Archive for December, 2016

28
Dec

Leaving You Better Off Than We Found You

December 28, 2016

A good rule for teaching children to respect borrowed possessions is “leave it better than you found it.” That’s an old adage that still holds true today, especially in personal injury law. Every client who comes through our doors trusts us with something very precious: their future. And that’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly.

Filing an injury claim is something no one wants to do, but the outcome of that claim could be the difference between fully recovering from an accident and finding yourself in a financial nightmare. It’s vitally important that you get maximum compensation for your injuries, because chances are, you’re going to need every penny. In our experience, the insurance company will try and pay you as little as possible. After all, minimizing your claim is in their best interests. Getting them to pay what you truly deserve can be difficult on your own, which is why so many folks in Indiana turn to us for help.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve been fighting on behalf of Indiana’s injured for more than 30 years. In that time, we’ve never taken for granted the awesome task entrusted to us by our clients. We work hard to maximize every client’s injury claim, because we know their family’s future may depend on it. And we’re ready to do the same for you.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. You deserve to be fully compensated for what you’ve been through, and we’ll fight to make sure you are. Contact us today.

21
Dec

Three Facts You Need to Know about Car Accidents

December 21, 2016

Most Americans will never need the help of a personal injury lawyer. Although most of us will be involved in a car accident during our lifetime, the majority of those accidents are minor and will not involve injuries. However, just because the chances of you being involved in a serious accident are low doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Here are three facts every driver and passenger should know about being in a car accident.

  1. The accident report only tells half the story. The report the attending officer files following your accident contains a wealth of information pertinent to your injury claim. However, it only tells half of the story. The other half requires an in-depth investigation by an experienced law firm to unearth.
  2. Insurance won’t automatically cover all your expenses. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s the responsibility of the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover your expenses. However, getting what you truly deserve can be difficult on your own. The insurance company will try to pay you as little as possible for your claim, not what your case is necessarily worth.
  3. Expense and worth are two different things. In an injury claim, the expenses you incur due to your injuries, such as medical bills and lost wages, don’t necessarily amount to what your case is worth. You have to take into account pain and suffering, lost opportunities, and reduced quality of life, all of which are difficult to determine on your own. You need an experienced attorney to truly assess these non-expense components to come to the true worth of your accident.

Getting maximum compensation after an accident should be your top priority. If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case for no cost or obligation, so call now.

14
Dec

Fatigued Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

December 14, 2016

At Stewart & Stewart, we love the holiday season. For us, it’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, be generous with our time and resources, and reflect on the past year. It’s also one of the busiest times of year. Late nights and early mornings impact our sleeping patterns, leaving us more fatigued than usual. That fatigue can be dangerous.

According to a recent study, driving fatigued or sleep deprived is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driving with too little sleep is equivalent to driving after consuming three or four alcoholic drinks. That’s a sobering statistic for the millions of Americans who get less than seven hours of sleep per night (35%) and the millions more who get less than five (12%).

What does this mean for car accident injury claims in Indiana? Potentially a lot. We could see fatigued driving becoming a central component in determining fault in an accident and even monetary liability. Luckily, there’s a remedy. Get more sleep. If you ever find yourself too fatigued to drive, call a cab or arrange for other transportation. Your life is worth far more than a one-way cab fare.

And as always, if you need legal advice after a car accident, call us today for a free consultation. Our Indiana car accident attorneys are ready to hear your story and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

7
Dec

A Reasonable Standard of Care

December 07, 2016

If you’re like most Americans, you can’t rebuild a carburetor from scratch or rewire an entire house on a whim. Instead, we turn to mechanics and electricians when the need arises and rarely venture into their space. It’s simply a matter of know-how. The same is true for medical treatment. There aren’t many who can both diagnose and treat their own ailments, so we put our trust in medical professionals. When that trust is betrayed, the consequences can be dire.

At Stewart & Stewart, we believe in holding medical professionals to a reasonable standard of care. Most of our medical malpractice cases involve medical professionals who hurt our client more than they helped. The injuries they caused would never have happened if the medical professional had upheld, at the very least, a reasonable standard of care. Instead, our client received negligent care, sustained injuries, and therefore deserves to be compensated.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact us immediately. Our team of experienced Indiana medical malpractice attorneys are ready to hear your story and work to get you the justice you deserve. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.