Archive for January, 2015

28
Jan

Limited Time Left to Return Safe and Sober Vouchers

January 28, 2015

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities in Indiana each year. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports there were 198 deaths attributed to drunk driving in 2014. These fatalities accounted for more than one-fourth of all traffic deaths.

These numbers may leave you wondering what’s being done to prevent Indiana drunk driving accidents. Experts say the state has approved legislation that requires repeat drunken driving offenders to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Judges can now also order first time offenders to have the equipment installed as well. This isn’t the only action being taken to combat Indiana car accidents caused by drunk driving though. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are once again sponsoring our Safe and Sober Ride Home program.

On New Year’s Eve, we offered free cab rides home to people celebrating in Indianapolis. To participate, individuals were asked to print and sign cab voucher and save the receipt from their rides. They were then instructed to send us the receipt to get a voucher for the cost of the ride.

We have been collecting receipts throughout January, and we will be accepting them until this Friday, Jan. 30.

If you printed our Safe and Sober voucher before going out on New Year’s Eve, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers would like to applaud you for making the right decision to get home safe.

 

 

21
Jan

Indiana’s Veterans Struggling to Get Fair Compensation

January 21, 2015

When military veterans suffer from injuries or illnesses related to their service, they may be entitled to receive veterans disability benefits. But some former service members in Indiana are getting compensated less than veterans in other states who are suffering from the same conditions.

Information collected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows that the State of Indiana receives $4,935 per veteran from the federal government to cover expenses—more than $1,100 less than the national per veteran cost average of $6,088.

These numbers may leave you wondering why Indiana’s veterans receive less than others in the U.S. Many experts believe it has to do with soldiers and veterans simply not being educated about their benefits. KPBS News says VA research indicates fewer than half of all veterans understand the benefits they’re entitled to. Other factors can include which military campaign the veteran was involved in and the difficulty of completing applications for benefits.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’re aware of how complicated navigating veterans disability claims can be. If you’ve been denied veterans benefits, our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys are here to help. Call us at (800) 33-33-LAW today.

14
Jan

Med Mal Lawsuit Questions Medical Treatment for Indiana Prisoners

January 14, 2015

Doctors are required to protect the health and safety of the patients they treat. But how does this requirement apply to prisoners? This issue is currently at the heart of an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit.

Reports indicate that a prisoner at the Rockville Correctional Facility informed doctors at the prison that she had undergone an operation to change her gender from male to female. The procedure required hormone replacement therapy and the use of a vaginal stent to prevent complications. However, prison medical staff determined the hormones and the stent were not necessary. The latter was even determined to be a security issue.

An article from USA Today explains the prisoner developed complications and filed an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit against the prison and it’s staff. She claims the negligent care she received resulted in the need to undergo a corrective surgery that could cost as much as $120,000. The courts initially dismissed the case, but the decision was overturned on appeal and is currently in litigation.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are aware of the importance of holding doctors, hospitals, and medical staff to ethical standards. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will establish a case precedent for medical care for incarcerated people.

7
Jan

Thousands of Lawsuits Filed by Risperdal® Injury Victims

January 07, 2015

Pharmaceutical companies are required to test their drugs for safety prior to releasing them to the public. However, drug side effects are often discovered after patients begin to suffer serious injuries.

Thousands of Risperdal® drug injury lawsuits have been filed by patients harmed by Risperdal. The drug is typically prescribed to patients to treat psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. But some young men who take Risperdal develop a condition known as gynecomastia—the development of abnormally large male breast tissue.

According to Injury Lawyer News, the lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who suffered Risperdal drug injuries claim that the company that manufactured the drug, Johnson & Johnson, failed to provide consumers with ample warning of the gynecomastia risk. Plaintiffs are seeking damages ranging from reimbursement for medical bills to compensation for mental anguish and loss of consortium.

If you or a male loved one developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, the Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys want to help. Our legal team is standing by to answer your questions, so call (800) 33-33-LAW to get a free case consultation today.