Archive for April, 2015

29
Apr

$2.37 Billion Settlement Reached for Actos Drug Injury Lawsuits

April 29, 2015

Actos® is a medication used to treat diabetes in thousands of Americans over the past decade. But the Actos drug injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain the drug was linked to an increased risk of some patients developing bladder cancer. Now, those victims may be one step closer to getting the compensation they deserve.

The company that manufactures Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical, has offered to settle the majority of the approximately 9,000 outstanding Actos drug injury lawsuits for an estimated $2.4 billion. Bloomberg Business reports that if 95 percent of the plaintiffs agree to the terms of the settlement, each of the victims would receive around $296,000 in compensation.

The announcement comes in the wake of last year’s decision by a federal grand jury finding Takeda and its partner, Eli Lilly & Co., responsible for paying $9 billion in damages to a man who claimed Actos caused him to develop bladder cancer. The award was later reduced to $36.8 million.

As part of the settlement, Takeda will not accept liability for the harm patients suffered.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the hardships the victims have faced in their journey to receive the compensation they deserve. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful the settlement will help bring closure to those adversely affected by the drug.

22
Apr

Researchers Examine Public Opinion on Preventable Medical Errors

April 22, 2015

When we visit our doctor or a hospital, we trust that the medical staff will protect our health and safety. The Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that, unfortunately, thousands of Americans are seriously harmed as the result of preventable medical errors each year.

One study recently conducted at Harvard University examines how often preventable medical errors occur, as well as the public’s opinion on the risk factors while receiving medical treatment. Reports indicate the research was funded by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction.

According to The National Law Review, researchers surveyed 1,224 adults about the medical care they received. Just under one-quarter of those who were surveyed stated they or a loved one were the victim of a preventable medical error in the past in the past. Approximately half of those respondents stated their health had been seriously harmed as a result of the error.

Roughly 90 percent of respondents felt doctors’ offices and hospitals should be required to report errors, yet more than half of medical error victims failed to report the incident. A majority cited the belief that reporting the matter would do no good to resolve the problem.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we believe in the importance of holding medical professionals accountable for their negligence, which is why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers encourage victims of medical errors to report instances of potential medical malpractice. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help ensure your rights are protected at all times. Find out more about how a lawyer can help by calling our staff at (800) 33-33-LAW.

15
Apr

Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers Look at the Impact of Distracted Driving

April 15, 2015

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”, and the Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to focus on some of the most common driving distractions.

While most people tend to think of cellphones as the greatest distraction drivers face, many other items and electronics can force drivers’ eyes off the road. Take the case of the driver of a tractor-trailer who crashed on I-65 outside of Indianapolis while adjusting his radio.

According to WTHR 13 News, the 35-year-old driver of the southbound semi was hauling more than eight tons of potassium hydroxide near 38th Street at approximately 5:30 a.m. The driver told officers he was “messing with the radio” when he left the roadway and struck an abandoned vehicle.

The incident highlights the need for drivers to be focused on the road when behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. There are several steps you can take to heighten your focus behind the wheel, such as:

  • Turning off your cellphone when driving.
  • Avoiding eating or drinking while the vehicle is moving.
  • Making stereo and radio adjustments before entering the roadway.
  • Limiting the number of passengers you’re carrying.
  • Using GPS with voice commands.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve seen the devastation car accidents can cause, which is why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips will help to keep you safe on the road.

 

8
Apr

Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Nurse Case Managers

April 08, 2015

When a worker in our state is injured on the job, they may be entitled to collect Indiana workers’ compensation benefits. Getting the necessary documentation and records for a claim or making it to medical appointments can be difficult though, especially during recovery. But the Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that workplace accident victims in our state are allowed to utilize a nurse case manager.However, there are guidelines that must be followed.

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board, the government entity that oversees our state’s workers’ compensation program, recently provided an outline for the use of nurse case managers. Nurse case managers can be involved in cases, but only to perform such duties as scheduling appointments, aiding in procuring care suggested by medical providers, and giving updates to employers or their insurers.

On the other hand, the nurse case manager is not allowed to provide any sort of opinion, guidance, or influence to victims or their doctors about the care an individual is receiving or should receive.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we encourage those who have been injured on the job to utilize any tool or service to help you recover and get compensation for an injury. If you have questions about how a nurse case manager may be of benefit to you, we have answers. Give our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers a call anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW for help.

1
Apr

Indianapolis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Explore Average Benefit Rates In Indiana

April 01, 2015

When a worker in Indiana is injured on the job, they have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. But how is the amount of benefits decided? The Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the body parts injured, as well as the severity of the injury, can factor into benefit amounts.

A new interactive database from ProPublica shows state average compensation rates for injuries to certain body parts as compared to the nation’s average compensation rate for that particular injury. In Indiana, many lost appendages will result in higher than average compensation rates for the injured. However, one must remember that the rate being shown is for an amputation. If the limb is not severed, the average rate of compensation in Indiana is slashed in half. This means many injured workers in Indiana receive less than the national average compensation rate for their particular injuries.

So what can you do to help ensure you get the Indiana workers’ compensation benefits you need? The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that an experienced law firm may be able to help.

At Stewart & Stewart, we have a legal staff that focuses on helping victims of workplace accidents. We’re here to answer your questions and help you get started with your claim. Call us anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW—we want to protect your rights.