Archive for September, 2015

30
Sep

Resources for Reporting and Preventing Indiana Nursing Home Abuse

September 30, 2015

As the number of aging Americans continues to swell, so do rates of elder abuse and neglect. Estimates from the National Center on Elder Abuse show as many as one in 10 adults becoming the victims of abuse or neglect annually, yet experts go on to explain that only one in 14 of these cases are reported to the authorities.

The Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say one of the most important things for victims of abuse or neglect to know is that help is available. There are organizations and events that can provide resources for the elderly harmed through no fault of their own.

An article from the Chicago Tribune offers information about several groups who are working to protect the elderly living in long-term care facilities. Links are provided to users so they can gain access to information about how to contact the county ombudsmen, where to file a complaint against a healthcare facility, and even facility ratings.

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has also created a hotline that can be used to report if an adult’s safety is being put at risk. The number is (800) 992-6978.

Protecting the rights of the elderly is important to each member of our legal team at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys. Our Indiana personal injury attorneys are hopeful this information not only helps you to protect your loved one from abuse or neglect, but also helps answer any questions you may have if your family member has been harmed while under the care of a nursing home.

 

23
Sep

Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers Address Controversy Surrounding Bigger Tractor Trailers

September 23, 2015

The size and weight of a commercial tractor trailer can make stopping one of these vehicles difficult in an emergency situation. In fact, data shows it can take a fully loaded big rig traveling 65 mph the length of a football field to come to a complete stop.

Considering this data, the Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say lawmakers are currently considering regulation reforms that would allow longer and bigger trucks to take to the road.

According to  USA Today, current laws call for trucks to only haul trailers that are as long as 53 feet. Under the new regulations, trucking companies would be allowed to pull tandem 33-foot trailers, which adds significant length and mass to the vehicle.

Trucking companies say it would create a more efficient means to move the goods Americans use, but opponents of the changes believe the longer, heavier trucks will compromise the safety of everyone on the road.

Lawmakers are expected to make a decision on the matter during one of the next upcoming legislative sessions.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we believe in advocating for highway safety and supporting measures that protect the public from harm. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys hope lawmakers consider all of the data available before making a decision that could affect public safety on our roads.

16
Sep

Changes Made to Certain Indiana Wage Laws

September 16, 2015

For Indiana workers earning minimum wage, meeting basic financial needs can be difficult. Money can become even tighter if you have to pay for certain items you use at work, such as uniforms. The Indianapolis wage and hour lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that’s why new laws were created to help protect earnings from these types of expenses.

According to the Indiana Department of Labor, law changes that took effect on July 1, 2015, now allow employers to charge workers for costs associated with the purchase of uniforms, equipment purchases or rentals, or any other item deemed necessary to complete work tasks. However, there are certain stipulations that apply to these new rules.

Under the new policy, employers are not allowed to take more than $2500 or five percent of an employee’s disposable income, whichever is less. Furthermore, the Fair Labor Standards Act requires that the amount that is taken for these expenses not cause the employee’s earnings to drop below minimum wage requirements. The expense cannot take from overtime earnings either.

Changes were also recently made to the laws that require employers to pay workers who have been involuntarily removed from their positions.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to applaud our state’s lawmakers for taking a stand in favor of workers’ rights.

 

9
Sep

Company Offers $200 Million to Settle Transvaginal Mesh Failure Lawsuits

September 09, 2015

Every year, tens of thousands of women undergo surgical procedures to treat conditions like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In many cases, transvaginal mesh implants are used to provide support to patients’ internal organs. However, these devices are notorious for causing serious harm.

Studies show a transvaginal mesh failure can result from the devices moving, deteriorating, or becoming embedded within the body. This can result in severe pain, swelling, irritation, and even bowel or organ perforation that requires corrective surgery.

To help cover the damages associated with a transvaginal mesh failure, some victims filed civil lawsuits against the makers of these faulty devices. Now, it seems one company is hoping to resolve a large number of these types of claims through a proposed settlement.

According to Bloomberg Business, transvaginal mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, Inc., has offered $200 million to resolve roughly 3,000 cases involving the failure of their transvaginal mesh product. Experts say that if the terms of the agreement are accepted and approved, each victim will receive roughly $67,000 in compensation.

The decision to settle comes on the heels of C.R. Bard being ordered to pay $2 million to a woman harmed by the company’s transvaginal mesh product in 2013.

The Indiana defective product lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hopeful a resolution can be reached soon.

2
Sep

4 Tips to Prevent Indiana Farm Equipment Accidents

September 02, 2015

The harvest season is approaching in Indiana, and it can be a dangerous time for farmers and agricultural workers. Data from the Indiana Department of Labor says that one in five workplace injuries in our state occurs in the agriculture industry, and a majority of injuries involve heavy equipment and machinery.

The Indiana farm equipment injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that a recent accident claimed the life of a 34-year-old farm worker, highlighting the risks workers in the agriculture industry face. Reports indicate the incident occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

WISHTV 8 News states the victim was pulling a mowing device behind a tractor when the piece of machinery overturned on top of the victim. When Indiana State Police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene, they found the victim pinned beneath the tractor. Attempts were made to save the victim’s life, but he was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.

We also hope the incident can serve as a reminder to others in the agriculture industry to always keep safety a priority while working. Here’s a few things you can do to prevent on-the-job accidents:

  • Follow Safety Policies and Procedures– Most companies provide workers with instructions and guidance on how to safely perform job duties. Obeying these protocols will significantly reduce your chances of suffering an on-the-job injury.
  • Use Safety Equipment– Specialized safety devices are often necessary to reduce the chances of injury when performing dangerous job duties. Always use these devices.
  • Report Problems– If you notice something that could be a workplace danger, address the issue with your supervisor.
  • Create a Culture of Accountability– Hold other workers accountable for keeping safety in mind on the job and ask that they do the same with you.