17
Sep

How to Get Social Security Disability Benefits

September 17, 2014

If you suffer from a disability that leaves you unable to work, you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits.  However, the rules regulating this program can be quite complex. That’s why our legal team has outlined the steps of the process of applying for disability benefits.

  • The Application- Filling out an application is the first step towards receiving disability benefits. It should be submitted with all the necessary documentation to support your claim, including doctor’s notes and medical records.
  • The Review- Upon receiving your application and paperwork, a claims examiner from the Social Security Administration will investigate your claim and issue a decision. If you’re claim is approved, you will soon be receiving benefits. If not, you may need to enter the appeals process.
  • The Appeal- The Social Security Administration estimates more than half of all initial disability claims are denied. Most will enter the appeals process and the decision will be overturned. During an appeal, your case will be reexamined to determine if your denial was the result of a mistake or misunderstanding.

These processes can be confusing, and it may prove beneficial to discuss your case with an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer to ensure your legal rights are protected. So call us today at (800) 33-33-LAW to learn more about what we can do for you if you’re considering applying for disability benefits or if you have a claim that was denied in the past.

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10
Sep

How to File an Indiana Medical Malpractice Claim

September 10, 2014

Medical professionals have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the health and safety of the patients they care for, and failure to do so can result in medical malpractice lawsuits. But the process to file a medical malpractice claim can be quite complex, which is why the Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to provide some helpful information.

First, it’s important to remember a medical malpractice claim must be filed within a certain amount of time. The time limit, or statute of limitations, to file most claims is within two years of the date the injury occurred. Children under the age of six who are harmed while under a doctor’s care generally have until their eighth birthday to file a claim. These time limits can vary depending on the facts of your case, so it’s important to speak with an attorney about your case as soon as possible.

To file a complaint, you must submit a form to the Indiana Department of Insurance with all applicable evidence and payment of fees. It costs $5 to file on behalf of one person and $2 for each additional claimant.

The commissioner of the Department of Insurance then serves the defendants with lawsuits before a medical review panel is selected. The panel then hears the case and a decision is reached.

Successful med mal cases often require expert witness testimony, detailed medical evidence, and more. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are here to help build a strong case on your behalf. To learn more about what we can do to assist you with your case, call us at (800) 33-33-LAW.

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3
Sep

Charity of the Month: Art With a Heart

September 03, 2014

Arts education programs in our nation’s schools are facing drastic budget cuts. In fact, only an estimated $250 million per year is allocated to support the arts in schools. In spite of a lack of funding, these classes have shown to increase academic achievement in students by as much as four times, and students who take courses in the arts are three times less likely to miss school.

To help provide much needed funds to arts programs in our city, the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are working to raise money is support of art classes in area schools as part of our charity of the month program.

Art With A Heart was founded in 2002 to supply at-risk youth with a chance to experience the visual arts. Since that time the program has grown to serve more than 2,000 students at as many as 25 different locations throughout the greater Indianapolis area.

You can do your part to support this wonderful organization by simply clicking a button. For each new and unique “Like” our Facebook page receives throughout the month of September, we will donate $1 to Art with a Heart.

We hope you will do your part to support the arts in Indianapolis by taking a few moments to visit and like our page!

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27
Aug

Reports Show Voluntary Drug Recalls Growing in the U.S.

August 27, 2014

There are medications on the market to treat a wide variety of conditions or illnesses. But the Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart attorneys point out that using certain drugs can put patients at serious risk of harm.

These problems have led to a growing number of voluntary recalls. These occur when a problem with a drug is discovered and the company that manufactures the drug preemptively pulls it from the market before the federal government moves to do so.

Reports indicate the number of voluntary recalls have significantly grown in recent years. According to an article from Becker’s Hospital Review, there were 499 drug recalls during 2012. In 2013, the number of recalls spiked to 1,225. That number could be surpassed in 2014, considering there have been 836 recalls initiated so far this year.

So, what should you do if you have been taking a drug that’s recalled? Experts suggest speaking with your physician and pharmacist to determine if you should stop use of the medication or not. If a drug has affected your health, you should contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to report the incident. It may also be wise to speak with an attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Our firm of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers is experienced in helping drug injury victims get back on their feet. To learn more about how we can help you with your drug injury case, feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW.

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20
Aug

Charity of the Month: Big Brothers Big Sisters

August 20, 2014

There are many young people in the United States in need of adult guidance and support. Luckily, there are charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters that can provide young people with role models to help them navigate difficult times.

For decades, Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit organization, has been matching outstanding adults from the community with children between the ages of 8 and 18 who need mentors. The pairs are then able to spend quality time together doing homework, playing sports, and visiting educational facilities. This can effectively give young participants the guidance they need to make positive decisions in their lives.

In fact, almost 70 percent of little brothers and sisters who attend college say their participation in the program had a direct impact on their decision to continue their education.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we strongly believe in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. That’s why we named the organization as our charity of the month. This means that throughout the month of August, we will donate $1 to the organization for each unique “Like” our Facebook page receives.

Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers encourage you to do your part to support this wonderful organization with one click. Just a moment of your time can do so much to help our community. Thank you!

 

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13
Aug

Motorists Should Slow Down, Look Up, and Be Aware This August

August 13, 2014

Indianapolis schools are back in session, which increases the risk of collisions involving students making their way to or from schools.

In fact, an Indianapolis car accident has already been reported during the first week of classes. Reports indicate the crash happened on Monday night as a child was making his way across the street in a crosswalk along Olio Road. An article from WISHTV 8 News explained the victim suffered several broken bones and will continue to recover in the hospital for several days.

The accident has prompted local law enforcement to step up their presence to prevent similar accidents. Many school districts in the area have hired extra crossing guards and will have police and fire units visibly present on campus for the next several days as a warning for drivers to slow down, look up, and be aware of their surroundings. Westfield Police Captain, Charles Hollowill, pointed out it’s important for parents to discuss roadway safety with their children as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers understand the importance of pedestrian and motorist safety and hope the actions taken will help to keep local young people safe on our streets.

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6
Aug

FDA Develops New System to Better Recognize Defective Medical Devices

August 06, 2014

Each year, thousand of Americans are harmed by defective medical devices. To help better protect patients from harm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a new system to more effectively monitor the safety of medical devices in the United States.

The Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) will work by supplying each approved medical device with a number and code that can be referenced. Reported problems can then be documented, tracked, and seen by the public by accessing the FDA database. This will allow doctors to scan devices before implanting them into patients to see if there are any warnings or recalls associated with the device model.

The first round of devices that must meet the new standards have a deadline of Sept. 24 for compliance. Guidelines on how to access the database, edit submissions, and register devices were posted to the FDA’s website last month.

Officials say they hope the new system will allow a faster and more efficient means of addressing problems with medical devices.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hopeful the new system is successful in protecting the health of Americans for years to come.

 

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30
Jul

Indiana Slip and Fall Accident Claims Worker’s Life

July 30, 2014

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of work-related injuries. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that slips, trips, and falls accounted for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2012.

This weekend, an Indiana slip and fall accident was to blame for a worker’s death at an Indiana factory. Reports indicate the 54-year-old victim was injured on Saturday afternoon at the Assmann Corp. factory located on Taylor Road in Garrett, Indiana.

An article from WISHTV 8 News states the victim was using a scissor-lift to install safety equipment onto a crane when the crane suddenly changed positions and struck the lift. This caused the lift to fall over, and the worker plummeted an estimated 35 feet to the ground where he struck his head.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the cause of the accident.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys understand the devastating consequences a slip and fall accident can have on a victim and their family. That’s why the firm would like to send their deepest condolences to the loved ones of the man who was killed in this tragic accident.

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23
Jul

Indiana Teen Seeking Damages for Severe Dog Bite Injury

July 23, 2014

When someone suffers a serious and unprovoked Indiana dog bite injury, he or she may have the right to seek damages from the animal’s owner. In the case of one teenage dog bite victim in Indiana, the dog’s owner is his local police department.

Reports from WTHR 13 News indicate that in June 2014, the victim was at a friend’s house and had gone outside to talk to his friend. The teen heard calls for help from a neighbor’s yard a short time later and found his friend bleeding to death from stab wounds inflicted by an 18-year-old man during an argument.

As the teen was attempting to help police officers get to the stabbing victim, a police K-9 was released and attacked him. The victim suffered serious bite wounds that will require surgery to heal.

The victim is now seeking an unspecified amount in damages from the Fishers Police Department. The attorney representing the victim, David Stewart of Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, stated to WTHR 13 News that the police statement that the dog was “following orders and acting accordingly bunk and absolutely not true. [The dog] was not obeying commands to the point it had to be tased and taken down.”

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers know how difficult it can be to overcome the injuries that are inflicted by a serious dog bite. That’s why we would like to wish the young man who was recently injured a full and speedy recovery from his wounds.

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16
Jul

Important Facts About Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

July 16, 2014

When a medical professional’s negligence injures or kills patients, victims and their families may be able to file Indiana medical malpractice lawsuits against the parties responsible. But there are some important facts to know if you’re considering a medical malpractice lawsuit.

One of the most important things to remember is that there is a statute of limitations on filing medical malpractice claims in Indiana. According to the Indiana State Medical Association, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within two years of the date of a patient’s injury or death. Children who are victims of medical malpractice before their 6th birthday must have claims filed prior to their 8th birthday.

Its also vital for victims of medical malpractice to remember that Indiana has limits in place on how much money can be awarded to victims of medical errors. Doctors and their medical staffs can be held liable for up to $750,000, while hospitals and other medical facilities can face damages of as much as $7.5 million—depending on how many patients they serve.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome harm done by medical negligence, and we are here to help if you’ve been the victim of a doctor’s error. Call us at (800) 33-33- LAW to discuss your rights with our legal staff today.

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