14
Nov

Natural Gas Explosion Rocks Indianapolis Neighborhood

November 14, 2012

Nov. 14, 2012

Two people were killed and seven others were seriously injured as the result of a massive natural gas explosion in an Indianapolis neighborhood this past weekend. According to MSNBC News, the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon in the neighborhood of Richmond Hills, just outside Indianapolis.

Two bodies were pulled from one of the two homes leveled by the explosion that experts believe may have been ignited by a faulty appliance. Another seven people in the neighborhood suffered an Indianapolis Burn Injury as a result of the ensuing fires sparked by the blast. Additionally, dozens of homes were destroyed as a result of the explosions.

The tragedy is a bleak reminder of how dangerous faulty natural gas systems can be. In 2011, five people were killed by a natural gas explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania. A year prior to that blast, eight people died and 38 homes were destroyed when a natural gas line ruptured in San Bruno, California.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say there are several ways that you can protect your family from the dangers of a natural gas explosion. One of the best ways is to have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home. It is also important to have a home’s heating system and gas lines inspected by a professional every year.

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7
Nov

Faulty Tire Causes Indianapolis Truck Accident

November 07, 2012

Nov. 7, 2012

An accident yesterday evening between a dump truck and an SUV seriously injured. According to a story published by the Indianapolis Star, a faulty tire on one of the vehicles involved may be to blame for the crash.

Reports show that at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, a dump truck driver was traveling along Massachusetts Avenue, on the northeast side of Indianapolis, when the front left tire of the truck blew out. The blowout caused the truck’s driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a Ford SUV.

It took rescue crews roughly half an hour to extricate the dump truck driver from the wreckage of the Indianapolis Truck Accident. Upon being freed, he was rushed to a local hospital after complaining of neck and hip pain. The driver of the SUV was uninjured in the crash.

It is important to check the tread of a vehicle’s tires often to ensure the tread is adequate, as worn tires can lead to tire blowouts. It also helps to check the make and model of your tires for recalls, considering thousands of accidents have been attributed to faulty or recalled tires.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers suggest that anyone who has been involved in a motor vehicle collision caused by a faulty tire to contact an experienced attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.

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31
Oct

Settlements Reached in Fatal Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident

October 31, 2012

Oct. 31, 2012

A settlement were reached this past Wednesday between the City of Indianapolis and two victims of an Indianapolis motorcycle accident caused by a Metro police officer who was under the influence of alcohol while on the job. Indy Star reports another settlement was reached between the city and the family of a third victim this past June.

The settlements stem from an Aug. 2010 accident on the city’s northeast side in which an intoxicated officer hit a group of motorcyclists. Two victims suffered serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, and another rider was killed. The injured pair filed the lawsuit in an effort to be compensated for physical injuries, medical expenses, attorney fees, lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and property damage.

One of the victims received $1.35 million in the settlement, while the other will get $975,000. This makes the most recent settlement the second largest accident settlement in the city’s history, next to the $1.55 million awarded to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in the incident. The man responsible for causing the accident still faces numerous criminal charges in connection with the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how complex and confusing filing an accident injury claim can be. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights after a crash.

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24
Oct

Indianapolis Auto Accident Seriously Injures Three

October 24, 2012

Oct. 24, 2012

Three people were seriously injured as the result of a three-car collision earlier this week in Indianapolis. According to WISHTV 8 News, the accident occurred Tuesday morning on the westbound lanes of Crawfordsville Road.

An initial police investigation determined that a Ford Taurus sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed along the road when the driver suddenly lost control of the car. The Taurus struck two other vehicles before coming to a stop along the shoulder of the road.

The impact of the Indianapolis Auto Accident caused one driver to become trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle. Rescue crews were able to extricate the unconscious man and rushed him to a local hospital after determining he had sustained critical injuries.

Another passenger inside the vehicle was also taken to the hospital and remains there in stable condition. A female passenger in another vehicle involved in the crash was also taken to a local medical facility for treatment.

Investigators say they are still looking into what contributing factors may have led to the collision.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart understand the frustration that comes with battling an insurance claim after a serious auto accident, and our legal staff is here to answer any questions you may have about your claim.

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17
Oct

Indianapolis Man Seriously Injured in Construction Accident

October 17, 2012

Oct. 17, 2012

A 50-year-old man from Indianapolis sustained serious injuries as the result of an accident last week. The Indianapolis Star reports the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of West 16th Street and North Senate Avenue on the campus of the Indiana University School of Medicine downtown.

The man was a part of a work crew from Wittenburg Construction hired to excavate an area around the neuroscience building. The victim was roughly 20 feet below the grounds surface when a falling object from the building suddenly struck him. Rescue crews rushed the injured man to a local hospital to receive treatment for head and neck injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently called the construction industry the fourth most dangerous line of work in the United States. Their numbers showed the industry was responsible for the deaths of 721 workers last year alone, while 8.9 workers per 100,000 reported serious injuries. Contact with objects and equipment accounted for roughly 15 percent of the accidents in the construction industry that same year.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart understand the dangers construction workers face each day and would encourage anyone who has been injured on a construction site at no fault of their own to evaluate their Indianapolis workers’ compensation options with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

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10
Oct

Ex-Employees of Indianapolis Hotel Awarded $355,000 for Wrongful Terminations

October 10, 2012

Oct. 10, 2012

The companies that operate an Indianapolis hotel have agreed to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging race discrimination. According to an article from the Palladium-Item, the $355,000 award will be divided amongst 75 former employees and applicants.

The Indianapolis Wrongful Termination lawsuit alleged that African-American employees of a Hampton Inn operated by Noble Management, LLC and New Indianapolis Hotels, LLC were held to different standards than Hispanic employees in the same position.

The companies were also accused of retaliating against African-American employees who complained about work conditions, with many reporting being fired after whistle blowing. The settlement was announced Friday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The announcement went on to claim the companies often failed to consider African-Americans for positions which were given to less qualified Hispanic applicants.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 both prohibit discrimination of an employee or potential employee on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation.

If you believe an employer has violated these rights, the Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say the most important step you can take is to document as much about your situation as possible. Save documentation about your termination from the company and information about significant employment events, such as performance reviews, salary changes, reprimands, commendations, and references

This information is helpful when building a case against a former employer.

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3
Oct

Elderly Indianapolis Woman Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

October 03, 2012

Oct. 3, 2012

An 82-year-old Indianapolis woman was seriously injured as the result of a recent motor vehicle accident. According to an article from The Indianapolis Star, the crash happened on Sept. 20 around 4 p.m. at the corner of North Shadeland Avenue and East 16th Street.

Reports indicate the elderly victim was driving a Mercury Milan sedan northbound along Shadeland Avenue. As she approached the intersection to turn left, a southbound tow truck driven by a 50-year-old Indianapolis man struck the victim’s vehicle.

The driver of the Mercury had to be cut free from the wreckage before being transported to a hospital for treatment. She remains in critical condition following the Indianapolis Auto Accident. A passenger from the tow truck was also taken to a hospital to be examined after complaining of back pain.

While the truck driver maintained he had a green light and the woman turned in front of him, witnesses contradicted his story by saying he was the one who ran the red traffic signal.
Officers with the Indianapolis Police Department said they are investigating what contributing factors may have led to the accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how difficult the days following an accident can be for the victim and would like to wish the woman who was injured a full and speedy recovery!

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26
Sep

Indiana Reports Dramatic Increase in Number of Workplace Accidents

September 26, 2012

Sept. 26, 2012

According to a new study from the Indiana Department of Labor, the state saw a dramatic increase in workplace accidents during the past year. The Northwest Indiana Times claimed a total of 122 people in Indiana died due to work-related accidents in 2011—four more fatalities than were reported during the previous year.

One of the leading causes for the increase was a spike in the number of Indiana truck accidents. Last year, transportation industry fatalities, which include big trucks and commercial vans, totaled 20 deaths, a rise of 54 percent from the 9 fatalities in 2010.

Another leading cause of workplace death in Indiana was acts of violence, accounting for 17 deaths, while the mining and agriculture industry each had 16 deaths. The manufacturing industry closely followed accounting for 13 lost lives.

Indiana Department of Labor spokeswoman, Lori Torres, added the agency planned to combat the growing problem by conducting several safety campaigns during the year to promote workplace safety. This will include the annual “Safety Rodeo” aimed at educating commercial drivers on the dangers of the highway.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers believe workers have a right to a safe work environment. An employer’s failure to supply this could be considered negligent in the event of an accident, and our law firm is here to help anyone who has been hurt through no fault of their own.

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19
Sep

Fire at Elkhart Chemical Plant Seriously Injures Worker

September 19, 2012

Sept. 19, 2012

A flash fire occurred yesterday at an Elkhart chemical manufacturing plant seriously injuring one employee. According to an article from WSBT News, the fire occurred around 2 p.m. at the facility on All Pro Drive, just north of County Road 6.

Reports indicate the worker was filling a tank with a flammable liquid when, for an unknown reason, the flash fire was sparked. The inferno sent a ball of flames sweeping through the area, but was quickly extinguished by the plant’s foam firefighting system.

The Vice President of Operations for the plant, Steve Wakefield, stated that despite the worker’s protective suit at the time of the incident, the man suffered severe Indianapolis Burn Injuries to his hands and was taken to a local hospital. He remains in serious but stable condition.

Hazmat crews were called into the scene to clean up dangerous fumes and liquids spilled as a result of the fire.

Firefighters stated that the fire was the second blaze in the area started by flammable chemicals within the last four days.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how tragic burn injuries can be, and urge anyone who has suffered such injuries due to the negligence of another to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

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12
Sep

Certain Workout Supplements Could Put Users at Risk of Serious Health Problems

September 12, 2012

Sept. 12, 2012

Many dietary supplements claim to be natural while alluding to enhance bodily function, but testing by independent research groups has shown certain workout supplements may not be as safe as once believed.

According to a press release from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), warning letters citing health concerns were recently sent to ten manufacturers of certain dietary supplements containing the drug dimethylamylamine (DMAA).

The Director of FDA’s Dietary Supplement Program, Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., stated, “Before marketing products containing DMAA, manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility under the law to provide evidence of the safety of their products. They haven’t done that and that makes the products adulterated.”

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 made it illegal to include any active ingredient in a supplement that has not first been proven safe for human consumption. This testing has never been conducted on DMAA. There have been reports of Indianapolis workout supplement dangers linked to DMAA, which can range from the narrowing of blood vessels and arteries to a heart attack.

The businesses have 15 days to respond to the warning letters.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers urge anyone taking supplements for workout enhancement to speak with their doctor before taking a supplement, and to check the ingredients of a product to ensure it does not contain dangerous ingredients such as DMAA.

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