Archive for March, 2014

26
Mar

Federal Officials Asked to Reconsider Approval of New Prescription Painkiller

March 26, 2014

Prescription painkillers can be extremely useful in helping patients overcome pain caused by injuries, health conditions, and some medical treatments, but they also present a serious risk of harm. In fact, prescription painkillers are the leading cause of drug injuries and deaths in the United States. These risks were the reason behind a recent Pain Patch Recall.

Despite the dangers associated with the prescription painkillers already on the market, officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are considering the approval of a new drug that is 10 times stronger than existing painkillers. The decision to move forward with the release of the drug has prompted Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, to call on federal officials to reconsider the move.

According to FOX 59 News, concerns over potential abuse has driven Zoeller and at least five of his colleagues to ask Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, to overturn the FDA’s 11-2 vote to approve the drug, known as Zohydro.

Zoeller also launched a campaign aimed at raising Indiana citizen’s awareness about the problem of prescription drug abuse.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers prescription painkillers can pose. That is why the firm applauds efforts to regulate this potentially dangerous drug.

19
Mar

Rev Indy Event Aims to Improve Health Services in Indianapolis

March 19, 2014

Indianapolis is synonymous with racing, considering the Indy 500 is one of the premiere racing events in the world. So, the Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain it comes as no surprise that a new charitable event is taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rev Indy will go down on Friday, May 9, and will feature a plethora of music, food, and racing inspired events. IndyCar Series Champion, Scott Dixon, and Chip Ganassi will co-chair the event, which will feature food from top local and nationally renowned chefs, such as Vic Vegas.

Later in the evening, singer-songwriter, John McLaughlin, will be on hand to perform a private event for VIPs before taking to the main stage. His set will be followed by performances from  Endless Summer and DJ Lockstar featuring London Rose.

The Methodist Health Foundation and Indiana University Health are sponsoring the event. The goal is to raise funds for IU Health Statewide Trauma programs, including medical services for drivers and patients at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway IU Medical Center.

Tickets can be purchased at a cost of between $200-$300, with corporate sponsorship options available as well.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys takes great pride in giving back to the community we serve, and we encourage our neighbors to attend this upcoming event!

12
Mar

Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Events

March 12, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching next Monday and the Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to tell you about a few of the events that will be taking place in the holiday’s honor.

  • Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal– Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, the waters in Indianapolis will flow green.
  • 2014 Shamrock Beer 5K Run/WalkThe race is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis. Racers will not only receive a free shirt and pint glass, but also several samplings of beer throughout the event. Participants will also get the good feeling of knowing all proceeds that were raised will go to benefit Backpacks of Hope.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade- This will be the 34th year the parade has taken place and it is expected to be bigger and better than ever before! Floats and groups will begin making their way along the parade route at 11:30 a.m. A block party will follow until 3 p.m. along Vermont Street.

The lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware that alcohol may be served at many of the St. Patrick’s Day events. That is why the firm would like to remind participants to plan ahead by designating a driver before leaving to attend an event.

5
Mar

GM Recalling Defective Vehicles Due to Faulty Ignition Switches

March 05, 2014

Car manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles and equipment they release to the market. The Indianapolis Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that failure to do so can result in fines, recalls, and civil lawsuits.

According to an article published by USA Today, General Motors (GM) is coming under heavy scrutiny for a potentially fatal design defect they may have known about for years without taking corrective action. The problem is in faulty ignition switches that can cause the vehicle to exit the “running” mode while the vehicle is in motion, causing cars to crash.

So far, GM says they are aware of 31 motor vehicle accidents and 13 fatalities that can be associated with the faulty equipment.

Experts say the recall could affect as many as 1.37 million vehicles, including Chevrolet Cobalts made between 2005 and 2007, 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs and Pontiac Solstices, and 2007 Saturn Sky and Pontiac G5s.

Those who own an affected vehicle are encouraged to have the problem fixed free of charge. Those who have been harmed as a result of an accident stemming from the defective part should report the incident immediately.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would add that anyone who has been injured in an accident caused by a defective car part should first speak with a qualified attorney to discuss their legal options and rights.