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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5
Sep

Curvy Roads Present Serious Danger to Indiana Motorcyclists

September 05, 2012

Sept. 5, 2012

A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that failure to negotiate curves in the road was a leading cause of motorcycle accidents.

This finding rang true in the case of a recent crash involving a 21-year-old female motorcyclist from Lafayette, Indiana. WLFI 18 News reports the accident happened on County Road 400 West on Monday evening at around 7:30 p.m.

Deputies with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office say the woman lost control of the bike as she rounded a curve and veered off the road, causing her motorcycle to strike a fence. The impact caused the rider to be ejected, leaving her seriously injured despite the fact she was wearing a helmet at the time of the Indianapolis motorcycle accident.

She was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of severe internal injuries.

To combat the growing number of these types of accidents, several new motorcycle license testing procedures are being considered. One of these new tests involves properly maneuvering the machine through a set of sharp curves.

Experts say the tests could potentially greatly decrease the number of motorcycle accidents each year.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers encourage individuals who ride motorcycles to receive training from a professional at one of the several training facilities recommended by the Indiana Department of Transportation before taking a bike onto the streets.

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29
Aug

Indiana Glass Manufacturer Fined $150,000 for Repeat Safety Violations

August 29, 2012

Aug. 29, 2012

Regulators with the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration fined a Shelbyville, Indiana, glass manufacturer $150,000 after inspectors found the company had failed to correct several safety violations that led to the death of a worker in 2010, as well as several Indiana Workers’ Compensation claims. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the fine was the second steepest penalty the agency had issued in the past year.

The investigation began after a 56-year-old maintenance technician at the plant was crushed to death after an air cylinder activated equipment near the conveyor belt he was working on. Regulators found the company had not trained employees on how to properly maintain the conveyor system and had no training program in place.

They also found the equipment was faulty and did not have certain safety features protecting workers from injury in the event of an accident, such as emergency shutoff switches.

The company initially faced a $15,000 fine for the violations. However, earlier this year, inspectors returned to the facility to find no work had been done to improve conditions. The company was again nailed with repeat violations for the same issues and now faces fines more than five times the initial amount.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say that employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe. That is why the firm encourages anyone who has been hurt at work through no fault of their own to discuss their legal options with an attorney.

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22
Aug

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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15
Aug

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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8
Aug

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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1
Aug

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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25
Jul

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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18
Jul

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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