12
Aug

Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers Considering Lawsuit Against IU Health and Others

August 12, 2015

When undergoing medical treatment, we put our trust in the doctors and medical staff that provide our care. The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that, unfortunately, mistakes are sometimes made.

Such errors have led to one Indiana woman considering filing a lawsuit against Indiana University (IU) Health and it’s affiliates. An article from WTHR 13 News says the potential lawsuit stems from mistakes made during the delivery of the woman’s child that resulted in the baby suffering a serious birth injury.

On Jan. 25, 2013, the woman was admitted to an IU facility to induce labor. Hours later, the woman was sent home under the instruction of a certified nurse-midwife despite indicators that the child could be in distress.

Two days later, the woman was taken to the ER and delivered the child via emergency cesarean section. Medical staff struggled to clear the child’s airway, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain that caused a seizure disorder.

Experts say the problems in the delivery room could have been avoided if the woman had not been sent home. Furthermore, records indicate that dozens of others may have experienced similar negligence.

These findings have prompted the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys to examine other complaints against the IU Health system.

We believe in everyone’s right to proper care, and our medical malpractice lawyers are hopeful these cases result in fewer errors in patient care.

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5
Aug

How an Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help After a Work Injury

August 05, 2015

When you’re injured on the job, you may be entitled to receive Indiana workers’ compensation benefits. However, the Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the process of getting your benefits can be complicated.

Many rules and requirements must be met to successfully present a case for Indiana workers’ compensation benefits. Statutes of limitations limit the amount of time you have to file a claim, and strict rules govern the process of presenting evidence to the court. Any failure to adhere to these rules may result in evidence from your case being ruled inadmissible—potentially resulting in an unfavorable case outcome.

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board encourages injured employees to hire a qualified workers’ compensation attorney to assist in the filing of a work-related injury case. Doing so can help ensure your legal rights are protected throughout every step of the Indiana workers’ compensation legal process.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we have experience helping injured workers, and we’re here to do the same for you. If you have questions about your workplace accident, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers want to talk to you. Feel free to give us a call anytime by dialing (800) 33-33-LAW.

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29
Jul

Common Causes of Indiana Medical Malpractice Claims

July 29, 2015

Medical professionals in the United States are required to provide patients with safe and thorough treatment. Negligence that causes injury can result in medical malpractice claims. But what constitutes such a claim, and what should you do if you’re the victim of medical malpractice?

The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that anytime a doctor or medical professional’s error or negligence injures a patient, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical malpractice.

According to the National Institutes of Health, communication errors are one of the leading causes of medical malpractice claims today. Other common mistakes physicians and their staff makes include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Negligent care

If you believe you’re the victim of Indiana medical malpractice, consider speaking with a qualified legal representative as soon as possible. There are statutes of limitations that limit the amount of time you have to file medical malpractice claims.

Once you’ve hired an attorney, it’s time to begin building your case. This means gathering as much documentation on your injury as you can. If there were any witnesses, you should be sure to write down their names and contact information.

It’s also crucial to be patient. The Indiana personal injury attorneys at Stewart & Stewart explain that filing a medical malpractice claim can be a long, arduous task.

We hope this information helps you to get back on your feet if you’ve been harmed as the result of Indiana medical malpractice.

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22
Jul

Groundbreaking New Game May Be Treatment Option for Brain Injury Victims

July 22, 2015

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims often display changes in mood and/or personality. The Indianapolis brain injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that as many as 60 percent of TBI patients are diagnosed with a condition known as alexithymia, which can be identified by the patient displaying difficulties recognizing his or her own emotional state, as well as that of others.

Researchers have developed new technology that could one day help rehabilitate TBI patients suffering from alexithymia and similar conditions. Furthermore, one company has began testing on a video game that could help treat TBI patients experiencing difficulties expressing their emotions.

An April article from Med City News reports that software creators, EmotEd, are in the beginning stages of launching testing on a scenario-based video game for TBI patients. The game was developed by an associate professor at the University of Indiana School of Medicine in conjunction with the Indiana University School of Informatics and Indiana-based company, DeveloperTown.

The game works by teaching TBI victims how to identify and recognize emotions in themselves and others.

One of the groundbreaking aspects about the game is that it’s an online experience, meaning users can play the game at home. This reinforces what is learned during rehabilitation therapy sessions without many of the costs.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are hopeful that technology can be used to help provide faster and more efficient treatment for brain injury victims. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are anxious to see how TBI treatment continues to evolve.

 

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15
Jul

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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8
Jul

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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1
Jul

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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24
Jun

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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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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