2
Apr

Indianapolis Burn Injury Lawyers Discuss Chemical Burn Risks

April 02, 2014

Perhaps the most damaging and difficult burn injuries to treat are those caused by chemicals. A chemical tank explosion at an Indianapolis factory left a total of nine workers seriously injured last week, highlighting the dangers that Chemical Burn Injuries can pose.

Reports from the New York Daily News indicate the incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Rolls-Royce Plant 5. Officials explain the team of workers was filling a large tank with nitric acid when a buildup of toxic gases caused the tank to blow. Each of the injured workers was transported to a local trauma center for injuries caused by inhaling the gas and exposure to acids.

The incident leaves many wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of suffering a chemical burn. The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain there are several actions that can be taken, including:

  • Keeping Volatile Chemicals Locked Away- Cleaners, solutions, and other dangerous chemicals should be stored out of the reach of small children and animals.
  • Following Directions- Using too much of a chemical or mixing chemicals can cause increased risk of injury.
  • Using Safety Equipment- When handling chemicals that can cause burns, an individual should always wear eye and skin protection.
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26
Mar

Federal Officials Asked to Reconsider Approval of New Prescription Painkiller

March 26, 2014

Prescription painkillers can be extremely useful in helping patients overcome pain caused by injuries, health conditions, and some medical treatments, but they also present a serious risk of harm. In fact, prescription painkillers are the leading cause of drug injuries and deaths in the United States. These risks were the reason behind a recent Pain Patch Recall.

Despite the dangers associated with the prescription painkillers already on the market, officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are considering the approval of a new drug that is 10 times stronger than existing painkillers. The decision to move forward with the release of the drug has prompted Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, to call on federal officials to reconsider the move.

According to FOX 59 News, concerns over potential abuse has driven Zoeller and at least five of his colleagues to ask Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, to overturn the FDA’s 11-2 vote to approve the drug, known as Zohydro.

Zoeller also launched a campaign aimed at raising Indiana citizen’s awareness about the problem of prescription drug abuse.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers prescription painkillers can pose. That is why the firm applauds efforts to regulate this potentially dangerous drug.

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19
Mar

Rev Indy Event Aims to Improve Health Services in Indianapolis

March 19, 2014

Indianapolis is synonymous with racing, considering the Indy 500 is one of the premiere racing events in the world. So, the Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain it comes as no surprise that a new charitable event is taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rev Indy will go down on Friday, May 9, and will feature a plethora of music, food, and racing inspired events. IndyCar Series Champion, Scott Dixon, and Chip Ganassi will co-chair the event, which will feature food from top local and nationally renowned chefs, such as Vic Vegas.

Later in the evening, singer-songwriter, John McLaughlin, will be on hand to perform a private event for VIPs before taking to the main stage. His set will be followed by performances from  Endless Summer and DJ Lockstar featuring London Rose.

The Methodist Health Foundation and Indiana University Health are sponsoring the event. The goal is to raise funds for IU Health Statewide Trauma programs, including medical services for drivers and patients at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway IU Medical Center.

Tickets can be purchased at a cost of between $200-$300, with corporate sponsorship options available as well.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys takes great pride in giving back to the community we serve, and we encourage our neighbors to attend this upcoming event!

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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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