2
Nov

300,000 Vehicles May Have Lethal Defective Takata Airbags

November 02, 2016

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), defective Takata airbags have claimed yet another life. A 50-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries when the airbag in her vehicle ruptured upon inflation. She becomes the 11th victim linked to defective airbags in recent years, and yet many consumers are still driving at-risk vehicles.

Defective Takata airbags have been known to rupture, sending razor-sharp shrapnel throughout the car, potentially injuring the driver and passengers. The NHTSA estimates that more than 70 million vehicles may have contained defective Takata airbags, and currently more than 300,000 have yet to be repaired or otherwise accounted for.

If you own a vehicle on the following list, contact your dealership immediately for a no-cost repair:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot

Takata airbags are just one of thousands of defective products that put Indiana consumers at risk. If you or someone you love was injured by a defective product, call our Indiana product liability attorneys today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. However, your window for filing a claim may be limited, so contact us today.

26
Oct

The Truth About Medical Malpractice

October 26, 2016

Over the years, our firm has won substantial verdicts for medical malpractice victims in Indiana. That success has given us the reputation for being the firm to call if you or someone you love sustained injuries due to medical negligence. Although a medical malpractice case is something no one ever wants to go through, we believe one of the hardest parts is picking up the phone and giving an experienced lawyer a call.

What keeps most victims from calling a lawyer? In our experience, we’ve found that many medical malpractice victims simply don’t want to get their doctor in trouble, so they do nothing. Although their reluctance comes from a charitable place, their logic is flawed.

The reality is the medical professional or institution that caused your injuries has prepared for this lawsuit. Almost every medical professional and hospital has medical malpractice insurance because they know they may at some point be held liable for failing to deliver the standard of care their patients deserve. Although the surgeon or hospital will be named in the lawsuit you bring, it is the insurance company that will more than likely pay damages in your case, not the doctor or hospital.

If you or someone you love was the victim of medical malpractice, do the right thing and give us a call today for a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. You are the victim in this situation, and you deserve justice. Contact us today and we’ll fight to secure it for you.

19
Oct

How to Earn the Insurance Company’s Respect

October 19, 2016

After being in personal injury law for more than 30 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about getting respect from the insurance company. Like in most life situations, respect is earned through strong character and an uncompromising resolve. Over the years, we’ve earned the respect of insurance companies by standing up for what is fair, fighting for the rights of our clients, and never compromising for less than they deserve, no matter how much easier doing so would be. That mutual respect enables us to negotiate with confidence, often getting to a fair settlement without the need of going to court.

Even if you’re a lifelong customer of the insurance company in question, they have nothing to lose by offering you a small check that may or may not cover all your expenses. If you take it, they’re off the hook for good, leaving you responsible for every medical bill or other expenses that comes your way in the future.

Thankfully, there is something you can do to gain the insurance company’s respect. Give us a call. We’ve helped hundreds of folks in Indiana over the years get what they deserve from the insurance company, and we’re ready to help you too. If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

12
Oct

Three Questions to Determine If You Have a Claim

October 12, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we offer every accident victim who calls our firm a free, no obligation consultation. We do that because we know how many questions folks have after an accident, and we don’t believe they should have to pay to get the answers. However, we can’t provide answers to your questions unless you call. But how do you know if you should call a lawyer?

Here are three questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not you should call a lawyer:

  1. Did someone else cause the accident?
  2. Were you injured in the accident?
  3. Do you feel you shouldn’t be responsible for what this accident is going to cost you?

If you answered yes to all three of those questions, you should give us a call. It’s quite possible that you have a personal injury case that could result in a significant settlement. To find out how much that case is worth, as well as learn what your next steps should be, you need to consult with an experienced Indiana car accident attorney. Give us a call today for your free, no obligation consultation. We’ll answer any questions you might have, so you can take the right next steps with confidence.

5
Oct

Defective Medical Devices Lead to Severe Complications

October 05, 2016

Any time you go under the knife, there are a million things you worry about. Will the medical staff do a good job and carry you through safely? How will your body respond to the anesthesia? Will the surgery fix your condition or make it worse? Although those concerns are reasonable, there’s another concern that few ever consider: defective medical devices.

Most of us just take for granted that the medical components used in surgery are well constructed and surgically sound, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Defective medical devices can lead to serious complications, including chronic pain, corrective surgeries, and even death. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve seen firsthand the severe complications a defective medical device can have on a patient, which is why when it happens to someone in our community, we’re ready to defend their legal rights to compensation.

If you or someone you love suffered complications from a defective medical device, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call our Indiana personal injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. The amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit may be limited, so contact us today.

28
Sep

You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Workers’ Comp Claim

September 28, 2016

In a perfect world, every employer in Indiana would honor their injured employees by providing full workers’ compensation benefits every time. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world where many injured workers and their families never fully recover after a workplace accident. At Stewart & Stewart, we’re determined to change that reality for the hardworking folks in Indiana, which is why we designate an entire segment of our firm to workers’ comp claims.

What does that mean for you? It means that when you call Stewart & Stewart about your workers’ compensation claim, you’ll have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney assigned to your case. It means you’ll have a law firm on your side with decades of experience helping the injured people of Indiana. It means we won’t stop until we’ve secured you every dollar in benefits that you and your family deserve.

If you’ve been injured on the job, take the right next step and give us a call. Our experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to hear your story and fight for maximum benefits on your behalf. Those benefits are too important to your family for you to try and take on the insurance company alone. Call us today.

21
Sep

Defending Birth Injury Victims in Indiana

September 21, 2016

There are few moments in life that compare to when your first child is born. It may sound cliché, but it’s true that everything changes in that moment. After months of anticipation and planning, your child is finally coming into the world, and all you hope and pray for is that he or she will be healthy. Unfortunately, thousands of parents every year receive the devastating news that their child suffered a birth injury and as a result will have a very different life than the one they had hoped for.

Birth injuries can occur in every stage of the pregnancy, including after care once your child is born. The medical professionals tasked with your child’s safety have a responsibility to provide exceptional care at every stage of the process, as just one lapse of judgment can change your family forever. At Stewart & Stewart, we stand behind the families with children who have suffered birth injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Those families need experienced legal help in their time of crisis, and we’re proud to provide it.

If your child suffered a birth injury, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our team of Indiana birth injury lawyers is ready to fully investigate your child’s injury to determine who is responsible and to fight for the justice your child deserves. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

14
Sep

Don’t Leave Money on the Table

September 14, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app for maximizing your injury claim after a serious accident? All you’d have to do is touch the screen, and the insurance company would give you every dollar you deserve. Unfortunately, getting what you deserve after an accident isn’t that easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult if you try to take on the insurance company alone.

Most folks don’t realize this, but your injury claim doesn’t end with the accident itself. The insurance company may want you to believe that the injuries you sustained and the treatment you received after your accident is all they are liable for, but that’s seldom the case. You have to look at your injury claim as a series of events directly linked to your accident. It’s like dominos. The accident is simply the first to be knocked over, which leads to another and another and another. Your injury claim should include the entire impact of your accident, which may  include medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you could be leaving significant amounts of money on the table that you will need later on.

Don’t risk going it alone after your accident. Call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys for a free consultation. We’ll stand up to the insurance company on your behalf and fight for every dollar you deserve. Call today.

7
Sep

Trucking Accident Legal Help in Indiana

September 07, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we have a deep respect for truck drivers, as they make life as we know it possible in communities throughout the U.S. Without truckers, we wouldn’t have the commodities such as groceries, fuel, or clothing. That responsibility comes with a lot of pressure, especially for the trucking companies. They need to run their routes on time and often to keep the system going, sometimes at the expense of their drivers.

When truck drivers are required to drive fatigued or without proper recovery time, the results can be devastating. Many tractor-trailer loads weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs. The amount of force behind that type of load can completely demolish a car in a split second. It only takes one lapse of concentration and/or judgment to forever change the lives of a driver, a family, or an entire community. That’s why it’s vitally important that every truck accident victim stand up to the trucking companies to get justice for themselves, as well as help ensure someone else doesn’t suffer the same fate.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, give us a call today at Stewart & Stewart for a free consultation. We’ll hold the trucking company responsible for your injuries accountable by fighting to get you maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Don’t wait to get legal help. Call us today.

31
Aug

Why You Were Denied Social Security Disability

August 31, 2016

No one likes to be rejected. Whether in a sports tryout or by a love interest, getting rejected hurts the pride and bruises the ego. And some rejections hurt more than others. For disabled Americans, a rejection notice from the Social Security Administration (SSA) hurts more than the ego; it can put their families’ financial futures in jeopardy.

It’s a fact that more than two-thirds of all Social Security Disability applications are initially rejected. That’s thousands of Americans every year denied the financial benefits they so desperately need. Why are they rejected? There could be thousands of reasons, but one of the most common is the applicant failed to meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. To secure disability benefits, you must prove that due to your disability, you are unable to do any type of work, not just the work you did before your injury. Proving that degree of disability on your own can be extremely difficult, which is why securing an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to represent you is so important.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. Our experienced Indiana Social Security Disability attorneys have helped people from across the state win benefits in their appeal, and we’re ready to help you as well. Your benefits are too important to your family’s future to try and go it alone, so contact us today.