13
Apr

Injury Claims: Time Is Not On Your Side

April 13, 2016

You might think you have a lot of time to consider your options after a car accident, but the truth is, you don’t. Here are 3 ways taking your time to call an attorney after an accident can put you in a tough situation.

Statute of Limitations—There are deadlines for filing injury claims. If you wait too long to call an attorney, you could compromise your chances of getting any compensation at all.

Insurance Company’s Case—The one thing standing between you and a fair settlement after an accident is the insurance company. While you’re waiting to call an attorney, the insurance company is building a case against you. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible for your injury claim. Giving them a head start on figuring out how to make that reality is never a good idea.

Medical Expenses—The longer you wait to call a lawyer, the more medical expenses are going to stack up. Many firms will front the cost of your medical treatment so you have no initial upfront costs. Otherwise, you’re on your own to pay them and make ends meet at the same time.

Time can be the biggest factor in how much you get for your injury claim, which is why most our clients call within days of their accident. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call our Indiana car accident attorneys today and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

6
Apr

Top 3 Motorcycle Safety Tips for Indiana

April 06, 2016

There’s nothing better on a beautiful Indiana day than getting out on your bike for a long ride. Soon it’ll be perfect riding weather for doing just that, but before you pull your motorcycle out this year, take a minute to read these top 3 motorcycle safety tips.

  1. Wear proper protective gear—The state of Indiana doesn’t require all riders wear a helmet, but it’s a good idea to wear one anyway. A helmet is the most critical piece of protective gear for motorcyclists, as it can be the difference between walking away from an accident and a debilitating injury.
  2. Be aware—The biggest threat facing motorcyclists on Indiana roads is other drivers. Be hyperaware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t assume other drivers will see you or understand your intentions. Drive defensively to arrive safe.
  3. Plan ahead—Inclement weather can turn a fun afternoon outing into a tough, dangerous ride. Check the weather before setting out. In addition, never ride without a cell phone or your license.

Even the safest motorcyclists can still be in a serious accident. If you’ve been injured, call our Indiana motorcycle attorneys today. We’ll investigate the cause of your accident and protect your rights to compensation. Call today.

30
Mar

Dear Insurance Adjuster

March 30, 2016

Everybody deserves a second chance, and at Stewart & Stewart, that’s exactly what we provide.

We understand the pressure you feel at work–the constant mandate to make as much profit as possible regardless of how it impacts the people involved. It’s your job and we understand. That’s why we give insurance adjusters just like you second, third, and even fourth chances to get it right.

You know our firm’s reputation for helping accident victims. You know we’re not going to settle for less than our client deserves. Your insurance company owes our client a fair settlement for their injuries, and we won’t stop until we get it for them. That means money to pay their current and future medical bills. It means compensating them for their lost wages. It means taking into account their pain and suffering rather than brushing it off as not your responsibility.

If you don’t get it right on your first settlement offer, we’ll give you a second chance. In fact, we’ll keep saying “that’s not enough, do it again” until you come back with an offer that fairly compensates our client.

We’re not going anywhere. Our client’s not going anywhere. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can put this accident behind you.

23
Mar

A Simple Conversation Can Save Lives

March 23, 2016

Turning sixteen and getting a drivers license is one of the most important milestones of a teenager’s life. It provides them with a freedom they have never had. But along with that freedom comes a huge responsibility that many teenagers aren’t ready for. As a parent, you have a responsibility as well: preparing your children for the potential dangers of getting behind the wheel.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20-year-olds in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a simple conversation with your child can make all the difference in turning that statistic around.

Here are 5 rules you should talk to your teenager about before they get behind the wheel:

  1. No Alcohol—29% of 15- to 20-year old drivers killed in accidents had been drinking. Instill in your teenager the dangers of underage drinking, and make a plan so they never feel like they have to get behind the wheel intoxicated.
  2. No cell phone use while driving—Talking or texting while driving leads to thousands of crashes every year. Make sure your teenager knows that their car is a “no cell zone.”
  3. No riding without a seatbelt—No matter how short a trip, your youth should have a seatbelt on at all times. No exceptions.
  4. No speeding—It’s easy to feel like you’re invincible at sixteen, but the reality is speed kills. Following speed limits leads to safer driving and fewer tickets.
  5. No extra passengers—NHTSA data reveals that your teenager is more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors when riding with one or more other teenagers. Don’t allow other teens in your child’s car until you feel they’re ready.

Getting a license is exciting for every teenager. However, it also opens your child up to new dangers. A simple conversation now can save your child’s life. The car accident attorneys at Stewart & Stewart encourage you to have that conversation today.

16
Mar

Every Minute Counts

March 16, 2016

When most people think of a car accident trial, they probably think of two drivers fighting over what one owes the other for their injuries. The reality is much different. After an accident, your real opponent is the insurance company. They can withhold the money you need to put this accident behind you, and in our experience, that’s what they try to do.

We have zero patience for insurance companies unwilling to live up to their responsibilities and fully compensate accident victims for their injuries. These individuals aren’t looking to buy a new house or vacation in Hawaii on their settlement check. They simply want to be able to pay their medical bills, recover lost wages, and get on with their lives. The longer the insurance company takes to provide that compensation, the more financial strain they place on the victim. We don’t think that’s right. That’s why we fight so hard for our clients, because we know every minute counts.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call our Indianapolis car accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your case and work to make the insurance company play fair. You deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. Give us a call, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you are.

9
Mar

Who Do You Want Representing You?

March 09, 2016

Consider this scenario. You’ve been diagnosed with a rare heart condition that requires surgery. There are five heart surgeons in your area but only one has ever successfully completed the procedure. Which doctor do you want operating on you? The one who has completed the procedure before, of course, because they have experience and a track record that gives you the best chance for survival.

It’s the same with personal injury claims. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you probably don’t want someone who has never handled a case like yours representing you. You want someone with experience and a track record that can give you the best chance of getting maximum compensation for your injuries. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve been helped hundreds of injured people in Indianapolis. We know your rights and what it takes to win, which is why so many accident victims turn to us when they need representation.

If you’ve been injured and are considering calling a lawyer, go with a law firm with a history of getting results. Call our Indiana car accident lawyers today for a free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.

2
Mar

Why You Should Report Dog Bites

March 02, 2016

Dog bites happen often in Indiana. Unfortunately, many of these incidents go unreported, and even fewer dog owners are held accountable for their aggressive animals. There are a number of reasons why victims don’t report dog bites to the police, such as they don’t want to cause trouble or have anything happen to the dog in question. Although that seems reasonable on the surface, failure to report a dog bite can lead to dangerous repercussions for others and the animal in question. Here’s why:

The Next Victim—Dog bites are rarely isolated incidents. If a dog attacks a human once, they’re sure to do it again. By failing to report the attack or hold the owner accountable, you are opening the door for future attacks on others. What if the next person the dog attacks is a child or an elderly person? Are you prepared to take that chance? We’re not.

Signs of Neglect—We don’t believe dogs are naturally aggressive. They are taught aggression by their owners. Whether the owner intentionally raises their dog to become a weapon or they unintentionally make them so through neglect or mistreatment, the dog is a victim as well. By not reporting a dog attack, you are enabling the owner to continue to treat his animals in this way, and that’s not okay.

If a dog has attacked you, do the right thing by reporting the attack to the police. Then give us a call to learn your rights. You can prevent future attacks by holding the owner accountable, and we’re ready to help you do just that. Call us today for a free consultation.

24
Feb

There’s No Substitute For A Lawyer

February 24, 2016

In this age of the Internet, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips at all times. Need to learn how to fix a leaking faucet? Google has 250,000 search results to get you started. Want to learn how to yo-yo? YouTube is ready to cue up more than 800,000 videos on the subject. You can learn how to do almost anything on the web, but there’s one thing you shouldn’t take on by yourself, and that’s your personal injury claim.

That’s not to say there aren’t great resources out there that inform you about the process, the pitfalls, and the best strategies to take. This blog is one of them. However, learning about a personal injury claim and perfectly handling one are too very different things. It’s the equivalent of watching a video on the scientific concept of lift and believing you can now fly a plane.

The truth is, you need a legal professional representing you in order to get the most out of your injury claim. Personal injury claims are not a trial and error type endeavor. You get one shot to get it right, and if you don’t, you could compromise your right to compensation. Don’t rely on the Internet to try your case. Call our Indiana personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll put our years of experience to work for you to ensure you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.

17
Feb

Are You Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

February 17, 2016

Getting workers’ compensation benefits after an on-the-job accident is vital to your family’s financial stability, at least until you can get back on your feet. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve helped people from across the state of Indiana get those benefits, and we’re ready to help you as well. However, if you’re not quite ready to call an attorney, here’s some basic information you should know about your rights.

Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program paid by your employer to compensate those injured at their place of employment or elsewhere on the job. You are covered for this coverage from your first day of work. Although not every employer is required to offer this coverage, chances are if you’ve been injured, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

So how do you get the benefits? Well, first of all, you must report the accident immediately. If you wait more than 30 days, you may lose your right to compensation. The amount of compensation you can receive depends on your current salary or wage and the extent of your injuries. If you’re unable to return to work for 7 consecutive days, you’re entitled to weekly income benefits, which is two-thirds of your average weekly wage for the past year, but no more than $600 per week.

Unfortunately, some Indiana workers have had significant trouble getting their workers’ compensation benefits or have even been fired for requesting them. That’s why it’s a good idea to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to protect your rights and get you fair compensation. If you’ve been injured at work, give us a call for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.

10
Feb

3 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

February 10, 2016

A serious car accident, no matter the circumstances, is traumatic—the split second before the crash, the impact, the paralyzing fear of not knowing if everyone’s okay. To say that you’ll be shaken up immediately following an accident is an understatement. However, once the initial shock subsides, it’s important to know what to do next.

Here are 3 steps you should take immediately following an accident:

  1. Get witness names and contact information. Unless your accident happened on a deserted road, there were probably a number of people who witnessed the wreck. Get the names and contact information for these witnesses. Their account of the accident could prove vital to your injury claim.
  2. Get medical treatment. Adrenaline will be racing through your body for a while after the wreck, which can mask injuries you may have sustained. It’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident, even if you feel fine. You may not know how injured you actually are.
  3. Don’t talk to the insurance company. If you were injured and the accident wasn’t your fault, you may hear from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They’ll more than likely make a settlement offer to compensate you for your injuries. In our experience, these initial offers will not cover all your future medical costs and lost wages. Don’t take the insurance company’s first offer. Don’t even speak with them. Call an attorney instead. An experienced Indianapolis car accident lawyer can stand between you and the insurance company to make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your accident and make sure your rights are protected.