Posts Tagged ‘ Indiana personal injury lawyers ’

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11
Feb

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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14
Jan

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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31
Dec

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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10
Dec

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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19
Nov

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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13
Nov

What the Indiana Second Injury Fund Can Do for You

November 13, 2014

The goal of most programs for the disabled in the United States is to offer the assistance that’s necessary to get individuals back into the workforce. What happens when a disabled worker returns to a job and is injured again though? Who should be liable for those expenses? In Indiana, the Second Injury Fund is used to address these questions.

According to the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Institute, the fund is used to alleviate some of the expenses employers who hire partially disabled workers will face if an accident occurs that causes one of these individuals to suffer a second—and permanently disabling—accident. This encourages employers to hire partially disabled workers by only leaving them liable for Indiana workers’ compensation benefits that could be associated with injuries sustained in a secondary accident.

A recent report shows the fund is in good standing, with a balance last month of approximately $1.9 million. Monthly expenses are expected to range between $96,000 and almost $430,000.

Applying to receive funds from the program can be complicated. That’s why the Indiana personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys suggest discussing your legal rights with a professional in the field of law prior to submitting your paperwork for benefits. Doing so can help ensure all of your documentation is together and the questions you have are answered prior to filing.

To discuss your case with a member of our legal team, call us at (800) 33-33-LAW.

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Oct

Social Security Administration Announces 2015 Social Security COLA

October 22, 2014

For the more than 64 million Americans who depend on Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income as their primary financial resource, making ends meet can be a struggle. That’s why word of an increase in benefit payments is good news to most disabled citizens.

Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

Each year, the federal government and Social Security Administration take into consideration the rise and fall in prices of certain everyday household goods and services. A cost of living adjustment—or COLA—is made to the amount each Social Security recipient gets in payments each month based on the rise or fall in costs.

How COLAs Are Determined

The amount of the annual COLA is decided by an equation called the Consumer Price Index. The fluctuations in prices of the goods and services being examined as part of the COLA are plugged into the equation, which is then used to determine a percentage the rate of compensation should rise or fall.

What Is the 2015 Social Security COLA?

According to a press release from the Social Security Administration, recipients should expect to see a 1.7 percent increase in payments beginning next year. This means each recipient should see an increase of around $20 per month in benefits.

COLA Benefits SSD Recipients

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers recognize the financial hardships many disabled Americans face on a daily basis. That’s why the firm is hopeful the increase in benefit payments will help provide families with some much needed relief.

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23
Jul

Indiana Teen Seeking Damages for Severe Dog Bite Injury

July 23, 2014

When someone suffers a serious and unprovoked Indiana dog bite injury, he or she may have the right to seek damages from the animal’s owner. In the case of one teenage dog bite victim in Indiana, the dog’s owner is his local police department.

Reports from WTHR 13 News indicate that in June 2014, the victim was at a friend’s house and had gone outside to talk to his friend. The teen heard calls for help from a neighbor’s yard a short time later and found his friend bleeding to death from stab wounds inflicted by an 18-year-old man during an argument.

As the teen was attempting to help police officers get to the stabbing victim, a police K-9 was released and attacked him. The victim suffered serious bite wounds that will require surgery to heal.

The victim is now seeking an unspecified amount in damages from the Fishers Police Department. The attorney representing the victim, David Stewart of Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, stated to WTHR 13 News that the police statement that the dog was “following orders and acting accordingly bunk and absolutely not true. [The dog] was not obeying commands to the point it had to be tased and taken down.”

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers know how difficult it can be to overcome the injuries that are inflicted by a serious dog bite. That’s why we would like to wish the young man who was recently injured a full and speedy recovery from his wounds.

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9
Jul

Charity of the Month: Gleaners

July 09, 2014

Hunger is a very real epidemic the United States is facing today, especially in Indiana. Data from the organization Feeding America shows 16.3 percent of the state’s residents may not have enough access to proper nutrition, with one-third of those individuals being children.

Luckily, groups like Gleaners are here to help combat the problem of hunger in Indiana. They work to secure, store, and redistribute food items to needy individuals across the state of Indiana. The organization was founded in 1980 in a home garage and has since grown to serve countless Hoosiers during that time.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hoping to help Gleaners achieve their goals by naming them as our charity of the month. This means that for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives during the month of July, we will donate $1 to Gleaners’ cause.

If you wish to do more to help, Gleaners accepts both food and monetary donations. You can also get in touch with the organization to schedule a time to volunteer your time as a way to help them achieve their mission.

At Stewart & Stewart, we take great pride in giving back to the communities we serve and encourage you to stay up to date on our philanthropic endeavors by taking a look at our social media outlets, as well as the Community News page of our website.

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May

How the Fentanyl Pain Patch Could Cost You Your Life

May 21, 2014

Using narcotic opioid medications can be an effective way to treat patients who suffer from severe, chronic pain. The Fentanyl pain patch in particular can put users at serious risk of harm.

The Fentanyl pain patch is supposed to only be used to manage the most severe cases of pain because the high potency of the drug presents such a serious risk of respiratory and cardiovascular failure. Impairment of function in both systems have been linked to cases of death involving the drug. The National Institute of Health also lists a number of other Fentanyl pain patch side effects and health conditions that can be linked to the use of the medication.

Despite these risks being addressed during the Fentanyl pain patch recall that occurred in 2008, the medication remains on the market. So what should you do if you or a loved one have been injured or you loved one died after using a Fentanyl pain patch?

Seeking legal council may be a good place to start, considering the number of successful lawsuits that have been filed by pain patch injury victims against the manufacturers and distributors of the drug.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana drug injury lawyers is dedicated to helping accident victims like you, and we are available anytime to speak with you regarding your injury. You can reach us by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by completing an online consultation form on our website.

 

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