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15
Oct

New Report Examines the Number of Medical Errors in Indiana

October 15, 2014

Medical professionals in Indiana are legally and ethically required to protect the health and safety of their patients. But every year, mistakes are made at medical facilities across the state that often lead to Indiana medical malpractice claims.

Indiana Medical Errors By The Numbers

Records from the Indiana State Department of Health show that last year alone, there were a total of 111 mistakes that were made in the medical care of patients in Indiana. This was an all-time high for the number of medical errors being reported from 293 medical facilities.

These numbers leave many wondering what some of the most regularly reported mistakes are.

Most Common Indiana Medical Errors

According to an article from the Indianapolis Star, bedsores were the most commonly reported ailment, with 45 reports being received in 2013. On 27 occasions, surgeons were responsible for leaving “foreign objects”—such as sponges, clamps, and other tools—in the bodies of patients following medical procedures. Surgeons also conducted procedures on the wrong body part of 13 patients, while another 12 patients were injured as the result of a serious fall.

Methodist Hospital in Gary was amongst the most dangerous facilities in the state, with 10 errors reported in the past year.

Getting Help

If you’ve been harmed as the result of a medical professional’s mistake, know that help is available. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we have an understanding of the law as it pertains to medical errors. This allows our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights and how they pertain to your injury or condition. Call us today at (800) 33-33-LAW to speak with a member of our legal team.

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8
Oct

How to Get Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits

October 08, 2014

Companies based in Indiana are required to provide their employees with a safe work environment. Each year though, a large number of Hoosiers are hurt or killed as the result of on-the-job accidents. Luckily, most companies are required to carry Indiana workers’ compensation insurance to cover expenses related to such accidents, and the lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to let you know how to apply for these benefits step by step.

The first thing you should do if you’re injured at work is report the incident to your managers or supervisors. They can then gather the appropriate documentation for you to begin filing your claim. Waiting longer than 30 days after your accident to file a report could prove detrimental to being approved for benefits.

Once you’ve applied for benefits, your employer’s insurer will issue a decision on whether the claim was approved or denied. If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, there’s still hope.

You can take your claim before the Indiana workers’ compensation board for a review. If your claim is denied again, you can have the claim heard by an administrative judge.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys understand how difficult it can be to recuperate after a workplace injury, and we are hopeful these tips aid you in getting you the benefits you deserve if you’ve been injured on the job.

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May

The Signs and Symptoms of Drug-Induced Liver Injuries

May 28, 2014

Certain drugs may result in serious injury to the body, with the liver being one of the most common organs to be afflicted.

A drug-induced liver injury can be caused by either prescription or over-the-counter medications. Most recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration focused their efforts on preventing liver injuries caused by dietary supplements when a product was found to cause liver failure and was also linked to the spread of non-viral hepatitis.

This leaves many patients wondering what some of the symptoms of a drug-induced liver injury are. An article from Health News Digest explains some of the most common signs include:

  • Low energy levels
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Itchy skin

So what can you do to prevent such injuries from occurring? The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that following the directions for consumption of a medication supplied on the packaging or prescription is the first step. If you do suspect a medication is causing adverse health events, speak with a doctor. Then consider seeking legal representation.

At Stewart & Stewart, our team of lawyers is dedicated to helping if you’ve been injured by a drug. We are available anytime to discuss your needs by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by filling out a free online form on our website.

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26
Feb

Indiana Lawsuit Filed After Deck Collapse Leaves Family Seriously Injured

February 26, 2014

Rental property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of those they allow on their property or to warn patrons of dangers that may be present. Failure to do can cause injuries and lead to a lawsuit against the property owner for damages.

Such a case was recently filed in connection with a deck collapse at a southern Indiana rental property that left two-dozen people injured. The group had gathered on the deck of a New Albany clubhouse on Dec. 22, 2013 in order to have their photo taken, but the deck collapsed, causing those standing on it to suffer an Indiana Slip and Fall Accident that sent them plummeting roughly 20 feet to the ground below. Surveillance cameras captured the incident and the family says three of the victims are still trying to walk.

The family is now suing the property owners, the homeowner’s association, and the company who built the deck, claiming their negligence is responsible for the injuries that they suffered. More about the lawsuit can be found here.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome injuries resulting from an accident and hope a decision in the case that was filed brings a sense of closure to the victims and their families.

 

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5
Feb

Indiana Burn Injury Lawyers Offer Winter Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

February 05, 2014

According to the American Burn Association, more than 450,000 people per year seek medical treatment for injuries related to a fire or burn. Of those individuals, roughly 40,000 are hospitalized, while another 34,000 become casualties. The Indiana Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out studies have shown that due to increased usage of heating and other fuel sources, the winter months can have an increased chance of such accident occurring.

In an effort to reduce such accidents, a list of safety tips was created by Inman News and included highlights, such as:

  • Supervise Use of Combustibles - Never leave candles, hot ashes in a fireplace, or space heaters running or burning without the presence of an adult.
  • Avoid Extension Cords - While lights and decorations around the holidays may call for electricity from a far-off source, avoid using extension cords if possible. If they must be used though, ensure the cord is appropriate for its location (indoor or outdoor) and is capable of handling the wattage it will be carrying.
  • Be Prepared - Ensure a smoke alarm is present in each room of the home. Also, have an escape route planned for a quick exit from a residence in case of a fire. Having renter’s insurance to cover the expenses associated with a fire and it’s losses can also prove to be crucial.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers understand how devastating fires can be and are hopeful these tips help to keep citizens safe!

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29
Jan

Slip and Fall Accidents Are Becoming More Common

January 29, 2014

Incidents involving an individual slipping or tripping and falling can be extremely dangerous. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that in 2010, 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms and more than 662,000 people were hospitalized.

The Indiana Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that a new study is now showing annual deaths as a result of this type of accident may soon exceed the number of fatalities attributed to both motor vehicle accidents and firearms.

According to a recently published study in Anesthesiology News, deaths by car accidents have fallen by an estimated 27 percent due to advancements in safety technology, public awareness, and improved medical treatment since 2002. This decline was offset by a dramatic spike in the number of slip and fall fatalities, which had swelled by 46 percent over an eight-year period.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the risks of slip and fall accidents, and they suggest following these simple steps to stay safe:

  • Do exercises that focus on strength and balance
  • Install railings and adequate lighting in high-hazard areas of your home, such as stairwells.
  • Get your vision checked annually, as poor eyesight has been associated with falls and lack of balance.
  • Be aware of side effects of medications, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
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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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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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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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