Archive for the ‘ Auto Accident ’ Category

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25
May

The No Fee Guarantee Makes It Easy

May 25, 2016

Stewart & Stewart has been helping accident victims in Indiana for decades. We’re known for our exceptional customer service and our ability to get our clients results in the least amount of time. That reputation was built on years of extending a helping hand to every person who comes through our doors. However, it’s up to the client to take the first step, which is why we make it easy to get the help you need with our No Fee Guarantee.

The No Fee Guarantee is a promise we extend to all of our clients. It states that if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything. That means no upfront costs or fees will be asked of you, so you can focus on what’s most important—your recovery. People come to us because they are worried about their financial futures after an accident. The No Fee Guarantee gives them access to experienced legal representation without the risks of hiring an expensive, charge-by-the-hour law firm.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, do what hundreds of accident victims have done before you and give us a call. Our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys will protect your rights to compensation and fight to get you every dollar you deserve. All the while, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing if we don’t win, you don’t pay. That’s the No Fee Guarantee.

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18
May

3 Things You Get with a Free Consultation

May 18, 2016

If you’ve seen our commercials or read our blog, you probably know that we offer every single person who comes through our doors a free consultation. However, you may not know what a free consultation entails. Here are three things you get with a free consultation from Stewart & Stewart.

Evaluation of Your Case—When you call our firm, our legal professionals will review the details of your accident to determine whether or not we think you have a case. If we think you do, we’ll gladly offer our services.

Access to Information—Whether or not we take your case, we’re happy to give you all the information you need to make the right next steps, including referring you to another firm that specializes in cases like yours. Our main objective is getting you the help you need.

Peace of Mind—There’s nothing worse than wondering months down the road if things would have been different if you had called a lawyer. Thankfully, we make it easy by offering a free consultation. Learning your options from a legal professional can give you confidence in taking your next steps, which can make all the difference after an accident.

No matter your circumstances, if you’ve been injured, you’re entitled to a free consultation with our firm. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Give us a call today

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11
May

Tips for a Good Deposition

May 11, 2016

One of the most important parts of the injury claim process is the deposition. It can also be one of the most nerve-wracking for the injury victim. It’s your first opportunity to tell your side of the story under oath, which makes some folks nervous. A deposition is important to your case, but it’s simply a conversation. If you stick to your story, speak with confidence, and remember the following tips, you should be fine.

Tell the truth. You gain nothing by embellishing or fabricating information in a deposition. Stick to the facts and don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t recall.” Guessing is never the way to answer a question.

Take your time. Don’t feel like you have to rush to answer every question. Fully process what the opposing attorney has asked before formulating your answer.

Correct yourself. If you misspeak, don’t assume the opposing attorney didn’t pick up on it. He/she is listening for any discrepancies in your story and will use it against you at trial. Don’t be afraid to set the record straight during the deposition, even if the opposing attorney has moved on. Simply say, “I would like to modify my answer.” It’s better to correct yourself in the deposition than in front of a jury at trial.

Depositions can be intimidating, but like every step in the injury claim process, your experienced Stewart & Stewart attorney will be right by your side the entire time, so you have nothing to worry about.

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4
May

Common Misconceptions About Calling a Lawyer

May 04, 2016

Some people won’t call a lawyer after an accident because they think filing a lawsuit is going to cost them time and money. After practicing law for more than 30 years in Indiana, our attorneys would say the opposite is actually true. Let’s break these two misconceptions down one at a time.

Calling a lawyer will cost you lots of time. Most accident victims want to put their accident behind them as quickly as possible, and that’s understandable. They’re afraid that a lawsuit will draw it out for months, requiring them to invest massive amounts of time throughout the process. That’s not usually the case. The advantage of getting an experienced law firm on your side is that they do all the heavy lifting. From fully investigating your case to filing all the necessary paperwork along the way, you have a team working on your behalf so you can dedicate your time to getting better.

Calling a lawyer will cost you lots of money. Many accident victims will receive a settlement offer from the insurance company whether or not they secure a lawyer. The problem is, this offer will more than likely be for much less than they deserve. Without an experienced lawyer on your side who knows how to get maximum compensation out of the insurance company, you could be settling for much less than it’s going to take to get you out of the this dilemma. In our experience, not calling a lawyer will cost you more money in the long run and potentially put your family in a financially tough spot.

If you’ve been injured, call our Indiana car accident attorneys today. We’ve been helping members of our community get the compensation they deserve in as little time as possible for more than 30 years, and we’re ready to help you too.

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13
Apr

Injury Claims: Time Is Not On Your Side

April 13, 2016

You might think you have a lot of time to consider your options after a car accident, but the truth is, you don’t. Here are 3 ways taking your time to call an attorney after an accident can put you in a tough situation.

Statute of Limitations—There are deadlines for filing injury claims. If you wait too long to call an attorney, you could compromise your chances of getting any compensation at all.

Insurance Company’s Case—The one thing standing between you and a fair settlement after an accident is the insurance company. While you’re waiting to call an attorney, the insurance company is building a case against you. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible for your injury claim. Giving them a head start on figuring out how to make that reality is never a good idea.

Medical Expenses—The longer you wait to call a lawyer, the more medical expenses are going to stack up. Many firms will front the cost of your medical treatment so you have no initial upfront costs. Otherwise, you’re on your own to pay them and make ends meet at the same time.

Time can be the biggest factor in how much you get for your injury claim, which is why most our clients call within days of their accident. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call our Indiana car accident attorneys today and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

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30
Mar

Dear Insurance Adjuster

March 30, 2016

Everybody deserves a second chance, and at Stewart & Stewart, that’s exactly what we provide.

We understand the pressure you feel at work–the constant mandate to make as much profit as possible regardless of how it impacts the people involved. It’s your job and we understand. That’s why we give insurance adjusters just like you second, third, and even fourth chances to get it right.

You know our firm’s reputation for helping accident victims. You know we’re not going to settle for less than our client deserves. Your insurance company owes our client a fair settlement for their injuries, and we won’t stop until we get it for them. That means money to pay their current and future medical bills. It means compensating them for their lost wages. It means taking into account their pain and suffering rather than brushing it off as not your responsibility.

If you don’t get it right on your first settlement offer, we’ll give you a second chance. In fact, we’ll keep saying “that’s not enough, do it again” until you come back with an offer that fairly compensates our client.

We’re not going anywhere. Our client’s not going anywhere. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can put this accident behind you.

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23
Mar

A Simple Conversation Can Save Lives

March 23, 2016

Turning sixteen and getting a drivers license is one of the most important milestones of a teenager’s life. It provides them with a freedom they have never had. But along with that freedom comes a huge responsibility that many teenagers aren’t ready for. As a parent, you have a responsibility as well: preparing your children for the potential dangers of getting behind the wheel.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20-year-olds in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a simple conversation with your child can make all the difference in turning that statistic around.

Here are 5 rules you should talk to your teenager about before they get behind the wheel:

  1. No Alcohol—29% of 15- to 20-year old drivers killed in accidents had been drinking. Instill in your teenager the dangers of underage drinking, and make a plan so they never feel like they have to get behind the wheel intoxicated.
  2. No cell phone use while driving—Talking or texting while driving leads to thousands of crashes every year. Make sure your teenager knows that their car is a “no cell zone.”
  3. No riding without a seatbelt—No matter how short a trip, your youth should have a seatbelt on at all times. No exceptions.
  4. No speeding—It’s easy to feel like you’re invincible at sixteen, but the reality is speed kills. Following speed limits leads to safer driving and fewer tickets.
  5. No extra passengers—NHTSA data reveals that your teenager is more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors when riding with one or more other teenagers. Don’t allow other teens in your child’s car until you feel they’re ready.

Getting a license is exciting for every teenager. However, it also opens your child up to new dangers. A simple conversation now can save your child’s life. The car accident attorneys at Stewart & Stewart encourage you to have that conversation today.

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16
Mar

Every Minute Counts

March 16, 2016

When most people think of a car accident trial, they probably think of two drivers fighting over what one owes the other for their injuries. The reality is much different. After an accident, your real opponent is the insurance company. They can withhold the money you need to put this accident behind you, and in our experience, that’s what they try to do.

We have zero patience for insurance companies unwilling to live up to their responsibilities and fully compensate accident victims for their injuries. These individuals aren’t looking to buy a new house or vacation in Hawaii on their settlement check. They simply want to be able to pay their medical bills, recover lost wages, and get on with their lives. The longer the insurance company takes to provide that compensation, the more financial strain they place on the victim. We don’t think that’s right. That’s why we fight so hard for our clients, because we know every minute counts.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call our Indianapolis car accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your case and work to make the insurance company play fair. You deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. Give us a call, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you are.

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9
Mar

Who Do You Want Representing You?

March 09, 2016

Consider this scenario. You’ve been diagnosed with a rare heart condition that requires surgery. There are five heart surgeons in your area but only one has ever successfully completed the procedure. Which doctor do you want operating on you? The one who has completed the procedure before, of course, because they have experience and a track record that gives you the best chance for survival.

It’s the same with personal injury claims. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you probably don’t want someone who has never handled a case like yours representing you. You want someone with experience and a track record that can give you the best chance of getting maximum compensation for your injuries. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve been helped hundreds of injured people in Indianapolis. We know your rights and what it takes to win, which is why so many accident victims turn to us when they need representation.

If you’ve been injured and are considering calling a lawyer, go with a law firm with a history of getting results. Call our Indiana car accident lawyers today for a free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.

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10
Feb

3 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

February 10, 2016

A serious car accident, no matter the circumstances, is traumatic—the split second before the crash, the impact, the paralyzing fear of not knowing if everyone’s okay. To say that you’ll be shaken up immediately following an accident is an understatement. However, once the initial shock subsides, it’s important to know what to do next.

Here are 3 steps you should take immediately following an accident:

  1. Get witness names and contact information. Unless your accident happened on a deserted road, there were probably a number of people who witnessed the wreck. Get the names and contact information for these witnesses. Their account of the accident could prove vital to your injury claim.
  2. Get medical treatment. Adrenaline will be racing through your body for a while after the wreck, which can mask injuries you may have sustained. It’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident, even if you feel fine. You may not know how injured you actually are.
  3. Don’t talk to the insurance company. If you were injured and the accident wasn’t your fault, you may hear from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They’ll more than likely make a settlement offer to compensate you for your injuries. In our experience, these initial offers will not cover all your future medical costs and lost wages. Don’t take the insurance company’s first offer. Don’t even speak with them. Call an attorney instead. An experienced Indianapolis car accident lawyer can stand between you and the insurance company to make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your accident and make sure your rights are protected.

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