25
Feb

Indianapolis Auto Accident Lawyers Look at Common Cause of Crashes

February 25, 2015

Crashes occur everyday in the Hoosier State. In fact, state police report there are more than 189,000 Indiana car accidents per year. And the Indianapolis auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out car accident data shows the causes of many accidents may surprise you.

Tailgating seems to be the number one cause for car accidents in Indiana today. Of the more than 189,000 Indiana crashes that were recorded annually, roughly 30,000 were the result of a motorist following another vehicle too closely.

An article from ABC 6 News examined just how common following too closely is on Indiana’s roadways. Tailgating remains a problem because it’s a difficult infraction to enforce. Numbers show that, despite tailgating being the leading cause of Indiana auto accidents, violations of tailgating laws make up less than one percent of tickets in 2013 and 2014.

These numbers have many drivers wondering what they can do to prevent tailgating. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers suggest:

  • Allowing other vehicles space- Experts say there should be at least five car lengths between your vehicle and the vehicle you are following.
  • Obey the speed limit- Going only as fast as you are legally allowed will give you the time you need to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Be in the right lane of traffic- Remember to keep right and allow faster traffic to pass in the left lane.
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18
Feb

Meeting the Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits

February 18, 2015

For those permanently unable to work due to a health condition, Social Security Disability benefits can be vital to making ends meet. However, there are certain standards recipients of these benefits must meet.

For instance, in order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must have first worked long enough and earned enough income to qualify. A claimant must have accrued a minimum of 40 credits to qualify for benefits, and if the claimant is older than 31 years old, 20 of those credits must have been earned in the past decade. In 2015, workers receive one credit for every $1,220 in income they earn.

If you meet work history and income requirements, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will then examine your claim to determine if you meet disability qualifications. Some conditions can receive expedited processing through the Compassionate Allowances program, while others must meet the standards outlined by the SSA.

Many claims that are initially denied are later approved during the appeals process. The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that if your Social Security Disability claim was denied, it may help to have a qualified legal representative examine your case. Doing so can help give you a better understanding of what is needed to file a successful disability claim.

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11
Feb

Indiana Farmers File Sygenta GMO Corn Lawsuits

February 11, 2015

The agriculture industry makes up an integral part of Indiana’s economy, accounting for an estimated $4.4 billion in produce value. So when the negligent practices of a seed supplier affected corn prices in the United States earlier this year, many farmers took legal action.

Problems arose when seed supplier, Sygenta Corp., stated that China was on the verge of accepting a genetically modified (GMO) strain of corn known as Agrisure Viptera. Instead, Chinese officials placed a ban on the corn.

Since crops were mixed together prior to their export, tons of non-GMO corn were mixed with the Sygenta strain, causing the shipments to each contain trace amounts of the banned corn and preventing the shipments from entering China. This, in turn, caused the price of corn to plummet.

Many farmers filed Sygenta GMO corn lawsuits in response. The lawsuits allege that Sygenta’s failure to prevent their product from contaminating other crops caused serious economic loss. According to WDRB News, several farmers in Indiana have filed such suits.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the economic impact a drop in corn prices can have on many Indiana businesses and families. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful a fair resolution can be reached between farmers and seed producers in these cases.

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4
Feb

Indiana Awarded “Green Light” for Traffic Safety Laws

February 04, 2015

Highway safety is important to the Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys. That’s why we’re thrilled to learn the Hoosier State recently received praise for efforts to keep motorists safe.

An article from My Wabash Valley states the rating was given by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety based on the passing of certain traffic safety laws, such as laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and all motorists to use seat belts .

Indiana received the “green light” rating—the best available rating—because the state passed 11 of 15 suggested safety laws. Areas where the state can still make improvements include creating tighter regulations for inexperienced teen drivers.

Raising the minimum age for  learners’ permits to 16 years old and placing restrictions on teenagers operating vehicles at night are just a few of the suggestions made. Indiana has also been asked to pass a law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and convicted drunk drivers to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we would like to applaud the efforts that have been made to improve Indiana’s highway safety rating. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys would also like to encourage the public to continue practicing safe driving habits.

 

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28
Jan

Limited Time Left to Return Safe and Sober Vouchers

January 28, 2015

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities in Indiana each year. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports there were 198 deaths attributed to drunk driving in 2014. These fatalities accounted for more than one-fourth of all traffic deaths.

These numbers may leave you wondering what’s being done to prevent Indiana drunk driving accidents. Experts say the state has approved legislation that requires repeat drunken driving offenders to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Judges can now also order first time offenders to have the equipment installed as well. This isn’t the only action being taken to combat Indiana car accidents caused by drunk driving though. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are once again sponsoring our Safe and Sober Ride Home program.

On New Year’s Eve, we offered free cab rides home to people celebrating in Indianapolis. To participate, individuals were asked to print and sign cab voucher and save the receipt from their rides. They were then instructed to send us the receipt to get a voucher for the cost of the ride.

We have been collecting receipts throughout January, and we will be accepting them until this Friday, Jan. 30.

If you printed our Safe and Sober voucher before going out on New Year’s Eve, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers would like to applaud you for making the right decision to get home safe.

 

 

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21
Jan

Indiana’s Veterans Struggling to Get Fair Compensation

January 21, 2015

When military veterans suffer from injuries or illnesses related to their service, they may be entitled to receive veterans disability benefits. But some former service members in Indiana are getting compensated less than veterans in other states who are suffering from the same conditions.

Information collected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows that the State of Indiana receives $4,935 per veteran from the federal government to cover expenses—more than $1,100 less than the national per veteran cost average of $6,088.

These numbers may leave you wondering why Indiana’s veterans receive less than others in the U.S. Many experts believe it has to do with soldiers and veterans simply not being educated about their benefits. KPBS News says VA research indicates fewer than half of all veterans understand the benefits they’re entitled to. Other factors can include which military campaign the veteran was involved in and the difficulty of completing applications for benefits.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’re aware of how complicated navigating veterans disability claims can be. If you’ve been denied veterans benefits, our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys are here to help. Call us at (800) 33-33-LAW today.

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14
Jan

Med Mal Lawsuit Questions Medical Treatment for Indiana Prisoners

January 14, 2015

Doctors are required to protect the health and safety of the patients they treat. But how does this requirement apply to prisoners? This issue is currently at the heart of an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit.

Reports indicate that a prisoner at the Rockville Correctional Facility informed doctors at the prison that she had undergone an operation to change her gender from male to female. The procedure required hormone replacement therapy and the use of a vaginal stent to prevent complications. However, prison medical staff determined the hormones and the stent were not necessary. The latter was even determined to be a security issue.

An article from USA Today explains the prisoner developed complications and filed an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit against the prison and it’s staff. She claims the negligent care she received resulted in the need to undergo a corrective surgery that could cost as much as $120,000. The courts initially dismissed the case, but the decision was overturned on appeal and is currently in litigation.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are aware of the importance of holding doctors, hospitals, and medical staff to ethical standards. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will establish a case precedent for medical care for incarcerated people.

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7
Jan

Thousands of Lawsuits Filed by Risperdal® Injury Victims

January 07, 2015

Pharmaceutical companies are required to test their drugs for safety prior to releasing them to the public. However, drug side effects are often discovered after patients begin to suffer serious injuries.

Thousands of Risperdal® drug injury lawsuits have been filed by patients harmed by Risperdal. The drug is typically prescribed to patients to treat psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. But some young men who take Risperdal develop a condition known as gynecomastia—the development of abnormally large male breast tissue.

According to Injury Lawyer News, the lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who suffered Risperdal drug injuries claim that the company that manufactured the drug, Johnson & Johnson, failed to provide consumers with ample warning of the gynecomastia risk. Plaintiffs are seeking damages ranging from reimbursement for medical bills to compensation for mental anguish and loss of consortium.

If you or a male loved one developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, the Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys want to help. Our legal team is standing by to answer your questions, so call (800) 33-33-LAW to get a free case consultation today.

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31
Dec

Get a Safe and Sober Ride Home This New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and many people in Indiana will be celebrating. What partygoers need to remember is that drinking and driving is especially prevalent during this holiday. However, we can each do our part to keep the streets and highways safe.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys is helping to keep drunk drivers off the road this year by sponsoring our New Year’s Eve Safe and Sober Ride Home program. We began this program years ago and have serviced thousands in our area with safe, free rides home after celebrations end.

To participate, call a cab of your choosing to get home safely. Then, save your receipt and download and complete a voucher form before New Year’s Day. Finally, send in your receipt and voucher to our office in Carmel by the end of January and we will send you a $20 rebate for your ride. For a full explanation of the rules and terms of the program, click here.

Rebates will only be given for rides home and not to other bars, restaurants, or drinking locations. Several occupants can share cabs as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the devastating results drunk driving can have. That’s why our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers is hopeful you’ll choose a safe way to get home and participate in the Safe and Sober program.

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17
Dec

What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries in Indiana?

December 17, 2014

In 2013, Indiana reported a non-fatal workplace accident rate of 3.8 injuries per 100 workers, and a total of 123 workers lost their lives while on the job. These numbers leave many citizens wanting to know more about the types of accidents that put workers at risk of injury or death.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip, trip, and fall incidents are one of the most regularly reported workplace accidents in Indiana. In fact, Indiana slip and fall accidents accounted for roughly 37 percent of all workers’ compensation claims made in the state last year.

Transportation Accidents

These incidents include all accidents involving motor vehicles, such as commercial truck drivers injured in crashes or farmhands thrown from vehicles. According to the Indiana Department of Labor Quality, Metrics &Statistics Division, these accidents accounted for 25 worker fatalities in 2013.

Contact With Objects or Equipment

Contact with objects or equipment includes workers being hit by falling objects, employees becoming caught in a piece of machinery, and even being struck by vehicles. These incidents accounted for roughly 13 percent of all Indiana workplace fatalities that occurred in 2013.

Getting Help

If you’ve been injured or had a loved one who was killed while working in Indiana, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury or loss. The processes of seeking benefits can be complex and confusing, so consider speaking with an attorney prior to filing your claim.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’re ready to help you complete the paperwork to file your claim. To learn more about how our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys can assist you, call us anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW to talk to our legal team.

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