Three Indiana Refinery Workers Injured by Flash Fire

August 22, 2012

Aug. 22, 2012

Three men were seriously injured on Tuesday at a Whiting, Indiana, oil refinery owned by British Petroleum (BP). The Chicago Tribune reports the incident occurred at around 9:45 p.m. as maintenance was being performed on several pieces of equipment.

Reports say that the three men were contract workers who were repairing a worn out hydrotreater as part of upgrades the facility is undergoing. During the repair, a spark ignited gases that had built up in the area and ignited a flash fire.

One worker was rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation after complaining that he was having trouble breathing. The other two men were treated for burns sustained from the fire. A spokesman for BP stated all three men are currently hospitalized in stable condition.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there has been a dramatic increase in fatalities in the extraction industry, specifically within oil refineries and wells, over the recent years. The agency claims a 74 percent rise in these extraction deaths from 2009 to 2010. This increase has resulted in the need for some workers to file a workers’ compensation claim.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how frustrating filing a workers’ compensation claim can be, and they are here to help if you’ve been hurt in an on-the-job accident that was not your fault.

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Recent Motorcycle Accident Puts Focus on Current Helmet Laws

August 15, 2012

Aug. 15, 2012

Indiana is one of the few states left in the country where riders of a certain age can choose whether or not to wear a helmet while riding. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that more than 98 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death though, many are questioning if it is time for a change.

Take, for instance, the case of a 59-year-old Indiana man who died as the result of a collision with another vehicle in Muncie on Saturday evening. The Star Press reports the crash happened just before 8 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Wolfe Streets.

Reports indicate that the biker was on Main Street and attempting to turn north onto Wolfe when a Jeep struck his motorcycle. The victim was ejected from the machine and died from his injuries several hours after arriving at a local hospital.

Investigators are continuing to examine what contributing factors of the Indianapolis motorcycle accident, but they did confirm that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say that simply wearing a helmet can reduce a rider’s chance of death in the event of an accident by as much as 50 percent. That is why the firm would encourage anyone who rides a motorcycle to always wear a helmet.

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Indianapolis Couple Uses Settlement Funds to Better the Community

August 08, 2012

Aug. 8, 2012

An Indianapolis couple who were seriously injured as the result of an auto accident on their wedding day is using part of their injury claim settlement to benefit youth in the area. The Republic reports the couple has donated $25,000 to benefit getting children active through cycling.

On June 5, 2010, the couple loaded onto a small tour bus with 15 members of their bridal party to take portraits prior to the ceremony. During the trip to the photo location, the bus driver ran a red light and hit another vehicle. A 29-year-old groomsman was killed and 14 others were injured, including the bride and groom.

The couple filed a lawsuit against the company that organized the wedding and tour bus which argued that negligent acts, such as supplying a bus too small for the party and hiring a driver who was not qualified, led to the Indianapolis Auto Accident.

The couple was awarded an undisclosed sum for the broken vertebrae and traumatic brain injury suffered by the groom. They plan to donate a portion of the award to a non-profit organization that will provide bicycle simulators to groups like the Indianapolis Boys and Girls Club to promote fitness among the city’s youth.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to commend the accident victims for taking steps that will surely benefit the lives of people within the community.

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Indianapolis Truck Accident Leaves Woman Seriously Injured

August 01, 2012

Aug. 1, 2012

A 27-year-old Indianapolis, Indiana, woman was seriously injured this morning after her SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer. According to FOX 59 News, the crash happened just after 9:30 a.m.at the intersection of Brookville and Davis Roads on the southeast side of town.

Indianapolis Police Department reports indicate that the woman was attempting to turn south onto Davis Road in her Chevy Equinox but soon realized that the road was closed. As she attempted to merge back into the right lane, her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer, trapping the woman inside the mangled wreckage caused by the Indianapolis Truck Accident.

Rescue crews worked frantically to cut the woman free from her vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries. A firefighter on the scene suffered heat exhaustion and was taken to the hospital for observation.

Investigators are still determining what factors may have caused the accident; however, statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show that truck driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of a crash than any other factor.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say that truck drivers operate under a completely different set of rules and standards than most drivers are accustomed to. That firm suggests exploring your legal options if you have been hurt in a truck accident that was no fault of your own.

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Seven People Injured as the Result Of Indianapolis Car Accident

July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012

A three-car collision this past Saturday injured seven people in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to reports from the Indy Star, alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Reports indicate that the Indianapolis Auto Accident happened just before 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of 38th Street and Post Road on the northeast side of town. Witnesses told Indianapolis Metro Police Officers that they saw a blue Nissan Sentra run a red light and strike a van as well as another vehicle. The impact of the collision left several of the victims trapped inside vehicle wreckage requiring rescue crews to cut them free.

The van’s driver and front seat passenger, along with a 13-year-old passenger, suffered serious injuries and remain hospitalized. The two women who were in the Nissan Sentra were still listed in serious condition days after the accident, while the man in the third vehicle involved was listed in stable condition.

Investigators called in a fatal alcohol crash team to assist in examining the possible causes of this accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to ask that motorists do their part to prevent similar accidents from occurring by never drinking and driving, in addition to limiting distractions while behind the wheel of an automobile. It is also important to remember to always buckle up for safety!

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Deadline for Stage Collapse Settlement Decision Extended

July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012

In an effort to give Indiana Fairgrounds stage collapse victims and their families more time to decide whether or not to accept a $13.2 million settlement offer, the Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, has postponed the decision deadline from July 13 to Aug. 1.

According to the South Bend Tribune, the settlement offer includes $6 million to release the state from liability in the deaths of seven people and injuries to dozens more, as well as an additional $7.2 million worth of private funds from Mid America Sound and James Thomas Engineering, two parties named as defendants in several Indiana Wrongful Death lawsuits stemming from the incident.

The settlement funding is in addition to $5 million that the state paid to claimants in December.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the settlement is intended to expedite payments to those with immediate financial and medical needs; claimants have the right to deny the settlement and continue with litigation against the state should they choose to do so.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers are hopeful that the settlement offer will help those in need of immediate assistance, and would like to remind those who were injured of the importance of this decision. If you suffered injury or loss as a result of an accident, the firm suggests that you speak with an attorney when faced with any kind of settlement offer.

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Family Files Lawsuit After Indiana Woman Dies From Toxic Shock Syndrome

July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

The family of a 20-year-old Indiana woman who died from a disease caused by the use of an everyday hygienic product has filed an Indiana Medical Malpractice lawsuit against the manufacturer and the hospital and doctors who cared for her. The suit claims it was a “breach of duty” and “negligence” that caused her death. An article from WISHTV 8 News says that the cause of the woman’s death was Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Just over a year ago, the girl was admitted to the hospital for what seemed to be flu like symptoms, such as fever, nausea, and diarrhea. Her condition continued to worsen as her blood pressure dropped and her pulse skyrocketed. She died before doctors could conclude what was wrong with her.

Later testing confirmed that the young woman had died from Toxic Shock Syndrome caused by the use of tampons. Experts say that certain fibers used to manufacture the products can break off inside a woman’s body and be absorbed into their bloodstream, causing sickness and death.

In the 1980’s, 38 women died as a result of the condition and very little has been done to curb the problem since. Experts believe that the number of cases reported today is about the same as 30 years ago.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to offer their condolences to the family of the young woman that died.

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Two Injured in Indianapolis Car Accident

June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012

Two people were injured as a result of an Indianapolis Car Accident that occurred earlier this month. According to reports from JC Online, the crash occurred on June 7 at around 3:15 p.m. on US Highway 41, about 3 miles north of Veedersburg, Indiana.

Trooper Kyle Wentland, with the Indiana State Police, stated that the 53-year-old driver of an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) pickup truck had stopped along the side of the highway to talk with mowing crews when his vehicle was suddenly struck from behind by another vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man.

The driver responsible for the Indianapolis Auto Accident suffered serious leg and ankle injuries and required helicopter transport to a local hospital. The INDOT employee was also taken to the hospital after complaining of neck and back pain.

Trooper Wentland added that signs had been placed near the scene to inform motorists of the approaching work zone and that roof and flashing lights were activated on the INDOT vehicle at the time of the accident.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to remind Indiana’s citizens of the importance of moving over when emergency vehicles are stopped on the highway. State law requires\motorists approaching a stopped emergency or utility service vehicle with lights flashing to move over to the furthest left lane to allow workers space. Vehicles are also required to slow down to 10 mph below the posted speed limit.

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Indianapolis Police Officer Charged With Drunk Driving Accident

June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012

A 35-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) has been charged in connection to an Indianapolis Car Accident that left a construction worker injured. According to reports from WISHTV 8 News, the crash occurred Monday afternoon at the corner of West 16th Street and North Worth Avenue.

Witnesses say that the construction worker was struck in the back by the passenger-side mirror of a passing white pickup truck. The worker reported being hit to his supervisor who pursued the vehicle. Upon stopping, the supervisor confronted the driver, who is a Lieutenant with the IMPD, and asked him if he realized he had hit someone. The Lieutenant stated he was unaware of the collision and followed the supervisor back to the scene.

The off-duty officer, who was confronted about the smell of alcohol on his breath upon returning to the scene, was told that a police report needed to be filed. He then got back in his truck and fled the scene again.

With more help from the victim’s fellow workers, police were able stop him just down the road. He was placed under arrest on charges of suspicion of driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident where injuries occurred.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers know the dangers of drinking and driving and ask that motorists utilize a designated driver or a cab to get home whenever you drink.

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Teen Charged With Causing Auto Accident That Injured Three Others

June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers, and the chances of death only rise with more passengers in the vehicle. Driving becomes even more dangerous when these statistics are coupled with an unlicensed teen driver.

Such was the case on Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Indiana, when a 14-year-old girl crashed a car injuring her and three passengers. According to WISHTV 8 News, the accident happened at around noon on Mickley Avenue. Witnesses stated that they saw the vehicle heading south down a large hill at a high rate of speed just before it crashed into a tree.

The impact pinned the passengers inside the wreckage, requiring bystanders to come to their aid. All four victims were transported to local hospitals where three of them remained in critical condition.

The driver was arrested shortly after checking out of the hospital and was charged with three counts of criminal recklessness causing serious bodily injury, and one preliminary count of operating a vehicle having never received a license. The District Attorney will finalize the charges as he sees fit at the conclusion of law enforcement’s investigation into the accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers know just how dangerous speed can be when it comes to an Indiana Auto Accident. That is why the firm would like to remind parents to talk to their young drivers about the dangers of reckless driving.

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