What Effects Do Helmets Have on Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury?

October 15, 2014

The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that 1.4 million citizens of the United States will suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) this year. One of the best ways to prevent this type of injury is to wear a helmet when engaging in risky activity, such as riding a bike or playing contact sports. But it’s important to remember a helmet is only capable of protecting the head if it is designed and worn properly.

All Helmets Aren’t Equal

There are many factors that go into the effectiveness of a particular helmet, including the materials and structure of the equipment. That’s why the United States requires helmets to meet rigorous safety standards. These policies regulate not only the amount of force of impact the helmet should be able to sustain, but also what part of the head the helmet should cover. Any alterations made to a helmet may result in a traumatic brain injury in the event of an accident.

Did An Altered Helmet Cause One Man’s TBI?

An article from the International Business Times states experts believe the failure of a helmet that was modified and fitted with a camera may be to blame for the TBI that was suffered by Formula One driver, Michael Schumacher, during a skiing accident earlier this year. Reports indicate the helmet was heavily damaged in the crash, while the camera escaped unscathed.

What You Can Do To Stay Safe

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the impact helmets have on reducing the number of serious traumatic brain injuries that occur each year. That’s why we would like to offer these tips to ensure the proper use of this life-saving piece of equipment:

  • Only Use Approved Helmets- All motorcycle helmets should be approved by the Department of Transportation and should be marked with a DOT-Approved sticker. The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates the safety of helmets used for bicycling, skiing, etc.
  • Ensure Proper Fit- Most helmets should sit across the middle of the forehead. The Chinstrap should secure snuggly beneath the jaw, leaving the helmet with little room for movement.
  • Don’t Compromise Integrity- Altering or modifying a helmet can create a risk of device failure and should be avoided.

Our team of Terre Haute personal injury lawyers is hopeful these tips will help to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Report Details Indiana Workplace Accident Statistics

October 08, 2014

Indiana employers are required by law to furnish their employees with a safe and healthy work environment. However, the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that thousands of Hoosiers are injured or killed on the job each year.

To help raise awareness about workplace safety concerns, the Indiana Department of Labor released their annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2013.

The report shows a total of 123 Indiana workplace fatalities during 2013. The leading cause of on-the-job death was vehicle collisions. This includes Indiana trucking accidents and other incidents involving employees who were traveling as part of their job.

The construction industry had the next highest number of fatal workplace accidents, closely followed by the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.

The manufacturing industry saw the highest number of non-fatal workplace injuries, accounting for 25,100 reportable incidents. Healthcare and Social Services saw an estimated 14,500 injuries, while state and local government employees 13,400 injuries.

An on-the-job may entitle you to Indiana workers’ compensation benefits. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have decades of combined experience helping injured workers, which gives us the knowledge necessary to answer your legal questions after a workplace accident. To learn more about how we can help with your work comp claim, give us a call at (800) 618-4878.

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“Guys Who Give” Provides Funds for West Vigo Community Center Projects

October 01, 2014

Giving back to our community is important to us at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. That’s why Terre Haute personal injury lawyer, Thomas C. Newlin, helped found an organization that provides assistance to local organizations and individuals in need.

Guys Who Give is an organization created to better opportunities provided in Terre Haute. Since its creation, the group has grown to 141 members and accomplished many goals with the funds it’s raised.

One of  Guys Who Give’s latest achievements was providing funding for several projects in need of completion at the West Vigo Community Center. The facility provides a safe place for neighborhood children to play, exercise, or get snacks. According to The Tribune-Star, Guys Who Give donated $14,100 to the center. The funds will be used to add furnaces to heat the gym in the winter and to install new roofing insulation to hold the heat in. The remainder of the donation will be used to provide snacks to children who attend the facility.

Our legal team would like to applaud Guys Who Give on their donation to the West Vigo Community Center. You can stay up to date with our firm’s latest community efforts here in Terre Haute by visiting our Facebook page.

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Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers Donate to 2014 Komen Race for the Cure

September 24, 2014

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the United States. The disease alters millions of lives and there is currently no way to prevent it. That’s why the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers are proud to support an organization that’s working to find a cure for breast cancer.

Our firm recently sponsored a team that took part in the 2014 Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday at Indiana State Memorial Stadium. Participants were asked to donate or collect donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a national leader in breast cancer research. Those who collected donations then participated in either a 5K run or a one mile walk.

Our team had a successful showing at this year’s event, raising a total of $841.22 for this wonderful cause.

Even though the race is over, it’s never too late to donate to breast cancer research. The Susan G. Komen Foundation collects funds year-round to help put an end to breast cancer.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, giving back to the community is part of the foundation our firm is built upon. You can learn more about other ways we give by taking a look at our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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