Archive for February, 2013

27
Feb

Indiana Records Highest Number of Teen Motorist Fatalities Last Year

February 27, 2013

Feb. 27, 2013

A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration released information detailing some disturbing trends in Indiana Car Accidents across the state.

According to an article from WANE News, the state was ranked among the top in the nation when it came to teen fatalities caused by motor vehicle collisions. More worrisome, though, was the dramatic increase in the number of fatalities among 16 and 17-year-old teens last year.

A total of 16 deaths were attributed to teens involved in Indiana car accidents. This was approximately five more deaths than the previous year. Data also showed a 19 percent increase in traffic fatalities among Indiana teens within the first six months of 2012. A total of 240 teen driver deaths were recorded last year in the United States.

The report says that traffic laws and educational programs were contributing factors in lowering the number of motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, economic conditions also play a vital role in the number of fatal accidents recorded across the nation.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys know how devastating the loss of life due to car accidents can be. That’s why the firm hopes these figures can be used to create a strategic plan aimed at reducing the number of teen drivers who die statewide each year.

20
Feb

Several Events Planned in Indiana to Discuss Workplace Safety

February 20, 2013

Feb. 20, 2013

With Indiana reporting thousands of workers injured on the job each year, officials in the state are seriously focusing on improving workplace safety and the Indiana workers’ compensation system. An article from North West Indiana Business News reports one way officials are spreading the word was holding the 3rd Annual Beyond Safety conference at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza earlier this week.

During the conference several speakers offered messages about the need for safety innovation to trickle down from top executives. A representative from Cintas gave a speech discussing the successful efforts taken by his company to promote the reduction of workplace injuries and claims for workers’ compensation.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is also hosting the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Conference beginning on February 28th in downtown Indianapolis. Some of the issues slated for discussion are the rise in workers’ compensation costs, how to use wellness programs to reduce expenses associated with workers’ compensation, and how to manage losses. The program will be held all week at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers are hopeful these events will create a healthy dialogue on how to better serve those who have been injured through no fault of their own in work-related accidents.

13
Feb

Indiana State Department of Health Issues Annual Report on Medical Errors

February 13, 2013

Feb. 13, 2013

A recent report from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) concluded that surgeries on the wrong body parts were one of the most common medical errors in the state during 2011.

Data showed a total of 100 medical errors reported in 2011 from 291 medical facilities across Indiana. Those incidents were broken down into 94 errors that occurred in hospitals, while the remaining six adverse events occurred at ambulatory surgery centers. While serious bedsores were the most common ailment reported, surgery on the wrong body part was a close second, followed by retention of a foreign object in the body after surgery.

A total of twelve patients died as the result of the 28 serious reportable events that occurred over the yearlong period. Experts were quick to point out that such adverse events are rarely caused by the actions of a single individual, but are often the result of failed systems and processes that doctors and medical staff follow.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers say that a doctor and his staff has a responsibility to protect a patient from harm caused by negligence and failure to do so could result in a patient filing an Indiana Medical Malpractice claim.

The firm urges anyone who has been harmed while under the care of a physician to discuss your legal rights with an attorney immediately.

6
Feb

FDA Issues Recall on Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Tablets

February 06, 2013

Feb. 6, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a voluntary recall affecting three lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (Lots 3037841, 3040859 and 3042573). According to a press release, the recall is being conducted due to a miscalculation of the amount of active ingredient each tablet may contain.

The drugs were manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and were then repackaged and distributed by Mylan Institutional. Testing of the drugs determined that some tablets in the affected lots were above the standard weight limit that was established for the product, meaning the medications may contain more active ingredient than they are supposed to.

Ingesting too much of either of the medications could result in a potential Drug Injury, such as acute liver toxicity or failure, potentially leading to death if left untreated. Those suffering from liver dysfunction, consuming more than three alcoholic beverages per day, or taking other medications containing acetaminophen have the highest risk of injury.

The FDA has stated that anyone in possession of the affected product should halt use of the medications immediately.

The Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys with the law firm of Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers recognize how dangerous taking a medication that has been recalled can be, and they encourage anyone who has been harmed by such a product to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.