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What Compensation Is Available for Medical Malpractice Victims?

October 25, 2017

If you were injured by a doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare professional, you’re not alone. Many people in Indiana and throughout America are hurt by negligent healthcare workers every day. Medical professionals are supposed to do everything in their power to help their patients get better, but poor training, distraction, fatigue, and other potentially dangerous oversights and behaviors can lead to serious injuries.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana medical malpractice lawyers fight to help victims of healthcare professionals’ negligence get the compensation they deserve. The most common forms of compensation that victims receive when they get injured or sick because of careless doctors, surgeons, and nurses include:

  • Medical expenses – Medical bills can be burdensome for families who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover a surgery or procedure. It’s our goal to make sure victims never pay out of pocket for complications that weren’t their fault.
  • Lost wages – Medical malpractice-related injuries and illnesses can cause victims to miss days, weeks, months, or even years of work. That means losing the paychecks they depend on—and we want to help them get that money back.
  • Pain and suffering – It’s devastating to find out that a diagnosis, procedure, or surgery failed due to a negligent healthcare professional. We believe victims should be compensated for the mental and emotional suffering they experience.

It’s important to get in touch with a law firm right away if you suspect medical malpractice caused you or your loved one to develop an illness or suffer an injury. Evidence can disappear, and statutes of limitations can run out. Call today for a free consultation.

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Be Honest About Your Workplace Injury

October 18, 2017

Workplace injuries can be painful, debilitating, and disabling. In fact, the pain or reduced range of motion you experience after your accident can be severe enough to keep you from returning to work for weeks or even months. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide a temporary replacement income to injured workers like you, but many people who get hurt on the job are denied the benefits they deserve.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers have helped many people just like you who were injured while working. Throughout our experience, we’ve found that victims who are honest from the moment their injuries occur are more likely to have their claims approved and get maximum compensation.

You can be honest about your workplace injury in these two ways:

  • Don’t exaggerate your injury. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees who suffer a variety of on-the-job injuries, provided their injuries prevent them from working. If you exaggerate the severity of your injury, you may jeopardize your chances of being approved for benefits—especially if a medical examination reveals you aren’t as seriously injured as you claim.
  • Don’t downplay your injury. Medical examinations can’t always detect lost range of motion or severe pain. Make sure that your employer, your doctor, and your attorney understand the severity of your injury. Downplaying the accident or trying to “work through” the pain can lead to complications, additional injuries, and the denial of your workers’ compensation claim.

Were you or someone you love recently hurt on the job? The lawyers at Stewart & Stewart are familiar with Indiana’s workers’ compensation system, and we want to help. Get in touch with us today—our consultations are always free.

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Fired Because of Discrimination or Retaliation? You Need Legal Representation.

October 11, 2017

Indiana is a “right to work” state. That means both employers and employees have the right to end employment at any time and for any reason. However, there are important exceptions to this law.

The federal government protects all employees in the United States from being fired for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Their race, religion, sex, or national origin
  • Their age
  • Their disability status, marital status, political affiliation, or sexual orientation

Employers are also forbidden from firing employees as a means of retaliation for whistleblowing or filing workers’ compensation claims. Despite federal laws protecting employees from wrongful termination, it still happens frequently in Indiana and throughout the country.

If you were unjustly terminated by your employer, there are two steps you can take:

  • Notify the U.S. Department of Labor – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) oversees the enforcement of federal employment laws. If you were terminated for a reason that violates any of those laws, the DOL may be able to help you.
  • Contact an Indiana wrongful termination lawyer – You can also file a private claim against your employer with the help of an experienced law firm. At Stewart & Stewart, we know how to collect powerful evidence to prove a termination was unjust or even illegal.

When you’re out of work, you lose your paycheck and your livelihood. Don’t wait another day to get the representation you and your loved ones deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

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4 Common Types of Medical Malpractice

October 04, 2017

You trust your nurses, doctors, or surgeons to provide you with the best possible care when you’re sick or injured. All healthcare professionals, regardless of their training or level of expertise, make mistakes from time to time. But when medical mistakes are caused by negligence, patients may have legal rights to compensation for their damages.

Healthcare providers are held to high standards due to the impact their work has on the lives of other people. They are supposed to follow a rigorous system of documentation and double-check their work. When healthcare providers fail to do that, patients can suffer serious injuries or health complications.

Four common types of medical malpractice include:

  • Surgical mistakes – Damaging nerves, uncontrollable bleeding, leaving foreign objects inside patients’ bodies, and operating on the wrong body part or patient are devastating surgical errors.
  • Misdiagnosis – Fast and accurate diagnosis is essential for helping patients recover from illnesses. When physicians fail to make a correct diagnosis, proper treatment is delayed.
  • Medication mistakes – Whether the medication is administered in a clinic or prescribed and taken at home, giving a patient the wrong medication or a dose that’s too large or too small can be extremely harmful.
  • Pregnancy or childbirth mistakes – Women and their unborn children can be seriously harmed if doctors make mistakes during any stage of pregnancy or birth.

Have you or a loved one been injured or had your health compromised by a negligent healthcare professional? If so, the Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart want to speak with you. It’s our goal to help families like yours get the compensation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.