Archive for October, 2013

30
Oct

Tire Blowout Causes Fatal Indiana Truck Accident

October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

Trucking companies and their drivers are required to adhere to certain standards of vehicle maintenance to ensure vehicles are safe. The Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain one of these standards requires tires to be properly maintained and changed in order to prevent blowouts on the highway.

A tire failure was responsible for a recent collision in Hendricks County that claimed the lives of two elderly victims. According to an article published by The Indianapolis Star, the wreck happened at around 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 22, near the intersection of U.S. 36 and County Road 200 East.

Reports indicate the dump truck was traveling along the highway when a tire on the vehicle suddenly lost pressure, causing the driver of the truck to lose control. The vehicle then careened into the path of a vehicle that was preparing to turn left and the two collided. The impact of the crash claimed the lives of both occupants of the vehicle that was struck.

Law enforcement officials have stated that charges are pending the outcome of a full investigation into the incident.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to another motorist’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victims of this latest tragic accident.

23
Oct

Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers Discuss Common Medical Errors

October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

Each year, numerous medical errors are reported in Indiana. In fact, the Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point to data that shows more than 100 such errors were reported last year alone.

According to the Indiana Medical Error Reporting System’s annual final report, almost 90 percent of the medical mistakes occurred in hospitals, while the others occurred in facilities such as nursing homes. For the sixth time in seven years, allowing the development of stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers was the most common mistake made by medical staff. These injuries accounted for 30 percent of the reported incidents.

The second most common error to be made was leaving objects inside patients’ bodies following procedures, accounting for 19 of the reported mistakes.

Another 15 incidents of wrong-site surgeries were reported, along with 14 cases of preventable falls.

Five cases of the wrong surgery being performed were reported, along with seven incidents of patients being harmed as the result of being given the wrong medications.

Experts contend that better communication amongst medical staff and caregivers is the best way to prevent such errors from occurring.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of how serious injuries resulting from such medical errors can be. That is why the firm points to the importance of discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you have been harmed while under the care of a medical professional.

16
Oct

Employee Seriously Injured in Work-Related Accident at Indianapolis Self-Storage Facility

October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013

Each year, thousands of workers in Indiana are seriously injured or killed due to workplace accidents. The Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that a large portion of those accidents are caused by contact with objects at a worksite or slips and falls.

One recent accident involved both contributing factors at a self-storage facility in Indianapolis left one man seriously injured. An article from Inside Self-Storage stated the incident occurred last month at a facility on Rockville Road in Wayne Township.

Reports indicate the victim was unloading a pallet of goods from the trailer of an 18-wheeler using a pallet jack. When the worker lifted the pallet from the bed of the trailer though, the load shifted. This caused the worker to fall from the rear of the trailer with his leg caught beneath the pallet, leaving him trapped and hanging upside down.

Rescue crews were called to the scene and were able to free the man before transporting him to a local trauma center for treatment for injuries sustained in the accident.

The law firm’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how difficult overcoming such work-related injuries can be and encourage anyone who has been hurt while on-the-job to discuss their legal rights with a reputable attorney immediately.

9
Oct

Indiana Principal Claims He Was Wrongfully Terminated Based on Race and Sex

October 09, 2013

October 9, 2013

Every citizen in Indiana is protected from discrimination in the workplace based on sex, race, gender, and sexual orientation through Tile VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Indiana Civil Rights Law. The Indiana Wrongful Termination Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that any failure to uphold these laws could result in civil litigation against the responsible parties.

According to an article from the Greensburg Daily News, one such case will be allowed to move forward. A former principal of Gary Middle College in Gary, Indiana, alleges he was terminated from his position because of his race and sex.

Court documents show that the plaintiff was hired for the position in March 2012. On Jan. 25, 2013, he received a termination letter stating he was being relieved of his duties due to behavioral and work performance issues.

Court documents showed the plaintiff had never been the subject of any prior disciplinary action and female Caucasian employees had been treated differently when similar disciplinary issues arose. The findings show there has been a violation of the law and that action in the matter is pursuable.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how devastating a wrongful termination can be to an individual’s personal and professional life. The firm is here to help anyone who believes they were discriminated against in the workplace.

2
Oct

Fatal Indiana Workplace Accident Caused by Collapsing Equipment

October 02, 2013

October 2, 2013

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in the United States is contact with objects or equipment on a job site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that these incidents caused 16 percent of all on-the-job deaths last year.

Last week, a 25-year-old man was killed when a piece of equipment he was operating collapsed on top of him. An article from The Indianapolis Star stated the incident occurred at approximately 11a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at a facility on Rawles Avenue in Indianapolis.

Reports indicate the worker was operating a crane in order to move a generator at the facility; however, when he used the machine to lift the equipment, it was too heavy. This caused the crane to fold and come crashing down on top of the worker. Rescue crews were called to the scene, but there was little they could do to assist the victim. He died a short time later.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to a work related accident can be. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the man who died.