$157 THOUSAND

Personal Injury Claim

JR was offered a settlement of $35,000. The jury returned a verdict in her favor for $157,000, a net verdict over two times the amount offered by the RTB’s insurance company.

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Superbugs in the Elderly

Nursing Home Injuries - Indiana

In September, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a worrying report about three superbugs, germs that are resistant to antibiotics. They described the situation as “urgent.” Two of the three microorganisms are especially prevalent in medical settings and nursing homes, adding to the vulnerability of elderly people or those who are already sick.

The superbugs of concern for nursing home residents are Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Clostridium difficile. Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, said, “CRE are nightmare bacteria. Our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections.” CRE kills up to half of the patients who get bloodstream infections from the disease. Clostridium difficile, or C diff, is a serious diarrheal infection usually associated with antibiotic use. It causes about 337,000 hospitalizations and at least 14,000 deaths every year in the United States, according to CDC data.

A study published in the April 2013 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that long-term care facility residents are eight times more likely to contract a particular strain of E. coli. This finding demonstrates the need for long-term care facilities to improve their current practice of antibiotic use and to institute infection controls.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated in a report to Congress that by the year 2050 there would be 27 million people in the U.S. in long-term care. Thus, the dangers posed by these superbugs are appropriately described as urgent.

As a personal injury attorney (see my bio), I urge everyone who has a loved one in an Indiana nursing home to question the facility’s medical providers about how they are avoiding overuse of antibiotics. Long-term care homes must practice good antibiotic stewardship, ensuring that our seniors are not endangered by unnecessary or poorly monitored antibiotic use.




real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

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