23
Jan

Woman Injured after Being Involved in Indiana Auto Accident

January 23, 2013

Jan. 23, 2012

An Indiana Power and Light (IPL) employee was injured this past week after being involved in an on-the-job accident. According to an article published by the Indianapolis Star, the incident occurred last Saturday afternoon at the IPL station located on Harding Street.

Reports indicate that IPL security guards watched as the woman drove a vehicle into a nearby ash pond used to dispose of waste left from burning coal. The guards rushed to the woman’s aid and were able to pull her from the wreckage of the Indianapolis Auto Accident. Although she was covered in the ash, paramedics rushed her to a local trauma center in order to receive treatment for symptoms of hypothermia and trouble breathing. However, this exposure could potentially have serious long-term health effects on the victim.

Exposure to an ash pond can be quite dangerous as they contain high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, selenium, and chromium. The known health risks of exposure include cancer, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, birth defects, reproductive failure, asthma, and other illnesses. There is currently a lack of regulation protecting citizens from these toxic pools.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers at Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers wish the victim a speedy recovery, and they may be able to help if you have been harmed in an auto accident that was not your fault.

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16
Jan

Bloomington Winery Files Defective Product Lawsuit against Can Manufacturer

January 16, 2013

Jan. 16, 2013

A Bloomington-based winery has filed an Indiana Defective Product lawsuit against packaging company Ball Metal Container, after finding the containers produced by the company did not perform as they were supposed to. According to an article from WBIW News, the lawsuit alleges breach of contract and negligence.

In Nov. 2011, Oliver Wine Company began to look into expanding its line of Beanblossom Cider, and contacted Ball as a potential supplier of the aluminum cans needed to package the product. Ball asked that the winery send them a sample of each cider so they could be tested for compatibility with the cans.

After receiving confirmation from Ball that Oliver’s products would work with the packaging, Oliver Wine Company placed an order for 1.3 million cans and began packaging the Beanblossom Ciders. However, shortly after shipping several orders out, reports of an odor when the cans were opened began to roll in.

Further testing confirmed that a chemical reaction between the cider and the copper pitting in the cans was producing hydrogen sulfide. The lawsuit claims that Ball changed its stance on the compatibility of the products after learning of the problem.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers are hopeful that a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the incident for the two businesses and will create safer products for all citizens.

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9
Jan

Could Osteoperosis Play A Role In Slip and Fall Accidents?

January 09, 2013

January 9, 2013

Experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that Slip and Fall accidents are the leading cause of injury for citizens who are over the age of 65 years old, considering one out of three adults that age suffers an injury from a fall each year. These accidents can often lead to broken bones and other life-threatening injuries, yet not enough is done to prevent further injuries from re-occurring.

An article from USA Today, points out that all too often older adults who suffer from slip and fall accidents may also have developed a condition known as osteoporosis where the bones in the body begin to lose mass and deteriorate. Research from the National Bone Health Alliance points out that more than two million slip and Fall incidents that occur in the Untied States each year are linked to the condition, yet less than 20 percent of those who are over the age of 64 years old and suffer a fall undergo testing to see if they have developed osteoporosis.

Experts say there are several options available to treat the loss of bone mass that are widely accepted by the medical community, including taking Bisphosphonates, Calcium, and Vitamin D.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers believe making sure that the elderly have their bone mass checked on a regular basis and treating osteoporosis at the first signs of onset can work to greatly reduce the chances of an individual suffering injuries from a slip and fall accident.

 

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2
Jan

Butter Flavoring Chemical to Be Removed from Products Due To Health Risks

January 02, 2013

Jan. 2, 2013

Sensient Flavorings, LLC, an Indianapolis-based company that creates food flavorings, has agreed to reduce the amount of a chemical used make popcorn taste buttery to settle disputes with workers and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA).

KOAA News reports that the dispute stems from an inspection by IOSHA conducted in 2008 that found an unhealthy amount of a chemical known as Diacetyl in the manufacturing of products. Two years later, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that workers in Sensient’s facilities had abnormal lung function at a higher rate than the average population of the United States.

The chemical Diacetyl has been linked to the onset of a deadly disease developed by factory workers referred to as “Popcorn Lung.” In response, Sensient Flavorings has agreed to immediately reduce the use of the chemical by 20 percent, and to completely eliminate its use by the end of the year where it can.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers recognize the fact that some workers are exposed to harmful chemicals in the workplace, regardless of standards requiring employees to have a safe work environment. If you have been harmed by toxic exposure to a while at work, it’s important to discuss your legal options with an Indianapolis Workers’ Comp Attorney.

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19
Dec

NTSB Recommends All States Adopt Ignition Interlock Laws

December 19, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all 50 states adopt laws requiring motorists convicted of drunk driving, even first-time offenders, to have an ignition interlock system installed on vehicles they are driving. FOX 59 News reported that the Indiana State Legislature would likely support such policies.

An ignition interlock device is a piece of electronic equipment tied into the wiring that starts a vehicle’s engine, requiring a motorist to have their breath checked for alcohol before the vehicle will start. Laws requiring the devices have already been implemented in 17 states, and they have reportedly been successful in reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road.

Experts say interlock devices can potentially save as many as 7,000 lives per year, including those involved in Indianapolis Auto Accidents. Every week, 11 people die and nine more are seriously injured due to drunken driving accidents. These numbers were determined by an NTSB study examining data collected from more than 1,500 crashes over a five-year period. Roughly 70 percent of those accidents involved drivers with blood alcohol limits above legal levels.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys support measures that aim to successfully reduce the number of individuals who are injured or killed in Indiana drunk driving accidents.

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12
Dec

FDA and Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Recall Atorvastatin

December 12, 2012

Dec. 12, 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recently issued a voluntary recall on the drug, Atorvastatin, due to a potential health risk. According to an FDA press release, contamination within the packaging of the drug could lead to serious side effects.

On Nov. 9, the company announced that certain lots of 10mg, 20mg, and 40 mg doses of Atorvastatin in 90 and 500-count bottles may contain glass particles the size of a grain of sand.

The drug is used to lower cholesterol levels. While no adverse events have been reported, anyone that has experienced an Indianapolis Drug Injury is urged to contact the FDA immediately. While officials have stated the risk of injury from the contamination is extremely low, any adverse events should pass quickly and harmlessly.

Anyone in possession of medication from the affected lots is being instructed to continue taking the medication as prescribed until a doctor or pharmacist can be reached to arrange for a replacement of the contaminated drugs. There is no shortage of the drug at this time.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that taking any medication can come with serious risks and the firm’s team of attorneys is here to help you if you have been harmed by a medication prescribed to you by a doctor.

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5
Dec

Indiana Worker Killed in Slip and Fall Accident

December 05, 2012

Dec. 5, 2012

A 49-year-old contract worker from Hebron, Indiana, was killed earlier this week in a work-related accident. The Post-Tribune indicated the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, Indiana.

Reports show that the man was part of a crew conducting scaffolding maintenance at the plant when, for an unknown reason, the worker slipped and fell. The victim plummeted to the ground sustaining injuries from blunt force trauma.

Rescue crews arrived at the scene and transported the worker to a local hospital, but he died a short time after arrival.

Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) was on the scene just hours after the incident to begin an investigation into the cause of the accident and whether or not it could have been prevented. Conclusions from the investigation are expected to be released in two to six months.

If the company is found to be at fault for the accident, the family of the victim may be entitled to Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation benefits, which may help cover medical, funeral, and other accident related expenses.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Attorneys understand the dangers workers in the construction industry face every day and would like to send their deepest thoughts and sympathies to the friends, family, and co-workers of the victim.

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28
Nov

Two INDOT Workers Injured in Indianapolis Truck Accident

November 28, 2012

Nov. 28, 2012

Two Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) workers and the driver of a tractor-trailer were seriously injured after a Indianapolis Truck Accident this morning. The Indianapolis Star reported that the crash happened at around 2:30 a.m. at the Brookeville Road and I-74 interchanges on I-465.

A spokesman for the Indiana State Police, Sgt. Richard W Meyers, stated that the 40-year-old driver of a 2004 International tractor-trailer driving in a closed lane of traffic and failed to move over for a crew performing construction along the road. The tractor-trailer collided with the rear of a dump truck which then hit a trailer hauled by a pickup truck. The rig then continued southbound until it hit another trailer hauling lighting equipment.

Two INDOT workers, 53- and 58-years-old respectively, who were inside the pickup trucks that were hit were taken to a local hospital after complaining of back pain, while the truck driver was transported to the hospital for treatment for a leg injury.

Troopers are continuing to look into what factors may have played a part in causing the accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys understand that tractor-trailers must abide by a specific set of safety rules and policies failure to do so can be considered negligence. That is why the firm would urge anyone who has been hurt in a crash with a tractor-trailer to discuss any questions you may have about your case with an attorney immediately.

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21
Nov

Indiana Supreme Court Sets Precedent with Medical Malpractice Decision

November 21, 2012

A recent ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court found that representatives for the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund (IPCF) do not have a right to argue the cause or existence of an injury in a case where liability has already been established.

The decision stems from the case of a 4-year-old boy from Indianapolis who suffers from cerebral palsy following a botched delivery. The Claims Journal reported that doctors were negligent in failing to properly monitor the child’s condition as the labor process began. They also failed to recognize signs that the child was in distress, which prevented him from receiving the care he needed for more than two hours.

The Indianapolis Medical Malpractice lawsuit that followed the incident resulted in a settlement holding doctors responsible for his condition. The IPCF appealed the decision on the grounds that they have a right to argue the cause of injury. The court acknowledged this as true, but only in cases where fault had not yet been established. In this case, doctors had already admitted fault when agreeing to the settlement.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys understand how confusing and complex filing a medical malpractice claim can be. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights if you have been harmed while under the care of a physician.

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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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