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.

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.