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Underreported Work Injuries Deserve Compensation

November 29, 2017

Work injuries can be devastating. They’re often painful and can lead to prolonged and even permanent disabilities. In some cases, they can even be fatal. When many people think of work injuries, they picture one-time accidents involving ladders, heavy machinery and equipment, and scaffolding. But many work injuries are subtler and occur over many months, years, or even decades. However, their consequences can be just as devastating as injuries that occur in an instant.

An Indiana workers’ compensation attorney at Stewart & Stewart knows that there are dozens of workplace-related injuries that leave people unable to return to their jobs for long periods of time. And sometimes, those injuries are the result of constant wear and tear on joints and muscles.

Two examples of underreported work-related injuries include:

  • Repetitive-stress injuries – Employees who work in factory or warehouse jobs are prone to repetitive-stress injuries, as they must perform similar motions for hours at a time every day. Eventually, this can cause serious inflammation in muscles and joints.
  • Overexertion injuries – Workers whose jobs are varied but involve manual labor can also develop serious injuries, especially if they must heavily exert themselves. People who must frequently lift, push, or pull heavy objects can develop debilitating pain and immobility in their arms, legs, and backs.

It’s important to speak with an attorney if you suspect that you were injured at work—even if it was an injury that took months or years to show up. Don’t delay, as waiting too long to seek medical attention and legal representation can jeopardize your claim. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

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Who Should You Talk to About Employment Law Issues?

November 22, 2017

Being involved in an employment law dispute or dilemma can be frustrating. You may feel like your career is in jeopardy. It’s common for people in those situations to want to reach out to others, including mentors, peers, friends, and co-workers. But it’s important to remember that employment law disputes are highly sensitive matters that can benefit from the assistance, planning, and experience of an Indiana wrongful termination lawyer.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know that workers who are caught in difficult situations with their employers face many pitfalls. Whether employees are taken advantage of in their wages and salaries, denied workers’ compensation benefits, retaliated against for filing a workers’ compensation claim, or wrongfully terminated, there are many common missteps that can invalidate claims against abusive and bullying employers.

Some of the most common missteps include talking to the wrong people. To protect yourself and your rights to compensation, limit your discussion about your employment law dispute to the following parties:

  • A trusted family member – You shouldn’t keep your emotions and anxieties bottled up. Talk to your spouse, partner, parent, or another loved one about what you’re going through, but make sure he or she knows that the information should remain strictly confidential.
  • An experienced attorney – Our workplace dispute attorneys take confidentiality seriously, and we know that information leaked to employers or their insurance companies can jeopardize claims.

You shouldn’t discuss your dispute with friends, co-workers, or on social media. Instead, contact our law firm, and let us start protecting your rights. Call today for a free consultation.

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Nursing Home Residents Have Rights.

November 15, 2017

Whether due to age or other conditions, nursing home residents often have physical or mental disabilities that make it difficult or impossible for them to take care of themselves and live independently.

Residents and their loved ones trust the staff members at their nursing home facilities to provide them with excellent care, but that doesn’t always happen. In fact, sometimes nursing homes can be abusive and neglectful environments, which puts residents at risk of developing serious or even fatal injuries and illnesses.

The Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers Stewart & Stewart are dedicated to protecting and upholding the rights of all nursing home residents throughout the state. It’s our goal to help abused or neglected residents and their families get maximum compensation when their rights are violated. The state’s Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights includes rights such as:

  • The right to be informed of policies and procedures
  • The right to choose physicians and pharmacies
  • The right to know about their own medical conditions and treatments
  • The right to participate in the planning of their own medical care
  • The right to be free from restraints unless there’s threat of injury

Those are just a few of the rights that all nursing home residents are guaranteed in Indiana. If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us today. We’re here to help, and our consultations are free.

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2 Important Facts about Workers’ Compensation Benefits

November 08, 2017

For employees who get injured at work, workers’ compensation benefits are a much-needed lifeline while they’re too hurt or sick to do their jobs. Eligible workers receive a percentage of their weekly or monthly income to help support them while they recover from their illnesses or injuries.

While workers’ compensation is a vital part of the American workforce, many people have misconceptions about it and what it’s used for. At Stewart & Stewart, we help many workers every year get benefits, and we want to help them better understand the process. Two important facts we want injured workers to know are:

  1. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to be temporary. Unlike Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, which are paid out to injured workers who are permanently disabled until they reach retirement age, workers’ compensation benefits are temporary and are often paid for only a few years.
  2. Workers’ compensation benefits don’t cover non-workplace injuries or illnesses. People who are hurt or become ill due to conditions or events outside of work may be eligible for SSD benefits. But workers’ compensation benefits are only provided to people whose conditions originate at work.

The workers’ compensation system in Indiana is complicated, and it’s all too common for injured or sick workers to find their applications reduced or denied. Don’t take that chance. Get in touch with an experienced Indiana workers’ compensation lawyer today for a free consultation.

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Wrongfully Terminated from Your Job? You May Have a Claim.

November 01, 2017

Although employers in Indiana may terminate or lay off employees in a variety of circumstances, federal law protects workers from being laid off for certain reasons. Those four federal laws/acts include:

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964: This law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees due to their race, skin color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967: This law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees 40 years of age and older.
  • Civil Service Reform Act of 1978: This law expands on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: This law prohibits employers from discriminating against workers or qualified individuals who have disabilities.

If you were fired, laid off, forced to retire, or forced to resign for any reason, there’s a chance that your employer violated federal law. If so, you may be eligible to file a wrongful termination claim.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we know the ins-and-outs of wrongful termination claims, and we can determine if employers’ actions were illegal. Call our Indiana wrongful termination lawyers today for a free consultation.