Archive for June, 2016

29
Jun

Proving Disability to the Social Security Administration

June 29, 2016

The Social Security Act of 1935 was one of the greatest legislative achievements of the 20th century. It provided financial support to seniors who otherwise would have struggled financially in their latter years. That crowning achievement was only surpassed when the act was amended in 1956 to include disabled Americans. Millions apply for these benefits every year, but more than two-thirds of initial applications are denied, leaving many wondering how they’ll make ends meet.

To secure Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must prove that you 1) are disabled and 2) cannot do any type of work, not just your preferred occupation. For example, if you are a mechanic and become disabled, you only qualify for SSD if you can prove that you are unable to do any job, even something like collecting tickets at a movie theatre. Proving that level of disability on your own can be extremely difficult, which is why many call an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer for help.

If you’ve been denied SSD benefits, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our experienced Indiana Social Security Disability lawyers will thoroughly research and evaluate your condition to determine the best approach for your appeal, giving you the best chance of securing benefits. Your SSD benefits are too important for you to go it alone, so call us today.

22
Jun

How Much More Can a Lawyer Get You?

June 22, 2016

As personal injury lawyers, we’ve spoken with a lot of accident victims over the years, many of which decided not to call a lawyer to handle their injury claim. Most wish they had, because several months after taking on the insurance company alone they found themselves in a financial crisis. It’s hard to fault them. After all, the insurance company offered them a quick check just weeks after their accident. How much more could a lawyer get them anyway? The answer could be a lot.

In our experience, here are the 3 main differences between the insurance company’s initial offers and the settlement amount a lawyer will pursue on your behalf.

  1. Medical expenses—There’s no way you can know just a couple weeks after your accident how much your long-term medical expenses are going to be. There could be dozens of future doctor’s visits, expensive tests, surgeries, and other unexpected treatment expenses. An experienced lawyer will take into account your current medical expenses and all future medical expenses when determining how much your claim is worth.
  2. Lost wages—If you’re injured, you’re probably out of work. For how long is yet to be determined. Don’t expect the insurance company to put compensation for that time off into their initial settlement offer. An attorney will.
  3. Pain and suffering—Your accident was traumatic. It has flipped your world upside down, and you deserve to be compensated for the pain it has caused you. Although that probably won’t be a factor in the insurance company’s initial offer, it’ll be a high priority for your personal injury attorney.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, getting fair compensation for your injuries can be extremely difficult on your own. Call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today. We know what this accident is going to cost you and we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation from the insurance company. Don’t go it alone. Call us today.

15
Jun

$72 Million Verdict in Talcum Powder Case

June 15, 2016

Talcum powder has been used in feminine hygiene products for decades. Traditionally, talcum contained asbestos, a powder-like substance known to cause cancer if inhaled. Due to the health concerns associated with asbestos, talcum powder has been asbestos-free since the 1970s. However, talcum may still pose a serious threat to women.

Recent studies have linked modern talcum powders to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women. Talcum powder can be found in hundreds of hygiene products, including:

  • baby powder and body powders,
  • condoms,
  • diaphragms,
  • feminine washes,
  • sanitary napkins,
  • tampons,
  • and vaginal deodorants.

Many cancer victims who used products containing talcum powder have come forward to hold the manufacturers accountable for the harm their products cause, leading to landmark verdicts. Earlier this year, the family of a 62-year-old woman who died from ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million. A similar case received a $55 million verdict as well.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talcum powder, now is the time to get the help you need. Call our Indiana drug injury lawyers immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your condition, call us today.

8
Jun

Tips for Giving Testimony in a Personal Injury Trial

June 08, 2016

As our personal injury client, we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation in the least amount of time. Best-case scenario, we’ll settle your case with the insurance company outside of court. However, if the insurance company refuses to do the right thing, we’ll have to take the fight into the courtroom. In that case, chances are you’ll have to testify at some point in the trial. That testimony is vital to your case, so it’s important that you are properly prepared.

Here are 5 tips for giving good testimony in a personal injury trial:

  1. Tell the truth. The witness stand is not a place to embellish facts or change your story. Inconsistency never plays well with the jury, so stick to the facts and only the facts.
  2. Don’t volunteer new information. One of the questions from the opposing attorney may make you remember something you hadn’t disclosed previously. Even if it could potentially help your case, don’t volunteer new information on the witness stand. Consult with your attorney after you’ve stepped down.
  3. Stay calm. The opposing attorney may attempt to get you frustrated or impassioned with his/her questions in an attempt to make you seem volatile or untrustworthy. Don’t fall for it. Answer his/her questions without attitude or sarcasm, and never lose your temper.
  4. Sit up straight. Appearance matters in court. To the extent you are able, try not to slouch in the seat. Sit up straight and speak confidently. The facts are on your side, so you have no reason to cower.
  5. Correct your mistakes. If you happen to misspeak, be sure to correct yourself. It’s better for you to set the record straight on your own accord than for the opposing counsel to force you to.

Well before you step up to the witness stand, your Stewart & Stewart attorney will thoroughly prepare you for the experience. Our job is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident up there, and we’ll give you everything you need so you’re properly prepared.

1
Jun

Medical Justice for Indiana Victims

June 01, 2016

Your loved one went into the hospital for a routine procedure. The doctor said it would only take a couple hours, but hours later, you are still sitting in the waiting room with no word. Finally, the doctor comes in to tell you there were complications with the surgery and as a result, your loved one will never be the same. You and your family are devastated. You suspect medical malpractice, but how can you be sure? You weren’t in the operating room. How can you prove negligence for something you didn’t witness?

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve spoken to dozens of families over the years with these exact same questions. They feel angry and betrayed but aren’t sure what to do next. Thankfully, they called us. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have handled some of the largest medical malpractice cases in Indiana and have won large settlements for our clients. We know how the medical system works and how to prove medical malpractice took place.

If you or someone you love was the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the circumstances leading up to your injuries and do our best to get you maximum compensation for your claim. Don’t try to take on the medical establishment alone. Call us today.