Archive for August, 2017


Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

August 30, 2017

Finding out that your loved one received subpar care at a nursing home is bad enough, but in some cases, residents are ignored by staff or even physically and emotionally abused by the people who are supposed to care for them.

Nursing home abuse and neglect aren’t just violations of your trust and your loved one’s rights–they’re also violations of state law. All nursing home residents in the state of Indiana are protected by a patient bill of rights, which includes the right to be free of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and seclusion, among many other rights.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve helped many abused and neglected nursing home residents and their families get compensation for what they’ve gone through, and we know that there are two common factors in many of those cases:

  • Understaffing – Nursing homes may have hundreds of residents at any given time, all of whom need close supervision and frequent medical attention. To meet that demand, nursing homes must staff dozens of healthcare professionals. But some facilities try to save money by understaffing and stretching employees too thin, rendering patient care ineffective and even neglectful.
  • Lack of background checks – It’s vital that employees who work in nursing homes and play a role in the health and well-being of residents be trustworthy and competent. Background checks can help nursing home facilities find the best candidates for the job, but this step may be skipped to fast-track hires to fill open positions—creating the potential for neglect and abuse.

If you suspect your loved one isn’t receiving proper care at their nursing home facility, get in touch with our Indiana nursing home abuse attorneys. We may be able to help prove abuse or neglect to maximize your chances of getting compensation for your loved one. Call today for a free consultation.


Dog Bite? You May Be Entitled to Compensation.

August 23, 2017

Although rare, dog bites happen more often than you may think. If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, you may not think much of it at first, but what seems like a minor injury could soon develop major consequences.

Because dogs have long sharp teeth, their bites can transfer huge amounts of bacteria deep into the skin. This can overwhelm the body’s immune system, putting victims like you at risk of suffering serious infections at the location of the bite or throughout the body. In some cases, infections caused by a dog bite can be even be fatal.

In addition, dogs’ sharp teeth can also cause muscle, ligament, and nerve damage, resulting in reduced mobility and even paralysis of the affected part of the body.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know Indiana’s laws regarding dog bites. We can build a claim designed to get you the money you deserve, including compensation for:

  • Medical bills – Serious dog bites require immediate medical attention. In severe cases, victims may even need prolonged stays in the hospital, surgery, and physical rehabilitation.
  • Lost wages – Dog bite victims may have difficulty using their arms, hands, fingers, legs, or feet. These injuries can make it difficult or impossible for them to go back to work, resulting in lost income.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a dog bite, don’t take the situation lightly. Get to the doctor right away, and get in touch with an experienced Indiana dog bite lawyer to protect your rights. Call or fill out our online form to get a free, no-obligation consultation with our legal team today.


Safety Gear Makes All the Difference in Motorcycle Accidents

August 16, 2017

Summer will begin winding down soon in Indiana, and that means cooler temperatures and perfect riding weather are on the way.

If you’re heading out to ride on the state’s highways and interstates, it’s important to drive defensively and outfit yourself in the right gear. As a motorcyclist, you lack the same protection that drivers and passengers in vehicles get, and unless you’re properly equipped, you’re especially vulnerable to suffering critical and life-threatening injuries.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers know that full riding gear helps protect motorcyclists from injuries in a variety of ways:

  • Full-face helmets protect the face, head, and brain. With full-face helmets, riders are much less likely to suffer potentially fatal head injuries that are commonly seen in motorcyclists who either don’t wear helmets or who wear half helmets.
  • Riding jackets and pants protect from road rash. Even the thickest “normal” clothing is no match for the surface of the road when you contact it at high speed. Riding jackets and pants are designed with durable material that will protect your skin during an accident.
  • Gloves and boots protect hands, feet, fingers, and toes. Injuries to the extremities are common during motorcycle accidents. In some cases, victims may even lose fingers or toes due to severe road rash or from impact with the ground. Heavy-duty gloves and riding boots that cover the ankles protect the extremities and can prevent amputation.

While riding gear can help reduce the severity of injuries, it can’t always prevent them. If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your accident—we’re here to help.


Multiple Parties at Fault in Truck Accident Cases

August 09, 2017

While the fault for a car crash often falls on a single driver, the blame for truck accidents can be shared among multiple parties. If you were recently injured in a truck crash, you may find it difficult to begin the process of getting compensation for your accident—especially if you don’t know which party is to blame.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana truck accident attorneys investigate all the facts of your truck accident to determine who was at fault and how much they contributed to the accident. In many truck accidents, three separate parties may be held accountable:

  • The truck driver – Truck drivers are required and expected to obey all traffic laws. But when they speed, drive while intoxicated or impaired, or follow too closely behind other vehicles, they can cause deadly crashes.
  • The trucking company – Trucking companies sometimes prioritize profits over safety. When they do, they may overload trucks, fail to train drivers, or force drivers to work for extended periods of time without proper rest.
  • The truck owner – Third parties own many semi trucks and tractor trailers, and it’s their responsibility to make sure their vehicles are well-maintained and safe for driving—especially on long-distance and cross-country trips.

Because truck accidents are legally complex and trucking companies are often represented by big insurance companies, it’s important to have an attorney on your side that won’t back down from a challenge.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve fought for our clients’ rights for years, and we’re ready to do the same for you. Fill out a free consultation form to get started today.


Move Over for Stopped Emergency Vehicles

August 03, 2017

Indiana law requires that all drivers change lanes when they approach stopped emergency vehicles on two or four-lane roadways.

“Move Over Laws” are on the books in states throughout the country to protect police officers, firefighters, paramedics, utility, and rescue workers who often work just a few feet from speeding vehicles.

If you see any of the following vehicles stopped on the side of a street, highway, or interstate, you should change lanes as soon as it’s safe to do so:

  • Ambulances
  • Fire trucks
  • Highway incident-response vehicles
  • Highway maintenance vehicles
  • Highway patrol cars
  • Police cruisers
  • Rescue vehicles
  • Tow trucks
  • Utility service vehicles

Changing lanes can help you avoid the risk of striking a stopped vehicle, pedestrian, or emergency responder, but it’s important to be cautious when you follow the law. If you don’t have room or time to change lanes, reduce your speed and proceed near the stopped vehicle with caution.

Drivers who violate the state’s “Move Over Law” by failing to change lanes or slow down can be charged with a fine and lose their licenses for up to two years if they cause an accident that damages property or results in the injury or death of an emergency worker.

Were you or someone you love injured in an accident that could have been prevented if the driver changed lanes? If so, you can contact Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indiana auto accident lawyers for a free consultation. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Let us fight for your rights to compensation.