New Study Examining Pain Treatment Options for Veterans

July 15, 2015

Chronic and debilitating pain from wartime injuries is a condition many soldiers and veterans face on a daily basis. This pain can interfere with mood, activity, and the ability to work, as well as other aspects of daily life. Luckily, the Indianapolis veterans disability lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that a study has shown that a new two-step treatment plan may effectively reduce pain over time.

Traditional pain treatment for veterans and soldiers involves education and providing encouragement to speak with doctors about pain-related issues. Researchers have found that a new two-step system may be more effective, though.

According to MD magazine, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine examined 241 veterans who suffered pain after returning from service overseas. A total of 120 patients received traditional care, while the others received 12 weeks of treatment using painkillers along with 12 weeks of behavioral therapy.

Nine months after receiving treatment, those who received the two-step treatment reported feeling less pain and an improvement in quality of life. There was also a 30 percent decrease in claims of pain disability among the patients observed.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are aware of how pain can effect one’s life, and our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful this study will help increase the quality of pain management for veterans.

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Proposed Federal Law Would Allow Longer Commercial Trucks on the Road

July 08, 2015

Numerous studies have shown that larger, heavier commercial tractor-trailers present greater dangers in accidents—they take longer to stop, make wider turns, wear down equipment faster, and are often too wide to use only one lane. The Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that despite these risks, lawmakers have advanced a bill allows commercial trucks to haul longer trailers.

According to 12 News Now, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a change in policy that would increase the maximum legal length of commercial truck trailers from 28 to 33 feet. The reform was spearheaded by trucking industry giants, the American Trucking Association and FedEx Corp., as a means to increase profits by moving more products in a single load. Opponents of the changes explain the new rules will put the public at an increased risk of accidents.

The bill is far from becoming law, though. It must first pass a Senate vote without opposition before making it’s way to the White House for the President’s final approval.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we recognize the risks that larger commercial vehicles can pose on the road. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are anxious to see whether or not the bill becomes law.

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Indianapolis Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers Discuss Fourth of July Safety

July 01, 2015

What would a celebration of our nation’s independence be without a fireworks display? But while fireworks can be extremely fun to watch, the Indianapolis fire and burn injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to remind you that they are also responsible for a large number of injuries each year.

The National Fire Protection Association says that in 2013, an estimated 11,400 Americans required hospitalization due to injuries involving fireworks. A large number of these individuals had suffered fire or burn injuries.

So what can you do to keep you and your loved ones safe from the risks fireworks pose? The best solution is to leave them to professionals. An article from FOX 59 News gives you details on some of the best places to catch a fireworks display in the greater Indianapolis area.

If you insist on setting off fireworks yourself, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Supervise Children- Never allow children to handle or light fireworks, even sparklers. Adults should also always have others on hand when lighting fireworks so help is available in the event of an accident.
  • Be Prepared- Choose an open and fire hazard-free location to light your display. Also have water and a fire extinguisher on hand to put out any fires that may occur.
  • Avoid Consuming Alcohol- If you plan to light fireworks, be sure not to consume alcohol. It can impair your judgment and increase the chances of an accident.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you and your family safe during the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.

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Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Summer Accident Risks

June 24, 2015

Summer is here in Indiana. During this time of year, it’s important to recognize that the risks of certain types of accidents tend to rise during summer months. That’s why Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to make you aware of two of the most common accidents this time of year.

Car Accidents

Students are out of school, and families tend to travel a lot more between Memorial Day and Labor Day, putting more vehicles on the road each day. Our Indianapolis car accident attorneys explain that higher traffic volumes tend to correlate with more highway deaths—there were 233 Indiana traffic fatalities between June-August 2012. Our Indiana car accident attorneys point out that these three months also had the highest fatality counts for the entire year.

Dog Bites

Data indicates that the number of dog bite injury victims tends to increase during summer months as well. According to Greensburg Daily News, dog owners should double check their homeowner’s insurance policies to ensure bite accidents are covered. It’s also a good time to discuss caution when approaching strange dogs with children.

Get Help

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one were injured in an accident. Don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 33-33-LAW to discuss your legal rights.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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