Archive for November, 2014

26
Nov

Avoiding Indianapolis Car Accidents This Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Means Danger on the Roads

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means tonight will be the most dangerous night of the year to be on the road, especially in Indianapolis. Data from the Metro Police Department show that on Thanksgiving day last year, officers worked a total of 71 Indianapolis car accident reports. That number is significantly higher than the average of 61 collisions any other day of the year.

Why Is Traveling on Thanksgiving so Dangerous?

Experts agree that an increase in traffic volume on the road combined with a higher number of intoxicated drivers makes traveling on Thanksgiving more risky than other times of the year. In fact, an article from WISHTV 8 News explains statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that drunk drivers caused 42 percent of fatal accidents during Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

What can I Do to Stay Safe While Traveling?

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out there are three simple steps you can follow to help avoid an Indianapolis car accident this Thanksgiving:

  • Don’t Drink and Drive– Designate a sober driver to get you home before going out for the night. If no one is available to drive, plan to use a cab or taxi to get home safely.
  • Buckle Up– Using a seat belt is one of the best options available to prevent injury or death in the event of an accident. In fact, studies have shown this piece of equipment as reducing the chances of a fatality in the event of a collision by as much as 60 percent.
  • Be Vigilant– If you plan to drive tonight, get plenty of rest and eliminate all distractions before moving your vehicle.

We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!

19
Nov

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed Against Three Indiana Cardiologists

November 19, 2014

Doctors in Indiana are legally and ethically required to protect their patients’ health and safety. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals adhere to these standards, which can result in Indiana medical malpractice claims.

In fact, three Indiana doctors are currently facing allegations from dozens of patients who claim they underwent unnecessary medical procedures. According to an article from Chicagoland Television, the procedures were performed so the doctors could bilk Medicare billing.

Reports indicate the doctors were the top three Medicare-billing cardiologists in Indiana in 2012. The average doctor billed approximately $170 and three services per patient, whereas these cardiologists were billing $960 and a dozen services per patient.

The only reason the issues came to light is because several of the patients received second opinions. Those doctors told them the medical procedures they had undergone were unnecessary. Now, more than 18 victims are seeking compensation for damages. This includes the families of three patients who died as a result of undergoing medical procedures while under the care of the doctors.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the devastating results of unnecessary medical treatment. That’s why our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers hopes a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure for victims and their families.

13
Nov

What the Indiana Second Injury Fund Can Do for You

November 13, 2014

The goal of most programs for the disabled in the United States is to offer the assistance that’s necessary to get individuals back into the workforce. What happens when a disabled worker returns to a job and is injured again though? Who should be liable for those expenses? In Indiana, the Second Injury Fund is used to address these questions.

According to the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Institute, the fund is used to alleviate some of the expenses employers who hire partially disabled workers will face if an accident occurs that causes one of these individuals to suffer a second—and permanently disabling—accident. This encourages employers to hire partially disabled workers by only leaving them liable for Indiana workers’ compensation benefits that could be associated with injuries sustained in a secondary accident.

A recent report shows the fund is in good standing, with a balance last month of approximately $1.9 million. Monthly expenses are expected to range between $96,000 and almost $430,000.

Applying to receive funds from the program can be complicated. That’s why the Indiana personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys suggest discussing your legal rights with a professional in the field of law prior to submitting your paperwork for benefits. Doing so can help ensure all of your documentation is together and the questions you have are answered prior to filing.

To discuss your case with a member of our legal team, call us at (800) 33-33-LAW.

5
Nov

Charity of the Month: Wheeler Mission Ministries

November 05, 2014

Indianapolis can be a fantastic place to work and live. But like many metropolitan areas, homelessness is a problem the city faces. Estimates show there are currently almost 6,000 individuals living in the city without roofs over their heads.

Luckily, organizations are working to eradicate homelessness from Indianapolis, including Wheeler Mission Ministries. The organization was founded in 1893 under the name of Door of Hope. Since that time, the group has undergone many changes that have led to the ability to serve more needy individuals.

Since Wheeler Mission Ministries is a non-profit organization, they depend on donations from the public to continue helping the homeless in our area. That’s why the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are doing our part to help this wonderful organization by naming them as our Charity of the Month.

Throughout November, for every new “Like” we receive on our Facebook page, we will donate $1 to Wheeler Mission Ministries. If you’d like to get involved in another way, the organization is always looking for volunteers to help with their events and campaigns. To sign up, simply visit their website.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the importance of giving back to the communities we serve and hope you’ll help Wheeler Mission Ministries continue their mission of helping others.