Archive for December, 2015

30
Dec

Ensuring the Protection of Nursing Home Resident Rights

December 30, 2015

Residents of long-term care facilities in the Hoosier State are entitled to certain standards of care. One of these Indiana nursing home resident rights is to receive dignity, respect, and privacy at all times. However, it seems staff members at many facilities fail to meet this particular standard of treatment.

One way patients’ rights to privacy are being violated is by staff members posting degrading and embarrassing images of nursing home residents on social media networks. Sources say that as many as 35 such cases of nursing home abuse have been identified nationwide since 2012.

An article from The Washington Post highlights one of these cases, in which a former nursing assistant at an Indiana nursing home was convicted of posting a nude photo of a resident to a website. Even more disturbing, is the fact that the caregiver showed no signs of remorse when asked about the situation.

So what is being done to protect patients from this particular type of nursing home abuse? The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the organization that regulates the operations of nursing homes in our country, is working to update the laws that outline patient care policies.

Until such changes are enacted, the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys suggest families of nursing home residents closely monitor their loved ones for signs of abuse. If you suspect your loved one isn’t receiving adequate care, don’t hesitate to report your suspicions to the proper authorities. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

23
Dec

Risks of a Fire Injury Increase During the Holidays

December 23, 2015

As the holidays approach, you can almost hear the crackle of the Yule log. While warming yourself next to a cozy fireplace is wonderful, it’s important to remember the risks of suffering a fire and burn injury are significantly increased around the holidays.

Whether it’s a faulty strand of lights, or food grease spilling onto a burner while cooking, there are a plethora of causes for the roughly 210 house fires that ignite around the holidays each year. Data indicates issues with wiring and lighting account for roughly 30 percent of all Christmas tree fires.

Some of the other most common contributing factors include:

  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Burning candles
  • Dry Christmas tree
  • Cooking
  • Chimney fires
  • Children playing with Fire

These fires can be quite deadly, as well. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association shows one in every 31 reported Christmas tree fires results in a fatality, as compared to the one death that’s reported for every 144 house fires.

So, what should you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the serious risks that fires can pose? An article from The Times offers several tips to homeowners about what they can do to prevent residential fires during the holiday season.

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are hopeful the information we’ve provided helps you to have a happy and safe holiday!

16
Dec

Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers Urge Motorists to Move Over

December 16, 2015

Working on the highway can be a dangerous task, considering hundreds of employees are killed and even more are injured as the result of transportation accidents that occur while on the job. The Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out the latest of those victims is a 58-year-old worker with the Henry County Highway Department who was killed after he was struck by a tractor-trailer last month.

The fatal crash happened on November 20, in the southbound lanes of Indiana 3, just north of New Castle. Reports from The Star Press indicate the victim was riding a backhoe along the roadway as part of his job duties when a big rig being driven by a 58-year-old Lafayette man struck the piece of equipment from behind.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured skull. He passed away as a result of his injuries almost a month after the accident occurred.

The truck driver who caused the crash was cited for speeding, but investigators say it’s unclear whether or not he will face charges in connection to the highway worker’s death.

This particular case underscores the importance of drivers being aware of their surroundings when traveling through areas where construction or roadwork is being conducted. In order to promote highway safety, the Indianapolis personal injury attorneys at Stewart & Stewart encourage motorists to move over a lane of traffic when approaching emergency vehicles and work crews. This allows your vehicle to pass through the area while giving workers enough room to safely do their job.

9
Dec

Law Enforcement Working to Prevent Holiday Drunk Driving

December 09, 2015

The holidays are fast approaching and for many, which means gathering with friends and family to celebrate. The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out these festivities play a part in a notorious rise in the number of drunk drivers that are on the road during this time of year.

Luckily, law enforcement officials are already stepping up their efforts to keep intoxicated motorists off the road. WANE 15 News reports that during a two-hour sobriety checkpoint that was held in Grant County on December 4, six of the 113 motorists who were stopped were arrested for violating the law. Three of those who were taken into custody were arrested for operating a vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol. Three others were arrested on misdemeanor charges, while four other drivers were ticketed and released. Three warning tickets were handed out as well.

Indiana State Police say drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities today, considering alcohol played a part in 101 traffic deaths during 2014. That’s why officials say similar operations will be held in other areas of the county and state as the holidays get closer.

Our staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the impact a drunk driving accident has on the lives of those who are involved. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys encourage you to be wise this holiday season and refrain from drinking and driving. Instead, use a designated driver or cab to get home safely.

We would also like to applaud the efforts law enforcement is making to keep our roads free of drunk drivers. We’re hopeful to see more checkpoints being established throughout the holiday season.

 

 

 

3
Dec

Indiana Workers’ Compensation Payments Rising

December 03, 2015

If you’ve been injured on the job at no fault of your own, the costs of your medical expenses and other damages may be covered under Indiana’s workers’ compensation benefits.

The Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that over time, the payments related to workers’ compensation claims have increased. This leaves many employees wondering if the rise in these costs has had an impact on their ability to receive benefits or the compensation they’re offered.

An article from the Insurance Journal shows that Indiana’s workers’ compensation claim payments increased by as much as six percent between 2008 and 2013. There is a correlation between this spike in individual claim payments and a decrease in the number of initial claims that are approved.

A rise in the number of disputed Indiana workers’ compensation claims has resulted in Workers’ Compensation Board of Indiana reforming the way hearings in disputed cases are handled and scheduled.

These patterns highlight just how complex successfully navigating Indiana’s workers’ compensation system has become. It’s also indicative of the important role that’s played by having legal representation by your side throughout the claim process. The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the options and resources an attorney may be able to offer to an injured worker.