Archive for October, 2015

28
Oct

Social Security Disability Appeals Made Simple

October 28, 2015

Don’t be surprised if you apply for Social Security Disability benefits and your claim gets denied. Data indicates the Social Security Administration (SSA) rejects about two out of three initial disability claims.

Fortunately if you’ve been denied your disability benefits, you have the right to appeal. Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Stewart & Stewart are here to guide you through each step of the process.

First, you will need to gather the evidence and documents that are necessary to support your claim for disability. We can advise you on what kind of evidence you’ll need and help gather it for you. This paperwork can be submitted when you begin the disability appeal process with the SSA.

Once you’ve initiated an appeal, your case will be reconsidered by an SSA claims processor. This processor will issue a decision either reversing or agreeing with the initial judgment. If your claim is denied again, you can seek to have your case heard by an administrative judge, then a panel of judges, before your claim proceeds into the court system.

If your Social Security Disability appeal is successful, it’s important to remember that you may still face a waiting period of up to six months before you begin receiving benefits.

At Stewart & Stewart, we recognize just how complex the policies and procedures that govern the Social Security Disability appeal process can be. If you’re considering filing a Social Security Disability claim or have an application that’s been denied in the past, our personal injury attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you any way we can. The consultation is free, and you don’t pay us unless we get benefits for you.

 

21
Oct

“Teen Driver Safety Week” Is Currently Under Way

October 21, 2015

This week is “Teen Driver Safety Week” across the United States—for good reason, too. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens between ages 15-19. As part of the campaign, several organizations are working to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving habits. Our Indianapolis car accident lawyers would also like to remind teens about several rules of the road they should keep in mind:

  • Follow Speed Limits – Most roads have a maximum speed vehicles should maintain. However, it’s important for teens to know they should only operate a vehicle at a speed that is safe for the conditions.
  • Don’t Use Your Phone – An article from WLFI 8 News explains that on July 1, 2015, a new law took effect that prohibits drivers who are under the age 21 from using any type of telecommunications device while driving, including hands-free devices. The only exception to the rule is if the device is being used to make an emergency call.
  • Drive Sober – One of the leading causes of accidents among teens is intoxication due to alcohol or drug consumption. There is a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence if you are under under age 21.

The legal staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of getting information out to teen drivers about the dangers of the road and our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips help teens to prevent accidents in the future.

 

14
Oct

Lawmakers Consider Raising Indiana Medical Malpractice Caps

October 14, 2015

When patients in Indiana is harmed as the result of a medical professional’s error or negligence, the victim has a right to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. But the Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that damage caps may limit the amount in damages a victim can receive.

A medical malpractice cap is the maximum amount of money a defendant can pay in a medical malpractice case. The current limit on non-economic damages in the Hoosier State is $1.25 million. This limit was set 16 years ago, and many feel the law could now stand to be updated.

According to Indiana Public Media, legislative committees are currently examining the constitutionality of the current cap, as well as what changes are needed to the law. A bill proposed during a recent legislative session called for the cap to be increased by $400,000. However, opponents claimed raising the caps would increase doctors’ costs of doing business, and the proposal was shot down.

Those in favor of the increase claim the costs of medical care have inflated since 1999 when the cap was implemented. This means the $1.25 million a victim is allowed to receive may barely cover the costs associated with damages caused by a doctor.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we’ve seen the struggles many victims of medical malpractice face, and our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers is hopeful that our state’s medical malpractice caps are increased sooner, rather than later.

 

7
Oct

Drivers Struggle to Keep Up With New Auto Safety Technology

October 07, 2015

Automobile manufacturers are scrambling in a race to develop new technologies that will make vehicles safer. But could all of these new safety features actually be failing at their mission of reducing accidents? The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out some data indicates the answer to that question is “yes”.

A survey conducted by the University of Iowa showed that more than half of all drivers don’t fully understand the safety features of their vehicle. Experts say the reason is that auto manufacturers fail to educate motorists about the features, which often results in motorists simply turning them off altogether.

These findings prompted the researchers to partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation to educate drivers about the safety features in their vehicles.

You can learn more about your vehicle’s safety features by visiting MyCarDoesWhat.org. The website provides a list of the safety technologies found in a majority of today’s vehicles and offers motorists a video tutorial about how each feature functions.

Safety features can save lives. The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys encourage you to get up to speed on how the safety features in your car work. Doing so could save your life!