Archive for November, 2015

25
Nov

Avoiding an Indianapolis Truck Accident

November 25, 2015

Indianapolis is one of the largest hubs for the transportation industry in the Midwest, so it comes as no surprise that the city sees its fair share of Indiana truck accidents.

What if you could access information that may allow you to avoid these collisions? The Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain this data is now at your fingertips.

ABC 6 News investigators recently spoke with officials from several state agencies that regulate and enforce laws pertaining to the trucking industry, including the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Indiana Motor Truck Association. The information that was gathered was then compiled to determine the areas that were most prone to a truck accident occurring, as well as what some of the most common causes of these accidents are.

The team determined seven interstate intersections as the most likely places where tractor-trailers will crash. The ramp from I-70 West to I-465 South was by far the most likely to see a truck accident, accounting for a total of 39 collisions from 2011 to 2013.

The most common cause of Indiana truck accidents was vehicles following too closely. Other contributing factors included loads shifting, driver behavior, texting, and speeding.

Understanding what causes Indiana truck accidents to occur and what areas are prone to collisions occurring can help you steer clear of a crash. The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hopeful this information can be of benefit to you as you make your way around our great city.

18
Nov

New Research on Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S.

November 18, 2015

A new study hopes to shed light on the frequency in which older Americans are verbally, physically, or financially abused by their caregiver. The study also offers several solutions for helping to address the problem of nursing home abuse in the U.S.

A team of researchers from the Center of Aging Research and Clinical Care at Cornell University examined data that had been collected over the years and found that as many as 10 percent of elderly citizens are the victims of nursing home abuse. However, the team also found this number may not be accurate because of the number of victims who never report the abuse they suffer.

The study, which was published in the most recent issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, also discussed the important roles doctors can play in identifying and putting a stop to nursing home abuse. Researchers suggest physicians are one of an elderly patient’s front line defenses against abuse, considering doctors are in a position to notice injuries and changes in behavior that may be indicative of nursing home abuse. The team goes on to suggest that doctors should play a more significant role in intervening in cases where abuse or neglect is suspected.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we recognize the risks of nursing home abuse elderly citizens face and the Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful this new data can be used to spread a message of awareness about the problem.

11
Nov

IDOL Reports on Indiana’s Most Dangerous Industries

November 11, 2015

All workers face on-the-job hazards that pose an injury risk, but some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. The Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys take a look at the latest data examining trends of workplace injuries among different industries in the state to help identify some of the most dangerous occupations in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) reports that approximately 93,300 employees in Indiana suffered a work-related injury or illness last year. This means the state experienced an average occupational injury and illness rate of 4.0 harmed workers per 100 full-time employees. This was a slight increase from the injury rate of 3.8 that was reported in 2013.

Some of the industries with the highest injury rates include:

  • Local government– Employees like police officers, firefighters, teachers, judges, healthcare workers, and municipal workers accounted for the highest injury and illness rate in Indiana during 2014, with an average injury rate of 6.7.
  • Real estate– Surprisingly, the housing market was the second leading industry when it came to workers being injured or becoming ill. The industry saw a more than 128 percent increased in its injury and illness rate between 2013 and last year.
  • Agriculture– The industry reported 5.5 workers out of every 100 were hurt or sickened while on the job last year.

While these numbers may leave many Indiana workers concerned about workplace safety, it’s important to know employers are legally obligated to provide employees with a safe work environment. Most businesses are required to carry an insurance policy to cover any expense an employee incurs as the result of an accident that wasn’t their fault.

Knowing how to protect these rights can be a complicated process, which is why the legal staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys encourage you to speak with an Indiana personal injury attorney about your condition if you’ve been hurt while working.

4
Nov

Concussion Goggles Teaching Indiana Teens the Dangers of Brain Injuries

November 04, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. One of the leading age demographics for this particular type of injury are adolescents between ages 15-19. Most of these injuries are sustained while playing sports, considering 5 to 10 percent of athletes suffer a TBI during the playing season.

The Indianapolis brain injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that in order to help reduce the number of Indiana teens who suffer TBIs, one organization is working to raise awareness about how a concussion can affect our ability to perform everyday tasks. This is being achieved through the distribution and use of what is known as concussion goggles.

An article from The Star Press states the goggles work by simulating the effects a TBI can have on our abilities to see and perceive time and space. Officials with the Dave Duerson Athletic Fund—who are providing the 60 pairs of goggles to Indiana Public Schools—hope that seeing the effects a TBI can have will persuade young athletes to work to avoid such injuries, as well as seek medical attention if they suspect they have suffered a TBI.

So far, the program has been deemed a success, with one 16-year-old participant claiming she would “think twice” if she suspected she or a teammate had suffered a TBI.

Recognizing the dangers of a TBI is the first step toward preventing such injuries from occurring, which is why the Indianapolis personal injury attorneys at Stewart & Stewart are hopeful to see these concussion goggles making their ways into the hands of young athletes from all across the state of Indiana.