20
Jul

What “Fair” Means to the Insurance Company

July 20, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we spend a lot of time talking about fair. In fact, we’ve spent our entire careers in the pursuit of fair compensation for our clients. Fair doesn’t mean inflated or unwarranted. Fair means fair. We don’t seek more damages than our clients deserve. When we go to the insurance company with a demand, we truly believe our client is entitled to that amount, and we’ll fight tooth and nail to make sure they get it.

But what does fair mean to the insurance company? In our experience, their initial offers seldom seem fair, nor do their second. Perhaps the word “fair” doesn’t have the same positive connotations to them as it does for us. Fair eats into their profits. Fair jeopardizes their business model. Yet their marketing teams spend millions of dollars every year assuring the public that they’ll treat them fairly. Contradiction? We think so.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting the insurance companies for fair compensation, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you. Don’t settle for less by going it alone. Contact us today.

13
Jul

How to Defuse Road Rage in Indianapolis

July 13, 2016

Road rage is a leading cause of car accidents. When emotion takes over, common sense is usually the first thing to go. At Stewart & Stewart, we see the devastation aggressive driving can inflict on a community, which is why we would like to offer the following tips for defusing road rage before it causes an accident.

  • Move over—One of the most dangerous, not to mention annoying, forms of aggressive driving is tailgating. When someone gets right on your bumper and stays there, avoid the urge to respond in kind by speeding up, or worse, slamming on your brakes. Instead, simply move over a lane and let them pass. Don’t let their hurry force you into a perilous position.
  • Keep your cool—No matter what someone else on the road is doing, you have the power to react in a calm and collected manner. If someone aggressively engages you with their vehicle or in an otherwise threatening manner, don’t engage them back. Instead, keep your cool and separate yourself from them.
  • Use your horn only when necessary—The car horn is intended to be used to warn other drivers of potential danger, not as a weapon. Use your horn sparingly to avoid igniting a volatile situation with another driver.

No matter how safe you are, sometimes you can’t avoid an accident due to someone else’s carelessness. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll fight to get your maximum compensation for your injuries so you can put this accident behind you.

6
Jul

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help Indiana Workers

July 06, 2016

You take pride in your work and work hard for your pay. It may not be the most glamorous job in the world, but you earn every single dollar on your paycheck and you provide well for your family. However, all that can change if you’ve been injured on the job.

More than 55% of all American workers are paid hourly, many of which don’t have paid time off. So when they are injured on the job and can’t work, it can quickly throw their families into a financial crisis. To make matters worse, their employer may not have workers’ compensation insurance, or they do, but the insurance company isn’t playing fair. At Stewart & Stewart, we understand the strain a workplace accident can have on a family, which is why we’re proud to fight on behalf of Indiana workers that have been hurt on the job.

If you’ve been the victim of a workplace accident, you deserve the workers’ compensation benefits you’re entitled to. Give us a call immediately for a free evaluation. Our Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys will fight to make sure you and your family get the benefits you deserve. Those benefits are too important for you to go it alone, so contact us today.

29
Jun

Proving Disability to the Social Security Administration

June 29, 2016

The Social Security Act of 1935 was one of the greatest legislative achievements of the 20th century. It provided financial support to seniors who otherwise would have struggled financially in their latter years. That crowning achievement was only surpassed when the act was amended in 1956 to include disabled Americans. Millions apply for these benefits every year, but more than two-thirds of initial applications are denied, leaving many wondering how they’ll make ends meet.

To secure Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must prove that you 1) are disabled and 2) cannot do any type of work, not just your preferred occupation. For example, if you are a mechanic and become disabled, you only qualify for SSD if you can prove that you are unable to do any job, even something like collecting tickets at a movie theatre. Proving that level of disability on your own can be extremely difficult, which is why many call an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer for help.

If you’ve been denied SSD benefits, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our experienced Indiana Social Security Disability lawyers will thoroughly research and evaluate your condition to determine the best approach for your appeal, giving you the best chance of securing benefits. Your SSD benefits are too important for you to go it alone, so call us today.

22
Jun

How Much More Can a Lawyer Get You?

June 22, 2016

As personal injury lawyers, we’ve spoken with a lot of accident victims over the years, many of which decided not to call a lawyer to handle their injury claim. Most wish they had, because several months after taking on the insurance company alone they found themselves in a financial crisis. It’s hard to fault them. After all, the insurance company offered them a quick check just weeks after their accident. How much more could a lawyer get them anyway? The answer could be a lot.

In our experience, here are the 3 main differences between the insurance company’s initial offers and the settlement amount a lawyer will pursue on your behalf.

  1. Medical expenses—There’s no way you can know just a couple weeks after your accident how much your long-term medical expenses are going to be. There could be dozens of future doctor’s visits, expensive tests, surgeries, and other unexpected treatment expenses. An experienced lawyer will take into account your current medical expenses and all future medical expenses when determining how much your claim is worth.
  2. Lost wages—If you’re injured, you’re probably out of work. For how long is yet to be determined. Don’t expect the insurance company to put compensation for that time off into their initial settlement offer. An attorney will.
  3. Pain and suffering—Your accident was traumatic. It has flipped your world upside down, and you deserve to be compensated for the pain it has caused you. Although that probably won’t be a factor in the insurance company’s initial offer, it’ll be a high priority for your personal injury attorney.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, getting fair compensation for your injuries can be extremely difficult on your own. Call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today. We know what this accident is going to cost you and we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation from the insurance company. Don’t go it alone. Call us today.

15
Jun

$72 Million Verdict in Talcum Powder Case

June 15, 2016

Talcum powder has been used in feminine hygiene products for decades. Traditionally, talcum contained asbestos, a powder-like substance known to cause cancer if inhaled. Due to the health concerns associated with asbestos, talcum powder has been asbestos-free since the 1970s. However, talcum may still pose a serious threat to women.

Recent studies have linked modern talcum powders to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women. Talcum powder can be found in hundreds of hygiene products, including:

  • baby powder and body powders,
  • condoms,
  • diaphragms,
  • feminine washes,
  • sanitary napkins,
  • tampons,
  • and vaginal deodorants.

Many cancer victims who used products containing talcum powder have come forward to hold the manufacturers accountable for the harm their products cause, leading to landmark verdicts. Earlier this year, the family of a 62-year-old woman who died from ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million. A similar case received a $55 million verdict as well.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder, now is the time to get the help you need. Call our Indiana drug injury lawyers immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your condition, call us today.

8
Jun

Tips for Giving Testimony in a Personal Injury Trial

June 08, 2016

As our personal injury client, we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation in the least amount of time. Best-case scenario, we’ll settle your case with the insurance company outside of court. However, if the insurance company refuses to do the right thing, we’ll have to take the fight into the courtroom. In that case, chances are you’ll have to testify at some point in the trial. That testimony is vital to your case, so it’s important that you are properly prepared.

Here are 5 tips for giving good testimony in a personal injury trial:

  1. Tell the truth. The witness stand is not a place to embellish facts or change your story. Inconsistency never plays well with the jury, so stick to the facts and only the facts.
  2. Don’t volunteer new information. One of the questions from the opposing attorney may make you remember something you hadn’t disclosed previously. Even if it could potentially help your case, don’t volunteer new information on the witness stand. Consult with your attorney after you’ve stepped down.
  3. Stay calm. The opposing attorney may attempt to get you frustrated or impassioned with his/her questions in an attempt to make you seem volatile or untrustworthy. Don’t fall for it. Answer his/her questions without attitude or sarcasm, and never lose your temper.
  4. Sit up straight. Appearance matters in court. To the extent you are able, try not to slouch in the seat. Sit up straight and speak confidently. The facts are on your side, so you have no reason to cower.
  5. Correct your mistakes. If you happen to misspeak, be sure to correct yourself. It’s better for you to set the record straight on your own accord than for the opposing counsel to force you to.

Well before you step up to the witness stand, your Stewart & Stewart attorney will thoroughly prepare you for the experience. Our job is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident up there, and we’ll give you everything you need so you’re properly prepared.

1
Jun

Medical Justice for Indiana Victims

June 01, 2016

Your loved one went into the hospital for a routine procedure. The doctor said it would only take a couple hours, but hours later, you are still sitting in the waiting room with no word. Finally, the doctor comes in to tell you there were complications with the surgery and as a result, your loved one will never be the same. You and your family are devastated. You suspect medical malpractice, but how can you be sure? You weren’t in the operating room. How can you prove negligence for something you didn’t witness?

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve spoken to dozens of families over the years with these exact same questions. They feel angry and betrayed but aren’t sure what to do next. Thankfully, they called us. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have handled some of the largest medical malpractice cases in Indiana and have won large settlements for our clients. We know how the medical system works and how to prove medical malpractice took place.

If you or someone you love was the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the circumstances leading up to your injuries and do our best to get you maximum compensation for your claim. Don’t try to take on the medical establishment alone. Call us today.

25
May

The No Fee Guarantee Makes It Easy

May 25, 2016

Stewart & Stewart has been helping accident victims in Indiana for decades. We’re known for our exceptional customer service and our ability to get our clients results in the least amount of time. That reputation was built on years of extending a helping hand to every person who comes through our doors. However, it’s up to the client to take the first step, which is why we make it easy to get the help you need with our No Fee Guarantee.

The No Fee Guarantee is a promise we extend to all of our clients. It states that if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything. That means no upfront costs or fees will be asked of you, so you can focus on what’s most important—your recovery. People come to us because they are worried about their financial futures after an accident. The No Fee Guarantee gives them access to experienced legal representation without the risks of hiring an expensive, charge-by-the-hour law firm.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, do what hundreds of accident victims have done before you and give us a call. Our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys will protect your rights to compensation and fight to get you every dollar you deserve. All the while, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing if we don’t win, you don’t pay. That’s the No Fee Guarantee.

18
May

3 Things You Get with a Free Consultation

May 18, 2016

If you’ve seen our commercials or read our blog, you probably know that we offer every single person who comes through our doors a free consultation. However, you may not know what a free consultation entails. Here are three things you get with a free consultation from Stewart & Stewart.

Evaluation of Your Case—When you call our firm, our legal professionals will review the details of your accident to determine whether or not we think you have a case. If we think you do, we’ll gladly offer our services.

Access to Information—Whether or not we take your case, we’re happy to give you all the information you need to make the right next steps, including referring you to another firm that specializes in cases like yours. Our main objective is getting you the help you need.

Peace of Mind—There’s nothing worse than wondering months down the road if things would have been different if you had called a lawyer. Thankfully, we make it easy by offering a free consultation. Learning your options from a legal professional can give you confidence in taking your next steps, which can make all the difference after an accident.

No matter your circumstances, if you’ve been injured, you’re entitled to a free consultation with our firm. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Give us a call today