Determining What Your Case Is Worth

February 08, 2017

Here’s a challenge for you. Next time you go to the doctor, try to estimate how much your medical bill is going to be. See how close you get. If you’re like most folks, figuring out how medical expenses are calculated or evaluated by the insurance company can be a lost cause. With very few pricing standards, most patients leave the doctor’s office or hospital without a clue of what their medical bill is going to look like until it comes in the mail weeks later.

That’s the main issue with accident victims handling their own injury claims. It’s up to you to negotiate with the insurance company for the amount you think your case is worth. But without knowing how your medical expenses will be calculated, how much treatment you will need, or the countless other nuisances involved in your recovery, how are you supposed to determine what is a fair settlement? The truth is you can’t. But once you agree to a settlement amount and cash that check, it’s all over. The insurance company no longer is responsible for your expenses. They’re done, leaving you holding all the future bills.

That’s why calling an experienced Indiana car accident attorney is so important following your accident. At Stewart & Stewart, we offer free consultations to every potential client that comes through our doors. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. We’ll review your case for free, and if we take your case, you won’t pay us anything until we get money for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.

Don’t let what you don’t know hurt you. Contact Stewart & Stewart today for your free, no obligation consultation. You’ll be glad you did.

1
Feb

Why We Handle Medical Malpractice Cases

February 01, 2017

In our experience, there’s no such thing as a routine doctor’s visit. Every time you have an examination or a minor procedure, there’s always opportunity for something to go wrong. Whether it’s getting some unexpected bad news or sustaining additional complications due to a medical professional’s negligence, any visit to the hospital has the potential to turn tragic.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know that no medical professional can be perfect in their practice. Everyone makes mistakes, no matter what profession you are in, and sometimes people are hurt because of those mistakes. We don’t handle medical malpractice cases because we want to punish the hospitals and medical professionals in Indiana. We handle medical malpractice cases because victims deserve and need to be compensated for what they’ve been through.

Why? In short, you’re going to need the money. The medical complications you experienced will surely lead to additional medical needs, which could end up costing you thousands, not to mention the time you’ve been out of work due to your injuries. Should you be responsible for that cost? We don’t think so.

If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. Our team of investigators knows how to uncover the truth about your condition, and we’ll fight to get you every dollar in compensation you deserve. You shouldn’t have to go through this alone, and you don’t have to. Contact us today.

25
Jan

Get Out From Behind the 8 Ball

January 25, 2017

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m really behind the 8 ball here?” It’s a billiards reference that most commonly refers to a situation where you don’t have a clear shot at what you’re aiming for. However, there’s another way of looking at the phrase that pertains to personal injury law, in which case being behind the 8 ball is all about missed opportunities.

In billiards, the best players aren’t those who can sink the most difficult shots but rather those who can consistently set themselves up for easy shots and therefore run the table. It’s called “playing shape.” A good personal injury attorney does the same thing for their clients. They look at a case systematically, from start to finish, so the desired result is obtained more often than not. They do that by understanding the process, identifying what your claim is worth, and building a case to justify maximum compensation for your injuries. An experienced Indiana personal injury attorney never finds himself or herself behind the 8 ball, because they’ve planned every shot in advance.

If you’ve been injured, give us a call today for a free, no obligation consultation. Our experienced Indiana personal injury lawyers have years of experience maximizing Indiana accident claims, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Contact us today.

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.