Posts Tagged ‘ Indiana personal injury lawyers ’

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Dec

Worker Seriously Injured by Contact With Object on Indiana Construction Site

December 18, 2013

There are numerous hazards employees in all industries face each day they go to work. However, one of the greatest risks they face is coming into contact with objects or equipment at on job sites. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that such accidents were responsible for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year.

Recently, a 48-year-old Indiana Department of Transportation employee was killed after coming into contact with an object on a job site. According to an article from the Evansville Courier & Press, the incident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the westbound lanes of Indiana 62, just west of Boehne Camp Road in Evansville.

Reports indicate the victim was part of a crew completing an improvement project along the highway. As he performed his job duties, a truck was dumping a load of rock. But one of the stones rolled into the oncoming lane of traffic, where it was hit by a grain truck and thrown into the leg of the victim.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the dangers workers face on the job and are hopeful the injured worker is able to make a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

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Nov

Study Shows Injuries Associated With da Vinci Surgical Robot Are Underreported

November 6, 2013

The da Vinci Surgical Robot is one of the most innovative new pieces of technology to be introduced within the surgical industry. The Indiana Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain the device allows doctors to perform procedures with far less invasive techniques than ever before. However, there have been reports of problems associated with the device and some say injuries are going unreported.

A story published in an issue of DailyTech states that one recent study combed through 12 years of patient files associated with individuals who had undergone procedures using the Da Vinci Surgical System. The team discovered there were a total of 245 incidents of injury reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during that time, with 71 of those errors resulting in patient deaths.

The team was also able to conclude that a number of injuries and mistakes involving the robot went unreported. Eight cases involved errors being made when reporting a patient injury and another five cases where an injury report was never submitted to the FDA.

This discovery has many experts calling for a more standardized reporting process to be adopted by the FDA.

Stewart & Stewart and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of holding medical device manufacturers accountable for patient safety. That is why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if a defective medical product has harmed you.

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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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Jun

Two Children Injured in Indiana Car Accident

June 19, 2013

An Indiana Car Accident that left two children injured highlights the need for parents to properly restrain their children in a moving vehicle. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 3 p.m. this past Sunday afternoon along County Road 350 S.

Reports state that the children’s 34-year-old mother was at the wheel of a 2003 Dodge Caravan minivan traveling east along the road. She told law enforcement that when she looked down to observe a picture one of the children had drawn, the tires of the vehicle veered off the roadway. She overcorrected, causing the van to flip and eject the 7- and 10-year-old passengers who were not properly restrained.

The Shelbyville News stated the crash left the driver suffering from a leg injury that was treated at a trauma center, while the 7-year-old was left with severe bleeding. The child was airlifted to a local hospital for further treatment. The 10-year-old passenger was complaining of pain at the scene of the crash and was also taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Indiana state law dictates that all children are to be restrained in a safety or booster seat until they reach the age of 8-years-old. Once they are 8, they must then be restrained by a seat belt in the backseat of a moving vehicle.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys urge parents to always ensure their children are properly restrained before a vehicle they are riding in moves.

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Jun

Indiana Truck Accident Prompts Concerns Over Commercial Vehicle Safety

June 5, 2013

An Indiana Truck Accident that occurred last month was responsible for leaving one woman seriously injured. Reports indicate the crash prompted concerns over the need for more safety measures in the state for commercial truck drivers.

According to an article from RTV 6 News, the crash happened on May 6 along U.S. Highway 150/State Route 56 in Orange County, Indiana. It was there that a trash truck was driving down the road, when two wheels from the vehicle broke free and collided with a tractor-trailer and a yellow Hyundai sedan. As a result of the impact, the 27-year-old female driver of the Hyundai sustained injuries to her shoulder, back, leg, and neck. She was taken to a local hospital in order to receive further treatment.

Further investigation determined that the Indiana State Police had never inspected the trash truck prior to the accident. This comes as no surprise to many experts though, since the state has only one inspection officer per every 13,000 commercial trucks registered in the state.

One state representative stated he plans to use the crash as an example to support measures that would strengthen safety standards and inspections on commercial vehicles.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers posed by commercial trucks that have not properly been inspected. The firm is hopeful the legislator is successful in his goal of stiffening inspection standards.

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6
Jun

Sketchers To Pay $40 Million To Customers Who Bought Shape-Up Shoes

In response to claims that the shoe company, Sketchers, misled consumers who purchased their line of “Shape-Up” sneakers, the manufacturer has agreed to pay approximately $40 million in damages to consumers that purchased the shoes. Additionally, the company states that it will accommodate those that no longer have a proof of purchase for their shoes.

According to the LA Times, customers who purchased the shoes are being asked to fill out a questionnaire on the company’s website with details about the purchase. Those filing for a refund will then sign documents stating that their statement is truthful, and a part of the purchase price of the shoes will be returned with no questions asked.

Consumer advocacy groups point out that the payout is just a small fraction of the profits that the company made on the shoes. Estimates show that Sketchers made more than $1 billion in sales in 2010 alone. Due to this fact, it is unclear whether or not the settlement will act as a deterrent to false advertising by big businesses.

A spokesman for Sketchers argued that $40 million is significantly more than the $25 million that Reebok, another shoe manufacturer, was forced to pay several years ago after facing similar claims.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who has been affected by a defective product to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.

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May

FDA Announces Birth Control Device May Put Women In Danger

May 9, 2012

New methods of birth control have allowed women greater freedom and choice, but some of these medications may put women at a greater risk of health issues. Take, for instance, one of the latest birth control methods to hit the market—NuvaRing®.

NuvaRing® is a plastic contraceptive device that’s inserted into a woman’s vagina monthly, where it slowly releases the hormones progestin and estrogen that control a woman’s ovulation cycle. After three weeks, the device is removed and the woman takes a one-week hiatus before inserting another device.

While NuvaRing® may be convenient for some women, it also has some side effects that could be deadly. According to an article from the Albany Times-Union, 950 lawsuits have been filed against the product’s maker, Merck & Co., alleging that using NuvaRing® led to health complications, such as blood clots. These blood clots, in certain cases, can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death.

These lawsuits began piling in on the heels of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement in October 2011 that stated using NuvaRing® increased the risk of suffering from blood clots by more than 56 percent compared to birth control pills.

These are not the only known NuvaRing® Dangers. That is why the Indiana Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers suggest discussing your case with an experienced attorney if you have suffered health complications after using NuvaRing®.

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Mar

Elderly Indiana Man Viciously Attacked By Dogs In Local Park

March 28, 2012

A 71-year-old man from Lebanon, Indiana, was seriously injured after he was attacked by two dogs as he walked his dog in a local park. According to WISHTV 8 News, the attack took place Monday morning in Lebanon Memorial Park.

The man told police that he was walking his Yorkshire terrier when he was approached by the other animals. The man picked his dog up, but the two other dogs jumped up and pulled the animal from his arms, attacking and killing it. The dogs then turned on the elderly man, biting and clawing at his arms and legs. He was eventually able to fight the animals off and call for help.

When police responded to the scene, one of the dogs approached officers in an aggressive manner and was shot and killed. A man who was watching the dogs for the owner eventually caught the other animal and explained the dogs had escaped from a nearby residence.

The dogs were not up to date on their rabies vaccines, prompting animal control to take the surviving dog into custody for observation.

The elderly victim of the attack remains at a local hospital in stable condition.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand just how dangerous and debilitating dog bites can be. That is why the firm would like to wish the victim a swift recovery from his injuries.

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Jan

New Guidelines Regulate Children’s Safety Seat Use

January 11, 2012

In an effort to educate parents and caregivers on how to select a child safety seat and when the appropriate time is to transition your child to the next type of safety seat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a press release discussing new guidelines the agency has set for children’s safety seats.

The new guidelines are categorized by age, rather than by type of safety seat. This is in an effort to stay relevant to data showing that this is what new child restraint system development is based on.

Recommendations for children’s car seat positions were:

  • Birth-12 Months- Child should always ride in rear-facing car seat
  • 1-3 Years- Keep your child in rear-facing car seat as long as possible based on height and weight limits set by the seats manufacturer. When your child has outgrown the rear-facing position, then move them to a front facing car seat
  • 4-7 Years- Keep your child in the forward-facing car seat until they have reached height and/or weight limits established by the seat’s manufacturer
  • 8-12 Years- Keep your child in a booster seat until they are big enough to fit into a seat belt properly

Indiana state law says that children under the age of seven are required to be buckled into a child safety restraint system when riding in a car.

The Indiana auto accident attorneys with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers ask that parents check their children’s safety seat limits to ensure they are in compliance with the new regulations.

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Dec

Black Ice Presents Serious Danger To Indiana Motorists

December 28, 2011

The dangers of black ice are becoming prevalent as the temperature plummets in the winter months. According to WISHTV 8 News, a 54-year-old woman learned just how dangerous the ice patches can be Tuesday morning in Morgan County after spinning out in her car and ending up upside down in a creek.

The woman told officers that she was driving along Indiana 142 when she hit a patch of ice. The loss of traction sent her vehicle into a spin before catching on dirt and gravel near the edge of the road. The sudden grip on the tires caused the vehicle to roll down an embankment and land on its roof in a creek. The woman was rescued a short time later by firefighters. She was treated for hypothermia and released.

Black ice is prevalent on Indiana roads in the winter. It is clear water that has frozen on dark roadways, presenting a hidden trap for motorists who cannot see the slick pavement. Black ice is particularly prevalent on bridges, below overpasses, and in areas surrounded by trees.

    The Indiana auto accident attorneys with Stewart and Stewart urge motorists to use caution and follow these simple safety tips when driving in winter conditions:

    • Make sure your tires have good traction.
    • Engage four-wheel drive, if you have it.
    • Slow down.
    • Keep your windshield clean.
    • Give yourself more space on the road.
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