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Indiana Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In Connection To Fatal Fort Wayne Shooting

November 20, 2013

When an individual is killed as the result of another person’s error or negligence, the family of the victim may have a right to attempt to hold the party responsible for damages. The Indiana Wrongful Death Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the father of a young man who was shot and killed outside of a bar two years ago has filed such a claim.

According to an article from The Journal Gazette, the incident occurred on Halloween night in 2011 at Mookie’s Bar & Grill in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Police were called to the Clinton Street location that night following a noise complaint, but before police could arrive, shots rang into the air. A 23-year-old man was struck by one of the bullets that was fired and died at a local hospital the following morning.

Now, two years later, the victim’s father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the bar where his son died and others associated with the incident. The suit claims the bar and its management failed to supply adequate security on the night the incident occurred. It goes on to allege this negligence was directly responsible for the young man’s death.

The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult the loss of a loved one can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful a decision in the case will bring closure to the family of the victim.

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Indiana Tractor-Trailer Crash Leaves One Dead and Two Others Injured

February 15, 2012

A tractor-trailer driver was killed and two others injured in a collision Tuesday morning along Interstate 70 in Hendricks County, Indiana. According to reports from the Tribune-Star, the crash happened around 7:30 AM, near mile marker 57, just outside Monrovia, Indiana.

Reports from the incident filed by troopers with the Indiana State Police who responded to the scene indicate that a 64-year-old truck driver from Indiana was broken down on the side of the interstate and hooking up to a tow truck driven by a 30-year-old man. The two men were standing between the tow truck and the big rig when a second tractor-trailer, driving much faster than other vehicles according to witnesses, jackknifed and slammed into the trailer of the disabled semi. The impact caused the truck to lurch forward and pinned the big rig’s driver between the two vehicles.

The man who was pinned was declared dead at the scene, while the tow truck driver suffered critical injuries to his lower body and remains hospitalized at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. The driver of the second tractor-trailer was also injured.

The trucking industry is regulated by stringent rules that are designed to protect drivers and other motorists from harm while sharing the road with these massive commercial vehicles.

The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin send our condolences to the families of those who were injured or lost their lives in Tuesday’s collision.

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Helmets Save the Lives of Indiana Bikers

February 1, 2012

While riding a motorcycle or moped can be an effective and efficient way of getting around town, they do present a greater risk of injury to the rider in the event of an accident.

Take for instance the case reported by WTHITV 10 News yesterday of a moped rider left in critical condition after crashing into a vehicle without a helmet on. The crash happened at around 4:00 Monday afternoon at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and US-41 when the 49-year-old male moped driver collided with the rear end of a sedan. The man was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains in critical condition.

While Indiana state law only requires riders under the age of 18-years-old to wear a helmet and eye protection, the practice is considered one of the most effective ways to prevent injury, no matter the rider’s age. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries.

Head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle accident victims in the United States today, and that two-thirds of operators involved in fatal crashes were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

The Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that bikers protect themselves from injury by always wearing approved safety gear when out riding. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.

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Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Fatal Indiana Car Accident

January 11, 2012

Justice will soon be served for the family of a 28-year-old Terre Haute, Indiana, man who was killed when the drunk driver of the car he was riding in crashed. According to The Tribune-Star, the driver pled guilty last Friday to the class-C felony charge of causing death while driving intoxicated.

The accident happened on Christmas Eve of 2010. Both driver and passenger were intoxicated and racing up and down the streets of Terre Haute, until the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree on Ninth Street, just north of Cherry. The 28-year-old passenger died at the scene of the crash.

Investigators were able to determine that the driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol level of .15, almost double the legal limit to be behind the wheel.

The convicted drunk driver is expected to be sentenced on February 13 in Vigo Superior Court 5.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that drunken driving accidents in the United States injure a person every two minutes and kill someone every 31 minutes.

That is why the Indiana drunk driving accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin would ask that people be responsible when they drink by designating a driver for the evening before the festivities begin. If a sober driver is not available, call a taxi.

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FDA Lowers Dosage Of Acetaminophen In Children’s Medications

January 4, 2012

With changes recently being made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower doses of acetaminophen in medications for adults, the agency is now tackling lowering the dosages of the drug in medications for children and infants. According to an FDA Press Release, the changes come after an April 2011 report showed that confusion on dosages had caused overdoses in numerous children, causing them to become very sick. In some cases, death occurred from liver failure associated with the overdose.

The standard for children and infant versions of liquid acetaminophen has been more concentrated in the past (80 mg/0.8 mL or 1.0 mL). New versions of the medication will be less concentrated at 80mg/5 mL.

Because of the changes in concentration levels, the FDA says that it is vital that parents and caregivers of children double-check dosages before administering the drug to a child. They added that it is important to measure out dosages of the liquid acetaminophen only with the dosing device that was provided. Of course, always consult with your physician before giving nay kind of medication to a child.

The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin often handle cases where caregivers or doctors have given patients the wrong dosage of medication to disastrous results. If you have been hurt because of a drug overdose that occurred because of another person’s negligence, contact us today to discuss your case in further detail.

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Vigo County Parks Implement New Safety Measures For Workers

December 7, 2011

Following a fatal mowing accident earlier this year, the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department in Indiana has implemented measures to improve safety for workers, as mandated by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). According to The Tribune-Star, mowers are no longer allowed on lawns with a more than 30-degree slope, and only full-time employees have access to the keys for mowing equipment.

The changes come after an employee drowned in August when he was trapped beneath a mower that had flipped into the pond. In a report by IOSHA, they determined that an attachment had been improperly hitched to a towing tractor. The report stated, “The operator of the tractor lifted the attachment, which caused both the mower and the tractor to roll over. The mower operator was trapped beneath the mower in approximately four feet of water.”

In response to the order, the department responded by placing white concrete markers around ponds and other steep slopes in the county’s parks that mowers are not allowed to pass. Lock boxes containing keys to the mowing equipment will now only be accessible by full-time employees who undergo a greater safety-training program.

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that all employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment. If they fail to do so, our experienced attorneys are here to help. Contact us today if you have been hurt on-the-job at no fault of your own.

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Car Crash Claims The Life Of An Illinois Toddler

November 30, 2011

It is always tragic when a car crash happens and a person dies, but the level of heartbreak is always multiplied when an innocent child is the one taken. That was the case Monday in Teutopolis, Illinois, when a 2-year-old female toddler was killed when a tow truck struck the vehicle she was riding in. According to Channel 10 News, the accident happened at the intersection of Illinois Route 33 and Effingham County Road 1950 East.

Officers with the Teutopolis Police Department said that the crash occurred when the 23-year-old tow truck driver crossed the center line of the road as he headed westbound on Route 33 and struck the other vehicle. The young girl’s parents survived the crash and were taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, Illinois, to be treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash. Their young daughter died during the impact and was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

The tow truck driver was not injured, but was ticketed at the scene for causing the crash and released. Upon completion of a more thorough investigation, it will be determined if the man will face any charges.

Regardless of if the man is charged criminally, the Indiana Wrongful Death Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say the tow truck driver may possibly be sued as a responsible party for the death of the toddler. They ask that if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident that was no fault of their own, contact them immediately.

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Free Cab Rides Home Thanksgiving Eve In Terre Haute

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve is a night most people arrive to holiday destinations to visit and eat with friends and family the next day. Since most people don’t have to work the following day, the excitement of the upcoming holiday can often lead to heavy drinking. That is why, according to the Tribune-Star, the local Terre Haute, Indiana, law firm Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, & Newlin are offering free cab rides home for anyone who may have had too much to drink.

The rides are part of the firm’s commitment to their Safe and Sober campaign, which is an effort to end drunk driving in the area. The law firm feels if they don’t have to pay for a ride, the intoxicated individual will be less inclined to get behind the wheel.

Rides will be available form 8:00 PM this evening, until 3:00 AM Thursday throughout Terre Haute and West Terre Haute. Rides will be given from a restaurant or bar to a person’s place of residence, not another place to drink. Also, because of the high number of rides given last year, the firm asks that you call at least 30 minutes in advance of when you want a ride. Cabs can be reached by calling Yellow Cab of Terre Haute at (812) 478-5000.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to urge everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving by refraining from getting behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink. In the words of founding attorney, Steve Fleschner, “Don’t let yourself, or someone you love, become another statistic.”

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Maintenance Worker Killed In Accident At Indiana Steel Mill

November 9, 2011

A maintenance worker at the Nucor Steel mill in Crawfordsville, Indiana, died in an accident at the site several weeks ago. WISH-TV 8 News reported that the 47-year-old man was killed on October 25th, around 11:00 in the morning, when he was struck by a piece of machinery.

Witnesses told investigators that the worker was part of a contractor’s crew from Mississippi at the site to do maintenance work during a scheduled outage. While working, another employee driving a forklift did not see the worker and struck him. Other employees immediately called 911, and the man was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital’s emergency room. He died a short time later.

An autopsy by the Montgomery County Coroner revealed that the worker died of mechanical asphyxiation and his death was ruled accidental.

A spokesperson for the Department of Labor said the Indiana Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the incident and is conducting an extensive investigation. The results of that investigation could take weeks or even months to be released.

The accident comes just months after a similar death at another Nucor Steel facility in Memphis, Tennessee, in May of this year, when a worker was pinned between a forklift and a pallet of steel.

The Indiana Wrongful Death Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand the dangers that workers in steel mills face on the job everyday, but they also know that employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe at all times. Contact us by filling out a free online consultation form if you have been hurt while on the job.

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IU Student Dies in Apartment Fire

October 5, 2011

Indiana University students are still mourning the loss of a 19-year-old student that died over the weekend in an apartment fire. According to Channel 10 News, the girl died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The fire broke out just after 3:30 in the morning on Saturday in building D of Terra Trace Apartments. Firefighters discovered the student’s body laying by a porch door. Attempts to resuscitate her failed, and she was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators don’t know what caused the fire, but its origin was in apartment D9–right next door to the victim. In the end, several others were injured and twelve homes were destroyed.

The Indiana Wrongful Death Attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin care about the victims and families involved in wrongful death cases. If you have questions about a family member’s wrongful death, contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin for a free, initial consultation.

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