Archive for September, 2017

27
Sep

Don’t Make These Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes.

September 27, 2017

Most businesses in Indiana have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees through the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana. As an accident insurance program, the system is designed to pay employees medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits if they get hurt on the job.

Workers’ compensation is available to employees of any company that’s required to purchase the insurance, but some employees who get hurt on the job unknowingly jeopardize their chances of receiving benefits.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve helped many hurt workers get benefits over the years, and we know that it’s possible to maximize your chances of approval by avoiding these common mistakes:

  • Waiting too long to report your accident or injury – Being approved for benefits requires conclusive evidence that your injury happened at work. If you wait too long, evidence can disappear and it can be more difficult to link your injury with a work-related accident.
  • Exaggerating or lying about your injury – There’s no reason to exaggerate, embellish, or lie about your injuries or their severity. Many injuries can keep workers off the job for long periods of time, but lying about any aspect of your injuries or the accident can make you ineligible for benefits.

When it comes to getting workers’ compensation benefits, being prompt and being honest throughout every step of the process are essential. Our Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers can further maximize your chances of getting the benefits you deserve, but you need to act fast. Call today for a free consultation, and let us start working on your behalf.

20
Sep

How Can an Attorney Help with Your Nursing Home Abuse Claim?

September 20, 2017

Nursing home abuse is tragic and heartbreaking, and it happens more often than we realize. Whether it’s caused by understaffed facilities or negligent care providers, residents who are neglected or abused often suffer serious health effects that can put their lives at risk.

Finding out that your loved one received subpar care or was neglected by their healthcare providers is devastating, and you want answers. At Stewart & Stewart, we fight for the rights of both abused and neglected residents and their loved ones, and it’s our goal to help them get both closure and compensation for violations of their health and trust.

Our Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers know what it takes to build a strong case, and we know how to:

  • Prove your loved one’s rights were violated. All Indiana nursing home residents are protected by the state’s Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights. It includes things like the right to be informed, the rights to privacy, dignity, and respect, and the right to voice grievances. If any of those rights were violated, the nursing home can be held liable for injuries or illnesses that occur.
  • Stand up to the nursing home and the insurance company. Many nursing homes are owned by large corporations that oversee dozens, if not hundreds of similar facilities throughout the country. They’re well-protected from abuse claims, and that can leave many families feeling like they have no recourse. But our legal team knows how the corporations work, and we know how to collect evidence that proves your loved one was abused or neglected.

Get the one-on-one attention and dedication that your nursing home abuse claim requires. Get Stewart. Call today for a free consultation.

13
Sep

Proving the 4 Required Facts in Medical Malpractice Claims

September 13, 2017

When a person is injured or becomes ill after receiving medical treatment or attention, they may be able to file a claim for medical malpractice. But to have a valid case, four facts must be proven: an injury occurred, a doctor or hospital was responsible for providing care, a doctor or hospital caused the injury, and a doctor or hospital failed to provide a level of care consistent with acceptable medical standards.

On the surface, proving those four facts may seem simple, especially when patients are seriously injured while under the care of physicians and other healthcare providers. But hospitals and private clinics are adept at protecting themselves from medical malpractice cases, and obtaining evidence can be difficult.

At Stewart & Stewart, we assist injured patients by:

  1. Establishing that the injury occurred – Medical records and expert testimony can help establish that your injury occurred when you received medical treatment and that it wasn’t due to an unrelated illness or accident.
  2. Establishing that the doctor or hospital provided care – Again, collecting medical records and charts, as well as hospital admission dates, can serve as valuable evidence to prove that you received care on the date the medical malpractice occurred.
  3. Establishing that the doctor or hospital caused the injury – Injuries that are consistent with a specific procedure or mistakes during the procedure can be traced back to a specific admission date at the hospital or treatment at a private clinic.
  4. Establishing that provided care wasn’t up to standards – Healthcare providers are supposed to follow strict routines and processes and document the steps they take. If they fail to do so, patients like you can suffer serious injuries.

Our Indiana medical malpractice lawyers know what to look for when patients are harmed by healthcare providers, and we know how to build claims that get results. Contact us today for a free consultation.

6
Sep

Who Should You to Talk to After a Workplace Injury?

September 06, 2017

Were you recently hurt on the job? If so, you may be dealing with severe pain and disability. This can create an uncertain future for you and your loved ones, especially if you’re afraid that you might not be able to go back to work and earn the paycheck you depend on.

Thankfully, injured workers like you aren’t without recourse. Indiana’s workers’ compensation system allows hurt employees an opportunity to file claims to get a percentage of their income replaced while they recover from their injuries. But to be eligible, injured workers must take the right steps, including talking to the right people.

There are two people you should talk to right away after a workplace injury:

  1. Your supervisor – You must report the accident to your supervisor as soon as possible to be eligible for workers’ compensation. Reporting your injury not only formally begins the workers’ compensation process, but it can also make your supervisor aware of potentially dangerous equipment or working conditions.
  1. An experienced Indiana workers’ compensation attorneyUnfortunately, getting approved for workers’ compensation is rarely a cut-and-dry process. There are many pitfalls and red tape that stand in the way of you and the benefits you deserve. Having an attorney on your side levels the playing field and frees you up to focus on your recovery.

Whether you’re talking to your supervisor, a workers’ compensation representative, or your attorney, it’s important to always tell the truth about what happened. Facts are your best weapons when it comes to getting money for your injury.

Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact Stewart & Stewart today for a free consultation.