Archive for July, 2013

31
Jul

Lawmakers Aim to Expedite Social Security Disability Benefits for Terminally Ill

July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

People with terminal illnesses can apply for Social Security Disability Benefits, but there is a possibility their claim may become backlogged while awaiting a decision. In some cases, claimants die before resolutions are reached.

This conundrum has forced a group of lawmakers to create a bill that expedites benefit payments to those who are deemed terminally ill. According to a story published by the Casper Star-Tribune, an individual must be diagnosed with their condition by two different doctors in the same field who work for different practices to qualify for the expedited benefits.

Once this documentation is submitted, the individual will begin receiving partial payments immediately. The first payment the claimant receives will be 50 percent of their full benefits. During the second month of payments, the individual will receive 75 percent of their full payments before beginning to receive all benefits at month three.

The Social Security Administration will also be required to track all payments and report how many recipients survived past the six and 12-month marks of receiving benefits.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to simplify the Social Security Disability application process and are hopeful the new law is effective in getting those who are most in need the care and compensation they deserve.

24
Jul

Indiana Auto Accident Claims Two Lives and Leaves Five Others Injured

July 24, 2013

July 24, 2013

An Indiana Auto Accident this weekend was responsible for claiming the lives of two motorists and leaving five others seriously injured. Records show the crash happened at approximately 11:15 a.m. on July 21, near the intersection of U.S. 35 and County Road 675 East in Henry County.

An article released by RTV 6 News explained how a Chevrolet Equinox was traveling along U.S. 35 just west of Blountsville when it hydroplaned due to heavy rain in the area, causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle veered across the median and into the path of a Kia Spectra carrying two passengers.

The two vehicles collided and the impact of the crash caused the two occupants in the Kia to suffer fatal injuries. The driver and passengers in the Equinox each suffered injuries as well and were rushed to a local trauma center for further examination and treatment.

The Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate what contributing factors may have played a part in the crash.

The incident highlights the importance of slowing down in inclement weather and ensuring vehicle equipment is properly maintained to perform in bad weather.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to send their thoughts to each of those who were injured and the families of those killed in this tragic accident.

17
Jul

Indiana Truck Accident Leaves Two People Critically Injured

July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

A 48-year-old truck driver from Indianapolis is facing charges in connection with an Indiana Truck Accident that left two people critically injured. Reports indicate the crash happened Sunday evening at the corner of Indiana 37 and West Vernal Pike in Bloomington, Indiana.

According to an article released by the Herald Times Online, the truck driver was operating a 2011 Peterbilt 382 tractor-trailer southbound along Ind. 37 when she was unable to stop for a red light at the intersection with West Vernal. The truck skid toward the intersection and slammed into the rear of a 2001 Toyota Camry sedan.

The impact forced the vehicles to strike a 2007 Cadillac Escalade before coming to a halt.

The 45-year-old female driving the Camry was rushed to a local hospital along with the 14-year-old passenger in the vehicle.

The driver allegedly responsible for the crash stated to officers she was not feeling well and had no recollection of the crash. Officers conducted testing to determine if alcohol or drugs were potential factors, but results showed they were not.

The driver has since been charged with disregard for an automatic signal, following too closely, and driving too fast to avoid a collision.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help anyone who has been harmed due to the negligence of a truck driver.

10
Jul

FDA Recalls Compounded Medications Due to Potential Contamination

July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it is partnering with the Main Street Family Pharmacy to conduct a nationwide voluntary recall of all of the company’s sterile compounded products. The recall is being initiated due to contaminants found in some of the company’s medications.

A press release from the agency explained that they had received seven reports of patients developing skin abscesses after receiving injections of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate. Further testing of the abscesses determined that at least one of the lesions was caused by a fungal infection.

The case is similar to the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak that occurred earlier this year after patients were given a steroid injection that had been contaminated with a leaf fungus. In all, 32 people were killed and hundreds of others were sickened from the outbreak.

The FDA has issued a warning that anyone in possession of the affected medications should halt use of the products immediately. The drugs should then be disposed of properly. Anyone who received an injection that may have been affected has been instructed to discuss their concerns with their treating physician.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize how dangerous the use of recalled medications can be. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who has been harmed by a drug or defective medical device.

3
Jul

Indianapolis Officials Offer Safety Tips to Prevent Injuries Caused by Fireworks

July 03, 2013

July 3, 2013

With Independence Day just around the corner, many Americans are preparing for the holiday by stocking up on fireworks. However, these devices too often result in innocent victims suffering serious Fire and Burn Injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that as many as 200 people per day suffer such injuries in the two weeks prior to and following the Fourth of July holiday.

To help prevent these accidents from occurring, Indianapolis fire officials are offering several safety tips to follow when using fireworks. According to an article from The Indy Channel, Courtney Gordon, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Fire Department stated that each year, a large number of children under the age of 14 years old are injured while playing with fireworks.

For this reason, Gordon stated that children should never be allowed to use or ignite fireworks. Furthermore, fireworks should never be ignited within 50 feet of people or buildings. Also, a hose or bucket of water should be readily available to help extinguish discharged fireworks.

Gordon added that individuals should never attempt to pick up fireworks that fail to ignite.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious risks posed by handling fireworks. That is why the firm is hopeful these tips will help citizens enjoy a fun and safe holiday tomorrow!