Archive for February, 2016

24
Feb

There’s No Substitute For A Lawyer

February 24, 2016

In this age of the Internet, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips at all times. Need to learn how to fix a leaking faucet? Google has 250,000 search results to get you started. Want to learn how to yo-yo? YouTube is ready to cue up more than 800,000 videos on the subject. You can learn how to do almost anything on the web, but there’s one thing you shouldn’t take on by yourself, and that’s your personal injury claim.

That’s not to say there aren’t great resources out there that inform you about the process, the pitfalls, and the best strategies to take. This blog is one of them. However, learning about a personal injury claim and perfectly handling one are too very different things. It’s the equivalent of watching a video on the scientific concept of lift and believing you can now fly a plane.

The truth is, you need a legal professional representing you in order to get the most out of your injury claim. Personal injury claims are not a trial and error type endeavor. You get one shot to get it right, and if you don’t, you could compromise your right to compensation. Don’t rely on the Internet to try your case. Call our Indiana personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll put our years of experience to work for you to ensure you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.

17
Feb

Are You Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

February 17, 2016

Getting workers’ compensation benefits after an on-the-job accident is vital to your family’s financial stability, at least until you can get back on your feet. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve helped people from across the state of Indiana get those benefits, and we’re ready to help you as well. However, if you’re not quite ready to call an attorney, here’s some basic information you should know about your rights.

Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program paid by your employer to compensate those injured at their place of employment or elsewhere on the job. You are covered for this coverage from your first day of work. Although not every employer is required to offer this coverage, chances are if you’ve been injured, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

So how do you get the benefits? Well, first of all, you must report the accident immediately. If you wait more than 30 days, you may lose your right to compensation. The amount of compensation you can receive depends on your current salary or wage and the extent of your injuries. If you’re unable to return to work for 7 consecutive days, you’re entitled to weekly income benefits, which is two-thirds of your average weekly wage for the past year, but no more than $600 per week.

Unfortunately, some Indiana workers have had significant trouble getting their workers’ compensation benefits or have even been fired for requesting them. That’s why it’s a good idea to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to protect your rights and get you fair compensation. If you’ve been injured at work, give us a call for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.

10
Feb

3 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

February 10, 2016

A serious car accident, no matter the circumstances, is traumatic—the split second before the crash, the impact, the paralyzing fear of not knowing if everyone’s okay. To say that you’ll be shaken up immediately following an accident is an understatement. However, once the initial shock subsides, it’s important to know what to do next.

Here are 3 steps you should take immediately following an accident:

  1. Get witness names and contact information. Unless your accident happened on a deserted road, there were probably a number of people who witnessed the wreck. Get the names and contact information for these witnesses. Their account of the accident could prove vital to your injury claim.
  2. Get medical treatment. Adrenaline will be racing through your body for a while after the wreck, which can mask injuries you may have sustained. It’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident, even if you feel fine. You may not know how injured you actually are.
  3. Don’t talk to the insurance company. If you were injured and the accident wasn’t your fault, you may hear from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They’ll more than likely make a settlement offer to compensate you for your injuries. In our experience, these initial offers will not cover all your future medical costs and lost wages. Don’t take the insurance company’s first offer. Don’t even speak with them. Call an attorney instead. An experienced Indianapolis car accident lawyer can stand between you and the insurance company to make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your accident and make sure your rights are protected.

3
Feb

What is the No Fee Guarantee?

February 03, 2016

You might have seen one of our commercials on TV where we talk about our No Fee Guarantee® and wondered what it’s all about. It’s actually quite simple. The No Fee Guarantee® means that if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything. It’s called a contingency fee agreement and it’s designed to protect you in the event we’re unable to recover damages for your injuries. In other words, we work for free until you get paid.

Why do we offer a No Fee Guarantee®? We’re so confident that we’ll get money for you, we’re willing to put our money where our mouth is. Over the years, we’ve helped hundreds of Indiana accident victims get the money they deserve for their injuries, and our track record demonstrates how significant many of those awards are. Although we can’t promise you that we’ll get you a million dollars for your claim, we can commit to handling your claim without any upfront fees so there’s no risk to you.

The No Fee Guarantee® is just one of the ways we make it easy for accident victims to get the legal help they need. If you’ve been injured, give our Indiana car accident attorneys a call and we’ll get started on your case today.