Archive for December, 2013

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Dec

Worker Seriously Injured by Contact With Object on Indiana Construction Site

December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013

There are numerous hazards employees in all industries face each day they go to work. However, one of the greatest risks they face is coming into contact with objects or equipment at on job sites. The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that such accidents were responsible for roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities last year.

Recently, a 48-year-old Indiana Department of Transportation employee was killed after coming into contact with an object on a job site. According to an article from the Evansville Courier & Press, the incident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the westbound lanes of Indiana 62, just west of Boehne Camp Road in Evansville.

Reports indicate the victim was part of a crew completing an improvement project along the highway. As he performed his job duties, a truck was dumping a load of rock. But one of the stones rolled into the oncoming lane of traffic, where it was hit by a grain truck and thrown into the leg of the victim.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the dangers workers face on the job and are hopeful the injured worker is able to make a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

11
Dec

Disabled Veterans in Indiana Struggling to Get the Benefits They Deserve

December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Each day, a growing number of soldiers return from service with injuries that leave them unable to work. The Indianapolis Veterans Disability Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that while assistance is available to these individuals through veterans disability benefits, the process of being approved for such compensation can be complex. In some cases, soldiers are dying before they are able to get the help they need and deserve.

An article from WISHTV 8 News told the story of a Vietnam veteran who served as a combat drill sergeant for more than two decades in the U. S. Army. During his time overseas, he was exposed to Agent Orange. As a result, he suffered numerous health problems, including several strokes and lung cancer.

The veteran was denied benefits each time he applied for numerous years, but was finally awarded a 100 percent disability rating accompanied by back pay on benefits. However, the decision came too late and the soldier died the day his approval letter arrived.

The incident highlights the difficulties many soldiers face in the process of applying for veterans disability benefits. That’s why the team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys urge veterans considering applying for such benefits to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney to ensure their rights to compensation are protected.

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Dec

Indiana Motorcycle Accident Claims the Life of 38-Year-Old Man

December 04, 2013

December 4, 2013

A study called The Hurt Report determined that one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents involving cars or trucks was vehicle drivers’ failure to recognize or yield  to oncoming motorcycles. The Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explained that such a collision was responsible for claiming the life of a 38-year-old motorcyclist earlier this week.

According to an article published by the Indy Star, the crash happened at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the intersection of 126th Street and Reynolds Drive in the town of Fishers, Indiana.

Reports indicate the victim was operating a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle along the eastbound lanes of 126th Street. As he began to approach and pass through the crossing with Reynolds Drive though, a westbound 2001 Chrysler being driven by a 17-year-old driver attempted to turn left onto Reynolds in front of the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist did not have time to avoid the vehicle and crashed. The impact of the collision left the victim with serious injuries that later claimed his life. Police are still working to determine if the motorcyclist struck the vehicle or crashed in an attempt to avoid a collision.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult losing a loved one to an accident caused by another person’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victim.