Archive for December, 2014

31
Dec

Get a Safe and Sober Ride Home This New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and many people in Indiana will be celebrating. What partygoers need to remember is that drinking and driving is especially prevalent during this holiday. However, we can each do our part to keep the streets and highways safe.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys is helping to keep drunk drivers off the road this year by sponsoring our New Year’s Eve Safe and Sober Ride Home program. We began this program years ago and have serviced thousands in our area with safe, free rides home after celebrations end.

To participate, call a cab of your choosing to get home safely. Then, save your receipt and download and complete a voucher form before New Year’s Day. Finally, send in your receipt and voucher to our office in Carmel by the end of January and we will send you a $20 rebate for your ride. For a full explanation of the rules and terms of the program, click here.

Rebates will only be given for rides home and not to other bars, restaurants, or drinking locations. Several occupants can share cabs as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the devastating results drunk driving can have. That’s why our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers is hopeful you’ll choose a safe way to get home and participate in the Safe and Sober program.

17
Dec

What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries in Indiana?

December 17, 2014

In 2013, Indiana reported a non-fatal workplace accident rate of 3.8 injuries per 100 workers, and a total of 123 workers lost their lives while on the job. These numbers leave many citizens wanting to know more about the types of accidents that put workers at risk of injury or death.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip, trip, and fall incidents are one of the most regularly reported workplace accidents in Indiana. In fact, Indiana slip and fall accidents accounted for roughly 37 percent of all workers’ compensation claims made in the state last year.

Transportation Accidents

These incidents include all accidents involving motor vehicles, such as commercial truck drivers injured in crashes or farmhands thrown from vehicles. According to the Indiana Department of Labor Quality, Metrics &Statistics Division, these accidents accounted for 25 worker fatalities in 2013.

Contact With Objects or Equipment

Contact with objects or equipment includes workers being hit by falling objects, employees becoming caught in a piece of machinery, and even being struck by vehicles. These incidents accounted for roughly 13 percent of all Indiana workplace fatalities that occurred in 2013.

Getting Help

If you’ve been injured or had a loved one who was killed while working in Indiana, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury or loss. The processes of seeking benefits can be complex and confusing, so consider speaking with an attorney prior to filing your claim.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’re ready to help you complete the paperwork to file your claim. To learn more about how our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys can assist you, call us anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW to talk to our legal team.

10
Dec

Social Security Disability Asset Regulations May Change

December 10, 2014

When an individual is approved for Social Security Disability benefits there are strict rules that regulate how much assets and income he or she can have at any given time. Under the current law, Social Security Disability recipients are only allowed $2,000 in cash or assets. Furthermore, these individuals can typically earn no more than $680 per month.

These financial constraints leave many disabled Americans unable to pay for medical bills, transportation, an education, or even buy a home. This is why federal officials are considering a bill that would revamp the rules that govern the finances of disabled Americans.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow disability recipients to open a tax-free savings account capped at $100,000. Deposits of  up to $14,000 could be made with no penalty.

The bill was unanimously passed through the House of Representatives, and according to West Virginia Metro News, is expected to be examined by the Senate as early as this week.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the financial struggles that can come with relying on Social Security Disability benefits. That’s why our Social Security Disability attorneys are hopeful the new measures will alleviate the financial strain many disabled Americans face.

 

3
Dec

Charity of the Month: Interfaith Hospitality Network of Indianapolis

December 03, 2014

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we take great pride in assisting people in our communities. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are excited to announce Interfaith Hospitality Network of Indianapolis as our Charity of the Month.

This great organization is part of the Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, an organization that began in 1994 as a means to eliminate homelessness from our city’s streets. Since that time, the group has assisted thousands of locals in the process of getting back on their feet by putting a roof over their heads.

Officials from the organization were proud to announce they placed to families in new homes just days before Thanksgiving, but with the holidays coming up, there are even more families in need. You can do your part to help this wonderful group with just one click.

For every unique “Like” we receive on our Facebook page during the month of December; we’ll donate $1 to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Indianapolis. If you wish to donate your time to the Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, you can contact the organization to set up an opportunity to volunteer at one of their upcoming events.

We’re hopeful you’ll do your part to help the homeless here in Indianapolis this holiday season!