23
Jul

Indiana Teen Seeking Damages for Severe Dog Bite Injury

July 23, 2014

When someone suffers a serious and unprovoked Indiana dog bite injury, he or she may have the right to seek damages from the animal’s owner. In the case of one teenage dog bite victim in Indiana, the dog’s owner is his local police department.

Reports from WTHR 13 News indicate that in June 2014, the victim was at a friend’s house and had gone outside to talk to his friend. The teen heard calls for help from a neighbor’s yard a short time later and found his friend bleeding to death from stab wounds inflicted by an 18-year-old man during an argument.

As the teen was attempting to help police officers get to the stabbing victim, a police K-9 was released and attacked him. The victim suffered serious bite wounds that will require surgery to heal.

The victim is now seeking an unspecified amount in damages from the Fishers Police Department. The attorney representing the victim, David Stewart of Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, stated to WTHR 13 News that the police statement that the dog was “following orders and acting accordingly bunk and absolutely not true. [The dog] was not obeying commands to the point it had to be tased and taken down.”

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers know how difficult it can be to overcome the injuries that are inflicted by a serious dog bite. That’s why we would like to wish the young man who was recently injured a full and speedy recovery from his wounds.

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16
Jul

Important Facts About Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

July 16, 2014

When a medical professional’s negligence injures or kills patients, victims and their families may be able to file Indiana medical malpractice lawsuits against the parties responsible. But there are some important facts to know if you’re considering a medical malpractice lawsuit.

One of the most important things to remember is that there is a statute of limitations on filing medical malpractice claims in Indiana. According to the Indiana State Medical Association, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within two years of the date of a patient’s injury or death. Children who are victims of medical malpractice before their 6th birthday must have claims filed prior to their 8th birthday.

Its also vital for victims of medical malpractice to remember that Indiana has limits in place on how much money can be awarded to victims of medical errors. Doctors and their medical staffs can be held liable for up to $750,000, while hospitals and other medical facilities can face damages of as much as $7.5 million—depending on how many patients they serve.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome harm done by medical negligence, and we are here to help if you’ve been the victim of a doctor’s error. Call us at (800) 33-33- LAW to discuss your rights with our legal staff today.

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9
Jul

Charity of the Month: Gleaners

July 09, 2014

Hunger is a very real epidemic the United States is facing today, especially in Indiana. Data from the organization Feeding America shows 16.3 percent of the state’s residents may not have enough access to proper nutrition, with one-third of those individuals being children.

Luckily, groups like Gleaners are here to help combat the problem of hunger in Indiana. They work to secure, store, and redistribute food items to needy individuals across the state of Indiana. The organization was founded in 1980 in a home garage and has since grown to serve countless Hoosiers during that time.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hoping to help Gleaners achieve their goals by naming them as our charity of the month. This means that for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives during the month of July, we will donate $1 to Gleaners’ cause.

If you wish to do more to help, Gleaners accepts both food and monetary donations. You can also get in touch with the organization to schedule a time to volunteer your time as a way to help them achieve their mission.

At Stewart & Stewart, we take great pride in giving back to the communities we serve and encourage you to stay up to date on our philanthropic endeavors by taking a look at our social media outlets, as well as the Community News page of our website.

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2
Jul

FDA Uses Flickr To Inform The Public Of Defective Product Recalls

July 02, 2014

Social media has become integrated into American culture in numerous ways over the years, including becoming one of the most common ways citizens get their news. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using this platform to let the public know when a defective product is discovered and a recall is being launched.

The FDA has created a Flickr account to post photos and information about the latest product defects and subsequent recalls that are initiated. Some say the photos that are being attached to each post can provide a vital visual reference for recognizing recalled products that can be found in the home or on store shelves. Furthermore, many believe the images help to better engage the public versus the wordy—and often bland—recall announcements that are put out by the FDA.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you have or are considering purchasing, it may be wise to log onto the site for a quick search to ensure your product is not on the list. There is also an app available for smartphones that can make accessing Flickr much easier.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers know just how dangerous using a defective product can be. That’s why we encourage consumers to check the FDA’s website or Flickr account for a product prior to making a purchase.

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1
Jul

We’re Serious About Our Community

July 01, 2014

The community we serve is full of culture and opportunity. But most importantly it’s a family of people who step up to support each other through life’s ups and downs. We’re proud to live and work in central Indiana and we want to do our part to help make these communities even better places to live.

Your ‘Like’ Can Help Local Charities

We are excited to announce the launch of a new campaign, our Charity of the Month program!

Each month, we’ll pledge to support a local charity with a $1 donation for each new like we receive on our firm’s Facebook page.

We introduced the campaign with the Indianapolis Humane Society and Best Buddies Indiana. Thanks to support from our wonderful community, we’ve already raised nearly $500 for local charities!

Do you know of a local charity that could use our support? Let us know by sending us a message on Facebook.

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We’re Here, Year After Year

New Year’s Eve is one of central Indiana’s biggest celebrations every year.

To help encourage our friends and neighbors to celebrate safely, each year, we offer our Safe and Sober program on New Year’s Eve. The program covers the first $20 of any cab ride home from the downtown Indianapolis area. By making the decision to get a safe ride home an easy one, we can help ensure everyone a safe and happy start to a brand new year in the Indianapolis area!

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25
Jun

How Buying Medication Manufactured In The U.S. Lowers The Chances of A Drug Injury

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heavily regulates the drugs that are manufactured in the United States. The facilities where these products are made and the processes that are used to do so face scrutiny and evaluation by FDA investigators on a regular basis, but the same cannot be said for the medications that are made outside our borders and imported into our country.

The FDA only has a handful of inspectors who can conduct investigations into the safety and quality of medications that are being made. It’s enough of a struggle for them to regularly inspect the manufacturing facilities in the United States, much less those in other countries. Unfortunately, this lack of oversight can often lead to errors being made that can cause a patient to suffer a serious drug injury.

The New York Times highlighted a case where a heart drug that was manufactured in India was being recalled because patients were suffering serious adverse health events after consuming the product. Drug manufacturing giant—GlaxoSmithKline USA—also recently recalled three lots of an antidepressant drug that was manufactured in Romania and distributed through a Filipino company due the possibility that the drug “adulterated”.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys say the best way to prevent a drug injury caused by a defective medication is to use a name brand product. You can also check to see if your medication has recently been recalled by visiting the FDA’s website.

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20
Jun

New law to help Veterans file Disability

June 20, 2014

Scheduled to take effect July, 1 2014, a new law could give veterans access to more help when it comes to filing disability claims.

The legislation, passed last year by the General Assembly, would allow law schools in the state to set up clinics that specialize in aiding veterans through the disability claims process. The clinics would be run by the students allowing them to get experience in the field while simultaneously serving their community.

According to Emily Hildebrand, the director of development and public policy for Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, “The Veterans Affairs disability claims process is a challenging and often overwhelming bureaucracy for our veterans.”

Helping veterans file these claims, will make the process more accessible and allow more veterans to receive the help and care they deserve from their time of service to this country.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law is jumping on board. They already have a clinic that deals with Medicaid and social security problems, but Professor Carwina Weng, director of the current disability clinic, hopes to add veteran disability claims to its repertoire.

Funding for the program will be discussed in the 2015 Budget session.

To read more, follow the link below to the original article by Allie Nash in NUVO.

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/law-clinics-to-aid-veterans/Content?oid=2854228#.U6R_NfldXi9

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18
Jun

Statute of Limitations Brought Into Question In Risperdal Drug Injury Lawsuits

June 18, 2014

When a person is harmed as the result of taking a defective medication, they may be entitled to seek compensation through civil litigation; however, such lawsuits must be filed in a timely manner in order to stay within the statute of limitations that are sometimes placed on drug injury lawsuits.

Statutes of limitations are laws that create a timeline in which an accident victim must take legal action. If complaints are not filed within these time frames, the victim’s rights to compensation may be lost.

Arguments over statutes of limitations have arisen during recent RisperdalÒ drug injury lawsuits. The drug is used to treat certain mental disorders, such as Schizophrenia. Too often though, patients experience adverse side effects such as gynecomastia—a condition in which adolescent boys can develop female breast tissue that must be surgically removed.

The company who manufactures RisperdalÒ, Johnson & Johnson, has conceded that they failed to properly warn patients of the dangers the drug poses, but is now arguing that many of the lawsuits that have been brought against the company regarding problems with the drug should be thrown out because they were not filed within the statute of limitations.

The situation highlights the importance of taking legal action as soon as a drug injury is discovered, which is why Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help.

Our team of Indianapolis drug injury attorneys has navigated the state’s legal system numerous times and knows what it takes to get you the compensation you need for your RisperdalÒ injury. So call us today to get a free consultation of your case!

 

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11
Jun

3 Steps To Take If You Are The Victim of Indiana Medical Malpractice

June 11, 2014

Doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect their patients’ safety and health at all times. Errors or negligence that results in a patient being harmed may be grounds for the victim to seek compensation through civil litigation.

A former United States Marine is seeking such damages through an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit that stems from allegedly negligent care he received as a patient at an Indianapolis Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) medical facility.

A story released by Indiana Public Media explains the Marine filed the lawsuit after a doctor at the facility pushed a medical tool into his urethra with only minimal local anesthetic. The procedure resulted in the patient suffering from pain, bleeding, and complications that resulted in the need for further surgery.

After having been told the doctor who originally botched the patient’s care would not be performing his surgery, the opposite occurred. Instead of being healed, the patient was harmed by the doctor again after his prostate was punctured during the surgery.

So what should you do if you have been harmed while receiving medical care? At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers suggest taking the following steps if you suspect you are the victim of medical malpractice:

  • Report The Incident- Any problems you receive in your medical care should be reported to hospital or doctor’s office management immediately so the complaint can be documented.
  • Collect Evidence- Gather any documents, receipts, records, or notes that pertain to the supposed negligent care you have received.
  • Speak With An Attorney- having a qualified legal professional by your side to answer your questions and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions can be the difference in you being compensated for your losses or not.
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4
Jun

Charity of the Month: Best Buddies Indiana

June 04, 2014

There are currently millions of Americans living with developmental and intellectual disabilities, with many residing here in Indiana. It’s important to have support programs available for these individuals, which is why Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are excited to support a non-profit organization that offers such services as our charity of the month for June.

Best Buddies Indiana was founded in 1993 on the idea of bringing a network of volunteers together to offer friendship, vocational assistance, and leadership training to the disabled living in the state. Today, the organization is responsible for having a positive impact on a countless number of disabled individuals.

The organization partners those with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a buddy who can offer social and emotional support. Participants can range in age from elementary school students to those attending college.

To help support this wonderful organization, all you have to do is simply click the button on your computer’s mouse. That’s because for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives throughout the month of June, we will donate $1 to Best Buddies Indiana.

If you want to do more to help the organization, they are always seeking volunteers to become buddies. To get involved, simply complete a volunteer form that can be found on the organization’s website under the volunteer tab.

Participating in a charity of the month is just one way we give back to the community and encourage you to learn more about our firms mission to help those who are injured or disabled.

 

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