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Tips for Dealing with Insurance Companies

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents General Negligence Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Disputes Personal Injury Trucking Accidents  

In most cases, people don’t interact with insurance companies unless they are purchasing insurance or have been in an accident. To add to the stress of being in an accident (and possibly sustaining injuries), it can be time consuming and emotionally draining to worry about obtaining a fair settlement. This is  not to say all insurance companies aren’t fair, but the completely fair ones can be few and far between. We’ve compiled some tips for dealing with insurance companies so you can be ready to deal with those calls when the time comes. A few general tips…

Two Injured After a Road-Rage Speed Contest Ends in Crash

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents Motorcycle Accidents  

Two people were injured after a suspected speed contest ended in a crash. Around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, Fort Wayne police responded to a report of a crash on Maplecrest and Parrot. At the scene, they found a passenger car and motorcycle that had collided as the result of a road rage incident involving a speed contest. The passenger car involved in the accident was not involved in the speed contest and was rear-ended when the motorcycle tried to cut off the car it was speeding around. The adult male driver and adult female passenger of the motorcycle were both taken to a local…

6 Unexpected Dangers of Summertime Driving

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents Personal Injury  

At a glance, a clear, sun-warmed road is much more welcoming than an icy one in the middle of a snowstorm for the average driver—that's what we think of as the main difference between winter and summer driving. Summer driving is always better and easier than winter driving, right? In a lot of ways, yes—but not always. Summertime offers its own dangers to drivers and the road just becomes more dangerous by other drivers who are overconfident without ice, snow, or other foreseeable obstacles to impede their progress. As in any situation in which you’re behind the…

Farm Rescue Equipment Prevents Workplace Injury

General Practice Areas Electrocution, Shocks, Explosions, Burns Personal Injury Workers' Compensation Claims Workplace Injury Claims  

Someone is driving farming equipment to harvest grain. Farming has long been ranked among the most dangerous occupational fields and poses a number of risks to farmers and their workers, including tractor rollovers, injuries from heavy animals, and electrocution—in fact, around 60 farmers die every year from accidents based in electrocution alone. One industry partner is striving to make the rescue process for farming workplace accidents safer for workers and firefighters alike.  The Homer City Volunteer Fire Department is gathering community support in an effort to bring a newly developed farm rescue tool to the area. They…

Trucking Accident Results in Triple Fatality Near South Bend

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents Personal Injury Trucking Accidents  

A semi-truck crashed into a small sedan causing a fatal accident. The slick, snowy weather conditions near South Bend, IN played a devastating role in the death of three women this weekend. A fatal car crash involving a westbound 2008 Pontiac G6 was struck on the passenger’s side by an eastbound semi-truck hauling steel coil. LaPorte County Police Captain, Mike Kellems shares, “What sequences of events led up to that, we don’t have the answer for that right now.” He further indicated that drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as a possible cause.  The accident took place on U.S. 20 near Rolling Prairie, and though…

The Luck of the Irish Won’t Save You

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents General Negligence Personal Injury  

Three men are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and drinking green beer. Today marks the historic anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick, a fifth century patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people, his life has been celebrated and ingrained in the Irish culture for centuries. For several years, fanciful parties and gatherings took place in honor of this “Irish Aid” and St. Patrick’s Day was dubbed an annual holiday.  Recognition of St. Patrick’s Day spread throughout America and annual parades were held as a demonstration of strength and pride. Today, more than 1…

Steps to Take After a Workplace Injury

General Practice Areas Personal Injury Workers' Compensation Claims Workplace Injury Claims  

A construction worker is wearing safety gear at the worksite. Perhaps today started out just like any other day. You were operating machinery at work and everything seemed "business as usual." Out of nowhere, a malfunction occurs and makes you the punching bag, so to speak. The disoriented feeling after being hit in the head is inevitable – what's not inevitable is a quick recovery. Being injured on the job is an incredibly vulnerable position to be in. It's important to know and understand your rights as an injured worker, and we want to help. Here are a few ways to make sure you obtain the proper care and workers'…

How Do Weather Events Impact Roads?

Community Involvement General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents  

An open road covered in snow with a foggy atmosphere. When winter hits in Indiana, we all know how downhill road conditions can go. The weather has more impact on our daily lives than we tend to realize—at least until the air turns cold, precipitation turns snowy, and we hit that first “black ice” patch of the season. Staying safe on the roads during the sometimes treacherous winter months really comes down to being prepared for what could happen. It’s important to at least be aware of the worst case scenarios so, if and when they do happen, you’re able to keep calm and minimize the danger for yourself and…

Mentally Ill Inmate Driven to Suicide by Abusive Prison Guards

General Practice Areas Jail Death and Police Brutality  

Ben Van Zandt Mentally Ill Inmate Driven to Suicide Benjamin Van Zandt, 17, was tried and prosecuted as an adult after voices in his head told him to set fire to his neighbor’s house. No one was harmed—his neighbors were not home at the time of the fire—and Ben didn’t have any kind of criminal history, yet the teen who suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic depressive symptoms was sentenced to a maximum of 12 years in adult prison. Ben served four years of his sentence, which ended in New York’s Fishkill Correctional Facility. During those four years, he was raped, extorted, forced to mule drugs,…

Workplace Injuries in Indiana: Decreasing or on the Rise?

General Practice Areas Workplace Injury Claims  

The emergency sign at a hospital ER. As a personal injury law firm serving the State of Indiana, it is exciting to see the rate of workplace injuries steadily decreasing. In the last Indiana Nonfatal Workplace Injuries and Illnesses report, released in 2014, the Indiana Department of Labor was able to report that the overall nonfatal injury and illness rate among full-time workers in Indiana “has declined by 64.60% over the last 20 years.”  The decline of workplace injuries over the past several years has been a result of several factors. The overall health and cognizance of employees and employers,…

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