Archive for November, 2013

27
Nov

Indianapolis Recycling Center Employee Killed in Fatal Workplace Accident

November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013

Employees face the risk of being injured in on-the-job accidents every day they go to work. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the most common types of accidents is coming into contact with objects or equipment at job sites. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that these accidents were responsible for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year.

Recently, a 30-year-old worker lost his life as the result of being struck by a forklift at a local recycling center. An article published by The Indy Star stated the incident occurred just after 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Reports indicate the victim was operating the forklift to move a screen used in the recycling of electronics. While moving the screen, the worker exited the forklift and attempted to move the screen by hand. However, when he did this, the piece of equipment began to move and pinned the worker between the machine and a guardrail.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital, but died shortly after arrival.

Stewart & Stewart’s Indiana Personal injury Lawyers recognize how difficult losing a loved one to a work-related accident can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their condolences to the family of the victim.

20
Nov

Indiana Steel Mill Accident Claims a Life and Leaves Two Others Injured

November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Employees in the steel industry risk injury and death every time they go to work. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that one of the most common causes of such accidents is a worker coming into contact with objects or equipment at the work site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year were the result of contact with objects on worksites.

Recently, a worker was killed and two others were injured last week in an accident at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor West Steel Mill in East Chicago, Indiana. According to a story from the Northwest Indiana Times, the incident happened on the morning of Nov. 13 at the facility’s No. 3 production shop.

The workers were performing their job duties when a shield plate from the basic oxygen furnace fell on top of them.

A 39-year-old man was killed in the accident, and two others were swiftly transported to a local hospital, where they remain in stable condition.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys have a team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers who recognize the emotional and financial trauma caused by work-related accidents. That is why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the man who died. They also wish the two workers who were injured a full and speedy recovery from their injuries.

13
Nov

New Electronic Method of Tracking Truck Driver Hours Could Help Reduce Accidents

November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

In July 2012, the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to recognize four stopped vehicles along U.S. Highway 30 in Indiana. As a result, the trucker plowed into the vehicles, killing a four-year-old girl and leaving five other motorists injured. Investigators later determined the driver’s lack of rest was likely a contributing factor to the crash.

The Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that accidents like this have prompted the federal government to tighten the regulations regarding how many hours truck drivers can operate without rest. Experts say that while more regulations may help, a new and innovative way to track time spent on the road may prove to be more effective

According to an article from the Indiana News Center, truck drivers are required to maintain logbooks of their hours of operation. In the past, truck drivers have manually filled out logbooks, there has always been a margin for error and erroneous reporting. Now though, the hours a truck is driving can be automatically collected from computers installed in the truck itself and accessed via computer.

Experts say the new method of tracking driving time is more accurate and prompts drivers to reconsider if they are getting back to work too early.

Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful more technological advancements are developed in the future to help reduce semi truck accidents.

6
Nov

Study Shows Injuries Associated With da Vinci Surgical Robot Are Underreported

November 06, 2013

November 6, 2013

The da Vinci Surgical Robot is one of the most innovative new pieces of technology to be introduced within the surgical industry. The Indiana Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain the device allows doctors to perform procedures with far less invasive techniques than ever before. However, there have been reports of problems associated with the device and some say injuries are going unreported.

A story published in an issue of DailyTech states that one recent study combed through 12 years of patient files associated with individuals who had undergone procedures using the Da Vinci Surgical System. The team discovered there were a total of 245 incidents of injury reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during that time, with 71 of those errors resulting in patient deaths.

The team was also able to conclude that a number of injuries and mistakes involving the robot went unreported. Eight cases involved errors being made when reporting a patient injury and another five cases where an injury report was never submitted to the FDA.

This discovery has many experts calling for a more standardized reporting process to be adopted by the FDA.

Stewart & Stewart and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of holding medical device manufacturers accountable for patient safety. That is why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if a defective medical product has harmed you.