17
Jun

Fosamax® and Other Bisphosphonates May Not Prevent Bone Fractures

June 17, 2015

As we age, our bones naturally become thinner and more brittle. Some doctors use medications to help patients prevent loss of bone mass, but studies are showing these treatments may be ineffective—and may even put patients at a greater risk of harm.

The class of drugs ypically used to treat bone loss are known as bisphosphonates, and one on the most commonly prescribed versions is Fosamax®. The drug can help maintain and increase the size and weight of bones, but it can also cause a disruption in how the body regulates calcium in bones. The Fosamax® drug injury lawyers at Stewart and Stewart Attorneys point out this can result in fractures of the femur and a disease known as Osteonecrosis—a condition in which the jaw deteriorates due to lack of proper blood flow.

A study on the risks of taking Fosamax® resulted in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requiring warnings for the drug. However, more recent studies have shown all bisphosphonates may be ineffective in preventing fractures caused by loss of mass.

According to Bloomberg News, researchers have examined data collected during 33 previous studies and determined very few broken hips are prevented with treatments using bisphosphonates.

If you’ve been harmed by Fosamax®, it’s important to know that you have legal rights. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indiana drug injury lawyers are standing by to answer any questions you may have and help you get on the road to recovery. Feel free to call us anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW to speak with our legal staff.

 

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10
Jun

How Does Indiana Law Protect an Employee’s Rights After a Work Injury?

June 10, 2015

Thousands of Indiana workers are injured on the job each year. Many file workers’ compensation claims—but filing for these benefits can prompt numerous questions.

One of the most common concerns the Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys hear is whether or not an injured employee can be terminated for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Our lawyers explain that the answer to that question can be complicated.

Indiana is an “at-will” employment state. That means an employer can hire, fire, promote, or suspend workers for almost any reason—as long as the reason is not discriminatory in nature. But according to the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board, an employee is entitled to Temporary Total Disability payments if he or she is fired because an injury prevents him or her from performing their job duties.

Knowing your rights as a worker is important, and the best way to protect your rights after a work-related injury is to speak with an Indiana personal injury attorney. The 24/7 legal staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys is ready to provide you with the assistance you need today—just dial 1 (800) 33-33-LAW.

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3
Jun

Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

June 03, 2015

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits to make ends meet. Many of these individuals were awarded benefits years—or even decades—ago. As prices increase every year due to inflation, you may be wondering how those who receive Social Security Disability benefits can still afford to live.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the answer lies in our nation’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) program. The COLA for Social Security Disability recipients is determined annually with an equation that takes rates of inflation on certain items and services—called the Consumer Price Index— into consideration. When inflation rates are high, Social Security Disability recipients get an increase in payments. When the rate is low though, an increase may not be awarded.

According to Time, this may be the case in 2016, as many of the costs considered for the COLA are lower than last year. So what does this mean to those considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits? It means it’s never been more important to get the maximum amount of compensation you can.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are standing by to answer any questions you may have about Social Security Disability benefits.

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27
May

Takata Announces Recall of 34 Million Vehicles Due to Faulty Airbags

May 27, 2015

What if the airbags in your vehicle are putting your family’s safety at risk? The Indianapolis defective product lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that this is a reality for millions of Americans after auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp., recalled 34 million vehicles due to problems with their airbags.

The recall was initiated after reports of vehicle occupants being seriously injured or killed when metal debris was hurled as airbags inflated during crashes. Reports indicate that as many as 100 motorists have been injured and six others were killed when the faulty airbags deployed.

Since the recall was announced, little information has been offered regarding the makes and models of the vehicles that are affected. The Detroit Free Press reports that federal officials plan to hold a hearing next week where the cause of the problem will be discussed, as well as what consumers can do to protect themselves.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful this recall can effectively correct the issue that has caused so much harm to hundreds of people.

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20
May

More Indiana Medical Malpractice Claims Filed Against Cardiologist

May 20, 2015

In Indiana, medical professionals have a legal and ethical responsibility to properly diagnose and treat a patient’s condition. The Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that, despite this obligation, some physicians perform unnecessary medical procedures on patients.

One doctor being accused of such a practice is an Indiana cardiologist named Dr. Arvind Ghandi. More than 200 patients have accused Dr. Ghandi of performing unnecessary surgeries on their bodies. The latest of those claims was filed by the family of a man who underwent a medical procedure to implant a pacemaker that they may not have needed.

According to ABC 6 News, the Hamilton County family is accusing the doctor of performing unnecessary surgery on their loved one—and they claim the doctor was not qualified to be performing the surgery in the first place.

This isn’t the first time the doctor has faced such accusations either. Last year, dozens of similar Indiana medical malpractice lawsuits were filed against him.

The doctor has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal, claiming the lawsuits wrongfully portray his abilities as a doctor.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to each of the victims who may have been harmed by this doctor’s actions.

 

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13
May

Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Share Safety Tips

May 13, 2015

Motorcycle season is here in Indiana, and the Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to remind you to be extra vigilant on the road this time of year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 62 percent of motorcycle fatalities occur between the months of May and September.

There are numerous organizations that are working to raise awareness about motorcycle safety during the coming weeks. An article from WTHITV 10 News says that state officials have announced that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Several awareness rides and motorcycle events will coincide with the campaign, but if you’re looking to get involved with spreading the word about motorcycle safety, your actions behind the wheel may be your best bet.

Here are several ways drivers and bikers can help prevent accidents and injuries on the road:

  • Be Vigilant- Look twice in both directions and blind spots before maneuvering in traffic.
  • Use Safety Equipment- Helmets can reduce a motorcyclist’s chances of death by 37 percent, and vehicle seatbelts have been found to significantly reduce injuries and fatalities for drivers.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive- Alcohol is one of the leading contributing factors in crashes today. So please, arrange for a safe ride home if you’ve been drinking.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road!

 

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6
May

Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discuss New Alliance Focusing on Workplace Safety

May 06, 2015

Each year, thousands of Indiana workers are seriously injured in on-the-job accidents—especially those working in the concrete industry. In fact, data from the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) shows that 3.8 out of every 100 concrete workers were hurt while working in 2013.

The Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that officials have stated one of the best ways to lower workplace injury rates in our state is to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. That’s why IDOL is working with the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) to create a workplace safety alliance.

According to a press release from IDOL, the alliance will focus on three key areas:

  1. Promoting increased communication between IDOL and the IRMCA
  2. Creating case studies showing the value of workplace safety and health
  3. Holding more meetings where opinions on workplace safety and health can be voiced and heard

The alliance between IDOL and IRMCA will remain in effect for at least the next two years.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’ve seen the struggles caused by work injuries. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys are hopeful this alliance can help reduce the number of workplace injuries that occur each year in our state.

 

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29
Apr

$2.37 Billion Settlement Reached for Actos Drug Injury Lawsuits

April 29, 2015

Actos® is a medication used to treat diabetes in thousands of Americans over the past decade. But the Actos drug injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain the drug was linked to an increased risk of some patients developing bladder cancer. Now, those victims may be one step closer to getting the compensation they deserve.

The company that manufactures Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical, has offered to settle the majority of the approximately 9,000 outstanding Actos drug injury lawsuits for an estimated $2.4 billion. Bloomberg Business reports that if 95 percent of the plaintiffs agree to the terms of the settlement, each of the victims would receive around $296,000 in compensation.

The announcement comes in the wake of last year’s decision by a federal grand jury finding Takeda and its partner, Eli Lilly & Co., responsible for paying $9 billion in damages to a man who claimed Actos caused him to develop bladder cancer. The award was later reduced to $36.8 million.

As part of the settlement, Takeda will not accept liability for the harm patients suffered.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the hardships the victims have faced in their journey to receive the compensation they deserve. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful the settlement will help bring closure to those adversely affected by the drug.

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22
Apr

Researchers Examine Public Opinion on Preventable Medical Errors

April 22, 2015

When we visit our doctor or a hospital, we trust that the medical staff will protect our health and safety. The Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that, unfortunately, thousands of Americans are seriously harmed as the result of preventable medical errors each year.

One study recently conducted at Harvard University examines how often preventable medical errors occur, as well as the public’s opinion on the risk factors while receiving medical treatment. Reports indicate the research was funded by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction.

According to The National Law Review, researchers surveyed 1,224 adults about the medical care they received. Just under one-quarter of those who were surveyed stated they or a loved one were the victim of a preventable medical error in the past in the past. Approximately half of those respondents stated their health had been seriously harmed as a result of the error.

Roughly 90 percent of respondents felt doctors’ offices and hospitals should be required to report errors, yet more than half of medical error victims failed to report the incident. A majority cited the belief that reporting the matter would do no good to resolve the problem.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we believe in the importance of holding medical professionals accountable for their negligence, which is why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers encourage victims of medical errors to report instances of potential medical malpractice. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help ensure your rights are protected at all times. Find out more about how a lawyer can help by calling our staff at (800) 33-33-LAW.

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15
Apr

Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers Look at the Impact of Distracted Driving

April 15, 2015

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”, and the Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to focus on some of the most common driving distractions.

While most people tend to think of cellphones as the greatest distraction drivers face, many other items and electronics can force drivers’ eyes off the road. Take the case of the driver of a tractor-trailer who crashed on I-65 outside of Indianapolis while adjusting his radio.

According to WTHR 13 News, the 35-year-old driver of the southbound semi was hauling more than eight tons of potassium hydroxide near 38th Street at approximately 5:30 a.m. The driver told officers he was “messing with the radio” when he left the roadway and struck an abandoned vehicle.

The incident highlights the need for drivers to be focused on the road when behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. There are several steps you can take to heighten your focus behind the wheel, such as:

  • Turning off your cellphone when driving.
  • Avoiding eating or drinking while the vehicle is moving.
  • Making stereo and radio adjustments before entering the roadway.
  • Limiting the number of passengers you’re carrying.
  • Using GPS with voice commands.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve seen the devastation car accidents can cause, which is why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips will help to keep you safe on the road.

 

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