Archive for March, 2016

30
Mar

Dear Insurance Adjuster

March 30, 2016

Everybody deserves a second chance, and at Stewart & Stewart, that’s exactly what we provide.

We understand the pressure you feel at work–the constant mandate to make as much profit as possible regardless of how it impacts the people involved. It’s your job and we understand. That’s why we give insurance adjusters just like you second, third, and even fourth chances to get it right.

You know our firm’s reputation for helping accident victims. You know we’re not going to settle for less than our client deserves. Your insurance company owes our client a fair settlement for their injuries, and we won’t stop until we get it for them. That means money to pay their current and future medical bills. It means compensating them for their lost wages. It means taking into account their pain and suffering rather than brushing it off as not your responsibility.

If you don’t get it right on your first settlement offer, we’ll give you a second chance. In fact, we’ll keep saying “that’s not enough, do it again” until you come back with an offer that fairly compensates our client.

We’re not going anywhere. Our client’s not going anywhere. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can put this accident behind you.

23
Mar

A Simple Conversation Can Save Lives

March 23, 2016

Turning sixteen and getting a drivers license is one of the most important milestones of a teenager’s life. It provides them with a freedom they have never had. But along with that freedom comes a huge responsibility that many teenagers aren’t ready for. As a parent, you have a responsibility as well: preparing your children for the potential dangers of getting behind the wheel.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20-year-olds in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a simple conversation with your child can make all the difference in turning that statistic around.

Here are 5 rules you should talk to your teenager about before they get behind the wheel:

  1. No Alcohol—29% of 15- to 20-year old drivers killed in accidents had been drinking. Instill in your teenager the dangers of underage drinking, and make a plan so they never feel like they have to get behind the wheel intoxicated.
  2. No cell phone use while driving—Talking or texting while driving leads to thousands of crashes every year. Make sure your teenager knows that their car is a “no cell zone.”
  3. No riding without a seatbelt—No matter how short a trip, your youth should have a seatbelt on at all times. No exceptions.
  4. No speeding—It’s easy to feel like you’re invincible at sixteen, but the reality is speed kills. Following speed limits leads to safer driving and fewer tickets.
  5. No extra passengers—NHTSA data reveals that your teenager is more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors when riding with one or more other teenagers. Don’t allow other teens in your child’s car until you feel they’re ready.

Getting a license is exciting for every teenager. However, it also opens your child up to new dangers. A simple conversation now can save your child’s life. The car accident attorneys at Stewart & Stewart encourage you to have that conversation today.

16
Mar

Every Minute Counts

March 16, 2016

When most people think of a car accident trial, they probably think of two drivers fighting over what one owes the other for their injuries. The reality is much different. After an accident, your real opponent is the insurance company. They can withhold the money you need to put this accident behind you, and in our experience, that’s what they try to do.

We have zero patience for insurance companies unwilling to live up to their responsibilities and fully compensate accident victims for their injuries. These individuals aren’t looking to buy a new house or vacation in Hawaii on their settlement check. They simply want to be able to pay their medical bills, recover lost wages, and get on with their lives. The longer the insurance company takes to provide that compensation, the more financial strain they place on the victim. We don’t think that’s right. That’s why we fight so hard for our clients, because we know every minute counts.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call our Indianapolis car accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your case and work to make the insurance company play fair. You deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries. Give us a call, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you are.

9
Mar

Who Do You Want Representing You?

March 09, 2016

Consider this scenario. You’ve been diagnosed with a rare heart condition that requires surgery. There are five heart surgeons in your area but only one has ever successfully completed the procedure. Which doctor do you want operating on you? The one who has completed the procedure before, of course, because they have experience and a track record that gives you the best chance for survival.

It’s the same with personal injury claims. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you probably don’t want someone who has never handled a case like yours representing you. You want someone with experience and a track record that can give you the best chance of getting maximum compensation for your injuries. At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve been helped hundreds of injured people in Indianapolis. We know your rights and what it takes to win, which is why so many accident victims turn to us when they need representation.

If you’ve been injured and are considering calling a lawyer, go with a law firm with a history of getting results. Call our Indiana car accident lawyers today for a free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.

2
Mar

Why You Should Report Dog Bites

March 02, 2016

Dog bites happen often in Indiana. Unfortunately, many of these incidents go unreported, and even fewer dog owners are held accountable for their aggressive animals. There are a number of reasons why victims don’t report dog bites to the police, such as they don’t want to cause trouble or have anything happen to the dog in question. Although that seems reasonable on the surface, failure to report a dog bite can lead to dangerous repercussions for others and the animal in question. Here’s why:

The Next Victim—Dog bites are rarely isolated incidents. If a dog attacks a human once, they’re sure to do it again. By failing to report the attack or hold the owner accountable, you are opening the door for future attacks on others. What if the next person the dog attacks is a child or an elderly person? Are you prepared to take that chance? We’re not.

Signs of Neglect—We don’t believe dogs are naturally aggressive. They are taught aggression by their owners. Whether the owner intentionally raises their dog to become a weapon or they unintentionally make them so through neglect or mistreatment, the dog is a victim as well. By not reporting a dog attack, you are enabling the owner to continue to treat his animals in this way, and that’s not okay.

If a dog has attacked you, do the right thing by reporting the attack to the police. Then give us a call to learn your rights. You can prevent future attacks by holding the owner accountable, and we’re ready to help you do just that. Call us today for a free consultation.