Archive for October, 2012

31
Oct

Settlements Reached in Fatal Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident

October 31, 2012

Oct. 31, 2012

A settlement were reached this past Wednesday between the City of Indianapolis and two victims of an Indianapolis motorcycle accident caused by a Metro police officer who was under the influence of alcohol while on the job. Indy Star reports another settlement was reached between the city and the family of a third victim this past June.

The settlements stem from an Aug. 2010 accident on the city’s northeast side in which an intoxicated officer hit a group of motorcyclists. Two victims suffered serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, and another rider was killed. The injured pair filed the lawsuit in an effort to be compensated for physical injuries, medical expenses, attorney fees, lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and property damage.

One of the victims received $1.35 million in the settlement, while the other will get $975,000. This makes the most recent settlement the second largest accident settlement in the city’s history, next to the $1.55 million awarded to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in the incident. The man responsible for causing the accident still faces numerous criminal charges in connection with the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how complex and confusing filing an accident injury claim can be. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights after a crash.

24
Oct

Indianapolis Auto Accident Seriously Injures Three

October 24, 2012

Oct. 24, 2012

Three people were seriously injured as the result of a three-car collision earlier this week in Indianapolis. According to WISHTV 8 News, the accident occurred Tuesday morning on the westbound lanes of Crawfordsville Road.

An initial police investigation determined that a Ford Taurus sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed along the road when the driver suddenly lost control of the car. The Taurus struck two other vehicles before coming to a stop along the shoulder of the road.

The impact of the Indianapolis Auto Accident caused one driver to become trapped in the wreckage of his vehicle. Rescue crews were able to extricate the unconscious man and rushed him to a local hospital after determining he had sustained critical injuries.

Another passenger inside the vehicle was also taken to the hospital and remains there in stable condition. A female passenger in another vehicle involved in the crash was also taken to a local medical facility for treatment.

Investigators say they are still looking into what contributing factors may have led to the collision.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart understand the frustration that comes with battling an insurance claim after a serious auto accident, and our legal staff is here to answer any questions you may have about your claim.

17
Oct

Indianapolis Man Seriously Injured in Construction Accident

October 17, 2012

Oct. 17, 2012

A 50-year-old man from Indianapolis sustained serious injuries as the result of an accident last week. The Indianapolis Star reports the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of West 16th Street and North Senate Avenue on the campus of the Indiana University School of Medicine downtown.

The man was a part of a work crew from Wittenburg Construction hired to excavate an area around the neuroscience building. The victim was roughly 20 feet below the grounds surface when a falling object from the building suddenly struck him. Rescue crews rushed the injured man to a local hospital to receive treatment for head and neck injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently called the construction industry the fourth most dangerous line of work in the United States. Their numbers showed the industry was responsible for the deaths of 721 workers last year alone, while 8.9 workers per 100,000 reported serious injuries. Contact with objects and equipment accounted for roughly 15 percent of the accidents in the construction industry that same year.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart understand the dangers construction workers face each day and would encourage anyone who has been injured on a construction site at no fault of their own to evaluate their Indianapolis workers’ compensation options with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

10
Oct

Ex-Employees of Indianapolis Hotel Awarded $355,000 for Wrongful Terminations

October 10, 2012

Oct. 10, 2012

The companies that operate an Indianapolis hotel have agreed to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging race discrimination. According to an article from the Palladium-Item, the $355,000 award will be divided amongst 75 former employees and applicants.

The Indianapolis Wrongful Termination lawsuit alleged that African-American employees of a Hampton Inn operated by Noble Management, LLC and New Indianapolis Hotels, LLC were held to different standards than Hispanic employees in the same position.

The companies were also accused of retaliating against African-American employees who complained about work conditions, with many reporting being fired after whistle blowing. The settlement was announced Friday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The announcement went on to claim the companies often failed to consider African-Americans for positions which were given to less qualified Hispanic applicants.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 both prohibit discrimination of an employee or potential employee on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation.

If you believe an employer has violated these rights, the Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers say the most important step you can take is to document as much about your situation as possible. Save documentation about your termination from the company and information about significant employment events, such as performance reviews, salary changes, reprimands, commendations, and references

This information is helpful when building a case against a former employer.

3
Oct

Elderly Indianapolis Woman Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

October 03, 2012

Oct. 3, 2012

An 82-year-old Indianapolis woman was seriously injured as the result of a recent motor vehicle accident. According to an article from The Indianapolis Star, the crash happened on Sept. 20 around 4 p.m. at the corner of North Shadeland Avenue and East 16th Street.

Reports indicate the elderly victim was driving a Mercury Milan sedan northbound along Shadeland Avenue. As she approached the intersection to turn left, a southbound tow truck driven by a 50-year-old Indianapolis man struck the victim’s vehicle.

The driver of the Mercury had to be cut free from the wreckage before being transported to a hospital for treatment. She remains in critical condition following the Indianapolis Auto Accident. A passenger from the tow truck was also taken to a hospital to be examined after complaining of back pain.

While the truck driver maintained he had a green light and the woman turned in front of him, witnesses contradicted his story by saying he was the one who ran the red traffic signal.
Officers with the Indianapolis Police Department said they are investigating what contributing factors may have led to the accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers understand how difficult the days following an accident can be for the victim and would like to wish the woman who was injured a full and speedy recovery!