Personal Injury

New Technology Could Slash Demand for Veterans’ Disability Benefits by Reducing Injuries

Posted: 05/21/2014

Iron Man is a fictional comic book and movie character, but the wounds and injuries suffered by soldiers on the battlefield are very real. In fact, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are currently more than 3.5 million American veterans who receive veterans disability benefits due to mental or physical conditions directly related to their military service.

So what if we could reduce the number of soldiers who suffer devastating injuries during their service to our country through better technology? Read more »

Indiana Veterans Waiting Long Periods of Time For Disability Benefits Approval

Posted: 12/06/2013

December 4, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) oversees the distribution of benefits for veterans who are left unable to work due to medical conditions resulting from military service. The Indiana Veterans Disability Lawyers with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the process of applying and being approved for these benefits can be extremely lengthy though.

Some claims for veterans’ disability benefits in Indiana are taking several years for a decision to be reached. Read more »

Terre Haute Worker Seriously Injured After Coming Into Contact With Power Line

Posted: 11/27/2013

November 27, 2013

Americans workers each face certain risks and dangers associated with their jobs each day they work. One of the most common types of accidents is an employee coming into contact with dangerous objects or equipment on a job site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 15 percent of all workplace fatalities that were recorded last year were the result of such accidents.

The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that more recently, a Terre Haute, Indiana, worker was left seriously injured as the result of coming into contact with a power line. Read more »

Indiana Reducing Costs Associated With Carrying Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policies

Posted: 10/23/2013

October 23, 2013

Each year, thousands of Indiana workers become the victims of on-the-job accidents that result in serious injuries. These individuals are protected under the law though, by policies that require companies to carry workers compensation insurance. The Indiana Workers Compensation Attorneys with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain these policies are used to reimburse injured workers for lost wages and costs associated with medical bills. Read more »

VA Implements Electronic Processing To Process Backlogged Veterans’ Disability Claims

Posted: 07/24/2013

July 24, 2013

With an increasing number of soldiers returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan with serious injuries sustained in combat, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has seen drastic growth in the number of claims for Veterans’ Disability Benefits.

In an effort to solve this issue, the VA is currently eliminating the old paper-based processing system and moving to a much more efficient digital processor. In an article published by the Crestview News Bulletin, the new system will improve the efficiency of both the processing of claims and the gathering of information and paperwork that is available on a recipient’s current benefits. Read more »

Indiana Lawmakers Considering Bill To Reform State’s Workers’ Compensation Program

Posted: 05/08/2013

May 8, 2013

In an effort to cut costs associated with Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits, lawmakers are urging Governor Mike Pence to sign into law a bill that was recently approved by the General Assembly.

House Bill 1320 would establish a fee schedule for healthcare costs incurred by those who are injured on the job that would help wrangle in the amount that is spent on medical supplies and devices. Read more »

Indiana Announces Initiative To Make Healthcare Industry Safer

Posted: 02/27/2013

February 27, 2013

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that healthcare workers make up a large portion of employees who sustain work-related accidents. In fact, the healthcare industry has the second highest rating in the state when it comes to workplace accidents and injuries resulting in claims for Indiana Workers’ Compensation. According to the Indiana Department of Labor, those numbers were a major driving force behind the implementation of a new safety initiative being launched in the industry statewide. Read more »

Indiana Company Fined For Safety Violations That Led To Injuries

Posted: 12/05/2012

December 5, 2012

This past Wednesday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) announced that it would fine Vectren, Inc., $100,000 for safety violations that resulted in a natural gas explosion last year that seriously injured six people. According to the Claims Journal, the explosion occurred at the company’s New Albany facility at around 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 2011.

The investigation shows that a crew from Miller Pipeline, contracted by Vectren to drill on the property, accidentally ruptured a main gas line while working. Read more »

Court Of Appeals Rules On Indiana Workers’ Compensation Case

Posted: 11/07/2012

November 7, 2012

A ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals found that an injured worker’s claim should not be immediately dismissed because a claim for the same incident was settled in another state.

Risk & Insurance reported that a Wisconsin man was hired by an insurance company to investigate fraud in Indiana. While traveling in Indiana on business, the man was involved in a car accident that left him with serious injuries. Read more »

Work-Related Accidents On The Rise In Indiana

Posted: 10/24/2012

October 24, 2012

According to preliminary findings from the Indiana Department of Labor, the state saw a slight increase in the number of fatal work-related accidents last year. According to WTHITV 10 News, 122 workers were killed statewide last year, which was a jump from the 118 that were reported the previous year.

The leading cause of employee deaths in Indiana last year was transportation accidents, accounting for a total of 20 fatalities. Read more »