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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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18
Dec

Worker Seriously Injured by Contact With Object on Indiana Construction Site

December 18, 2013

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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6
Nov

Study Shows Injuries Associated With da Vinci Surgical Robot Are Underreported

November 06, 2013

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

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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19
Jun

Two Children Injured in Indiana Car Accident

June 19, 2013

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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5
Jun

Indiana Truck Accident Prompts Concerns Over Commercial Vehicle Safety

June 05, 2013

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

June 06, 2012

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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