Archive for February, 2018

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What Compensation is Available for Wrongfully Terminated Workers?

February 28, 2018

Your job is your livelihood, and losing it for any reason can be devastating. Unfortunately, many workers in the U.S. and throughout Indiana lose their jobs for reasons that violate Federal law. The U.S. government has several acts and laws protecting workers from being laid off, fired, or demoted for their race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, sexual orientation, and more.

At Stewart & Stewart, it’s our job to help workers who were dismissed from their jobs for reasons that violate Federal law. In our years of experience assisting hardworking people like you, we’ve learned that many victims don’t always know what to expect when they pursue claims against their former employers.

Our team of Indiana wrongful termination lawyers works hard and confidentially to help victims recover compensation for:

  • Lost wages – Workers may be eligible to recover all of the wages they lost from the date of wrongful termination until the present. Future lost wages also may be included, especially if the worker has been unable to obtain employment by the time the settlement offer occurs.
  • Lost benefits – Working full time often has benefits that go beyond salaries, including health insurance coverage and stock options. Wrongful termination settlements can and often do include those lost benefits for fired workers.
  • Emotional distress – Losing a job and a reliable income can be devastating, especially when it’s due to something you had no control over. Workers may be eligible to receive additional compensation for the distress, anxiety, and anguish they feel over the loss of their job.

Pursuing compensation from your former employer may feel intimidating, but if you were wrongfully terminated, we’re here to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Call a Lawyer Right Away if You Suspect Medical Malpractice

February 21, 2018

Medical malpractice lawsuits are highly complex and require significant amounts of evidence that prove doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals or entire facilities were negligent and knew of the dangers that they exposed patients to.

They’re also time sensitive for two important reasons:

  • Statutes of limitations can quickly expire – In Indiana, the statute of limitations for filing medical malpractice claims is two years from the date the malpractice occurred—not the date that the malpractice was discovered or suspected. For many patients, side effects, symptoms, and complications don’t show up until months after malpractice occurs, and by the time they call a law firm, time may be running out.
  • Evidence can quickly disappear – Medical records aren’t always preserved forever, and key witnesses and experts may be unavailable to interview for your malpractice claim. Once evidence disappears, the hospital or doctor’s office will have a significant upper hand, as the burden of proof always falls on the person who is filing the medical malpractice claim.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana medical malpractice lawyers know how stressful this time is for you. Dealing with the stress and frustration of what happened can delay healing and increase the risk of side effects and complications.

That’s why it’s important to have a legal team that you can trust on your side. Don’t go it alone. Call us today for a free consultation.

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What Compensation Is Available for Nursing Home Abuse Victims and Their Families?

February 14, 2018

When nursing home residents are abused or neglected by healthcare providers and staff members, it’s a serious moral, ethical, professional, and legal violation. At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers have no tolerance for nursing home employees and administrators who don’t place the safety, well-being, and health of their residents above all else.

Unfortunately, too many nursing homes in Indiana and throughout the country are more focused on their bottom lines—and that means understaffing or hiring underqualified employees to take care of residents. When staff members are overworked or inexperienced, resident care suffers, and abuse and neglect is more likely to occur.

Nursing home residents and their families often feel helpless when abuse or neglect occurs, but it’s important to remember that all residents have rights, and when those rights are violated, they’re also entitled to recourse, including filing claims for compensation.

Victims and their families can receive compensation for everything from medical bills, physical pain, emotional distress and anguish, disability, reduced quality of life, and even punitive damages. In addition, an experienced legal team can also advise you while you navigate the process of potentially moving your loved one to a new facility that’s free from abusive or neglectful staff members and healthcare professionals.

If your loved one’s rights were violated at his or her nursing home, get the help your family deserves today. Call or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Why Do Workers’ Compensation Claims Get Denied?

February 07, 2018

Nearly all employers in Indiana are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. The system is designed to cover workers when they get hurt on the job and can’t return to work for long periods of time.

To prevent the system from being abused, the Indiana workers’ compensation board makes it difficult to get approved, especially for people who don’t follow the state’s guidelines for applying for benefits or whose claims lack evidence and proof that their injuries are severe or happened at work.

Unfortunately, the difficult approval process means that many valid claims slip through the cracks and can get denied. Some of the most common reasons for claim denials include:

  • Delays in filing claims – Unlike personal injury claims, the amount of time you have to file a workers’ compensation claims is often measured in days, not years. When injured workers wait too long, they jeopardize their chances of getting benefits.
  • Employers disputing that injuries occurred at work – Workers who fail to tell their supervisors or managers about their injuries right away are more likely to get denied, especially if a formal injury report was never created. That gives their employers leeway to deny that their accidents ever happened.

Stewart & Stewart knows how difficult it is for injured workers to succeed when filing claims in a workers’ compensation system that seems rigged against them. Don’t be another statistic—our Indiana workers’ compensation attorneys know the system and how to maximize chances of success. Call today for a free consultation to get in touch with our experienced legal team.