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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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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