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Social Security Disability Lawyers Examine Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

June 03, 2015

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security Disability benefits to make ends meet. Many of these individuals were awarded benefits years—or even decades—ago. As prices increase every year due to inflation, you may be wondering how those who receive Social Security Disability benefits can still afford to live.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the answer lies in our nation’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) program. The COLA for Social Security Disability recipients is determined annually with an equation that takes rates of inflation on certain items and services—called the Consumer Price Index— into consideration. When inflation rates are high, Social Security Disability recipients get an increase in payments. When the rate is low though, an increase may not be awarded.

According to Time, this may be the case in 2016, as many of the costs considered for the COLA are lower than last year. So what does this mean to those considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits? It means it’s never been more important to get the maximum amount of compensation you can.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are standing by to answer any questions you may have about Social Security Disability benefits.

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Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Share Safety Tips

May 13, 2015

Motorcycle season is here in Indiana, and the Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to remind you to be extra vigilant on the road this time of year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 62 percent of motorcycle fatalities occur between the months of May and September.

There are numerous organizations that are working to raise awareness about motorcycle safety during the coming weeks. An article from WTHITV 10 News says that state officials have announced that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Several awareness rides and motorcycle events will coincide with the campaign, but if you’re looking to get involved with spreading the word about motorcycle safety, your actions behind the wheel may be your best bet.

Here are several ways drivers and bikers can help prevent accidents and injuries on the road:

  • Be Vigilant- Look twice in both directions and blind spots before maneuvering in traffic.
  • Use Safety Equipment- Helmets can reduce a motorcyclist’s chances of death by 37 percent, and vehicle seatbelts have been found to significantly reduce injuries and fatalities for drivers.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive- Alcohol is one of the leading contributing factors in crashes today. So please, arrange for a safe ride home if you’ve been drinking.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road!


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Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discuss New Alliance Focusing on Workplace Safety

May 06, 2015

Each year, thousands of Indiana workers are seriously injured in on-the-job accidents—especially those working in the concrete industry. In fact, data from the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) shows that 3.8 out of every 100 concrete workers were hurt while working in 2013.

The Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that officials have stated one of the best ways to lower workplace injury rates in our state is to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. That’s why IDOL is working with the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) to create a workplace safety alliance.

According to a press release from IDOL, the alliance will focus on three key areas:

  1. Promoting increased communication between IDOL and the IRMCA
  2. Creating case studies showing the value of workplace safety and health
  3. Holding more meetings where opinions on workplace safety and health can be voiced and heard

The alliance between IDOL and IRMCA will remain in effect for at least the next two years.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’ve seen the struggles caused by work injuries. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys are hopeful this alliance can help reduce the number of workplace injuries that occur each year in our state.


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Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Explore Average Benefit Rates In Indiana

April 01, 2015

When a worker in Indiana is injured on the job, they have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. But how is the amount of benefits decided? The Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the body parts injured, as well as the severity of the injury, can factor into benefit amounts.

A new interactive database from ProPublica shows state average compensation rates for injuries to certain body parts as compared to the nation’s average compensation rate for that particular injury. In Indiana, many lost appendages will result in higher than average compensation rates for the injured. However, one must remember that the rate being shown is for an amputation. If the limb is not severed, the average rate of compensation in Indiana is slashed in half. This means many injured workers in Indiana receive less than the national average compensation rate for their particular injuries.

So what can you do to help ensure you get the Indiana workers’ compensation benefits you need? The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that an experienced law firm may be able to help.

At Stewart & Stewart, we have a legal staff that focuses on helping victims of workplace accidents. We’re here to answer your questions and help you get started with your claim. Call us anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW—we want to protect your rights.

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DNA Testing Reducing Number Indiana Medical Malpractice Cases

March 18, 2015

One of the most common medical errors that leads to a Indiana medical malpractice claim being filed is misdiagnosis by a doctor. Data from the National Center for Policy Analysis states as many as 20 percent of patients receive misdiagnoses when they are examined by doctors, and of those cases, roughly one-third result in patients being seriously injured or killed.

But now, technology is helping to prevent these errors. Researchers have identified a new testing method that uses a patient’s DNA to help ensure the patient’s condition is properly identified.

According to The Indianapolis Star, a local company—Strand Analytical Laboratories— is working to reduce medical errors by collecting DNA samples from patients undergoing biopsies to identify potential cases of prostate and breast cancer. Those samples are analyzed and used to match biopsies with patients by identifying certain markers in the DNA samples.

While errors can not be completely prevented by the test, the company and some doctors believe the test is effective in helping to reduce the number of misdiagnoses caused by mix ups of lab test results.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we recognize the physical and financial costs a preventable medical mistake can result in, and our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful to see more hospitals and physicians adopting policies that require tests like the ones Strand is currently conducting.


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Indiana Farmers File Sygenta GMO Corn Lawsuits

February 11, 2015

The agriculture industry makes up an integral part of Indiana’s economy, accounting for an estimated $4.4 billion in produce value. So when the negligent practices of a seed supplier affected corn prices in the United States earlier this year, many farmers took legal action.

Problems arose when seed supplier, Sygenta Corp., stated that China was on the verge of accepting a genetically modified (GMO) strain of corn known as Agrisure Viptera. Instead, Chinese officials placed a ban on the corn.

Since crops were mixed together prior to their export, tons of non-GMO corn were mixed with the Sygenta strain, causing the shipments to each contain trace amounts of the banned corn and preventing the shipments from entering China. This, in turn, caused the price of corn to plummet.

Many farmers filed Sygenta GMO corn lawsuits in response. The lawsuits allege that Sygenta’s failure to prevent their product from contaminating other crops caused serious economic loss. According to WDRB News, several farmers in Indiana have filed such suits.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the economic impact a drop in corn prices can have on many Indiana businesses and families. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful a fair resolution can be reached between farmers and seed producers in these cases.

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Med Mal Lawsuit Questions Medical Treatment for Indiana Prisoners

January 14, 2015

Doctors are required to protect the health and safety of the patients they treat. But how does this requirement apply to prisoners? This issue is currently at the heart of an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit.

Reports indicate that a prisoner at the Rockville Correctional Facility informed doctors at the prison that she had undergone an operation to change her gender from male to female. The procedure required hormone replacement therapy and the use of a vaginal stent to prevent complications. However, prison medical staff determined the hormones and the stent were not necessary. The latter was even determined to be a security issue.

An article from USA Today explains the prisoner developed complications and filed an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit against the prison and it’s staff. She claims the negligent care she received resulted in the need to undergo a corrective surgery that could cost as much as $120,000. The courts initially dismissed the case, but the decision was overturned on appeal and is currently in litigation.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are aware of the importance of holding doctors, hospitals, and medical staff to ethical standards. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will establish a case precedent for medical care for incarcerated people.

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Get a Safe and Sober Ride Home This New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and many people in Indiana will be celebrating. What partygoers need to remember is that drinking and driving is especially prevalent during this holiday. However, we can each do our part to keep the streets and highways safe.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys is helping to keep drunk drivers off the road this year by sponsoring our New Year’s Eve Safe and Sober Ride Home program. We began this program years ago and have serviced thousands in our area with safe, free rides home after celebrations end.

To participate, call a cab of your choosing to get home safely. Then, save your receipt and download and complete a voucher form before New Year’s Day. Finally, send in your receipt and voucher to our office in Carmel by the end of January and we will send you a $20 rebate for your ride. For a full explanation of the rules and terms of the program, click here.

Rebates will only be given for rides home and not to other bars, restaurants, or drinking locations. Several occupants can share cabs as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the devastating results drunk driving can have. That’s why our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers is hopeful you’ll choose a safe way to get home and participate in the Safe and Sober program.

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Social Security Disability Asset Regulations May Change

December 10, 2014

When an individual is approved for Social Security Disability benefits there are strict rules that regulate how much assets and income he or she can have at any given time. Under the current law, Social Security Disability recipients are only allowed $2,000 in cash or assets. Furthermore, these individuals can typically earn no more than $680 per month.

These financial constraints leave many disabled Americans unable to pay for medical bills, transportation, an education, or even buy a home. This is why federal officials are considering a bill that would revamp the rules that govern the finances of disabled Americans.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow disability recipients to open a tax-free savings account capped at $100,000. Deposits of  up to $14,000 could be made with no penalty.

The bill was unanimously passed through the House of Representatives, and according to West Virginia Metro News, is expected to be examined by the Senate as early as this week.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the financial struggles that can come with relying on Social Security Disability benefits. That’s why our Social Security Disability attorneys are hopeful the new measures will alleviate the financial strain many disabled Americans face.


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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed Against Three Indiana Cardiologists

November 19, 2014

Doctors in Indiana are legally and ethically required to protect their patients’ health and safety. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals adhere to these standards, which can result in Indiana medical malpractice claims.

In fact, three Indiana doctors are currently facing allegations from dozens of patients who claim they underwent unnecessary medical procedures. According to an article from Chicagoland Television, the procedures were performed so the doctors could bilk Medicare billing.

Reports indicate the doctors were the top three Medicare-billing cardiologists in Indiana in 2012. The average doctor billed approximately $170 and three services per patient, whereas these cardiologists were billing $960 and a dozen services per patient.

The only reason the issues came to light is because several of the patients received second opinions. Those doctors told them the medical procedures they had undergone were unnecessary. Now, more than 18 victims are seeking compensation for damages. This includes the families of three patients who died as a result of undergoing medical procedures while under the care of the doctors.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the devastating results of unnecessary medical treatment. That’s why our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers hopes a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure for victims and their families.

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