14
Sep

Don’t Leave Money on the Table

September 14, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app for maximizing your injury claim after a serious accident? All you’d have to do is touch the screen, and the insurance company would give you every dollar you deserve. Unfortunately, getting what you deserve after an accident isn’t that easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult if you try to take on the insurance company alone.

Most folks don’t realize this, but your injury claim doesn’t end with the accident itself. The insurance company may want you to believe that the injuries you sustained and the treatment you received after your accident is all they are liable for, but that’s seldom the case. You have to look at your injury claim as a series of events directly linked to your accident. It’s like dominos. The accident is simply the first to be knocked over, which leads to another and another and another. Your injury claim should include the entire impact of your accident, which may  include medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you could be leaving significant amounts of money on the table that you will need later on.

Don’t risk going it alone after your accident. Call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys for a free consultation. We’ll stand up to the insurance company on your behalf and fight for every dollar you deserve. Call today.

7
Sep

Trucking Accident Legal Help in Indiana

September 07, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we have a deep respect for truck drivers, as they make life as we know it possible in communities throughout the U.S. Without truckers, we wouldn’t have the commodities such as groceries, fuel, or clothing. That responsibility comes with a lot of pressure, especially for the trucking companies. They need to run their routes on time and often to keep the system going, sometimes at the expense of their drivers.

When truck drivers are required to drive fatigued or without proper recovery time, the results can be devastating. Many tractor-trailer loads weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs. The amount of force behind that type of load can completely demolish a car in a split second. It only takes one lapse of concentration and/or judgment to forever change the lives of a driver, a family, or an entire community. That’s why it’s vitally important that every truck accident victim stand up to the trucking companies to get justice for themselves, as well as help ensure someone else doesn’t suffer the same fate.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, give us a call today at Stewart & Stewart for a free consultation. We’ll hold the trucking company responsible for your injuries accountable by fighting to get you maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Don’t wait to get legal help. Call us today.

31
Aug

Why You Were Denied Social Security Disability

August 31, 2016

No one likes to be rejected. Whether in a sports tryout or by a love interest, getting rejected hurts the pride and bruises the ego. And some rejections hurt more than others. For disabled Americans, a rejection notice from the Social Security Administration (SSA) hurts more than the ego; it can put their families’ financial futures in jeopardy.

It’s a fact that more than two-thirds of all Social Security Disability applications are initially rejected. That’s thousands of Americans every year denied the financial benefits they so desperately need. Why are they rejected? There could be thousands of reasons, but one of the most common is the applicant failed to meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. To secure disability benefits, you must prove that due to your disability, you are unable to do any type of work, not just the work you did before your injury. Proving that degree of disability on your own can be extremely difficult, which is why securing an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to represent you is so important.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. Our experienced Indiana Social Security Disability attorneys have helped people from across the state win benefits in their appeal, and we’re ready to help you as well. Your benefits are too important to your family’s future to try and go it alone, so contact us today.

24
Aug

The Guarantee We Give Every Client

August 24, 2016

There are few guarantees in life. We live in a world of uncertainty, where anything can happen. In personal injury law, you’ll be hard pressed to find a lawyer in Indiana who will guarantee that they’ll win your case or get you a big sum of money. There are just too many variables to consider. However, the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart can extend every client a guarantee that could significantly impact your decision to hire a lawyer after your accident. It’s called the No Fee Guarantee®, and as a client of our firm, you automatically qualify for it.

The No Fee Guarantee states that if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us anything. That means we’ll work on your behalf with no upfront costs—no attorneys fees, no out-of-pocket legal expenses—until we win you money. If by chance we don’t win or settle your case, you don’t owe us anything. Why do we do this? Because we believe every accident victim in Indiana should have access to the legal help they need, and taking away some of the financial risk allows them to do so.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. If we feel we can help, we’ll take on your case and you won’t owe us a dime until we win. That’s the No Fee Guarantee. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call us today.

17
Aug

The Difference Between Information and Experience

August 17, 2016

Getting the information you need used to be a process. For instance, you wanted to know the capital of Uruguay, you had to either ask someone who knew or look it up at the library. Nothing was instantaneous. Nowadays, getting information on pretty much anything you want to know is always at your fingertips. All you have to do is pick up your phone, type in a question, and a wealth of info will flood your screen faster than you can say “search engine.” You can even find all the information you need online in order to file your own injury claim, though we wouldn’t recommend it. Here’s why.

There’s a big difference between information and experience. Although YouTube can show you how to fix a faulty gas line in your house, most folks would prefer that an expert take care of it instead. Why is that when you both have access to the same information? Experience. There are a thousand things that can go wrong in the process, and when they do, you want someone with the necessary experience to handle them. The same is true after a car accident. An experienced Indiana car accident attorney, like those at Stewart & Stewart, have years of experience handling injury claims. We know what can go wrong and how to fix it when it does.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t make the mistake of handling your injury claim on your own. Call us instead for a free consultation. There’s no cost or obligation. Just answers. Contact us today.

10
Aug

Medical Malpractice Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

August 10, 2016

Did you know that in recent years, medical negligence was named the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer? That’s a pretty shocking statistic considering millions of Americans every year put their trust in medical professionals. We expect those medical professionals to put our health and well being above everything else, and most of the time, they do. However, when a medical professional’s negligent act or behavior puts you or someone you love in harm’s way, the results can be devastating.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know that one lapse of concentration or careless act can be fatal, leaving the surviving families wondering what went wrong and what to do next, so they turn to us for help. We handle medical malpractice cases because we believe our medical professionals should be held to the hippocratic oath they took when first starting out. That standard was designed to keep patients safe within their care, and we believe they should uphold it no matter the circumstances.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call for a free consultation. Our Indiana medical malpractice attorneys will fully investigate the events that led up to your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. You have options, and we can help. Contact us today.

3
Aug

Are You Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

August 03, 2016

A workplace injury is, in many ways, the worst type of injury you can sustain. Beyond the physical harm done to your body, it also puts a strain on your relationship with your employer and leaves you and your family wondering how you’re going to make ends meet. You might assume that you’re automatically covered under workers’ compensation insurance, but securing the benefits you deserve may not be as simple a task as you may think. Not every employer in Indiana is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, so determining whether or not you’re eligible for benefits could be tricky.

That’s why it’s vitally important that you call a workers’ compensation attorney immediately following your accident. There are a number of dynamics involved in workplace injuries that you may not be immediately aware of, and this is not a time to be naïve and assume your employer will do the right thing. They may have a vested interest in covering the accident up completely, leaving you in a financially precarious position. Calling a lawyer at the very least lets you know your options, and at Stewart & Stewart, that consultation is always free.

If you’ve been injured on the job, call our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys today for a free consultation. Your workers’ compensation benefits are too important to your family for you to try and go it alone, so contact us today.

27
Jul

Distracted Driving Statistics

July 27, 2016

There are rules everyone must follow on the road in order to ensure the safety of all drivers. Never cross a double line, yield to pedestrians, and signal before a turn are just a few of the rules every driver is taught. In recent years, new laws have been passed to combat distracted driving, such as the Indiana law banning cell phone use for people under 18. Adhering to these new laws is just as important as stopping at a stop sign or leaving adequate between you and the driver in front of you.

Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the country. According to Distraction.gov, in 2014 alone, more than 430,000 people were injured and 3,100 were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. Not scary enough? Here are a few more statistics to consider:

  • 10% of all drivers 15 to 19-years-old who were in a fatal accident were distracted immediately preceding the accident.
  • At any given moment, 660,000 Americans are using their cell phones while driving.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting, which is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded.

At Stewart & Stewart, we see every day the amount of destruction distracted driving can unleash on a community. That’s why we hold distracted drivers who cause serious car and truck accidents accountable for their negligence. If you’ve been injured, call our Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

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.