17
Apr

Indiana Officials Announce Launch of Construction Zone Safety Awareness Campaign

April 17, 2013

Fatal Indiana Car Accidents in construction zones have become a serious concern for state officials. In fact, three highway workers were killed last year alone along the state’s roadways. In an effort to combat this problem, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in conducting a Construction Zone Safety Awareness campaign this week.

A story released by WorkersCompensation.com explained the campaign kicked off with words from INDOT Commissioner, Michael Cline, who stated workers in the highway construction industry face a number of daily on-the-job hazards. One of the most dangerous, though, is a fast-moving vehicle.

The campaign is aimed to educate motorists on the importance of slowing down and staying vigilant in highway construction zones with increased police presence. Law enforcement will be watching for motorists who commit safety violations including speeding, reckless behavior, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. Any driver who is caught committing an infraction will be stopped and cited.

Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner, Sean M. Keefer, added his organization will also be working closely with businesses in the state to bring attention to “transportation-related hazards and exposures.”

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to improve highway construction zone safety in Indiana. The firm hopes the campaign will be successful in preventing future collisions.

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10
Apr

Worker Killed in Indianapolis Truck Accident

April 10, 2013

A 45-year-old Indianapolis Department of Public Works employee was killed earlier this week as the result of an Indianapolis Truck Accident. Reports indicate the incident occurred on Monday around 9:45 a.m. near the corner of Bancroft and 35th Streets.

An article released by The Indianapolis Star stated the victim had been riding on the right rear step of a garbage collection truck as he and a 33-year-old driver worked their route together. The driver explained he was attempting to go in reverse when he checked his mirrors and began to back the truck up. He did not see the victim in the mirror, assumed he was on the truck, and began maneuvering the vehicle backwards along 35th.

He was interrupted though when he heard his partner scream. The driver then stopped the truck and rendered aid to his co-worker. The victim was rushed to a local trauma center for treatment, but died a short time later.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the scene to investigate the accident to determine if it could have been prevented. Law enforcement has also launched a criminal investigation into the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of how dangerous working with heavy equipment can be. The firm may be able to help if you have been injured while on the job.

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3
Apr

Father of Victim Seeks Answers Following Indiana Motorcycle Accident

April 3, 2013

The father of a 19-year-old girl who was killed in an Indiana Motorcycle Accident is going to great lengths ensure someone is held responsible for the loss of his daughter.

According to a story published by WANE News, at around 11 a.m. on June 23, 2011, the girl was riding on the rear of a Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle driven by a 20-year-old male. The pair were heading southbound along Hillegas Road when the 42-year-old driver of a northbound pickup truck slowed to make a left turn from Hillegas onto Goshen Road.

The motorcyclist hit the pickup, which threw the female passenger over his back. The impact with the asphalt left the girl with serious injuries that claimed her life a short time later.

The motorcyclist did not have a proper license to operate the vehicle at the time of the accident, and the pickup failed to yield to the right-of-way of the motorcycle. Despite these facts, no tickets have been issued to either man in connection with the incident.

The lack of action has forced the father to file a lawsuit in his daughter’s name, as well as to hire a private crash reconstruction expert in order to hold someone responsible.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys wish the father the best of luck in his endeavors to get justice for his daughter.

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27
Mar

Indianapolis Worker Suffers Fire Injuries When Blaze Erupts

March 27, 2013

The most common type of Indiana Fire and Burn Injury reported is smoke inhalation. These injuries occur when an individual breathes in too much of the gases released by a fire and cannot receive enough oxygen. While such an injury normally leads to irritated air passageways, serious cases can be deadly.

Recently, smoke inhalation was responsible for leaving an employee of an Indianapolis, Indiana, retail store injured. A story from ABC 6 News explains the incident occurred at the H.H. Gregg warehouse, located on East 96th Street, just after midnight on Sunday.

The employee said he noticed smoke and flames coming from a portion of the warehouse used as storage for clothes dryers and mattresses. Upon further inspection, the worker discovered a fire had erupted and attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. During this time, the heavy smoke in the building overcame the employee.

The worker was pulled to safety by rescue crews and transported to a local hospital in order to receive treatment.

Firefighters worked for roughly an hour to put the blaze down.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers associated with fire. That is why the firm encourages anyone who has been hurt in a fire to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

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20
Mar

New Regulation Aims to Reduce Indiana Auto Accidents Involving Bicycles

March 20, 2013

Several cities in Indiana have authorized ordinances requiring a certain amount of space to be maintained between a vehicle and a bicycle while passing. The regulations are being passed in an effort to improve safety and reduce the number of Indiana Auto Accidents involving bicycles.

South Bend is the latest city to adopt such a measure. According to a recent article published by the South Bend Tribune, it is now illegal for a motorist to pass a bicycle with less than three feet of space between the two. Violations are punishable by a $15 fine.

The new law was passed on Monday by a unanimous from the South Bend Common Council, making it the third city in the state to adopt such a measure. The only other two municipalities with such laws are Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. No state law of a similar nature exists, despite Indiana’s driver’s manual recommending three feet of space be given when passing a cyclist.

A spokesperson for the Bike Michiana Coalition, a sponsor of the bill, stated the ordinance will not only promote safety, but also a mutual respect and sharing of roadways between motorists and cyclists.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of sharing the road and are hopeful the new rule will reduce the number of accidents along the state’s highways.

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13
Mar

Indianapolis Truck Accident Leaves Two People Seriously Injured

March 13, 2013

Two people were seriously injured as the result of an Indianapolis Truck Accident earlier this week. A report from WBIW News stated the crash occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday night along I-465, near the East Street exit.

The Indiana State Police Department indicated the tractor-trailer combination carrying two passengers was traveling westbound when a minivan suddenly attempted to change lanes and collided with the big rig. The impact of the crash forced the large truck off of the road, where it then rolled. The truck skid across the shoulder of the road until it plunged into a body of water along the highway. It then began to sink into the icy water.

Rescue crews were called to the scene, where divers worked to free two victims trapped inside the cab of the mangled truck. Both individuals were eventually pulled to safety and taken to a local hospital for further examination and treatment.

Investigators are continuing to examine what contributing factors may have played a role in causing the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out the transportation industry is one of the most dangerous lines of work a person can be in today. That’s why the firm is here to help you if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job.

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6
Mar

Woman Files Indiana Wrongful Termination Suit after Missing Work for Military Service

March 6, 2013

A 25-year-old woman filed an Indiana Wrongful Termination lawsuit against her former employer for being let go after missing work after she reported for duty with the Indiana National Guard.

A story from ABC 57 News explains the woman was asked to work at a Great Clips hair salon on Feb. 23 and 24. The woman told her manager that she was supposed to train with the National Guard on those days, but the manager told her it was the employee’s responsibility to find coverage for their shifts. The woman attempted to find someone to work the hours, but was unable to find a replacement. She instead reported for duty as ordered.

When the woman returned to work at the hair salon the following Monday, she was fired by the district manager for missing her shifts.

In 1994, the United States implemented U.S. Code Title 38, which states an employer must work with and accommodate active-duty service military members’ obligations and schedules.

Since the incident, the company has offered the woman her job back; however, she declined the position, citing the damage that has already been done to their professional relationship.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of ensuring the job security of military service members. The firm hopes a decision in the case will bring closure on the incident to the woman who was wrongfully fired.

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27
Feb

Indiana Records Highest Number of Teen Motorist Fatalities Last Year

Feb. 27, 2013

A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration released information detailing some disturbing trends in Indiana Car Accidents across the state.

According to an article from WANE News, the state was ranked among the top in the nation when it came to teen fatalities caused by motor vehicle collisions. More worrisome, though, was the dramatic increase in the number of fatalities among 16 and 17-year-old teens last year.

A total of 16 deaths were attributed to teens involved in Indiana car accidents. This was approximately five more deaths than the previous year. Data also showed a 19 percent increase in traffic fatalities among Indiana teens within the first six months of 2012. A total of 240 teen driver deaths were recorded last year in the United States.

The report says that traffic laws and educational programs were contributing factors in lowering the number of motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, economic conditions also play a vital role in the number of fatal accidents recorded across the nation.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys know how devastating the loss of life due to car accidents can be. That’s why the firm hopes these figures can be used to create a strategic plan aimed at reducing the number of teen drivers who die statewide each year.

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20
Feb

Several Events Planned in Indiana to Discuss Workplace Safety

Feb. 20, 2013

With Indiana reporting thousands of workers injured on the job each year, officials in the state are seriously focusing on improving workplace safety and the Indiana workers’ compensation system. An article from North West Indiana Business News reports one way officials are spreading the word was holding the 3rd Annual Beyond Safety conference at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza earlier this week.

During the conference several speakers offered messages about the need for safety innovation to trickle down from top executives. A representative from Cintas gave a speech discussing the successful efforts taken by his company to promote the reduction of workplace injuries and claims for workers’ compensation.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is also hosting the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Conference beginning on February 28th in downtown Indianapolis. Some of the issues slated for discussion are the rise in workers’ compensation costs, how to use wellness programs to reduce expenses associated with workers’ compensation, and how to manage losses. The program will be held all week at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers are hopeful these events will create a healthy dialogue on how to better serve those who have been injured through no fault of their own in work-related accidents.

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13
Feb

Indiana State Department of Health Issues Annual Report on Medical Errors

Feb. 13, 2013

A recent report from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) concluded that surgeries on the wrong body parts were one of the most common medical errors in the state during 2011.

Data showed a total of 100 medical errors reported in 2011 from 291 medical facilities across Indiana. Those incidents were broken down into 94 errors that occurred in hospitals, while the remaining six adverse events occurred at ambulatory surgery centers. While serious bedsores were the most common ailment reported, surgery on the wrong body part was a close second, followed by retention of a foreign object in the body after surgery.

A total of twelve patients died as the result of the 28 serious reportable events that occurred over the yearlong period. Experts were quick to point out that such adverse events are rarely caused by the actions of a single individual, but are often the result of failed systems and processes that doctors and medical staff follow.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers say that a doctor and his staff has a responsibility to protect a patient from harm caused by negligence and failure to do so could result in a patient filing an Indiana Medical Malpractice claim.

The firm urges anyone who has been harmed while under the care of a physician to discuss your legal rights with an attorney immediately.

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