Archive for July, 2015

29
Jul

Common Causes of Indiana Medical Malpractice Claims

July 29, 2015

Medical professionals in the United States are required to provide patients with safe and thorough treatment. Negligence that causes injury can result in medical malpractice claims. But what constitutes such a claim, and what should you do if you’re the victim of medical malpractice?

The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that anytime a doctor or medical professional’s error or negligence injures a patient, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical malpractice.

According to the National Institutes of Health, communication errors are one of the leading causes of medical malpractice claims today. Other common mistakes physicians and their staff makes include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Negligent care

If you believe you’re the victim of Indiana medical malpractice, consider speaking with a qualified legal representative as soon as possible. There are statutes of limitations that limit the amount of time you have to file medical malpractice claims.

Once you’ve hired an attorney, it’s time to begin building your case. This means gathering as much documentation on your injury as you can. If there were any witnesses, you should be sure to write down their names and contact information.

It’s also crucial to be patient. The Indiana personal injury attorneys at Stewart & Stewart explain that filing a medical malpractice claim can be a long, arduous task.

We hope this information helps you to get back on your feet if you’ve been harmed as the result of Indiana medical malpractice.

22
Jul

Groundbreaking New Game May Be Treatment Option for Brain Injury Victims

July 22, 2015

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims often display changes in mood and/or personality. The Indianapolis brain injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that as many as 60 percent of TBI patients are diagnosed with a condition known as alexithymia, which can be identified by the patient displaying difficulties recognizing his or her own emotional state, as well as that of others.

Researchers have developed new technology that could one day help rehabilitate TBI patients suffering from alexithymia and similar conditions. Furthermore, one company has began testing on a video game that could help treat TBI patients experiencing difficulties expressing their emotions.

An April article from Med City News reports that software creators, EmotEd, are in the beginning stages of launching testing on a scenario-based video game for TBI patients. The game was developed by an associate professor at the University of Indiana School of Medicine in conjunction with the Indiana University School of Informatics and Indiana-based company, DeveloperTown.

The game works by teaching TBI victims how to identify and recognize emotions in themselves and others.

One of the groundbreaking aspects about the game is that it’s an online experience, meaning users can play the game at home. This reinforces what is learned during rehabilitation therapy sessions without many of the costs.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are hopeful that technology can be used to help provide faster and more efficient treatment for brain injury victims. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are anxious to see how TBI treatment continues to evolve.

 

15
Jul

New Study Examining Pain Treatment Options for Veterans

July 15, 2015

Chronic and debilitating pain from wartime injuries is a condition many soldiers and veterans face on a daily basis. This pain can interfere with mood, activity, and the ability to work, as well as other aspects of daily life. Luckily, the Indianapolis veterans disability lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that a study has shown that a new two-step treatment plan may effectively reduce pain over time.

Traditional pain treatment for veterans and soldiers involves education and providing encouragement to speak with doctors about pain-related issues. Researchers have found that a new two-step system may be more effective, though.

According to MD magazine, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine examined 241 veterans who suffered pain after returning from service overseas. A total of 120 patients received traditional care, while the others received 12 weeks of treatment using painkillers along with 12 weeks of behavioral therapy.

Nine months after receiving treatment, those who received the two-step treatment reported feeling less pain and an improvement in quality of life. There was also a 30 percent decrease in claims of pain disability among the patients observed.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we are aware of how pain can effect one’s life, and our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful this study will help increase the quality of pain management for veterans.

8
Jul

Proposed Federal Law Would Allow Longer Commercial Trucks on the Road

July 08, 2015

Numerous studies have shown that larger, heavier commercial tractor-trailers present greater dangers in accidents—they take longer to stop, make wider turns, wear down equipment faster, and are often too wide to use only one lane. The Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that despite these risks, lawmakers have advanced a bill allows commercial trucks to haul longer trailers.

According to 12 News Now, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a change in policy that would increase the maximum legal length of commercial truck trailers from 28 to 33 feet. The reform was spearheaded by trucking industry giants, the American Trucking Association and FedEx Corp., as a means to increase profits by moving more products in a single load. Opponents of the changes explain the new rules will put the public at an increased risk of accidents.

The bill is far from becoming law, though. It must first pass a Senate vote without opposition before making it’s way to the White House for the President’s final approval.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we recognize the risks that larger commercial vehicles can pose on the road. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are anxious to see whether or not the bill becomes law.

1
Jul

Indianapolis Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers Discuss Fourth of July Safety

July 01, 2015

What would a celebration of our nation’s independence be without a fireworks display? But while fireworks can be extremely fun to watch, the Indianapolis fire and burn injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to remind you that they are also responsible for a large number of injuries each year.

The National Fire Protection Association says that in 2013, an estimated 11,400 Americans required hospitalization due to injuries involving fireworks. A large number of these individuals had suffered fire or burn injuries.

So what can you do to keep you and your loved ones safe from the risks fireworks pose? The best solution is to leave them to professionals. An article from FOX 59 News gives you details on some of the best places to catch a fireworks display in the greater Indianapolis area.

If you insist on setting off fireworks yourself, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Supervise Children– Never allow children to handle or light fireworks, even sparklers. Adults should also always have others on hand when lighting fireworks so help is available in the event of an accident.
  • Be Prepared– Choose an open and fire hazard-free location to light your display. Also have water and a fire extinguisher on hand to put out any fires that may occur.
  • Avoid Consuming Alcohol– If you plan to light fireworks, be sure not to consume alcohol. It can impair your judgment and increase the chances of an accident.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you and your family safe during the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.