11
Dec

Disabled Veterans in Indiana Struggling to Get the Benefits They Deserve

December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Each day, a growing number of soldiers return from service with injuries that leave them unable to work. The Indianapolis Veterans Disability Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that while assistance is available to these individuals through veterans disability benefits, the process of being approved for such compensation can be complex. In some cases, soldiers are dying before they are able to get the help they need and deserve.

An article from WISHTV 8 News told the story of a Vietnam veteran who served as a combat drill sergeant for more than two decades in the U. S. Army. During his time overseas, he was exposed to Agent Orange. As a result, he suffered numerous health problems, including several strokes and lung cancer.

The veteran was denied benefits each time he applied for numerous years, but was finally awarded a 100 percent disability rating accompanied by back pay on benefits. However, the decision came too late and the soldier died the day his approval letter arrived.

The incident highlights the difficulties many soldiers face in the process of applying for veterans disability benefits. That’s why the team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys urge veterans considering applying for such benefits to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney to ensure their rights to compensation are protected.

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Dec

Indiana Motorcycle Accident Claims the Life of 38-Year-Old Man

December 04, 2013

December 4, 2013

A study called The Hurt Report determined that one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents involving cars or trucks was vehicle drivers’ failure to recognize or yield  to oncoming motorcycles. The Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explained that such a collision was responsible for claiming the life of a 38-year-old motorcyclist earlier this week.

According to an article published by the Indy Star, the crash happened at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the intersection of 126th Street and Reynolds Drive in the town of Fishers, Indiana.

Reports indicate the victim was operating a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle along the eastbound lanes of 126th Street. As he began to approach and pass through the crossing with Reynolds Drive though, a westbound 2001 Chrysler being driven by a 17-year-old driver attempted to turn left onto Reynolds in front of the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist did not have time to avoid the vehicle and crashed. The impact of the collision left the victim with serious injuries that later claimed his life. Police are still working to determine if the motorcyclist struck the vehicle or crashed in an attempt to avoid a collision.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult losing a loved one to an accident caused by another person’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victim.

 

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27
Nov

Indianapolis Recycling Center Employee Killed in Fatal Workplace Accident

November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

Employees face the risk of being injured in on-the-job accidents every day they go to work. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the most common types of accidents is coming into contact with objects or equipment at job sites. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that these accidents were responsible for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year.

Recently, a 30-year-old worker lost his life as the result of being struck by a forklift at a local recycling center. An article published by The Indy Star stated the incident occurred just after 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Reports indicate the victim was operating the forklift to move a screen used in the recycling of electronics. While moving the screen, the worker exited the forklift and attempted to move the screen by hand. However, when he did this, the piece of equipment began to move and pinned the worker between the machine and a guardrail.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly after arrival.

Stewart & Stewart’s Indiana Personal injury Lawyers recognize how difficult losing a loved one to a work-related accident can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim.

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20
Nov

Indiana Steel Mill Accident Claims a Life and Leaves Two Others Injured

November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Employees in the steel industry risk injury and death every time they go to work. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the most common causes of such accidents is a worker coming into contact with objects or equipment at the work site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year were the result of contact with objects on worksites.

Recently, a worker was killed and two others were injured last week in an accident at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor West Steel Mill in East Chicago, Indiana. According to a story from the Northwest Indiana Times, the incident happened on the morning of Nov. 13 at the facility’s No. 3 production shop.

The workers were performing their job duties when a shield plate from the basic oxygen furnace fell on top of them.

A 39-year-old man was killed in the accident, and two others were swiftly transported to a local hospital, where they remain in stable condition.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys have a team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers who recognize the emotional and financial trauma caused by work-related accidents. That is why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the man who died. They also wish the two workers who were injured a full and speedy recovery from their injuries.

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13
Nov

New Electronic Method of Tracking Truck Driver Hours Could Help Reduce Accidents

November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

In July 2012, the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to recognize four stopped vehicles along U.S. Highway 30 in Indiana. As a result, the trucker plowed into the vehicles, killing a four-year-old girl and leaving five other motorists injured. Investigators later determined the driver’s lack of rest was likely a contributing factor to the crash.

The Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that accidents like this have prompted the federal government to tighten the regulations regarding how many hours truck drivers can operate without rest. Experts say that while more regulations may help, a new and innovative way to track time spent on the road may prove to be more effective

According to an article from the Indiana News Center, truck drivers are required to maintain logbooks of their hours of operation. In the past, truck drivers have manually filled out logbooks, there has always been a margin for error and erroneous reporting. Now though, the hours a truck is driving can be automatically collected from computers installed in the truck itself and accessed via computer.

Experts say the new method of tracking driving time is more accurate and prompts drivers to reconsider if they are getting back to work too early.

Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful more technological advancements are developed in the future to help reduce semi truck accidents.

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6
Nov

Study Shows Injuries Associated With da Vinci Surgical Robot Are Underreported

November 06, 2013

November 6, 2013

The da Vinci Surgical Robot is one of the most innovative new pieces of technology to be introduced within the surgical industry. The Indiana Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain the device allows doctors to perform procedures with far less invasive techniques than ever before. However, there have been reports of problems associated with the device and some say injuries are going unreported.

A story published in an issue of DailyTech states that one recent study combed through 12 years of patient files associated with individuals who had undergone procedures using the Da Vinci Surgical System. The team discovered there were a total of 245 incidents of injury reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during that time, with 71 of those errors resulting in patient deaths.

The team was also able to conclude that a number of injuries and mistakes involving the robot went unreported. Eight cases involved errors being made when reporting a patient injury and another five cases where an injury report was never submitted to the FDA.

This discovery has many experts calling for a more standardized reporting process to be adopted by the FDA.

Stewart & Stewart and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of holding medical device manufacturers accountable for patient safety. That is why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if a defective medical product has harmed you.

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30
Oct

Tire Blowout Causes Fatal Indiana Truck Accident

October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

Trucking companies and their drivers are required to adhere to certain standards of vehicle maintenance to ensure vehicles are safe. The Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain one of these standards requires tires to be properly maintained and changed in order to prevent blowouts on the highway.

A tire failure was responsible for a recent collision in Hendricks County that claimed the lives of two elderly victims. According to an article published by The Indianapolis Star, the wreck happened at around 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 22, near the intersection of U.S. 36 and County Road 200 East.

Reports indicate the dump truck was traveling along the highway when a tire on the vehicle suddenly lost pressure, causing the driver of the truck to lose control. The vehicle then careened into the path of a vehicle that was preparing to turn left and the two collided. The impact of the crash claimed the lives of both occupants of the vehicle that was struck.

Law enforcement officials have stated that charges are pending the outcome of a full investigation into the incident.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to another motorist’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victims of this latest tragic accident.

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23
Oct

Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers Discuss Common Medical Errors

October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

Each year, numerous medical errors are reported in Indiana. In fact, the Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point to data that shows more than 100 such errors were reported last year alone.

According to the Indiana Medical Error Reporting System’s annual final report, almost 90 percent of the medical mistakes occurred in hospitals, while the others occurred in facilities such as nursing homes. For the sixth time in seven years, allowing the development of stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers was the most common mistake made by medical staff. These injuries accounted for 30 percent of the reported incidents.

The second most common error to be made was leaving objects inside patients’ bodies following procedures, accounting for 19 of the reported mistakes.

Another 15 incidents of wrong-site surgeries were reported, along with 14 cases of preventable falls.

Five cases of the wrong surgery being performed were reported, along with seven incidents of patients being harmed as the result of being given the wrong medications.

Experts contend that better communication amongst medical staff and caregivers is the best way to prevent such errors from occurring.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of how serious injuries resulting from such medical errors can be. That is why the firm points to the importance of discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you have been harmed while under the care of a medical professional.

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16
Oct

Employee Seriously Injured in Work-Related Accident at Indianapolis Self-Storage Facility

October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013

Each year, thousands of workers in Indiana are seriously injured or killed due to workplace accidents. The Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that a large portion of those accidents are caused by contact with objects at a worksite or slips and falls.

One recent accident involved both contributing factors at a self-storage facility in Indianapolis left one man seriously injured. An article from Inside Self-Storage stated the incident occurred last month at a facility on Rockville Road in Wayne Township.

Reports indicate the victim was unloading a pallet of goods from the trailer of an 18-wheeler using a pallet jack. When the worker lifted the pallet from the bed of the trailer though, the load shifted. This caused the worker to fall from the rear of the trailer with his leg caught beneath the pallet, leaving him trapped and hanging upside down.

Rescue crews were called to the scene and were able to free the man before transporting him to a local trauma center for treatment for injuries sustained in the accident.

The law firm’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how difficult overcoming such work-related injuries can be and encourage anyone who has been hurt while on-the-job to discuss their legal rights with a reputable attorney immediately.

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9
Oct

Indiana Principal Claims He Was Wrongfully Terminated Based on Race and Sex

October 09, 2013

October 9, 2013

Every citizen in Indiana is protected from discrimination in the workplace based on sex, race, gender, and sexual orientation through Tile VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Indiana Civil Rights Law. The Indiana Wrongful Termination Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that any failure to uphold these laws could result in civil litigation against the responsible parties.

According to an article from the Greensburg Daily News, one such case will be allowed to move forward. A former principal of Gary Middle College in Gary, Indiana, alleges he was terminated from his position because of his race and sex.

Court documents show that the plaintiff was hired for the position in March 2012. On Jan. 25, 2013, he received a termination letter stating he was being relieved of his duties due to behavioral and work performance issues.

Court documents showed the plaintiff had never been the subject of any prior disciplinary action and female Caucasian employees had been treated differently when similar disciplinary issues arose. The findings show there has been a violation of the law and that action in the matter is pursuable.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how devastating a wrongful termination can be to an individual’s personal and professional life. The firm is here to help anyone who believes they were discriminated against in the workplace.

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