2
Oct

Fatal Indiana Workplace Accident Caused by Collapsing Equipment

October 02, 2013

October 2, 2013

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in the United States is contact with objects or equipment on a job site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that these incidents caused 16 percent of all on-the-job deaths last year.

Last week, a 25-year-old man was killed when a piece of equipment he was operating collapsed on top of him. An article from The Indianapolis Star stated the incident occurred at approximately 11a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at a facility on Rawles Avenue in Indianapolis.

Reports indicate the worker was operating a crane in order to move a generator at the facility; however, when he used the machine to lift the equipment, it was too heavy. This caused the crane to fold and come crashing down on top of the worker. Rescue crews were called to the scene, but there was little they could do to assist the victim. He died a short time later.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to a work related accident can be. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the man who died.

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25
Sep

Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers Discuss The Dangers of Drugged Driving

September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

The Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys state that most motorists are aware of the dangers driving drunk can pose, but many are unaware of the risks of drugged driving.

Experts say that the number of motorists driving under the influence of controlled substances has increased in recent years. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that as many as 20 percent of motorists will get behind the wheel after consuming drugs. This behavior is responsible for causing thousands of accidents per year.

One such collision occurred in Feb. 2012 and claimed the life of a 32-year-old man. According to an article from the Indy Star, the woman responsible for causing the wreck was recently sentenced to eight years in prison.

The 24-year-old driver had consumed Spice, a synthetic form of the drug marijuana, prior to getting behind the wheel of her vehicle and crashing. The impact killed the passenger in her vehicle.

Throughout the course of the case, the woman stated she was sorry for her mistakes. However, prosecutors pointed to testing that showed the woman tested positive for marijuana use three times following the accident.

Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the dangers drugged driving can pose and ask motorists to never drive after consuming anything that impairs sound judgment.

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18
Sep

Indianapolis Fined $80,000 for Safety Violations That Caused Fatal Accident

September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that a leading cause of on-the-job injuries is transportation accidents. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that last year alone, these accidents accounted for two out of every five fatal workplace accidents.

One work-related transportation accident resulted in the City of Indianapolis facing $80,000 in fines after the death of a waste management employee. According to The Indianapolis Star, the incident occurred on April 8, at the corner of 35th and Bancroft Streets.

Reports indicate that the 45-year-old victim was riding on the rear of the truck on his route. At one stop, the victim jumped from the rear of the vehicle as the driver was preparing to back up. The driver did not see the victim and ran him over.

Investigators with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident and found workers with the Department of Public Works repeatedly violating safety regulations regarding the transportation of workers.

The city has 15 days to either comply or contest the investigation’s findings. Furthermore, the department had a responsibility to ensure workers adhered to safety regulations.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the importance of following all safety protocols while on the job and are hopeful the ruling helps bring the family of the victim some closure.

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11
Sep

89 Citizens Sickened by Greek Yogurt Contaminated With Mold

September 11, 2013

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 04, 2013

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

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

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

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 07, 2013

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

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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