4
Feb

Indiana Awarded “Green Light” for Traffic Safety Laws

February 04, 2015

Highway safety is important to the Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys. That’s why we’re thrilled to learn the Hoosier State recently received praise for efforts to keep motorists safe.

An article from My Wabash Valley states the rating was given by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety based on the passing of certain traffic safety laws, such as laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and all motorists to use seat belts .

Indiana received the “green light” rating—the best available rating—because the state passed 11 of 15 suggested safety laws. Areas where the state can still make improvements include creating tighter regulations for inexperienced teen drivers.

Raising the minimum age for  learners’ permits to 16 years old and placing restrictions on teenagers operating vehicles at night are just a few of the suggestions made. Indiana has also been asked to pass a law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and convicted drunk drivers to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we would like to applaud the efforts that have been made to improve Indiana’s highway safety rating. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys would also like to encourage the public to continue practicing safe driving habits.

 

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28
Jan

Limited Time Left to Return Safe and Sober Vouchers

January 28, 2015

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities in Indiana each year. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports there were 198 deaths attributed to drunk driving in 2014. These fatalities accounted for more than one-fourth of all traffic deaths.

These numbers may leave you wondering what’s being done to prevent Indiana drunk driving accidents. Experts say the state has approved legislation that requires repeat drunken driving offenders to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Judges can now also order first time offenders to have the equipment installed as well. This isn’t the only action being taken to combat Indiana car accidents caused by drunk driving though. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are once again sponsoring our Safe and Sober Ride Home program.

On New Year’s Eve, we offered free cab rides home to people celebrating in Indianapolis. To participate, individuals were asked to print and sign cab voucher and save the receipt from their rides. They were then instructed to send us the receipt to get a voucher for the cost of the ride.

We have been collecting receipts throughout January, and we will be accepting them until this Friday, Jan. 30.

If you printed our Safe and Sober voucher before going out on New Year’s Eve, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers would like to applaud you for making the right decision to get home safe.

 

 

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21
Jan

Indiana’s Veterans Struggling to Get Fair Compensation

January 21, 2015

When military veterans suffer from injuries or illnesses related to their service, they may be entitled to receive veterans disability benefits. But some former service members in Indiana are getting compensated less than veterans in other states who are suffering from the same conditions.

Information collected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows that the State of Indiana receives $4,935 per veteran from the federal government to cover expenses—more than $1,100 less than the national per veteran cost average of $6,088.

These numbers may leave you wondering why Indiana’s veterans receive less than others in the U.S. Many experts believe it has to do with soldiers and veterans simply not being educated about their benefits. KPBS News says VA research indicates fewer than half of all veterans understand the benefits they’re entitled to. Other factors can include which military campaign the veteran was involved in and the difficulty of completing applications for benefits.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’re aware of how complicated navigating veterans disability claims can be. If you’ve been denied veterans benefits, our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys are here to help. Call us at (800) 33-33-LAW today.

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14
Jan

Med Mal Lawsuit Questions Medical Treatment for Indiana Prisoners

January 14, 2015

Doctors are required to protect the health and safety of the patients they treat. But how does this requirement apply to prisoners? This issue is currently at the heart of an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit.

Reports indicate that a prisoner at the Rockville Correctional Facility informed doctors at the prison that she had undergone an operation to change her gender from male to female. The procedure required hormone replacement therapy and the use of a vaginal stent to prevent complications. However, prison medical staff determined the hormones and the stent were not necessary. The latter was even determined to be a security issue.

An article from USA Today explains the prisoner developed complications and filed an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit against the prison and it’s staff. She claims the negligent care she received resulted in the need to undergo a corrective surgery that could cost as much as $120,000. The courts initially dismissed the case, but the decision was overturned on appeal and is currently in litigation.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are aware of the importance of holding doctors, hospitals, and medical staff to ethical standards. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will establish a case precedent for medical care for incarcerated people.

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7
Jan

Thousands of Lawsuits Filed by Risperdal® Injury Victims

January 07, 2015

Pharmaceutical companies are required to test their drugs for safety prior to releasing them to the public. However, drug side effects are often discovered after patients begin to suffer serious injuries.

Thousands of Risperdal® drug injury lawsuits have been filed by patients harmed by Risperdal. The drug is typically prescribed to patients to treat psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. But some young men who take Risperdal develop a condition known as gynecomastia—the development of abnormally large male breast tissue.

According to Injury Lawyer News, the lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who suffered Risperdal drug injuries claim that the company that manufactured the drug, Johnson & Johnson, failed to provide consumers with ample warning of the gynecomastia risk. Plaintiffs are seeking damages ranging from reimbursement for medical bills to compensation for mental anguish and loss of consortium.

If you or a male loved one developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, the Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys want to help. Our legal team is standing by to answer your questions, so call (800) 33-33-LAW to get a free case consultation today.

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31
Dec

Get a Safe and Sober Ride Home This New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and many people in Indiana will be celebrating. What partygoers need to remember is that drinking and driving is especially prevalent during this holiday. However, we can each do our part to keep the streets and highways safe.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys is helping to keep drunk drivers off the road this year by sponsoring our New Year’s Eve Safe and Sober Ride Home program. We began this program years ago and have serviced thousands in our area with safe, free rides home after celebrations end.

To participate, call a cab of your choosing to get home safely. Then, save your receipt and download and complete a voucher form before New Year’s Day. Finally, send in your receipt and voucher to our office in Carmel by the end of January and we will send you a $20 rebate for your ride. For a full explanation of the rules and terms of the program, click here.

Rebates will only be given for rides home and not to other bars, restaurants, or drinking locations. Several occupants can share cabs as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the devastating results drunk driving can have. That’s why our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers is hopeful you’ll choose a safe way to get home and participate in the Safe and Sober program.

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17
Dec

What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries in Indiana?

December 17, 2014

In 2013, Indiana reported a non-fatal workplace accident rate of 3.8 injuries per 100 workers, and a total of 123 workers lost their lives while on the job. These numbers leave many citizens wanting to know more about the types of accidents that put workers at risk of injury or death.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip, trip, and fall incidents are one of the most regularly reported workplace accidents in Indiana. In fact, Indiana slip and fall accidents accounted for roughly 37 percent of all workers’ compensation claims made in the state last year.

Transportation Accidents

These incidents include all accidents involving motor vehicles, such as commercial truck drivers injured in crashes or farmhands thrown from vehicles. According to the Indiana Department of Labor Quality, Metrics &Statistics Division, these accidents accounted for 25 worker fatalities in 2013.

Contact With Objects or Equipment

Contact with objects or equipment includes workers being hit by falling objects, employees becoming caught in a piece of machinery, and even being struck by vehicles. These incidents accounted for roughly 13 percent of all Indiana workplace fatalities that occurred in 2013.

Getting Help

If you’ve been injured or had a loved one who was killed while working in Indiana, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury or loss. The processes of seeking benefits can be complex and confusing, so consider speaking with an attorney prior to filing your claim.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’re ready to help you complete the paperwork to file your claim. To learn more about how our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys can assist you, call us anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW to talk to our legal team.

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10
Dec

Social Security Disability Asset Regulations May Change

December 10, 2014

When an individual is approved for Social Security Disability benefits there are strict rules that regulate how much assets and income he or she can have at any given time. Under the current law, Social Security Disability recipients are only allowed $2,000 in cash or assets. Furthermore, these individuals can typically earn no more than $680 per month.

These financial constraints leave many disabled Americans unable to pay for medical bills, transportation, an education, or even buy a home. This is why federal officials are considering a bill that would revamp the rules that govern the finances of disabled Americans.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow disability recipients to open a tax-free savings account capped at $100,000. Deposits of  up to $14,000 could be made with no penalty.

The bill was unanimously passed through the House of Representatives, and according to West Virginia Metro News, is expected to be examined by the Senate as early as this week.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the financial struggles that can come with relying on Social Security Disability benefits. That’s why our Social Security Disability attorneys are hopeful the new measures will alleviate the financial strain many disabled Americans face.

 

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3
Dec

Charity of the Month: Interfaith Hospitality Network of Indianapolis

December 03, 2014

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we take great pride in assisting people in our communities. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are excited to announce Interfaith Hospitality Network of Indianapolis as our Charity of the Month.

This great organization is part of the Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, an organization that began in 1994 as a means to eliminate homelessness from our city’s streets. Since that time, the group has assisted thousands of locals in the process of getting back on their feet by putting a roof over their heads.

Officials from the organization were proud to announce they placed to families in new homes just days before Thanksgiving, but with the holidays coming up, there are even more families in need. You can do your part to help this wonderful group with just one click.

For every unique “Like” we receive on our Facebook page during the month of December; we’ll donate $1 to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Indianapolis. If you wish to donate your time to the Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, you can contact the organization to set up an opportunity to volunteer at one of their upcoming events.

We’re hopeful you’ll do your part to help the homeless here in Indianapolis this holiday season!

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26
Nov

Avoiding Indianapolis Car Accidents This Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Means Danger on the Roads

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means tonight will be the most dangerous night of the year to be on the road, especially in Indianapolis. Data from the Metro Police Department show that on Thanksgiving day last year, officers worked a total of 71 Indianapolis car accident reports. That number is significantly higher than the average of 61 collisions any other day of the year.

Why Is Traveling on Thanksgiving so Dangerous?

Experts agree that an increase in traffic volume on the road combined with a higher number of intoxicated drivers makes traveling on Thanksgiving more risky than other times of the year. In fact, an article from WISHTV 8 News explains statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that drunk drivers caused 42 percent of fatal accidents during Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

What can I Do to Stay Safe While Traveling?

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out there are three simple steps you can follow to help avoid an Indianapolis car accident this Thanksgiving:

  • Don’t Drink and Drive- Designate a sober driver to get you home before going out for the night. If no one is available to drive, plan to use a cab or taxi to get home safely.
  • Buckle Up- Using a seat belt is one of the best options available to prevent injury or death in the event of an accident. In fact, studies have shown this piece of equipment as reducing the chances of a fatality in the event of a collision by as much as 60 percent.
  • Be Vigilant- If you plan to drive tonight, get plenty of rest and eliminate all distractions before moving your vehicle.

We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!

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