27
Feb

Indiana Records Highest Number of Teen Motorist Fatalities Last Year

February 27, 2013

Feb. 27, 2013

A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration released information detailing some disturbing trends in Indiana Car Accidents across the state.

According to an article from WANE News, the state was ranked among the top in the nation when it came to teen fatalities caused by motor vehicle collisions. More worrisome, though, was the dramatic increase in the number of fatalities among 16 and 17-year-old teens last year.

A total of 16 deaths were attributed to teens involved in Indiana car accidents. This was approximately five more deaths than the previous year. Data also showed a 19 percent increase in traffic fatalities among Indiana teens within the first six months of 2012. A total of 240 teen driver deaths were recorded last year in the United States.

The report says that traffic laws and educational programs were contributing factors in lowering the number of motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, economic conditions also play a vital role in the number of fatal accidents recorded across the nation.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys know how devastating the loss of life due to car accidents can be. That’s why the firm hopes these figures can be used to create a strategic plan aimed at reducing the number of teen drivers who die statewide each year.

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20
Feb

Several Events Planned in Indiana to Discuss Workplace Safety

February 20, 2013

Feb. 20, 2013

With Indiana reporting thousands of workers injured on the job each year, officials in the state are seriously focusing on improving workplace safety and the Indiana workers’ compensation system. An article from North West Indiana Business News reports one way officials are spreading the word was holding the 3rd Annual Beyond Safety conference at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza earlier this week.

During the conference several speakers offered messages about the need for safety innovation to trickle down from top executives. A representative from Cintas gave a speech discussing the successful efforts taken by his company to promote the reduction of workplace injuries and claims for workers’ compensation.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is also hosting the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Conference beginning on February 28th in downtown Indianapolis. Some of the issues slated for discussion are the rise in workers’ compensation costs, how to use wellness programs to reduce expenses associated with workers’ compensation, and how to manage losses. The program will be held all week at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers are hopeful these events will create a healthy dialogue on how to better serve those who have been injured through no fault of their own in work-related accidents.

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13
Feb

Indiana State Department of Health Issues Annual Report on Medical Errors

February 13, 2013

Feb. 13, 2013

A recent report from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) concluded that surgeries on the wrong body parts were one of the most common medical errors in the state during 2011.

Data showed a total of 100 medical errors reported in 2011 from 291 medical facilities across Indiana. Those incidents were broken down into 94 errors that occurred in hospitals, while the remaining six adverse events occurred at ambulatory surgery centers. While serious bedsores were the most common ailment reported, surgery on the wrong body part was a close second, followed by retention of a foreign object in the body after surgery.

A total of twelve patients died as the result of the 28 serious reportable events that occurred over the yearlong period. Experts were quick to point out that such adverse events are rarely caused by the actions of a single individual, but are often the result of failed systems and processes that doctors and medical staff follow.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers say that a doctor and his staff has a responsibility to protect a patient from harm caused by negligence and failure to do so could result in a patient filing an Indiana Medical Malpractice claim.

The firm urges anyone who has been harmed while under the care of a physician to discuss your legal rights with an attorney immediately.

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6
Feb

FDA Issues Recall on Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Tablets

February 06, 2013

Feb. 6, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a voluntary recall affecting three lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (Lots 3037841, 3040859 and 3042573). According to a press release, the recall is being conducted due to a miscalculation of the amount of active ingredient each tablet may contain.

The drugs were manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and were then repackaged and distributed by Mylan Institutional. Testing of the drugs determined that some tablets in the affected lots were above the standard weight limit that was established for the product, meaning the medications may contain more active ingredient than they are supposed to.

Ingesting too much of either of the medications could result in a potential Drug Injury, such as acute liver toxicity or failure, potentially leading to death if left untreated. Those suffering from liver dysfunction, consuming more than three alcoholic beverages per day, or taking other medications containing acetaminophen have the highest risk of injury.

The FDA has stated that anyone in possession of the affected product should halt use of the medications immediately.

The Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys with the law firm of Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers recognize how dangerous taking a medication that has been recalled can be, and they encourage anyone who has been harmed by such a product to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

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30
Jan

Fort Wayne Steel Worker Seriously Injures Arm in Industrial Accident

January 30, 2013

Jan. 30, 2013

A worker at a steel plant on the west side of Fort Wayne was left seriously injured as the result of an industrial accident last week. According to The Journal Gazette, the incident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Valbruna Slater Stainless plant on Taylor Street.

Reports indicate the man was performing his normal work duties when his arm became caught in a machine press. His limb was crushed until it was nearly amputated from his body before co-workers could get the machine to unclamp and pull the victim to safety.

Rescue crews were called to the scene of the accident and transported the victim to a local trauma center to receive treatment.

Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that contact with objects and equipment on a job site was responsible for causing 15 percent of all fatal work-related accidents. Furthermore, iron and steel workers were found to have the sixth highest rate of accidental on-the-job injuries, accounting for roughly 27 workers per 100,000 being injured each year.

The Fort Wayne Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers say that when serious on-the-job accidents occur, workers often need to file for Indiana Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, claims adjusters may not have a victim’s best interests at heart. That is why the firm believes it is vital that an injured worker discuss their case with an attorney immediately.

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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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