11
Sep

89 Citizens Sickened by Greek Yogurt Contaminated With Mold

September 11, 2013

The Indiana Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that manufacturers of food products have a responsibility to ensure the safety and purity of items before releasing them to the market. Failure to do so can result in claims of negligence in the event products cause consumers harm.

At least 89 such claims have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in connection with illnesses suffered after ingesting contaminated Greek yogurt. According to an article from New York Daily News, a mold associated with diary products made its way into yogurt products manufactured by Chobani in a Minnesota facility.

The company ordered grocery stores to destroy up to 35 types of yogurt. However, many people had already purchased and consumed tainted products by the time a warning to the public was issued.

The company stated the mold could act as an “opportunistic pathogen” in those with compromised immune systems. Anyone who develops symptoms of sickness after consuming the product should contact the FDA to report their case immediately.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers also urges anyone who has been affected by the contaminated product to contact a reputable attorney to ensure his or her legal rights are protected.

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4
Sep

Distracted Driving Blamed for Serious Indiana Car Accident

September 4, 2013

Distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Indiana. The Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the behavior may have been responsible for a recent crash that left a 26-year-old cyclist injured.

According to an article released by WLFI 18 News, the incident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. on Monday along River Road in Tippecanoe County. Reports indicate that the cyclist was traveling along the road when a vehicle backing out of a residential driveway struck him.

The impact caused the cyclist thrown from his bike and he was transported to a local hospital in Lafayette for further examination. Investigators later determined through interviews that the driver was distracted by his son in the back seat of the vehicle.

The incident leaves many motorists curious as to what they can do to help prevent distracted driving accidents.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers says that the only way to end distracted driving is to ensure that motorists are focused on the road. Drivers turning their phones off while at the wheel of a vehicle can achieve this goal. Motorists should also never eat or drink while driving, and should eliminate loud noises before taking to the road.

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28
Aug

Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers Discuss Workout and Dietary Supplements Dangers

August 28, 2013

Taking dietary supplements have become a daily practice for many Americans, but many people are unaware of the serious dangers these products can pose to their health. The Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that numerous products have been found to have manufacturing deficiencies that could cause adverse health effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently initiated a number of recalls regarding dietary or workout supplements. Some of the recalls are due to undeclared ingredients in the products, including illegal substances, while others were the result of unsanitary manufacturing processes.

Regardless, data released in an article from Newsday showed as many as 70 percent of the roughly 450 companies who manufacture supplement products have violated FDA safety regulations in the past.

This statistic leaves many citizens wondering what they can do to prevent being harmed by supplements.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers state that refraining from using such products is the best way to stay safe. If an individual chooses to continue using supplements, checking with the FDA for recall information and discussing use of the product with a physician will help reduce the chances of being harmed. Also, a person should never take more than the recommended dosage on a product’s packaging.

 

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21
Aug

Indiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Discuss Importance of Wearing a Helmet

August 21, 2013

The Indiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that one of the best ways to prevent injury or death in the event of a motorcycle crash is to wear a helmet. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 12, 000 lives could have been saved by helmet use over a 15 year-period.

Despite these statistics, a handful of states still have laws that allow motorcycle riders to operate without a helmet.

A recent local tragedy put the dangers of riding without a helmet into perspective. Two people were killed earlier this month after a crash while not wearing helmets. Reports indicate the accident happened just before midnight on Sunday, Aug. 4 along I-74 on the southeast side of Indianapolis.

According to an article from the Indianapolis Star, a 41-year-old man was operating a motorcycle carrying a female passenger when he began braking for slowed traffic ahead. When the man applied the brakes, he lost control and the bike threw both riders from the machine. Neither victim was wearing a helmet and both died a short time later.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers urge motorcyclists to protect themselves from harm by always wearing a helmet, regardless of what the laws say. Wearing a sturdy leather jacket, eye protection, boots, and gloves can also help protect riders from harm.

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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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