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Indiana Law Protects Employees Like You from Retaliation and Discrimination

March 28, 2018

Your job and your career are your livelihood, but you may feel uneasy about your future due to an injury, illness, or a situation at work that seems unethical or even illegal. There are steps you can take to obtain recourse, whether it’s filing for workers’ compensation or reporting certain activities to the proper authorities, but you may be worried about your employer finding out and firing you or even harming your career prospects.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know how stressful this time can be for workers like you. Thankfully, we also know that Indiana law protects workers in a variety of different situations and scenarios, such as:

  • Filing workers’ compensation claims – If you get hurt on the job and can’t return to work, you’re eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Legally, your employer isn’t allowed to dissuade you from doing so via threats, harassment, or demotions.
  • Refusing to engage in illegal activities – If you have reason to believe something illegal is occurring at your workplace, you aren’t obligated to engage in that activity, and Indiana law will protect you if you report it to state authorities.
  • Reporting dangerous work conditions – You have a right to a safe and productive workplace, and if you notice something dangerous, you should report it. If your employer finds out you reported dangerous work conditions, they can’t retaliate under Indiana’s Occupational Health and Safety Law of 1971.

If you have questions or concerns about your job and your future after an incident at work, get in touch with our Indiana wrongful termination lawyers. We’re here to help—call today for a free consultation.

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Why Do You Need a Lawyer after a Workplace Injury?

March 21, 2018

Getting hurt on the job can be result in serious, painful, and disabling injuries. You may be unable to go back to work for weeks or months, and when you’re not working, you’re not earning the paychecks your family depends on.

Indiana requires that almost all employers in the state carry workers’ compensation insurance, but business owners may be hesitant to confirm that injuries occurred on company property or while working. In addition, the workers’ compensation system isn’t always fair, and injured workers frequently fall through the cracks and are left with no benefits at all.

At Stewart & Stewart, we know that how difficult the process can be for injured workers and their families. That’s why having an experienced Indiana workers’ compensation lawyer on your side can make all the difference.

You can count on our legal team to:

  • Help protect you from threats or retaliation – Employers sometimes threaten workers who get hurt on the job, while others retaliate after injured employees file workers’ compensation claims. We know those tactics, and we’re always prepared for them when representing victims like you.
  • Maximize your chances of getting approved – Even the most cut-and-dry claims can get rejected by the workers’ compensation board. Having an attorney on your side means you won’t have to worry about small mistakes or oversights jeopardizing your claim, because we work hard to make sure every case we handle is complete and accurate before we submit it.

Don’t leave your future up to chance or in the hands of just any law firm. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Debunking Nursing Home Abuse Myths

March 14, 2018

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home is difficult. He or she may have trouble dealing with reduced or lost independence, while you may feel guilt—even if the move is for the sake of their health and well-being.

Because many people struggle with this decision, they may not want to accept that their loved ones could be subject to abuse or neglect while living in nursing facilities. In addition, they also may only see their loved ones at specified times each day or week—often when staff members know they’re going to visit. Due to a combination of those factors, some myths and misconceptions about nursing home abuse and neglect are common.

At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers are here to answer any questions or address any concerns you have about the mistreatment of nursing facility residents, including the following prevalent myths:

  • Nursing home abuse or neglect are obvious – While visible bruises, foul odors, or obvious malnourishment can all be signs of abuse or neglect, they’re not always present—and their absence doesn’t mean your loved one is being treated with the respect he or she deserves.
  • Nursing home residents speak out when they’re being mistreated – People who abuse residents in nursing homes often threaten or intimidate them into silence—even when they’re around their loved ones. That’s why it’s important to always be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect.

If you believe your loved one’s rights were violated in his or her nursing home, it’s vital that you contact our Indiana lawyers right away for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

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Medical Malpractice Frequently Asked Questions

March 07, 2018

At Stewart & Stewart, we’re proud of the legal representation we provide to people who are victims of medical malpractice. But we also know that many victims are unsure if they have claims, and they may be confused about what constitutes medical malpractice.

Because the medical field is highly complex, decisions involving a single patient can involve many medical professionals and parties. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Indiana medical malpractice lawyer on your side who can help you understand what happened to you, whether you have a claim, and what steps you need to take to protect your rights.

Some of the most common questions our attorneys get from people who believe they were harmed by healthcare profession include:

  • Does medical malpractice only involve surgical mistakes? Medical malpractice claims often involve surgical mistakes, including leaving surgical tools inside patients’ bodies or operating on wrong body parts. However, medical malpractice covers a wide range of careless mistakes by healthcare professionals, including misdiagnoses and prescription errors.
  • Does signing a consent form prevent me from filing a medical malpractice claim? Some hospitals and healthcare facilities require patients to sign lengthy consent forms before they’re treated for illnesses or injuries. Those forms are designed to mitigate liability, but they don’t permit healthcare professionals to treat patients carelessly or negligently. If you were harmed by a doctor, surgeon, or other provider, you may still be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a medical professional, we’re here to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.