8
Oct

How to Get Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits

October 08, 2014

Companies based in Indiana are required to provide their employees with a safe work environment. Each year though, a large number of Hoosiers are hurt or killed as the result of on-the-job accidents. Luckily, most companies are required to carry Indiana workers’ compensation insurance to cover expenses related to such accidents, and the lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to let you know how to apply for these benefits step by step.

The first thing you should do if you’re injured at work is report the incident to your managers or supervisors. They can then gather the appropriate documentation for you to begin filing your claim. Waiting longer than 30 days after your accident to file a report could prove detrimental to being approved for benefits.

Once you’ve applied for benefits, your employer’s insurer will issue a decision on whether the claim was approved or denied. If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, there’s still hope.

You can take your claim before the Indiana workers’ compensation board for a review. If your claim is denied again, you can have the claim heard by an administrative judge.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys understand how difficult it can be to recuperate after a workplace injury, and we are hopeful these tips aid you in getting you the benefits you deserve if you’ve been injured on the job.

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1
Oct

Charity of the Month: Wounded Warrior Project

October 01, 2014

Each day, service members from our nation’s armed forces return home from battle overseas suffering from mental and physical injuries sustained in combat. Luckily there are organizations that aim to help these veterans, and the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to tell you about how you can support one such program.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded on the idea of fostering one of the most successful, well-adjusted generations of wounded service members our nation has ever seen. They aim to accomplish this goal by:

  • Raising awareness of the needs of wounded service members.
  • Helping injured veterans aid and assist one another.
  • Providing beneficial programs to injured service members.

Demand for participation in the Wounded Warrior Project’s programs has swelled in recent years, leaving the organization in desperate need of volunteers for their events. You can also raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project during other events by becoming a community athlete. Once you have raised $500 for the organization, you can proudly wear the organization’s logo on a jersey as you compete.

You can also help the Wounded Warrior Project by simply clicking a button with your mouse. During the month of October, for every new and unique “Like” our Facebook page receives, we will donate $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project as part of our Charity of the Month program. Give back to those who sacrificed so much for our freedom by clicking the “Like” button today.

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24
Sep

Study Examines Ways to Prevent Xarelto® Drug Injuries

September 24, 2014

The use of anticoagulant medications—like Xarelto®—can be an effective way to prevent blood clotting, especially in patients who are prone to heart attack or stroke. But what patients may not realize is that using this particular drug could put them at risk of suffering Xarelto bleeding injuries.

Injury Lawyer News recently discussed a study examining ways to prevent these bleeding events. Researchers found that while only a small percentage of anticoagulant users experienced a significant bleeding event related to the medication, there was a significant risk the bleeding could not be stopped depending on the type of anticoagulant being used.

While bleeding associated with Warfarin use can be halted with an injection of vitamin K, bleeding events associated with Xarelto use were not stopped by the injections. In fact, only the use of activated charcoal was effective in slowing bleeding–but could not stop the bleeding altogether.

These bleeding events have led to thousands of lawsuits being filed against the makers of anticoagulant drugs.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are aware of the risks using anticoagulant drugs can pose and are here to help if you’ve been injured. Call us today at (800) 33-33-LAW to learn more.

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19
Sep

Exciting Volunteer Opportunities In Indy

September 19, 2014

We are always looking for ways to serve our neighbors outside the courtroom, but we can’t fill every need on our own. Our community needs your support too, so we’ve put together a few great volunteer options throughout the Indianapolis area:

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation offering pro bono legal representation and preventive legal education to low-income families, including immigrant families. Visit their website to learn more about several legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities with Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Youth For Understanding

Youth for Understanding is a nonprofit international educational organization with partners in more than 60 different countries. It is one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected intercultural exchange programs. Click here to learn about how you can help.

Partnership For Lawrence

Partnership for Lawrence (PFL) is a nonprofit organization working to improve education, business, and quality of life in the community. With a focus in the arts, the program hosts several events and community projects that they need your help with. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities with PFL.

Gleaners Food Bank

Gleaners reaches thousands of people who need food assistance. They help the working poor, the unemployed, single parents, and the elderly. They aid the homeless, the disabled, and the mentally ill. And they assist battered women, victims of disaster and helpless children. Check out the Gleaners website to learn how you can join the fight against hunger and help your neighbors.

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has long been known for providing homes for people around the world. We have families in our own back yard who need support, and you can help! Click here to learn about opportunities to help in the Indianapolis area.

The team at Stewart and Stewart is proud to support our community. We hope you’ll join us.

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17
Sep

How to Get Social Security Disability Benefits

September 17, 2014

If you suffer from a disability that leaves you unable to work, you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits.  However, the rules regulating this program can be quite complex. That’s why our legal team has outlined the steps of the process of applying for disability benefits.

  • The Application- Filling out an application is the first step towards receiving disability benefits. It should be submitted with all the necessary documentation to support your claim, including doctor’s notes and medical records.
  • The Review- Upon receiving your application and paperwork, a claims examiner from the Social Security Administration will investigate your claim and issue a decision. If you’re claim is approved, you will soon be receiving benefits. If not, you may need to enter the appeals process.
  • The Appeal- The Social Security Administration estimates more than half of all initial disability claims are denied. Most will enter the appeals process and the decision will be overturned. During an appeal, your case will be reexamined to determine if your denial was the result of a mistake or misunderstanding.

These processes can be confusing, and it may prove beneficial to discuss your case with an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer to ensure your legal rights are protected. So call us today at (800) 33-33-LAW to learn more about what we can do for you if you’re considering applying for disability benefits or if you have a claim that was denied in the past.

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10
Sep

How to File an Indiana Medical Malpractice Claim

September 10, 2014

Medical professionals have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the health and safety of the patients they care for, and failure to do so can result in medical malpractice lawsuits. But the process to file a medical malpractice claim can be quite complex, which is why the Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to provide some helpful information.

First, it’s important to remember a medical malpractice claim must be filed within a certain amount of time. The time limit, or statute of limitations, to file most claims is within two years of the date the injury occurred. Children under the age of six who are harmed while under a doctor’s care generally have until their eighth birthday to file a claim. These time limits can vary depending on the facts of your case, so it’s important to speak with an attorney about your case as soon as possible.

To file a complaint, you must submit a form to the Indiana Department of Insurance with all applicable evidence and payment of fees. It costs $5 to file on behalf of one person and $2 for each additional claimant.

The commissioner of the Department of Insurance then serves the defendants with lawsuits before a medical review panel is selected. The panel then hears the case and a decision is reached.

Successful med mal cases often require expert witness testimony, detailed medical evidence, and more. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are here to help build a strong case on your behalf. To learn more about what we can do to assist you with your case, call us at (800) 33-33-LAW.

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3
Sep

Charity of the Month: Art With a Heart

September 03, 2014

Arts education programs in our nation’s schools are facing drastic budget cuts. In fact, only an estimated $250 million per year is allocated to support the arts in schools. In spite of a lack of funding, these classes have shown to increase academic achievement in students by as much as four times, and students who take courses in the arts are three times less likely to miss school.

To help provide much needed funds to arts programs in our city, the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are working to raise money is support of art classes in area schools as part of our charity of the month program.

Art With A Heart was founded in 2002 to supply at-risk youth with a chance to experience the visual arts. Since that time the program has grown to serve more than 2,000 students at as many as 25 different locations throughout the greater Indianapolis area.

You can do your part to support this wonderful organization by simply clicking a button. For each new and unique “Like” our Facebook page receives throughout the month of September, we will donate $1 to Art with a Heart.

We hope you will do your part to support the arts in Indianapolis by taking a few moments to visit and like our page!

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27
Aug

Reports Show Voluntary Drug Recalls Growing in the U.S.

August 27, 2014

There are medications on the market to treat a wide variety of conditions or illnesses. But the Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart attorneys point out that using certain drugs can put patients at serious risk of harm.

These problems have led to a growing number of voluntary recalls. These occur when a problem with a drug is discovered and the company that manufactures the drug preemptively pulls it from the market before the federal government moves to do so.

Reports indicate the number of voluntary recalls have significantly grown in recent years. According to an article from Becker’s Hospital Review, there were 499 drug recalls during 2012. In 2013, the number of recalls spiked to 1,225. That number could be surpassed in 2014, considering there have been 836 recalls initiated so far this year.

So, what should you do if you have been taking a drug that’s recalled? Experts suggest speaking with your physician and pharmacist to determine if you should stop use of the medication or not. If a drug has affected your health, you should contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to report the incident. It may also be wise to speak with an attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Our firm of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers is experienced in helping drug injury victims get back on their feet. To learn more about how we can help you with your drug injury case, feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW.

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20
Aug

Charity of the Month: Big Brothers Big Sisters

August 20, 2014

There are many young people in the United States in need of adult guidance and support. Luckily, there are charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters that can provide young people with role models to help them navigate difficult times.

For decades, Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit organization, has been matching outstanding adults from the community with children between the ages of 8 and 18 who need mentors. The pairs are then able to spend quality time together doing homework, playing sports, and visiting educational facilities. This can effectively give young participants the guidance they need to make positive decisions in their lives.

In fact, almost 70 percent of little brothers and sisters who attend college say their participation in the program had a direct impact on their decision to continue their education.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we strongly believe in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. That’s why we named the organization as our charity of the month. This means that throughout the month of August, we will donate $1 to the organization for each unique “Like” our Facebook page receives.

Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers encourage you to do your part to support this wonderful organization with one click. Just a moment of your time can do so much to help our community. Thank you!

 

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13
Aug

Motorists Should Slow Down, Look Up, and Be Aware This August

August 13, 2014

Indianapolis schools are back in session, which increases the risk of collisions involving students making their way to or from schools.

In fact, an Indianapolis car accident has already been reported during the first week of classes. Reports indicate the crash happened on Monday night as a child was making his way across the street in a crosswalk along Olio Road. An article from WISHTV 8 News explained the victim suffered several broken bones and will continue to recover in the hospital for several days.

The accident has prompted local law enforcement to step up their presence to prevent similar accidents. Many school districts in the area have hired extra crossing guards and will have police and fire units visibly present on campus for the next several days as a warning for drivers to slow down, look up, and be aware of their surroundings. Westfield Police Captain, Charles Hollowill, pointed out it’s important for parents to discuss roadway safety with their children as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers understand the importance of pedestrian and motorist safety and hope the actions taken will help to keep local young people safe on our streets.

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