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Medication Mistakes with Children | Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis

A recent study showed that medication errors involving children are growing, with some errors causing serious injuries and even death.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Most of the data was obtained through the National Poison Database System.  It records information to the 55 U.S. poison control hotlines.  Approximately 25% of all errors occurred by giving a child the same medicine twice.

Medicare Update on Indiana Hospital Lien Statute – Legislation Benefits Medicare Recipients With Personal Injuries

Changes in Hospital Lien Statute Benefit Injured Medicare RecipientsCall Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

In January I wrote an article about the Indiana Hospital Lien Statute and how it may affect your claim for personal injuries and compensation for damages caused by a car, motorcycle or trucking accident. Since then the Statute was amended and on July 1, 2013 a number of changes went into effect.

History of Hospital Lien Statute and Medicare

The original Hospital Lien Statute became law during the 1930s—decades before Medicare was enacted in 1965. Prior to the 2013 changes in the Indiana Statute, hospitals could elect not to bill Medicare insurance for charges relating to medical treatment rendered to a Medicare recipient who had been injured in an accident through the negligence of another. Today under the new provisions of the hospital lien statute [IC 32-33-4-3(b)(3)(e)], Medicare patients are exempt from the lien.

The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the 2013 Indiana General Assembly has taken a stand for the citizens of Indiana and Medicare recipients!

If you have been injured or know someone who has been injured as a result of someone’s negligence, call attorney, Charlie Ward, for a free consultation at (317) 639-9501. The law firm of Ward & Ward has over 85 years of combined experience in personal injury and wrongful death claims including injuries resulting from auto, motorcycle and trucking accidents.

 

Estimating Plaintiff(s) Economic Damages in Auto, Motorcycle and Trucking Accidents

Estimating Economic or Money Damages in Personal Injury Claims

s-curve, indiana winding roads, dangerous roads, Indiana country roads, autumn roadsIt’s a beautiful autumn day in Indiana. You and your significant other decide to make a day of it with the family in tow. The picnic lunch has been prepared and carefully packed with everyone’s favorite finger foods. Extra sweatshirts and tennis shoes have been gathered, the children are snuggly belted in their car seats and you’ve hit the road for a day of family fun at your favorite creek-stompin park in southern Indiana—anticipating another family memory to be made. This Norman Rockwell-esque Americana image is picture-perfect. Unfortunately not all well-intentioned plans end in a picture-perfect way.

Recovering Money Damages, Non-Economic Damages and Punitive Damages

In Marion County, Indiana, a collision occurs approximately every 15 minutes. And while you would think most accidents are speed related, it’s been determined that more collisions occur at or near intersections where vehicles cross paths. The objectives of a personal injury attorney are to make their clients financially whole or recover money damages after a collision; to recover financially for non-economic losses; and in certain cases to assign punitive financial damages against a negligent party or parties. This editorial will focus on claimant(s) verifiable economic losses. A motor vehicle accident might be nothing more than a minor property damage claim or it might include life-changing health and emotional problems requiring downtime for recovery . An experienced personal injury attorney may postpone the filing of your claim (within the 2-year Statute of Limitations) until your injuries can be fully diagnosed and the prognosis of your injuries known. When the fog of this life-changing event has cleared, your lawyer will begin the process of estimating your past and future economic damages. Economic compensatory damages are objectively verifiable and factually driven financial losses suffered by the plaintiff(s). They may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses including emergency transport services, emergency room, physicians, surgeons, medications, medical devices, therapy and rehabilitation costs;
  • The ability to earn a living based upon a universally acceptable economic model taking such variables into account as work-related promotions, employment perks, lost bonuses, re-training costs, benefits, retirement plans, inflation, economic industry outlook,  and taxation;
  • The costs associated with living life with a disability, including medical devices, construction and vehicle costs linked with plaintiff’s home and transportation needs, and domestic services;
  • Vehicle and personal property damaged or lost as a result of another’s negligence; and
  • Funeral and burial expenses brought in a wrongful death claim.

Personal Injury Attorneys With Experience Recovering Money Damages, Also Known as Economic Damages.

Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501If you or someone you know has been injured as a pedestrian, a pedicyclist or in a vehicle accident involving a car, motorcycle, or truck, it’s essential to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney — someone who understands the future implications of your injuries and how your life and the lives of your loved ones may be affected going forward. Cases need time for investigation and strategy development; don’t wait until Indiana’s two-year statute of limitations runs to seek advice. The law firm of Ward & Ward has over 80 years of combined experience in personal injury and wrongful death law. Call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 for a free evaluation of your claim. Ward & Ward receives no legal fees or expenses unless we collect damages on your behalf. Our attorneys are available to speak with you today.