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Two Injured In Terre Haute Car Accident Caused By Drunk Driver

by Staff | August 22nd, 2012

August 22, 2012

Two Terre Haute, Indiana, men were seriously injured as the result of a two-vehicle collision this past weekend. According to WIBQ News, alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Reports from the Terre Haute Police Department indicate that the accident happened at the corner of Sanford Avenue and Long Road when a 39-year-old driver suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol crashed into another car carrying two passengers at the intersection.

While the driver whose car was struck suffered extensive injuries, his teenage son, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash, was also injured after being ejected from the vehicle due to not being properly restrained by a seat belt.

Both injured victims were taken to an Indianapolis hospital following the Indiana drunk driving accident to receive treatment for their injuries.

Upon further investigation, the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was found to have a blood alcohol content of .11 percent, almost double the legal limit in Indiana.

To combat accidents such as this, Indiana law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk drivers through the upcoming Labor Day weekend by performing numerous sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

This is just another reason why the Indiana disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest never getting behind the wheel of an automobile after consuming alcohol. It’s just too risky.

Indiana Girl Seriously Injured By Neighbor’s Dog

by Staff | August 15th, 2012

August 15, 2012

An 8-year-old girl from Liberty Township, Indiana, is still recovering from an attack by a neighbor’s dog. According to the Northwest Indiana Times, the incident took place on Monday, June 18, outside the dog owner’s home.

Deputies with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department stated that the child entered the backyard of the home where the dog lived and was attacked moments later despite having played with the animal before. The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment to lacerations on her legs, face, and ear suffered during the Indiana Dog Bite incident.

Doctors have now determined that the child has suffered nerve damage in her face and will likely lose sensation in the area surround the bite. Surgery may be able to fuse the nerves and allow the child to recover.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dog bites injure roughly 4.5 million people per year in the United States, requiring one in five of these individuals to seek medical attention.

This is why the Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it’s so important to teach children how to be safe around strange dogs. Children should be instructed to never pet an animal without receiving permission from its owner first. Also, a child should never be allowed to play with a dog without direct supervision from both a parent and the dog’s owner.

Low Water Levels Contributing To Increase In Indiana Spinal Cord Injuries

by Staff | August 8th, 2012

August 8, 2012

Swimming is a fun and relaxing way to cool off during the dog days of summer, but it is important to be aware of the dangers that lurk just beneath the surface. According to INC Now News, emergency rooms across Indiana are seeing an increase in the number of spinal cord injuries as well as neck injuries associated with shallow diving.

An Indiana spinal cord injury can occur when one or more of a person’s vertebrae are broken, compressed, or dislocated. This type of injury can vary in severity from minor to leaving the victim permanently disabled. Common symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries are the loss of control of bodily movement and functions.

The hot dry conditions so far this summer have water levels around the state down between 18 and 30 inches below average water levels. Experts say it’s best to check water levels before attempting to jump or dive into a body of water. This can be done by tying a rock to a string and submerging it until it touches bottom. Never dive into less than 10-feet of clear water.

It’s important to also be supervised by a lifeguard or responsible adult when swimming in a pool.

The Indiana disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that citizens be careful when swimming in areas that may be subject to fluctuating water depths by always swimming with another person.

Three Seriously Injured in Separate Indiana Boating Accidents

by Staff | August 1st, 2012

August 1, 2012

Two Indiana boating accidents that left three people seriously injured show the importance of always wearing a life preserver.

According to The Courier-Journal, the first accident occurred Saturday on the Patoka Lake Reservoir at around 3:00 p.m., near Goose Island. Reports indicate that a 32-year-old woman, from Louisville, Kentucky, was operating a 2005 Honda Aqua Trax Jet ski with a 14-year-old passenger when she hit a wave and went airborne, ejecting her and her passenger.

Both were taken to a local hospital, where the boy received treatment for a head injury and was released, while woman remains hospitalized in fair but stable condition. Investigators say the two are alive because of the life preservers they were wearing.

The following day, another accident on the Mississinewa Reservoir left a 22-year-old man critically injured. It happened when three young men jumped from a moving boat at approximately 40-50 mph. One of the men struck something in the water and suffered a skull fracture and severe cut to the hand. The victim remains hospitalized with an Indiana brain injury. None of the men were wearing life preservers.

The Indiana disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say it is also important to ensure that each passenger of your boat has a life preserver that is age and weight appropriate for that individual. Using a life preserver that is the wrong size could prove to be deadly.

INDOT Worker Injured After Being Struck By Vehicle In Construction Zone

by Staff | July 25th, 2012

July 25, 2012

An Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) worker was injured when he was struck by a vehicle this past week. According to FOX 59 News, the accident happened at 12:53 a.m. Thursday at a construction site in the westbound lanes of I-70.

Reports indicate that the Indiana Auto Accident occurred when a blue SUV passing through the construction zone clipped the left arm of the 23-year-old worker, who was helping to repair a section of the highway. The blue SUV then sped away from the scene of the accident after losing the passenger side mirror in the accident.

The worker was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries. In the meantime, investigators are still searching for the vehicle and driver who caused the accident.

In an effort to prevent any similar accidents from occurring, the Indiana State Police offered several safety tips:

  • Be prepared to slow down or stop when you see orange construction signs
  • Don’t tailgate and always obey speed limits through construction zones
  • Be cautious in changing lanes through construction zones
  • Ensure that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained
  • Don’t drive distracted

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would encourage any worker who is injured in an on-the-job motor vehicle accident to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options.

Number Of Fatal Indiana Motorcycle Accidents Making Legislators Consider Mandatory Helmet Laws

by Staff | July 18th, 2012

July 18, 2012

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an unhelmeted motorcyclist is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to suffer a non-fatal injury than a helmeted motorcyclist in a crash. Several recent fatal Indiana Motorcycle Accidents have highlighted the dangers of riding motorcycles without helmets.

Take, for instance, the case of a 66-year-old man who died early Friday after being involved in an Indianapolis motorcycle crash. According to the Indy Star, the crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Southeastern Avenue, near South Sheridan Avenue. Reports indicate that the victim was part of a group of motorcyclists traveling west on Southeastern at a high rate of speed. The rider, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, missed a turn and hit a curb, which ejected him from the machine. He was declared dead at the scene.

The rise in the number of accidents has many legislators considering mandatory helmet laws. Currently, Indiana state law only requires those who are under the age of 17 to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin ask that all motorcycle riders do their part to stay safe on the highway by always wearing a helmet every time you ride, even if it is just going to be a short trip.

Claim States Government’s Removal Of Food Waiver Program For Disabled Is Illegal

by Staff | July 11th, 2012

July 11, 2012

For many disabled residents of Indiana, receiving social security disability benefits are the only way that they survive. But when those benefits are lost, sacrifices must be made.

Some are fighting the state government, saying that taking away these Social Security Disability benefits is illegal. An article released by the News-Sentinel tells the story of an Indiana attorney and father of a severely disabled son who depends on a food allowance given to him through a subsidy of the Medicaid program. He claims that when the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration stopped giving the allowance for those who received food stamps, the agency violated federal law.

The father has filed a claim against the agency and a court date has been set for August. Then, a judge could either find in favor of the man’s claim, at which point the Indiana state government would have to pay a $900,000 per year grocery bill, or, deny it, clearing the way for a class-action lawsuit to be filed against the state and its agencies.

In the meantime, most of the disabled on the Medicaid waiver plan will receive less than $175 per month in food stamps for groceries.

The Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Terre Haute & Champaign areas with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how difficult a disability claim can be and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

Fatal Indiana Truck Accident Causes Chain Reaction Crashes That Injure Seven

by Staff | June 27th, 2012

June 27, 2012

A series of Indiana auto accidents along I-70 Tuesday was responsible for injuring seven people and killing another. According to WTHITV 10 News, the initial crash occurred at the highway’s 30-mile marker, in Putnam County, around 4:00 p.m.

Police say that a 70-year-old man, driving a 2002 Ford Explorer, was stopped in the left-most eastbound lane of the highway due to construction, when the driver of a cement truck lost control of his vehicle due to his left wheels sinking into freshly poured cement. The 70,000-pound truck then toppled over on top of the SUV. The accident killed the rear passenger instantly and severely injured the driver and front seat passenger.

As traffic began to back up from both the construction and the accident, a second accident occurred when an SUV rear-ended a tractor-trailer. The driver of the SUV had to be airlifted to a local hospital for treatment.

Within minutes, a third accident had occurred just down the road when a pickup truck rear-ended a small sedan. The occupants of the pickup were not wearing seatbelts and suffered serious injuries, while the motorists of the other vehicle were wearing theirs and escaped uninjured.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the woman who died and would also like to wish all of those who were injured a full recovery.

Four Injured In Elkhart Drunk Driving Simulator Crash

by fst | June 20th, 2012

June 20, 2012

While educating young people about the dangers of drinking and driving and Terre Haute Auto Accidents is important, it apparently comes with its own set of risks. According to The Tribune-Star, three teens and a Sheriff’s deputy were injured in Elkhart, Indiana, this past Monday evening when the drunken driving simulator that they were utilizing crashed.

Reports indicate that the teens were participating with the drunken driving simulator as part of the Explorers program, which is intended for young men and women interested in a law enforcement career. The simulator is a converted golf cart that teens drive through a series of obstacles while wearing a pair of goggles that mimic the effects of alcohol on the body with blurred vision and inaccurate depth perception.

The accident happened as a teen was driving the simulator through the obstacle and overcorrected. The golf cart tipped, and a gust of wind blew it over.

One passenger was taken to a local hospital by helicopter after complaining of numbness in his arms, while the two other teen passengers were taken by ambulance after making complaints of pain in their arms, shoulders, neck, and head. The deputy who was with them was treated for foot pain and several small lacerations as well.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to wish everyone who was injured in this accident a full and speedy recovery from their injuries.

Contact Lens Solution Causes Eye Burns

by fst | June 6th, 2012

June 6, 2012

While many Americans rely on corrective contact lenses to see, some are unaware of the potential health risks that a certain brand of the product may present to users. According to an article released by MSNBC News, 110 people have suffered chemical burns to their eyes after using Clear Care contact lens solution, made by Ciba Vision.

The solution contains a mixture of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide used to clean the lenses, which when put in the eye can cause stinging and burning that results in injuries, such as corneal ulcerations. The solution is sold with a special case that neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide after about 6 hours, but the product is sold next to multi-propose saline solution, and experts argue the packaging does not contain enough warning labels.

The makers of the product and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration contend, despite estimates of those affected by the product reaching the thousands that the product is safe and the warning labels are sufficient. The company has altered the label several times in recent years to highlight the warnings of only using the product with its special case and never putting the product directly into the eye.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin highly suggest reading through a product’s warning labels before beginning use in order to prevent an Indiana Drug Injury, such as the one thousands of unknowing contact wearers have suffered.