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

11
May

Tips for a Good Deposition

May 11, 2016

One of the most important parts of the injury claim process is the deposition. It can also be one of the most nerve-wracking for the injury victim. It’s your first opportunity to tell your side of the story under oath, which makes some folks nervous. A deposition is important to your case, but it’s simply a conversation. If you stick to your story, speak with confidence, and remember the following tips, you should be fine.

Tell the truth. You gain nothing by embellishing or fabricating information in a deposition. Stick to the facts and don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t recall.” Guessing is never the way to answer a question.

Take your time. Don’t feel like you have to rush to answer every question. Fully process what the opposing attorney has asked before formulating your answer.

Correct yourself. If you misspeak, don’t assume the opposing attorney didn’t pick up on it. He/she is listening for any discrepancies in your story and will use it against you at trial. Don’t be afraid to set the record straight during the deposition, even if the opposing attorney has moved on. Simply say, “I would like to modify my answer.” It’s better to correct yourself in the deposition than in front of a jury at trial.

Depositions can be intimidating, but like every step in the injury claim process, your experienced Stewart & Stewart attorney will be right by your side the entire time, so you have nothing to worry about.

4
May

Common Misconceptions About Calling a Lawyer

May 04, 2016

Some people won’t call a lawyer after an accident because they think filing a lawsuit is going to cost them time and money. After practicing law for more than 30 years in Indiana, our attorneys would say the opposite is actually true. Let’s break these two misconceptions down one at a time.

Calling a lawyer will cost you lots of time. Most accident victims want to put their accident behind them as quickly as possible, and that’s understandable. They’re afraid that a lawsuit will draw it out for months, requiring them to invest massive amounts of time throughout the process. That’s not usually the case. The advantage of getting an experienced law firm on your side is that they do all the heavy lifting. From fully investigating your case to filing all the necessary paperwork along the way, you have a team working on your behalf so you can dedicate your time to getting better.

Calling a lawyer will cost you lots of money. Many accident victims will receive a settlement offer from the insurance company whether or not they secure a lawyer. The problem is, this offer will more than likely be for much less than they deserve. Without an experienced lawyer on your side who knows how to get maximum compensation out of the insurance company, you could be settling for much less than it’s going to take to get you out of the this dilemma. In our experience, not calling a lawyer will cost you more money in the long run and potentially put your family in a financially tough spot.

If you’ve been injured, call our Indiana car accident attorneys today. We’ve been helping members of our community get the compensation they deserve in as little time as possible for more than 30 years, and we’re ready to help you too.

27
Apr

Revolutionary System, Complicated Process

April 27, 2016

President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. That was a pretty good day for Americans, as it provided a layer of financial protection for millions alive at the time and generations to follow. In 1955, Social Security was expanded to include income replacement for the disabled, providing much needed relief to those unable to work due to their disabilities.

The program is revolutionary and life changing, which is why we all pay at least 6% of our paychecks into the program, because we want the program to still be around if and when we need it. Unfortunately, getting Social Security Disability benefits can be harder than you might think. In fact, more than two-thirds of initial applications are denied, leaving many wondering how they’re going to make ends meet. It’s understandable why so many are denied. The application process is complicated and can be confusing for someone filing for the first time. Thankfully, there’s an appeal process, and those who appeal with the help of a lawyer are more likely to secure benefits.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our Social Security Disability lawyers have years of experience getting benefits for the people of Indiana, and we’re ready to help you. Securing benefits for your disability is too important to go it alone, so call us today.

20
Apr

Pradaxa Linked to Fatal Bleeding Events

April 20, 2016

Pradaxa is a medication prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a condition where the heart beats irregularly, potentially leading to blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. The risk of stroke in AFib patients is substantial, which is why many physicians prescribe drugs like Pradaxa to minimize the risk. Unfortunately, it may cause more harm than good.

Studies have shown that patients who take Pradaxa may be at a higher risk of severe bleeding events that can turn fatal. In fact, the manufacturer of the drug has reported 260 fatal bleeding events related to Pradaxa between 2008-2011. People aged 75 or older with existing kidney problems are especially at risk. Common symptoms include:

  • coughing up or vomiting blood,
  • frequent nose bleeds,
  • heavy menstrual bleeding,
  • pink or brown urine,
  • and red or black stools.

If you or someone you love suffered from severe bleeding after taking Pradaxa, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call our experienced Indiana drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of your severe bleeding event and hold the responsible parties accountable.

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.