12
Mar

Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Events

March 12, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching next Monday and the Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to tell you about a few of the events that will be taking place in the holiday’s honor.

  • Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal- Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, the waters in Indianapolis will flow green.
  • 2014 Shamrock Beer 5K Run/Walk- The race is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis. Racers will not only receive a free shirt and pint glass, but also several samplings of beer throughout the event. Participants will also get the good feeling of knowing all proceeds that were raised will go to benefit Backpacks of Hope.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade- This will be the 34th year the parade has taken place and it is expected to be bigger and better than ever before! Floats and groups will begin making their way along the parade route at 11:30 a.m. A block party will follow until 3 p.m. along Vermont Street.

The lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware that alcohol may be served at many of the St. Patrick’s Day events. That is why the firm would like to remind participants to plan ahead by designating a driver before leaving to attend an event.

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5
Mar

GM Recalling Defective Vehicles Due to Faulty Ignition Switches

March 05, 2014

Car manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles and equipment they release to the market. The Indianapolis Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that failure to do so can result in fines, recalls, and civil lawsuits.

According to an article published by USA Today, General Motors (GM) is coming under heavy scrutiny for a potentially fatal design defect they may have known about for years without taking corrective action. The problem is in faulty ignition switches that can cause the vehicle to exit the “running” mode while the vehicle is in motion, causing cars to crash.

So far, GM says they are aware of 31 motor vehicle accidents and 13 fatalities that can be associated with the faulty equipment.

Experts say the recall could affect as many as 1.37 million vehicles, including Chevrolet Cobalts made between 2005 and 2007, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs and Pontiac Solstices, and 2007 Saturn Sky and Pontiac G5s.

Those who own an affected vehicle are encouraged to have the problem fixed free of charge. Those who have been harmed as a result of an accident stemming from the defective part should report the incident immediately.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would add that anyone who has been injured in an accident caused by a defective car part should first speak with a qualified attorney to discuss their legal options and rights.

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26
Feb

Indiana Lawsuit Filed After Deck Collapse Leaves Family Seriously Injured

February 26, 2014

Rental property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of those they allow on their property or to warn patrons of dangers that may be present. Failure to do can cause injuries and lead to a lawsuit against the property owner for damages.

Such a case was recently filed in connection with a deck collapse at a southern Indiana rental property that left two-dozen people injured. The group had gathered on the deck of a New Albany clubhouse on Dec. 22, 2013 in order to have their photo taken, but the deck collapsed, causing those standing on it to suffer an Indiana Slip and Fall Accident that sent them plummeting roughly 20 feet to the ground below. Surveillance cameras captured the incident and the family says three of the victims are still trying to walk.

The family is now suing the property owners, the homeowner’s association, and the company who built the deck, claiming their negligence is responsible for the injuries that they suffered. More about the lawsuit can be found here.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome injuries resulting from an accident and hope a decision in the case that was filed brings a sense of closure to the victims and their families.

 

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19
Feb

3rd Annual “Fishers On Tap” Beer Tasting to Help Charities This Weekend

February 19, 2014

The craft beer industry has boomed in recent years in the state of Indiana. Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers believe this notion will be evident at the upcoming beer tasting event.

The 3rd Annual Fishers On Tap tasting will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Forum Conference Center located on the USA Parkway in Hamilton County. The event is being sponsored by the Fishers Rotary Club and will feature an arrangement of samples from eight local breweries including Bier Brewery, Sun King Brewery, and Upland Brewing Company from Indianapolis. Food and music will also be provided.

All benefits from the door and the 50/50 raffle will be donated to charities helping others throughout the region. Last year, more than $8,000 was raised by the event and one lucky winner took home a $750 prize from the raffle.

Tickets to the event are $40. However, $20 Designated Driver tickets are also available for those who choose not to drink.

The team of lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to remind those planning to attend of the dangers drunk driving can pose and ask that each individual do their part to ensure they have a Safe and Sober Ride Home!

 

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12
Feb

Valentine’s Day Concert and Dance Make Great Indianapolis Date Ideas

February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and the fastest way to that special someone’s heart may be through his or her feet. That is why the team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to remind locals of the upcoming Big Band Valentine’s Day Dance and Concert being hosted by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra.

The event, titled Swinging Songs of Love, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Athenaeum Theatre located on East Michigan Street. Love will be the song theme of the evening, as tunes like My Funny Valentine, I’m In The Mood For Love, Secret Love, Heart And Soul, My Foolish Heart, and Our Love Is Here To Stay will be belted out by the band.

The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra’s normal vocalists and instrumentalists will be performing, along with the talented Rick Vale emceeing the event throughout the entire evening. A dance floor, reserved seating, and a full cash bar will all be available to patrons as well.

Those interested in getting reserved seating and tickets to the event should call the box office at (317) 908-1032.

Staying active in the community is important to the attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, and the firm encourages citizens to stay up to date on local events by checking out the firm’s Facebook page.

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5
Feb

Indiana Burn Injury Lawyers Offer Winter Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

February 05, 2014

According to the American Burn Association, more than 450,000 people per year seek medical treatment for injuries related to a fire or burn. Of those individuals, roughly 40,000 are hospitalized, while another 34,000 become casualties. The Indiana Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out studies have shown that due to increased usage of heating and other fuel sources, the winter months can have an increased chance of such accident occurring.

In an effort to reduce such accidents, a list of safety tips was created by Inman News and included highlights, such as:

  • Supervise Use of Combustibles - Never leave candles, hot ashes in a fireplace, or space heaters running or burning without the presence of an adult.
  • Avoid Extension Cords - While lights and decorations around the holidays may call for electricity from a far-off source, avoid using extension cords if possible. If they must be used though, ensure the cord is appropriate for its location (indoor or outdoor) and is capable of handling the wattage it will be carrying.
  • Be Prepared - Ensure a smoke alarm is present in each room of the home. Also, have an escape route planned for a quick exit from a residence in case of a fire. Having renter’s insurance to cover the expenses associated with a fire and it’s losses can also prove to be crucial.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers understand how devastating fires can be and are hopeful these tips help to keep citizens safe!

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29
Jan

Slip and Fall Accidents Are Becoming More Common

January 29, 2014

Incidents involving an individual slipping or tripping and falling can be extremely dangerous. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that in 2010, 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms and more than 662,000 people were hospitalized.

The Indiana Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that a new study is now showing annual deaths as a result of this type of accident may soon exceed the number of fatalities attributed to both motor vehicle accidents and firearms.

According to a recently published study in Anesthesiology News, deaths by car accidents have fallen by an estimated 27 percent due to advancements in safety technology, public awareness, and improved medical treatment since 2002. This decline was offset by a dramatic spike in the number of slip and fall fatalities, which had swelled by 46 percent over an eight-year period.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the risks of slip and fall accidents, and they suggest following these simple steps to stay safe:

  • Do exercises that focus on strength and balance
  • Install railings and adequate lighting in high-hazard areas of your home, such as stairwells.
  • Get your vision checked annually, as poor eyesight has been associated with falls and lack of balance.
  • Be aware of side effects of medications, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
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22
Jan

List of Compassionate Allowances Expanded by the Social Security Administration

January 22, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of disabled Americans are awaiting decisions to be made on their claims for Social Security Disability Benefits. Data indicates a majority of these individuals will wait months, sometimes years, for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue decisions. However, a program known as the list of compassionate allowances may allow for some of those who are most in need of assistance to have the decision making process expedited for their claims.

According to the Social Security Administration, the list is comprised of diseases and ailments that most typically meet the standards needed in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. Anyone suffering from a condition on the list has their claim entered into a streamlined approval process that can result in decisions being issued in just a matter of weeks.

The program was seen as a success for its contribution in significantly reducing the number of backlogged claims, a feat the Social Security Administration is hoping to achieve again with the addition of 25 more conditions to the list of compassionate allowances. The additions include several cancers, along with a number of autoimmune and genetic conditions.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to get those who are most in need of assistance the benefits they deserve and are hopeful the actions achieve the goal of reducing the backlog of claims.

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15
Jan

FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Drug Injuries Caused by Sodium Phosphate

January 15, 2014

The medications we use on a daily basis can help treat a variety of medical conditions. However, taking too much of certain drugs can cause patients to experience adverse health events. The Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain dosage errors with medications containing sodium phosphate have led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing warnings about the dangers that sodium phosphate can pose to patients’ kidneys and hearts.

An FDA Press Release states medications containing sodium phosphate are often used to treat patients suffering from constipation or to prepare for colonoscopies. But the agency has received several reports of patients who took too much sodium phosphate experiencing electrolyte imbalances causing erratic heart rates, kidney failure, and even death.

In response to these dangers, the FDA has issued a statement saying children under the age of 5 should not be given oral forms of the drug without first discussing the regimen with a medical professional first. Rectal forms of the drug should not be given to children under the age of 2.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious health complications drug overdoses can cause. That is why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you have been harmed by a dosage error when using a medication.

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8
Jan

Study Shows Rest May Be Vital to Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

January 08, 2014

Data indicates that an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. Roughly 800,000 of these injuries require medical treatment, prompting many to work towards finding better ways to treat TBIs. The Indianapolis Brain Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain a new study shows getting plenty of cognitive rest may be the key to a swift recovery from concussions and other TBIs.

Dr. William P. Meehan III, director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham, Massachusetts, was in charge of the research being conducted on a group of 335 children who had suffered a brain injury. Data collected over a period of several weeks determined those who were cognitively engaged in behaviors such as playing video games, doing homework, or sending and receiving text messages, had slower recovery times than those who got more cognitive rest.

According to an article from Reuters, children who engaged in less cognitive activity following their actions recovered from their injuries in roughly 20 days, while those who were highly cognitively engaged required up to 100 days to fully heal.

The research supports typical treatment of complete cognitive rest for a TBI victim for a period of three to five days.

The law firm’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult it can be to recover from a TBI, and they are here to help anyone who has suffered such a head injury through no fault of their own.

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