Archive for December, 2011

28
Dec

Black Ice Presents Serious Danger To Indiana Motorists

December 28, 2011

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.
    21
    Dec

    Indiana Man Wins Lengthy Dispute With Medicaid

    December 21, 2011

    December 21, 2011

    A 38-year-old Pike County, Indiana, man who was paralyzed form the chest down in a car accident earlier this year won a long and tedious battle against Medicaid this week. According to Tristate 25 News, Medicaid will now assist with getting the man moved to a hospital facility where he can better recover from his injuries.

    It all started in August, when the man fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his vehicle. The accident severed the man’s spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. Since then, he has been receiving treatment at Deaconess Hospital. The man now faces a problem–the facility can no longer offer him any rehabilitation, as they do not specialize in spinal cord injuries.

    The other problem standing in the man’s way was that Medicaid, refused to pay for a transfer to an out of state specialist. After lengthy debate, both sides agreed to a compromise and Medicaid said they would pay for a transfer to a rehabilitation facility in Centerville, Indiana.

    The story points out the growing number of Medicaid claim denials that are being handed down to those truly in need because of funding cuts.

    The Indiana Insurance Dispute Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers have decades of experience handling cases just like these for victims when insurance companies don’t want to pay victims what they need and deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case if your insurance provider has denied a legitimate claim you have made for no good reason.

    14
    Dec

    Massive Drug Shortages Plague Indiana Hospitals

    December 14, 2011

    December 14, 2011

    As officials and lawmakers with the federal government work to create legislature that could help end drug shortages in hospitals across the country, facilities in Indiana are struggling to meet patient and monetary demands the shortages are creating. In an investigative article by WISHTV 8 News, it was said that Hoosier hospitals may be completely out of some drugs, like the pain-killer morphine in 5 mg dosages, and severely limited with other drugs like cancer treatments and vitamin infusions for patients fed intravenously.

    Columbus Regional Hospital Pharmacy Team Leader Matt Hote says he is having a hard time getting a drug called epinephrine. It can be life-saving for a person whose heart has stopped–one dose can be enough to get the heart pumping again. Hote stated though that if the drug is not a contracted order, it can cost him anywhere from 10 to 20 times higher than the retail price.

    So what is being done to fix the problem? The FDA is creating rules that will require drug manufacturers to give a six-month warning before stopping production of a drug. Congress is also working to make price gouging on drugs illegal.

    The Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart know the dangers that these drug shortages can put a patient in. If you have been injured or lost someone you love because a hospital did not have the drugs needed, contact us today for a free initial consultation of your case.

    7
    Dec

    Poor Emergency Planning at Fairground Stage Collapse

    December 07, 2011

    December 7, 2011

    New information has come to light regarding emergency crew responses to the Indiana State Fairground stage collapse that occurred this summer. According to Channel 13 News, dispatch audiotapes show there was no clear plan to help the wounded get medical attention.

    The first problem the tapes revealed was that three ambulance crews were away from their vehicles when the first calls came in for help. Then, ambulance units carrying critically injured patients couldn’t exit the fairgrounds due to the heavy traffic created by the catastrophe. Some ambulances were even stuck in the mud on the south side of the stage, unable to move.

    Paramedics in emergency situations have patient codes of green, yellow, and red for varying degrees of injury severity (green being minor and red being critical). Command transportation demanded that green and yellow patients wait until all red patients had first been transported. However, these codes weren’t followed and less-critical patients were taken to the hospital before those most in need of medical attention.

    The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart understand that the law requires event promoters to provide concert-goers with a safe environment. If you have been hurt because of another person’s negligence, contact us today to discuss your case.