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

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.