5
Feb

Indiana Burn Injury Lawyers Offer Winter Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

February 05, 2014

According to the American Burn Association, more than 450,000 people per year seek medical treatment for injuries related to a fire or burn. Of those individuals, roughly 40,000 are hospitalized, while another 34,000 become casualties. The Indiana Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out studies have shown that due to increased usage of heating and other fuel sources, the winter months can have an increased chance of such accident occurring.

In an effort to reduce such accidents, a list of safety tips was created by Inman News and included highlights, such as:

  • Supervise Use of Combustibles - Never leave candles, hot ashes in a fireplace, or space heaters running or burning without the presence of an adult.
  • Avoid Extension Cords - While lights and decorations around the holidays may call for electricity from a far-off source, avoid using extension cords if possible. If they must be used though, ensure the cord is appropriate for its location (indoor or outdoor) and is capable of handling the wattage it will be carrying.
  • Be Prepared - Ensure a smoke alarm is present in each room of the home. Also, have an escape route planned for a quick exit from a residence in case of a fire. Having renter’s insurance to cover the expenses associated with a fire and it’s losses can also prove to be crucial.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers understand how devastating fires can be and are hopeful these tips help to keep citizens safe!

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29
Jan

Slip and Fall Accidents Are Becoming More Common

January 29, 2014

Incidents involving an individual slipping or tripping and falling can be extremely dangerous. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that in 2010, 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms and more than 662,000 people were hospitalized.

The Indiana Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that a new study is now showing annual deaths as a result of this type of accident may soon exceed the number of fatalities attributed to both motor vehicle accidents and firearms.

According to a recently published study in Anesthesiology News, deaths by car accidents have fallen by an estimated 27 percent due to advancements in safety technology, public awareness, and improved medical treatment since 2002. This decline was offset by a dramatic spike in the number of slip and fall fatalities, which had swelled by 46 percent over an eight-year period.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the risks of slip and fall accidents, and they suggest following these simple steps to stay safe:

  • Do exercises that focus on strength and balance
  • Install railings and adequate lighting in high-hazard areas of your home, such as stairwells.
  • Get your vision checked annually, as poor eyesight has been associated with falls and lack of balance.
  • Be aware of side effects of medications, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
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22
Jan

List of Compassionate Allowances Expanded by the Social Security Administration

January 22, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of disabled Americans are awaiting decisions to be made on their claims for Social Security Disability Benefits. Data indicates a majority of these individuals will wait months, sometimes years, for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue decisions. However, a program known as the list of compassionate allowances may allow for some of those who are most in need of assistance to have the decision making process expedited for their claims.

According to the Social Security Administration, the list is comprised of diseases and ailments that most typically meet the standards needed in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. Anyone suffering from a condition on the list has their claim entered into a streamlined approval process that can result in decisions being issued in just a matter of weeks.

The program was seen as a success for its contribution in significantly reducing the number of backlogged claims, a feat the Social Security Administration is hoping to achieve again with the addition of 25 more conditions to the list of compassionate allowances. The additions include several cancers, along with a number of autoimmune and genetic conditions.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to get those who are most in need of assistance the benefits they deserve and are hopeful the actions achieve the goal of reducing the backlog of claims.

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15
Jan

FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Drug Injuries Caused by Sodium Phosphate

January 15, 2014

The medications we use on a daily basis can help treat a variety of medical conditions. However, taking too much of certain drugs can cause patients to experience adverse health events. The Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain dosage errors with medications containing sodium phosphate have led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing warnings about the dangers that sodium phosphate can pose to patients’ kidneys and hearts.

An FDA Press Release states medications containing sodium phosphate are often used to treat patients suffering from constipation or to prepare for colonoscopies. But the agency has received several reports of patients who took too much sodium phosphate experiencing electrolyte imbalances causing erratic heart rates, kidney failure, and even death.

In response to these dangers, the FDA has issued a statement saying children under the age of 5 should not be given oral forms of the drug without first discussing the regimen with a medical professional first. Rectal forms of the drug should not be given to children under the age of 2.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious health complications drug overdoses can cause. That is why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you have been harmed by a dosage error when using a medication.

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8
Jan

Study Shows Rest May Be Vital to Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

January 08, 2014

Data indicates that an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. Roughly 800,000 of these injuries require medical treatment, prompting many to work towards finding better ways to treat TBIs. The Indianapolis Brain Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain a new study shows getting plenty of cognitive rest may be the key to a swift recovery from concussions and other TBIs.

Dr. William P. Meehan III, director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham, Massachusetts, was in charge of the research being conducted on a group of 335 children who had suffered a brain injury. Data collected over a period of several weeks determined those who were cognitively engaged in behaviors such as playing video games, doing homework, or sending and receiving text messages, had slower recovery times than those who got more cognitive rest.

According to an article from Reuters, children who engaged in less cognitive activity following their actions recovered from their injuries in roughly 20 days, while those who were highly cognitively engaged required up to 100 days to fully heal.

The research supports typical treatment of complete cognitive rest for a TBI victim for a period of three to five days.

The law firm’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult it can be to recover from a TBI, and they are here to help anyone who has suffered such a head injury through no fault of their own.

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18
Dec

Worker Seriously Injured by Contact With Object on Indiana Construction Site

December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013

There are numerous hazards employees in all industries face each day they go to work. However, one of the greatest risks they face is coming into contact with objects or equipment at on job sites. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that such accidents were responsible for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year.

Recently, a 48-year-old Indiana Department of Transportation employee was killed after coming into contact with an object on a job site. According to an article from the Evansville Courier & Press, the incident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the westbound lanes of Indiana 62, just west of Boehne Camp Road in Evansville.

Reports indicate the victim was part of a crew completing an improvement project along the highway. As he performed his job duties, a truck was dumping a load of rock. But one of the stones rolled into the oncoming lane of traffic, where it was hit by a grain truck and thrown into the leg of the victim.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the dangers workers face on the job and are hopeful the injured worker is able to make a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

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11
Dec

Disabled Veterans in Indiana Struggling to Get the Benefits They Deserve

December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Each day, a growing number of soldiers return from service with injuries that leave them unable to work. The Indianapolis Veterans Disability Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that while assistance is available to these individuals through veterans disability benefits, the process of being approved for such compensation can be complex. In some cases, soldiers are dying before they are able to get the help they need and deserve.

An article from WISHTV 8 News told the story of a Vietnam veteran who served as a combat drill sergeant for more than two decades in the U. S. Army. During his time overseas, he was exposed to Agent Orange. As a result, he suffered numerous health problems, including several strokes and lung cancer.

The veteran was denied benefits each time he applied for numerous years, but was finally awarded a 100 percent disability rating accompanied by back pay on benefits. However, the decision came too late and the soldier died the day his approval letter arrived.

The incident highlights the difficulties many soldiers face in the process of applying for veterans disability benefits. That’s why the team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys urge veterans considering applying for such benefits to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney to ensure their rights to compensation are protected.

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4
Dec

Indiana Motorcycle Accident Claims the Life of 38-Year-Old Man

December 04, 2013

December 4, 2013

A study called The Hurt Report determined that one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents involving cars or trucks was vehicle drivers’ failure to recognize or yield  to oncoming motorcycles. The Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explained that such a collision was responsible for claiming the life of a 38-year-old motorcyclist earlier this week.

According to an article published by the Indy Star, the crash happened at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the intersection of 126th Street and Reynolds Drive in the town of Fishers, Indiana.

Reports indicate the victim was operating a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle along the eastbound lanes of 126th Street. As he began to approach and pass through the crossing with Reynolds Drive though, a westbound 2001 Chrysler being driven by a 17-year-old driver attempted to turn left onto Reynolds in front of the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist did not have time to avoid the vehicle and crashed. The impact of the collision left the victim with serious injuries that later claimed his life. Police are still working to determine if the motorcyclist struck the vehicle or crashed in an attempt to avoid a collision.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult losing a loved one to an accident caused by another person’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victim.

 

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27
Nov

Indianapolis Recycling Center Employee Killed in Fatal Workplace Accident

November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

Employees face the risk of being injured in on-the-job accidents every day they go to work. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the most common types of accidents is coming into contact with objects or equipment at job sites. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that these accidents were responsible for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year.

Recently, a 30-year-old worker lost his life as the result of being struck by a forklift at a local recycling center. An article published by The Indy Star stated the incident occurred just after 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Reports indicate the victim was operating the forklift to move a screen used in the recycling of electronics. While moving the screen, the worker exited the forklift and attempted to move the screen by hand. However, when he did this, the piece of equipment began to move and pinned the worker between the machine and a guardrail.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly after arrival.

Stewart & Stewart’s Indiana Personal injury Lawyers recognize how difficult losing a loved one to a work-related accident can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim.

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20
Nov

Indiana Steel Mill Accident Claims a Life and Leaves Two Others Injured

November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Employees in the steel industry risk injury and death every time they go to work. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the most common causes of such accidents is a worker coming into contact with objects or equipment at the work site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year were the result of contact with objects on worksites.

Recently, a worker was killed and two others were injured last week in an accident at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor West Steel Mill in East Chicago, Indiana. According to a story from the Northwest Indiana Times, the incident happened on the morning of Nov. 13 at the facility’s No. 3 production shop.

The workers were performing their job duties when a shield plate from the basic oxygen furnace fell on top of them.

A 39-year-old man was killed in the accident, and two others were swiftly transported to a local hospital, where they remain in stable condition.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys have a team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers who recognize the emotional and financial trauma caused by work-related accidents. That is why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the man who died. They also wish the two workers who were injured a full and speedy recovery from their injuries.

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