17
Sep

What You Need to Know About Homeowner’s Insurance and Dog Bite Injuries

September 17, 2014

Americans love pets—especially dogs. It’s estimated that 47 percent of households in the United States include a dog. Owning a canine can come with risks though, including the danger of dog bite injuries.

So what can you do to protect your family from the costs associated with such an incident? While socializing and properly training your animal is crucial, it may also be wise to purchase homeowner’s insurance to cover liability in the event of a dog bite.

An article from NerdWallet outlines several important things to remember when considering purchasing a homeowner insurance policy that includes coverage for your dog. With many municipalities enacting breed-specific legislation, insurance companies may increase rates or deny coverage altogether depending on the type of dog you have. It’s also crucial to have a thorough understanding of your policy to ensure your animal is covered.

It’s also vital for dog owners to remember that insurance companies are for-profit businesses that may not have your best interests at heart. So if you’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog, you should consider talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer.

The Terre Haute personal injury attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you if you’ve suffered a dog bite injury. Call (800) 618-4878 to get the help you need today.

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10
Sep

Indiana Historic Pathways Motorcycle Tour Taking Place This Weekend

September 10, 2014

Autumn creates fantastic weather for riding a motorcycle, and the Indiana motorcycle accident attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to tell you about an opportunity to learn Indiana’s history and raise funds for a good cause this weekend.

The Indiana Historic Pathways motorcycle tour will take place this coming Saturday, Sept 13, at 10 a.m. at the Hoosier National Forest office in Bedford. The ride costs $10 per bike and $5 for every additional passenger.

Riders will then begin the 115 mile route around the southern part of the state along U.S. Highways 50 and 150. Stops include the Medora Covered Bridge, Beck’s Mill, and the Paoli courthouse square. Each location will feature an educational speaker offering the history surrounding the location.

The money raised will be used to increase education efforts about the historic byways of southern Indiana.

The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage all motorcyclists to get their bikes out this weekend and attend this event. Remember to stay safe on the ride by wearing a helmet and giving other bikes and vehicles plenty of space on the road.

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3
Sep

What You Need to Know About Long-Term Disability Insurance

September 03, 2014

Being unable to work due to an injury or illness can cause a serious financial strain for you and your family. There are several options available to help alleviate these struggles—including long-term disability insurance—but it’s important to understand the fact about these benefits before depending on them to cover your expenses.

Long-term disability insurance can provide beneficiaries with between 50 and 70 percent of their income while off the job. The amount of time these payments can be received depends on the individual policy. This seems fairly straightforward, but there are many myths that surround this type of insurance.

Forbes magazine recently released an article touching on some of these rumors and addressed the truth about each. For instance, many people believe they don’t need long-term disability coverage because they feel they are too young. But estimates from the Social Security Administration show 41 percent of long term disability recipients are under age 50.

It’s also important for those who carry long-term disability coverage to keep in mind that their insurer may not have ttheir best interests in mind. That’s why its important to speak with a personal injury lawyer if you’re considering filing a long-term disability claim.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help answer any questions you have regarding a long-term disability claim. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at (800) 618-4878 today.

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27
Aug

New Technology Helps Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries on Football Fields

August 27, 2014

Football can be a fun and entertaining pastime, but playing the game comes with inherent dangers. One of the most significant risks a football player faces is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons estimate as many as one in five high school and collegiate football players will suffer at least one brain injury over the course of a single season. These numbers leave many wondering what’s being done to better protect players from such harm.

Not only have many sports organizations adopted new policies for the treatment of players suspected of sustaining head injuries, but programs are now teaching athletes to use a “heads up” tackling technique that can reduce impact on the head when hitting.

Technology is also improving safety in the game. One such device is the Shockbox® helmet sensor. This product can help identify and warn players, coaches, and parents alike when athletes have taken particularly hard blows to the head that should be further examined.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have seen the impact that TBIs can have and are encouraged by the latest developments in safety technology. We encourage all parents, players, and coaches to educate themselves on the risks posed by TBIs.

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20
Aug

Indianapolis VA Facility Manipulated Dates on Veterans Disability Benefits Records

August 20, 2014

When soldiers are injured or disabled as a result of injuries sustained during service, they are entitled to benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Unfortunately, the VA has failed to provide these benefits to many veterans in a timely manner. Now, reports indicate some agency employees—including those at the Indianapolis facility— have gone so far as to manipulate dates of records to hides shortcomings.

VA policy states that when a current or former service member applies for health care or veterans’ disability benefits, the date they wish to see a doctor be recorded as the “desired date” of the claim. This date is then used to ensure all claimants are able to receive care within a 14 day window; however, 5 percent of VA employees at the Indianapolis facility stated they were told to record different dates than the ones requested by veterans. Furthermore, the Indianapolis Star reports only 14 percent of employees felt the computerized scheduling system is being used correctly.

These shortcomings have forced the federal government to consider supplying veterans with vouchers that could be used to seek treatment from private care facilities to help them get out from under the large number of backlogged claims.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be for veterans to get the medical care and benefits they deserve. That’s why we are here to answer any questions you may have about getting your benefits. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 618-4878 to discuss your claim.

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13
Aug

3 Ways to Avoid Indiana Car Accidents as Students Return to School

August 13, 2014

As summer wind downs, many children in the Hoosier State are preparing to return to school. This means the potential for increased traffic, which canlead to an increase in the number of Indiana car accidents.

The attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest following these three safety tips to avoid accidents:

  1. Be Vigilant- Whether you’re a student making your way to a building or a driver heading down the road, it’s important to actively look and listen for pedestrian and vehicle traffic during school hours.
  2. Obey All Traffic Signals- Pedestrians and motorists must follow traffic signs and signals to prevent crashes. Sharing the road safely requires adhering to traffic lights, stop signs, and crosswalks.
  3. Be Visible- Motorists should use headlights at all times and slow down in order to increase visibility. Students walking or biking to school should wear light-colored or reflective clothing. Carrying a light in the hours before dawn or after dusk is a good idea as well.

To further increase safety at schools, WTHITV 10 News reports each learning facility in the Terre Haute district will be equipped with a school resource officer to help keep school zones safe.

Our team of Terre Haute personal injury lawyers is hopeful these tips help keep our community’s students and motorists safe from harm.

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6
Aug

Campaign Aims to Protect Motorists From Indiana Drunk Driving Accidents

August 06, 2014

Drunk driving is an epidemic that affects everyone who uses Indiana’s roads. Data indicates there were a total of 114 Indiana drunk driving accident fatalities last year alone.

To help curb the number of drunk driving incidents involving Hoosiers, law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a traffic safety blitz later this week. Beginning on Friday, August 8, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the Purdue, Lafayette, and West Lafayette Police Departments to conduct this year’s Blitz 80 as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

WLFI 8 News reports the operation will work by establishing both sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols along roads and highways in the area. Officers and deputies will then stop motorists who may be breaking alcohol impairment laws. The funds needed to supply manpower for the campaign are coming from a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The aim of the campaign is to stop motorists from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and instead choose alternative methods of transportation, such as cabs or ride sharing services.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Indiana personal injury lawyers know the serious ramifications drunk driving can have and ask citizens to do their part to keep our roadways safe by not drinking and driving.

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30
Jul

Can I Get Fired While Receiving Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

July 30, 2014

Each year, thousands of Hoosiers are put out of work because of injuries related to workplace accidents. While many of these individuals will qualify for Indiana workers’ compensation benefits, one of the most common questions among potential claimants is whether or not receiving work comp benefits can affect job security.

The answer is yes, but only under certain circumstances. The Indiana state government says the state has an “at-will” employment policy. This means employers can hire or fire workers as they see fit, but the cannot discriminate against employees based on disabilities.

Furthermore, Indiana employers cannot fire an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, they may be able to terminate employees who cannot work for a period of time that violates their posted or published attendance or leave policies.

The Indiana personal injury attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest taking these two actions while filing a workers’ compensation claim:

  • Communicate clearly with your employer- Let management know about your accident and the conclusions drawn by your doctor immediately.
  • Get legal assistance- An attorney from Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help clarify legal questions that arise during the workers’ compensation process and ensure your rights to employment are protected while you file your claim.
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23
Jul

Indiana Adopts “Dead Red Law” for Cyclists and Motorcyclists

July 23, 2014

When a vehicle approaches an intersection equipped with traffic signals, sensors in the roadway pick up the weight of the vehicle and use that information to determine traffic patterns and rotate the lights. But bicycles and motorcycles can have difficulty setting these sensors off, leaving them stranded at red lights for long periods of time.

To help address this problem, the State of Indiana enacted the “Dead Red Law” recently. An article from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel explains this piece of legislation allows cyclists or bikers to pass through a red light as long as they have stopped for two minutes and then proceed with caution.

The passing of the law puts Indiana into a category with 15 other states carrying similar regulations.

While some say the law will offer relief to the frustrations many bikers face on a daily basis, others believe the reform may lead to an increase in Indiana motorcycle accidents. This is because intersections are the most common place for motorcycle accidents to happen, and drivers who fail to recognize or yield right-of-way to bikers cause a majority of crashes.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Indiana personal injury attorneys would like to remind cyclists and bikers to ride safe on Indiana’s roads this summer.

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16
Jul

New Brain Injury Treatment Stirs Controversy

July 16, 2014

The sooner a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is treated, the higher the likelihood of the patient having a full recovery. A new drug is showing potential in helping TBI victims recover from their injuries, but testing the medication has raised ethical questions in the medical community.

The drug, known as tranexamic acid, is used in trauma centers nationwide to stop internal bleeding in emergency situations. Doctors are now hoping to test the medication on TBI victims to see if it can stop bleeding in the brain after blows to the head. Unfortunately, many of the candidates who could potentially undergo the experimental treatment are unresponsive when they arrive in the ER, leaving researchers no choice but to administer the drug without the patient’s consent to gather data.

An article from The Seattle Times points out that this practice raises some serious ethical questions . Typically, medical staff must receive consent from a patient or their next of kin prior to administering a drug. But the law allows exceptions to this rule if researchers who are experimenting with new treatments make the public aware of their intentions and offer opportunities to opt out of participation.

The problem is there really is no standard as to what constitutes public awareness. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re waiting to see how researchers and lawmakers can solve this problem to help ensure a better quality of life for TBI victims.

If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help protect your legal rights.

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