Archive for March, 2013


Indianapolis Worker Suffers Fire Injuries When Blaze Erupts

March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013

The most common type of Indiana Fire and Burn Injury reported is smoke inhalation. These injuries occur when an individual breathes in too much of the gases released by a fire and cannot receive enough oxygen. While such an injury normally leads to irritated air passageways, serious cases can be deadly.

Recently, smoke inhalation was responsible for leaving an employee of an Indianapolis, Indiana, retail store injured. A story from ABC 6 News explains the incident occurred at the H.H. Gregg warehouse, located on East 96th Street, just after midnight on Sunday.

The employee said he noticed smoke and flames coming from a portion of the warehouse used as storage for clothes dryers and mattresses. Upon further inspection, the worker discovered a fire had erupted and attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. During this time, the heavy smoke in the building overcame the employee.

The worker was pulled to safety by rescue crews and transported to a local hospital in order to receive treatment.

Firefighters worked for roughly an hour to put the blaze down.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers associated with fire. That is why the firm encourages anyone who has been hurt in a fire to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.


New Regulation Aims to Reduce Indiana Auto Accidents Involving Bicycles

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

Several cities in Indiana have authorized ordinances requiring a certain amount of space to be maintained between a vehicle and a bicycle while passing. The regulations are being passed in an effort to improve safety and reduce the number of Indiana Auto Accidents involving bicycles.

South Bend is the latest city to adopt such a measure. According to a recent article published by the South Bend Tribune, it is now illegal for a motorist to pass a bicycle with less than three feet of space between the two. Violations are punishable by a $15 fine.

The new law was passed on Monday by a unanimous from the South Bend Common Council, making it the third city in the state to adopt such a measure. The only other two municipalities with such laws are Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. No state law of a similar nature exists, despite Indiana’s driver’s manual recommending three feet of space be given when passing a cyclist.

A spokesperson for the Bike Michiana Coalition, a sponsor of the bill, stated the ordinance will not only promote safety, but also a mutual respect and sharing of roadways between motorists and cyclists.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of sharing the road and are hopeful the new rule will reduce the number of accidents along the state’s highways.


Indianapolis Truck Accident Leaves Two People Seriously Injured

March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013

Two people were seriously injured as the result of an Indianapolis Truck Accident earlier this week. A report from WBIW News stated the crash occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday night along I-465, near the East Street exit.

The Indiana State Police Department indicated the tractor-trailer combination carrying two passengers was traveling westbound when a minivan suddenly attempted to change lanes and collided with the big rig. The impact of the crash forced the large truck off of the road, where it then rolled. The truck skid across the shoulder of the road until it plunged into a body of water along the highway. It then began to sink into the icy water.

Rescue crews were called to the scene, where divers worked to free two victims trapped inside the cab of the mangled truck. Both individuals were eventually pulled to safety and taken to a local hospital for further examination and treatment.

Investigators are continuing to examine what contributing factors may have played a role in causing the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out the transportation industry is one of the most dangerous lines of work a person can be in today. That’s why the firm is here to help you if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job.


Woman Files Indiana Wrongful Termination Suit after Missing Work for Military Service

March 06, 2013

March 6, 2013

A 25-year-old woman filed an Indiana Wrongful Termination lawsuit against her former employer for being let go after missing work after she reported for duty with the Indiana National Guard.

A story from ABC 57 News explains the woman was asked to work at a Great Clips hair salon on Feb. 23 and 24. The woman told her manager that she was supposed to train with the National Guard on those days, but the manager told her it was the employee’s responsibility to find coverage for their shifts. The woman attempted to find someone to work the hours, but was unable to find a replacement. She instead reported for duty as ordered.

When the woman returned to work at the hair salon the following Monday, she was fired by the district manager for missing her shifts.

In 1994, the United States implemented U.S. Code Title 38, which states an employer must work with and accommodate active-duty service military members’ obligations and schedules.

Since the incident, the company has offered the woman her job back; however, she declined the position, citing the damage that has already been done to their professional relationship.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of ensuring the job security of military service members. The firm hopes a decision in the case will bring closure on the incident to the woman who was wrongfully fired.