14
Aug

Indiana Schools Implement Policies to Help Protect Student Athletes

August 14, 2013

With the dangers that Traumatic Brain Injuries can pose to young athletes, lawmakers and officials with the State of Indiana’s school system have implemented policies aimed at protecting student athletes from harm.

According to an article published by The Kokomo Tribune, legislators passed the Senate Enrolled Act 93 of 2010 requiring that all coaches, athletes, and players receive information about the symptoms and risk of brain injuries, such as concussions. Parents of athletes also must sign consent forms stating they recognize the risks of concussions.

Furthermore, any player who displays the symptoms of a concussion or brain injury must be pulled from participation until a trained medical specialist clears him or her to return to the field.

The moves come after research linked head injuries to serious adverse health events being experienced by former professional football players. The findings hit closer to home when a standout Marion High School football player was seriously injured in 2008 as a result of a blow to the head.

Experts are also pushing for players to utilize new technologies aimed at preventing head injuries as well.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys remind athletes to be extra cautious during the coming fall season and encourage them to speak up and seek assistance if they feel they have suffered a serious head injury.

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7
Aug

$18.5 Million Settlement Reached In Indiana Truck Accident That Killed Two

August 7, 2013

A settlement has been reached in the Indiana Truck Accident that claimed two motorist’s lives in February 2011. Reports indicate the families of the victims will receive a total of $18.5 million in damages for their losses.

According to a story published by the Indianapolis Business Journal, the crash happened on Interstate 94, just outside the city of Portage, Indiana. Court documents show that a tractor-trailer hauling 21 tons of crushed marble for Celadon Group, Inc. was traveling at roughly 65 MPH along the highway with the truck’s cruise control in use. When the truck had to slow on the icy road for traffic though, the driver lost control and the truck slammed into a vehicle being driven by a 44-year-old man and carrying a 47-year-old passenger. The impact of the collision killed both men.

The victim’s family later filed lawsuits against the company, alleging that the driver of the truck was traveling too fast for the road conditions. A jury agreed, but Celadon later appealed the decision. The appeal was later dropped though, with $7.5 million being awarded to the wife of the driver that was killed and $11 million being offered to the wife and children of the passenger.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and hope the settlement will bring a sense of closure to the incident for the families of the victims.

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31
Jul

Lawmakers Aim to Expedite Social Security Disability Benefits for Terminally Ill

July 31, 2013

People with terminal illnesses can apply for Social Security Disability Benefits, but there is a possibility their claim may become backlogged while awaiting a decision. In some cases, claimants die before resolutions are reached.

This conundrum has forced a group of lawmakers to create a bill that expedites benefit payments to those who are deemed terminally ill. According to a story published by the Casper Star-Tribune, an individual must be diagnosed with their condition by two different doctors in the same field who work for different practices to qualify for the expedited benefits.

Once this documentation is submitted, the individual will begin receiving partial payments immediately. The first payment the claimant receives will be 50 percent of their full benefits. During the second month of payments, the individual will receive 75 percent of their full payments before beginning to receive all benefits at month three.

The Social Security Administration will also be required to track all payments and report how many recipients survived past the six and 12-month marks of receiving benefits.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to simplify the Social Security Disability application process and are hopeful the new law is effective in getting those who are most in need the care and compensation they deserve.

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24
Jul

Indiana Auto Accident Claims Two Lives and Leaves Five Others Injured

July 24, 2013

An Indiana Auto Accident this weekend was responsible for claiming the lives of two motorists and leaving five others seriously injured. Records show the crash happened at approximately 11:15 a.m. on July 21, near the intersection of U.S. 35 and County Road 675 East in Henry County.

An article released by RTV 6 News explained how a Chevrolet Equinox was traveling along U.S. 35 just west of Blountsville when it hydroplaned due to heavy rain in the area, causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle veered across the median and into the path of a Kia Spectra carrying two passengers.

The two vehicles collided and the impact of the crash caused the two occupants in the Kia to suffer fatal injuries. The driver and passengers in the Equinox each suffered injuries as well and were rushed to a local trauma center for further examination and treatment.

The Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate what contributing factors may have played a part in the crash.

The incident highlights the importance of slowing down in inclement weather and ensuring vehicle equipment is properly maintained to perform in bad weather.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to send their thoughts to each of those who were injured and the families of those killed in this tragic accident.

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17
Jul

Indiana Truck Accident Leaves Two People Critically Injured

July 17, 2013

A 48-year-old truck driver from Indianapolis is facing charges in connection with an Indiana Truck Accident that left two people critically injured. Reports indicate the crash happened Sunday evening at the corner of Indiana 37 and West Vernal Pike in Bloomington, Indiana.

According to an article released by the Herald Times Online, the truck driver was operating a 2011 Peterbilt 382 tractor-trailer southbound along Ind. 37 when she was unable to stop for a red light at the intersection with West Vernal. The truck skid toward the intersection and slammed into the rear of a 2001 Toyota Camry sedan.

The impact forced the vehicles to strike a 2007 Cadillac Escalade before coming to a halt.

The 45-year-old female driving the Camry was rushed to a local hospital along with the 14-year-old passenger in the vehicle.

The driver allegedly responsible for the crash stated to officers she was not feeling well and had no recollection of the crash. Officers conducted testing to determine if alcohol or drugs were potential factors, but results showed they were not.

The driver has since been charged with disregard for an automatic signal, following too closely, and driving too fast to avoid a collision.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help anyone who has been harmed due to the negligence of a truck driver.

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10
Jul

FDA Recalls Compounded Medications Due to Potential Contamination

July 10, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it is partnering with the Main Street Family Pharmacy to conduct a nationwide voluntary recall of all of the company’s sterile compounded products. The recall is being initiated due to contaminants found in some of the company’s medications.

A press release from the agency explained that they had received seven reports of patients developing skin abscesses after receiving injections of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate. Further testing of the abscesses determined that at least one of the lesions was caused by a fungal infection.

The case is similar to the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak that occurred earlier this year after patients were given a steroid injection that had been contaminated with a leaf fungus. In all, 32 people were killed and hundreds of others were sickened from the outbreak.

The FDA has issued a warning that anyone in possession of the affected medications should halt use of the products immediately. The drugs should then be disposed of properly. Anyone who received an injection that may have been affected has been instructed to discuss their concerns with their treating physician.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize how dangerous the use of recalled medications can be. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who has been harmed by a drug or defective medical device.

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3
Jul

Indianapolis Officials Offer Safety Tips to Prevent Injuries Caused by Fireworks

July 3, 2013

With Independence Day just around the corner, many Americans are preparing for the holiday by stocking up on fireworks. However, these devices too often result in innocent victims suffering serious Fire and Burn Injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that as many as 200 people per day suffer such injuries in the two weeks prior to and following the Fourth of July holiday.

To help prevent these accidents from occurring, Indianapolis fire officials are offering several safety tips to follow when using fireworks. According to an article from The Indy Channel, Courtney Gordon, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Fire Department stated that each year, a large number of children under the age of 14 years old are injured while playing with fireworks.

For this reason, Gordon stated that children should never be allowed to use or ignite fireworks. Furthermore, fireworks should never be ignited within 50 feet of people or buildings. Also, a hose or bucket of water should be readily available to help extinguish discharged fireworks.

Gordon added that individuals should never attempt to pick up fireworks that fail to ignite.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious risks posed by handling fireworks. That is why the firm is hopeful these tips will help citizens enjoy a fun and safe holiday tomorrow!

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26
Jun

Two Killed In Indiana Truck Accident

June 26, 2013

Two people were killed as the result of an Indiana Truck Accident that occurred this week. Records show the crash happened at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Monday morning along the southbound lanes of I-65, outside of Lafayette, Indiana.

According to an article published by The Indy Star, a white tractor-trailer pulled onto the shoulder of the road after becoming disabled. A short time later, a red big-rig pulled in front of the truck so that the load from the first truck could be transferred into the second vehicle.

As the 44- and 31-year-old drivers stood along the edge of the highway though, a tractor-trailer being driven by a 42-year-old man struck the rear end on the white truck and then ran into the two men as well.

The impact left one victim dead at the scene, while the other died shortly after arriving at a local trauma center.

The crash highlights the dangers faced by those who work in the transportation industry each day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that transportation accidents were the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States in 2012.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the risks truck drivers face, and they are here to help anyone who has been hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle.

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19
Jun

Two Children Injured in Indiana Car Accident

June 19, 2013

An Indiana Car Accident that left two children injured highlights the need for parents to properly restrain their children in a moving vehicle. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 3 p.m. this past Sunday afternoon along County Road 350 S.

Reports state that the children’s 34-year-old mother was at the wheel of a 2003 Dodge Caravan minivan traveling east along the road. She told law enforcement that when she looked down to observe a picture one of the children had drawn, the tires of the vehicle veered off the roadway. She overcorrected, causing the van to flip and eject the 7- and 10-year-old passengers who were not properly restrained.

The Shelbyville News stated the crash left the driver suffering from a leg injury that was treated at a trauma center, while the 7-year-old was left with severe bleeding. The child was airlifted to a local hospital for further treatment. The 10-year-old passenger was complaining of pain at the scene of the crash and was also taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Indiana state law dictates that all children are to be restrained in a safety or booster seat until they reach the age of 8-years-old. Once they are 8, they must then be restrained by a seat belt in the backseat of a moving vehicle.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys urge parents to always ensure their children are properly restrained before a vehicle they are riding in moves.

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12
Jun

What Qualifies a Person for Social Security Disability Benefits?

June 12, 2013

When a person’s physical or mental condition leaves them facing death or unable to work for an extended period of time, they may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Benefits. However, there are certain qualifications that must be met before an individual’s claim can be approved.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) explains that the individual applying for benefits must first have worked for a specific amount of time during their adult life. This ensures the individual has worked enough to put in to the system before receiving money out of the program. The person must also meet certain income requirements. If an individual makes too much money, their claim for benefits may be denied.

If the claimant meets both of these requirements, they will then be asked to provide documentation of their condition, diagnosis, and treatment from a qualified physician.

Many of those who are able to provide all of this information and meet other qualifications as well still have their claim rejected.  Data from the SSA shows that roughly 70 percent of initial claims for benefits are denied by the agency.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the complexities of getting a claim for Social Security Disability benefits approved. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with a qualified attorney if you are considering applying for such benefits or had a claim denied in the past.

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