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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6
Aug

FDA Develops New System to Better Recognize Defective Medical Devices

August 06, 2014

Each year, thousand of Americans are harmed by defective medical devices. To help better protect patients from harm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a new system to more effectively monitor the safety of medical devices in the United States.

The Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) will work by supplying each approved medical device with a number and code that can be referenced. Reported problems can then be documented, tracked, and seen by the public by accessing the FDA database. This will allow doctors to scan devices before implanting them into patients to see if there are any warnings or recalls associated with the device model.

The first round of devices that must meet the new standards have a deadline of Sept. 24 for compliance. Guidelines on how to access the database, edit submissions, and register devices were posted to the FDA’s website last month.

Officials say they hope the new system will allow a faster and more efficient means of addressing problems with medical devices.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hopeful the new system is successful in protecting the health of Americans for years to come.

 

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30
Jul

Indiana Slip and Fall Accident Claims Worker’s Life

July 30, 2014

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of work-related injuries. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that slips, trips, and falls accounted for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2012.

This weekend, an Indiana slip and fall accident was to blame for a worker’s death at an Indiana factory. Reports indicate the 54-year-old victim was injured on Saturday afternoon at the Assmann Corp. factory located on Taylor Road in Garrett, Indiana.

An article from WISHTV 8 News states the victim was using a scissor-lift to install safety equipment onto a crane when the crane suddenly changed positions and struck the lift. This caused the lift to fall over, and the worker plummeted an estimated 35 feet to the ground where he struck his head.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the cause of the accident.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys understand the devastating consequences a slip and fall accident can have on a victim and their family. That’s why the firm would like to send their deepest condolences to the loved ones of the man who was killed in this tragic accident.

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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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