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Don’t Let the Nursing Home Get Away with Abuse or Neglect

January 31, 2018

Nursing homes are designed and staffed to take care of people who aren’t always capable of caring for themselves. Because of the aging population in the U.S., nursing homes are more in demand than ever, and costs have risen accordingly. Some families may even have difficulty finding rooms for their loved ones in nearby facilities due to many nursing homes being at capacity.

When families finally find a facility for a family member, they expect him or her to receive excellent care and attention. But that doesn’t always happen. Whether it’s due to poor staff training or staff shortages, some residents are neglected or even actively abused by medical professionals and caregivers at nursing homes.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know how devastating it is when families find out their loved ones were harmed by those who were supposed to care for them. It’s a significant betrayal of trust, ethics, and morals, and the worst part is that it may continue to happen—even if you move your loved one to another facility.

An Indiana nursing home abuse attorney is ready to fight for families like yours, as shining a light on the mistreatment of one patient can help many. Don’t delay if you suspect your loved one is being mistreated at his or her nursing facility. Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we can put our years of experience to work for you.

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Healthcare Workers Don’t Always Admit Their Mistakes

January 24, 2018

Being a victim of medical malpractice is devastating. You trusted your doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare provider to do his or her best when treating your illness or injury, but carelessness, oversights, or sheer negligence caused you to suffer additional—yet avoidable—side effects and complications.

To make matters worse, hospitals have legal representation in place to help protect them against these claims, and many healthcare providers won’t admit that they made mistakes that put their patients’ health at risk. That means it’s their word against yours, and that can be a difficult battle to win on your own.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana medical malpractice attorneys know how to level the playing field for innocent victims like you. You don’t have to go up against a big hospital alone. Let us take on your claim and fight to maximize your chances of receiving compensation by:

  • Proving malpractice occurred – Whether it was a misdiagnosis, a surgical error, or a prescription error, our legal team is ready to investigate your doctor or healthcare provider’s actions to determine when and where the malpractice occurred.
  • Proving your injury or illness is linked to malpractice – Proving that your healthcare provider made an avoidable mistake isn’t always enough. But we know what steps to take to obtain and present evidence that conclusively links your injury or illness to your doctor’s negligence.

It’s important to act quickly if you suspect you’re a victim of medical malpractice. Evidence can quickly disappear, making it more difficult to prove what happened, so don’t wait. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Report Even Minor Injuries to Your Employer

January 17, 2018

Many employees are hesitant to report even serious workplace injuries to their employers, let alone minor ones. They may feel uncomfortable telling their supervisors or managers about what happened, especially if their company prides itself on the number of days that have passed since the last on-the-job injury.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve helped many workers who faced debilitating pain, loss of mobility, and weeks, months, or years of lost income because they ignored minor or moderate injuries. The severity of many injuries is subjective, and what may seem like a minor injury to you may actually be severe enough to be considered disabling.

Always report any injuries you suffer at work to your supervisor for the following reasons:

  • Minor injuries can worsen. Injuries involving muscles, tendons, and any part of the spinal cord can quickly get worse over the course of hours or days. But if you wait too long to tell someone at work about the accident, you may lose your chance to file a claim for workers’ compensation.
  • Minor injuries can shine a light on unsafe working conditions. If you were injured at work while performing a certain task or while working in a specific environment, a lack of safety protocols or equipment may be to blame. Alerting management of your injury may help others avoid getting hurt in similar situations.

It’s important to not try and “tough out” work-related injuries, as many are susceptible to worsening over time. An Indiana workers’ compensation lawyer is here to help if you were hurt at work, and we’ll do everything we can to protect your rights to the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

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Dealing With the Aftermath of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

January 10, 2018

Finding out that your loved one was abused or neglected while living in a nursing home is devastating. In addition to being concerned about your loved one’s well-being and mental health, you may feel angry and betrayed by the nursing home staff who promised to look after them.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know that many families seek compensation after learning that their loved ones were harmed at nursing facilities, and an Indiana nursing home abuse lawyer is here to help with that process.

We also know that families often struggle with the aftermath on an emotional level. Children, spouses, and siblings may feel guilty for the abuse or neglect their loved ones suffered, while the residents themselves may need to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally from the ordeals they experienced.

Although dealing with the aftermath of nursing home abuse is never easy, you can begin to find peace of mind by following these steps:

  • Transferring your loved one to a different facility – It’s important to move your loved one to a new facility as soon as possible if they suffered abuse or neglect at a nursing home.
  • Recognizing it isn’t your fault or your loved one’s fault – Remember that the blame lies solely on the nursing home staff members who were supposed to provide care—not you, your family members, or your loved one.

Our legal team has helped many families during this difficult process, and we know how traumatic it can be for everyone involved. It’s our goal to help you and your loved one move forward after nursing home abuse, so contact us for a free consultation 

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How Can You Protect Yourself From Medical Malpractice?

January 03, 2018

When we visit doctors, surgeons, or other healthcare providers, we expect them to meet a high standard of care and provide solutions to help us feel better. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case in healthcare settings. Some medical providers are careless or negligent, which puts their patients at risk of suffering debilitating injuries and complications. Some victims of medical malpractice even battle life-threatening side effects as a result of healthcare workers’ mistakes.

Whether you’re going in for a quick checkup or an invasive surgery, you count on your healthcare provider’s skills and judgement to provide the best possible treatment. However, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that you get the care you need. You can help protect yourself from medical malpractice by following these steps:

  • Bring a family member or friend to your appointments. When you’re sick or hurt, it can be difficult to keep a clear head during appointments. You may miss important details or forget questions you wanted to ask your healthcare provider. Having a third party present for your appointments can help you remember more information and ask about any potentially dangerous prescriptions or diagnoses.
  • Take notes after meeting with healthcare providers. It’s important to be as informed as possible about your treatment. However, doctors and other providers often cover large amounts of information in short amounts of time. Take notes about your treatment plan during or after your appointment so you can better prepare yourself for the days, weeks, and months ahead.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know that medical care can sometimes be a double-edged sword. It saves countless lives every year, but when doctors, surgeons, and nurses aren’t attentive, innocent lives are put at risk.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a medical mistake, an Indiana medical malpractice lawyer is here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.