Losing a close family member under any circumstance is devastating and life-changing. When the death is unexpected, the mourning process is compounded by shock, uncertainty, and fear for the future. You may have been financially dependent on that person. At the very least, you will face funeral and burial costs and the monumental work of sorting out your loved one’s affairs for them. If your family member’s passing is the result of negligence or the actions of another party, it meets the definition of wrongful death. And you may be entitled to compensation. Mike Stephenson is an experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyer who will fight to win the damages you deserve so you can focus on grieving and, eventually, healing. We understand that no amount of money will come close to replacing your parent, child, or spouse. But at least the parties responsible will be held accountable and it can help alleviate the financial
Sports related injury
Thanks largely to the research of neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee and her team at Boston University’s CTE Center, more and more is becoming known about the connection between sports and CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. This degenerative disease — caused by repeated concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) — is definitively diagnosable only after death, but it has been linked to myriad problems in life, including anxiety, depression, personality changes, and memory and thinking problems. In 2017, Dr. McKee released the results of a study of the brains of former football players. Of the 111 former NFL players included in the research, all but one were posthumously diagnosed with CTE. In 2018, she released research that should make every parent whose child has played tackle football (or other contact sports) take note. The study involved examining the brains of deceased former football players, both amateur and professional, and interviewing their family members. Alarmingly, the
How Burn Injuries Happen In Our Homes — and How to Stop Them
The kitchen is the heart of the home, a place of good smells, warmth, and bonding over delicious meals. It’s also a place where every day you work with fire, hot water, and steam — a danger zone for your and your children’s skin. A burn can be minor and treatable at home or far more serious, requiring hospitalization and a long recovery period. The most severe burns can even lead to death. But by following a few easy-to-implement safety measures, it is possible to minimize the risk of burns — in the kitchen and elsewhere in the house — and keep your family out of harm’s way. Children Are at a High Risk for Burns Kids love to help mom and dad in the kitchen, whether it’s making cookies or tonight’s dinner. Sadly, young people are particularly susceptible to burn injuries, and not just in the kitchen. Here are a few statistics from the
Frequent Truck Safety Violations and Where to Report Them
Any time you drive down a highway, you get a snapshot of the legions of commercial trucks that rumble across the nation, day and night. These behemoths dominate the other vehicles on the road, and it goes without saying that any accident involving one is bad news. There is a government agency — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA — whose mission it is to regulate the trucking industry and prevent injuries and accidents through enforcing safety rules, improving technology, increasing awareness, and other measures. Trucking companies and drivers are required to follow FMSCA’s regulations. If they don’t, endangering everyone on the road, they can be held legally responsible. Here are a few of the most common ways in which they break the law. Hours-of-Service Violations In 2014, a horrific crash that severely injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan and killed comedy writer James McNair shed light on the dangers of truckers who
Wrongful death claims in Indiana
If a member of your immediate family was killed due to negligence or an intentional act of another, you need to know how to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Indiana to seek compensation for your loss. You need to learn who can file these types of legal actions and what can be sought by them are controlled by Indiana statutes and court cases interpreting them. In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the following must be met: The deceased apparently died due to negligence or because of an intentional act of another, You are allowed by statute to benefit from the lawsuit, You seek damages allowed by state statute, and The filing occurs within two years of the person’s death. The deceased apparently died due to negligence or because of an intentional act of another The plaintiff (the party bringing the lawsuit) has the burden of proving the defendant (the party being sued)
Hit and run accident
Being struck by a vehicle while walking on the side of, or crossing, a street is traumatic enough, but what do you do if the driver doesn’t stop? That’s an increasing problem in Indianapolis, reports Fox 29 News. Even if the driver escapes the scene after hitting you, you still may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. In the first nine months of 2018, a dozen people were killed in Indianapolis in hit-and-run accidents, according to the report; and there are thousands of such accidents happening in the city. Three years ago, 5,049 hit-and-runs were reported to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). They caused 543 injuries. In 2017, the number of reported hit-and-runs increased to 5,539, with injuries going up to 594. IMPD’s chief crash investigator, Sgt. Doug Heustis, stated that in most fatal hit-and-runs the driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs. The driver may be so impaired that he or
Could tech reduce truck accidents
Technology May Help Protect Us from Fatigued Truck Drivers We may be in a period of time when technology’s ability to change our transportation system has never been greater. Though developments in the past impacted how vehicles are powered and their safety, today’s technology is shaping the future of the relationship between drivers, including those in commercial vehicles, and their vehicles. This technology has the potential to do many things, including reduce the threat fatigued drivers pose to themselves and others on Indiana’s roads. Technology may greatly reduce the number of drivers of commercial trucks, whether they’re fatigued or not. Though it’s not ready to be put safely on the road yet, given enough time, improved software and greater computing capacity, the replacement of a large number of truck drivers may be inevitable. In the short term, just as technology is being used to make passenger vehicle drivers more aware of the dangers they may
If you’ve been seriously injured in an Indiana vehicle accident, you may be affected in any number of ways. You may be temporarily or permanently disabled. You may have suffered serious scarring and/or chronic pain and you may have lost a lot of time at work, perhaps so much that you lost your job. You may be entitled to compensation for the harm you’ve suffered, but how much? There are many factors that determine what a settlement may be worth, but they mostly boil down to the facts, the law and the strength of the evidence supporting your claims. In most vehicle collision cases, the plaintiff (the party filing the suit) sues the defendant (the party accused of causing the accident, whose insurance company normally pays for a legal defense, settlement or verdict, up to the policy limits) for negligence (unless there’s evidence the plaintiff was intentionally struck). Negligence is a legal theory by which
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How to File a Brain Injury Claim

Posted by Stephenson Rife on  January 3, 2019

Brain injuries can create lifelong disabilities. They can prevent you from working, impair your ability to think, change your personality, result in emotional problems, impair you physically and cause chronic pain. If you’ve suffered a brain injury because of the negligence or an intentional act of another party, you may have legal rights to compensation. We know the process of how to file a brain injury claim can be difficult. Let us help you through the process. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal brain function. There were about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. in 2013. That year, TBI … Contributed to the deaths of nearly 50,000 people, and Was diagnosed in

How to Report a Work Injury

Posted by Stephenson Rife on  December 20, 2018

Category: Worker Injury
If you’ve been injured in the workplace, you’ll be happy to know that most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Ideally, this means that the only thing between you and the compensation for your injury is a little bit of paperwork. This article will guide you through the process of how to report a work injury in Indiana. Sometimes injuries just happen. But sometimes injuries happen because an employer or other responsible party has neglected to take required safety measures to protect employees. If you’ve been injured and think it may have resulted from negligence on the part of your employer, contact Stephenson Rife. We offer a free consultation and will be able to let you know if you may have a legal case. How to Report a Work Injury The first step in reporting your work injury is to give your employer notice that the injury has occurred. This notice must be

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