Archive for December, 2012

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Dec

NTSB Recommends All States Adopt Ignition Interlock Laws

December 19, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all 50 states adopt laws requiring motorists convicted of drunk driving, even first-time offenders, to have an ignition interlock system installed on vehicles they are driving. FOX 59 News reported that the Indiana State Legislature would likely support such policies.

An ignition interlock device is a piece of electronic equipment tied into the wiring that starts a vehicle’s engine, requiring a motorist to have their breath checked for alcohol before the vehicle will start. Laws requiring the devices have already been implemented in 17 states, and they have reportedly been successful in reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road.

Experts say interlock devices can potentially save as many as 7,000 lives per year, including those involved in Indianapolis Auto Accidents. Every week, 11 people die and nine more are seriously injured due to drunken driving accidents. These numbers were determined by an NTSB study examining data collected from more than 1,500 crashes over a five-year period. Roughly 70 percent of those accidents involved drivers with blood alcohol limits above legal levels.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys support measures that aim to successfully reduce the number of individuals who are injured or killed in Indiana drunk driving accidents.

12
Dec

FDA and Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Recall Atorvastatin

December 12, 2012

Dec. 12, 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recently issued a voluntary recall on the drug, Atorvastatin, due to a potential health risk. According to an FDA press release, contamination within the packaging of the drug could lead to serious side effects.

On Nov. 9, the company announced that certain lots of 10mg, 20mg, and 40 mg doses of Atorvastatin in 90 and 500-count bottles may contain glass particles the size of a grain of sand.

The drug is used to lower cholesterol levels. While no adverse events have been reported, anyone that has experienced an Indianapolis Drug Injury is urged to contact the FDA immediately. While officials have stated the risk of injury from the contamination is extremely low, any adverse events should pass quickly and harmlessly.

Anyone in possession of medication from the affected lots is being instructed to continue taking the medication as prescribed until a doctor or pharmacist can be reached to arrange for a replacement of the contaminated drugs. There is no shortage of the drug at this time.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that taking any medication can come with serious risks and the firm’s team of attorneys is here to help you if you have been harmed by a medication prescribed to you by a doctor.

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Dec

Indiana Worker Killed in Slip and Fall Accident

December 05, 2012

Dec. 5, 2012

A 49-year-old contract worker from Hebron, Indiana, was killed earlier this week in a work-related accident. The Post-Tribune indicated the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, Indiana.

Reports show that the man was part of a crew conducting scaffolding maintenance at the plant when, for an unknown reason, the worker slipped and fell. The victim plummeted to the ground sustaining injuries from blunt force trauma.

Rescue crews arrived at the scene and transported the worker to a local hospital, but he died a short time after arrival.

Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) was on the scene just hours after the incident to begin an investigation into the cause of the accident and whether or not it could have been prevented. Conclusions from the investigation are expected to be released in two to six months.

If the company is found to be at fault for the accident, the family of the victim may be entitled to Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation benefits, which may help cover medical, funeral, and other accident related expenses.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Attorneys understand the dangers workers in the construction industry face every day and would like to send their deepest thoughts and sympathies to the friends, family, and co-workers of the victim.