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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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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