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Nursing Home Abuse More Common Than You Think

by Staff | December 9th, 2015

When our elders are no longer able to care for themselves, we’re often faced with the difficult decision of moving them to a long-term care facility. We do this expecting them to receive quality treatment. However, nursing home abuse statistics show this may not be the case more often than you think.

A new study indicates that as many as one in ten elderly residents may be the victims of nursing home abuse. Researchers were also able to identify some of the most common types of elder abuse and neglect that are reported.

In November, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article that examined rates of nursing home abuse and elder neglect, and also what could be done to prevent such harm. The first step to identifying these solutions was determining how nursing home residents were harmed. The most common forms of nursing home abuse that were identified include:

  • Physical Abuse- Identified as acts intended to inflict physical pain or injury
  • Verbal Abuse– Words being used to cause psychological pain, suffering, or injury
  • Sexual Abuse– Nonconsensual intimate contact
  • Financial Exploitation– Misappropriation of an elder’s money or property
  • Neglect– Failure to provide an elder with necessary care or treatment

If you suspect your loved one is the victim of any of these types of abuse, researchers say having them examined by a doctor or physician is your first line of defense in preventing them from being harmed in the future. The Indiana personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would also suggest reporting any type of suspected nursing home abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

Experts Push for a No-Fault Vaccination Compensation System

by Staff | December 2nd, 2015

Modern vaccinations have been used to ward off disease in humans since the turn of the nineteenth century. As diseases evolve and develop over time, there becomes a need for advanced vaccines. With new medications can come new risks to patients. Some experts are calling for a compensation system to be created for those who suffer injuries or harm as the result of vaccinations.

Outbreaks of deadly diseases, such as Ebola, have raised questions regarding who is liable for harm caused by a vaccine. Under the current system, vaccine suppliers can be granted immunity from drug injury lawsuits from the country they are supplying or the United Nations, but some believe creating a no-fault compensation system may be more beneficial.

An article from Infection Control Today makes the case the system should be put into place to provide damages to victims of new vaccines that are being distributed for use on an emergency basis. The system would be funded through the World Bank’s current residual influenza trust funds and more specific contributions as well. Experts say the system would provide the public the protection they need in the event of an unforeseen adverse reaction to a vaccination.

Making sure those who are harmed get the compensation they deserve is a goal the Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin take very seriously. That’s why our legal staff is hopeful to see such a vaccination injury compensation system developed in the near future.

Keeping Indiana Roads Safe During the Holidays

by Staff | November 18th, 2015

As cooler weather and the holidays quickly approach, it’s important for us to remember that car accidents tend to spike around this time of year. In fact, statistics show the last three months of the year are the deadliest time to be on the road.

In an effort to help you keep yourself and your family safe as you travel, the Indiana car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin take a look at why crashes increase during this time of year, as well as what is being done to keep our roadways safe.

Experts say the time change can play a major role since motorists are traveling in low light conditions more often. The holidays also increase the volume of traffic on the road. Speaking of the holidays, drinking and driving tends to skyrocket during the weeks leading up to and following Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In order to help reduce Indiana car accident numbers during the holiday season, travelers can expect law enforcement across Indiana to be making their presence known along the highway. Reports from The Journal Gazette explain state and local officials have launched the Safe Family Travel, Operation Pull Over campaign that will run until December 6. As part of the efforts, authorities will focus on keeping intoxicated and unrestrained motorists off the road through checkpoints and saturation patrols.

The efforts couldn’t come at a better time, considering 520 people were killed and another 235 were seriously injured last year as a result of an alcohol-related Indiana car accident. A large portion of these individuals were not properly restrained at the time of the crash.

Keeping the roads safe during the holidays should be a top priority for all Indiana motorists. The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the efforts being made by law enforcement to prevent accidents during the coming weeks and encourage you to do your part as well by obeying all traffic laws.

 

Tips To Avoid Accidents While Trick-or-Treating This Halloween

by Staff | October 30th, 2015

Halloween is tomorrow night, and that means children dressed as ghouls, ghosts, and other creatures of the night will be walking along the streets and roads of our neighborhoods in search of candy. That’s why our Indiana car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind citizens to be extra vigilant to help avoid collisions.

It’s estimated that two times as many children are struck by motor vehicles on Halloween as compared to any other night of the year. So, here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones avoid an accident:

  • Be visible– Utilize glow-in-the-dark or reflective materials in costumes when possible. You can also simply place reflective tape on a costume. Carrying a flashlight is another great way to be seen by others.
  • Obey traffic laws– Trick-or-Treaters should remember to always use sidewalks when and where they are available. Children under 12-years-old should never cross the street alone. Crossing the street should also be done at a crosswalk or major intersection. Pedestrians should also remember to wait for traffic signals to turn in their favor.
  • Avoid the roads– Another way to avoid the dangers of walking on Halloween night is to attend an event. The Tribune Star offers some great ideas on family friendly and adult events you could consider going to.

Helping the citizens of Terre Haute avoid accidents is our mission here at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Halloween!

Helping Young Motorists Avoid Accidents During “Teen Driver Safety Week”

by Staff | October 23rd, 2015

Teenage motor vehicle collisions are a very serious problem in our state. In fact, last year, Indiana led the nation when it came to the total number of fatal car accidents involving teens.

To help increase awareness, many organizations are working to promote highway safety as part of “ Teen Driver Safety Week ” over the past several days. The Indiana car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that one of those groups is Terre Haute’s own, Sammer’s Driving School.

The owner and instructor of the business, Tamara Hole, explains in a report from WTHITV 10 News that one of the best ways to help keep teens safe on the road is by helping them understand the importance of time and space on the road. In other words, the faster a vehicle is traveling, the less time they have to react to obstacles. Allowing a vehicle more space between objects and other vehicles in the road can help significantly reduce the chances of an accident. Recognizing how time and space interact with one another on the road can also be a challenge at intersections for new drivers.

The best way to help teens understand time and space as it pertains to driving is practice.

Our Indiana personal injury lawyers also encourage parents to help teen drivers stay safe by discussing the dangers of behaviors such as drinking and driving or distracted driving. It’s never too soon to start a dialogue with your kids about the importance of safe driving.

Lawmakers Consider Increase of the Indiana Medical Malpractice Damage Cap

by Staff | October 16th, 2015

When an Indiana patient is harmed as the result of a medical professional’s error or negligence, the victim may seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, the total amount of compensation that injury victims can receive is limited by state law. But our Indiana medical malpractice lawyers point out that state lawmakers are now considering reforming medical malpractice cap policies.

Current Indiana medical malpractice caps limit the amount of non-economic damages a victim can receive to $1.25 million. Experts say this limit is antiquated, as it was established 16 years ago when the costs of medical treatment were much lower.

According to Indiana Public Media, the amount of time that has passed since the law’s last updated has prompted some health care officials to become concerned about the constitutionality of the law. Furthermore, the current status of the medical malpractice cap has led to a legislative committee considering raising the limit.

Many feel an increase on the Indiana medical malpractice cap is long overdue, while opponents claim an increase may raise the costs of doctors doing business in The Hoosier State. No decisions have been reached in the matter yet.

The legal staff at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe in getting injury victims the compensation they deserve, and our Indiana personal injury lawyers are waiting to see if legislators decide to raise the Indiana medical malpractice cap.

Indiana Motorcycle Safety Course to Be Run by The Motorcycle Safety Foundation

by Staff | August 21st, 2015

Motorcycle safety is a priority in Indiana, and one way the state has worked to promote responsible riding is by sponsoring a motorcycle safety course. Our Terre Haute motorcycle accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that for many years, American Bikers Aimed Towards Education of Indiana (ABATE Indiana) put on the class, but now a new organization will be hosting the courses.

According to Inside Indiana Business, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has signed a four-year contract with Indiana to organize the state’s official motorcycle safety course. The MSF has been promoting motorcycle safety for more than four decades and has been responsible for educating 8 million motorcyclists. The programs provide riders with both classroom and hands-on instruction on how to safely operate a motorcycle.

The MSF has stated they see a need for an increased presence of motorcycle safety advocates in The Hoosier State, which has prompted the organization to provide an additional 500 opportunities for Indiana motorcyclists to get trained this year. Then, in 2016, the MSF hopes to add an additional 1,000 training opportunities. The goal is to have a training facility within 50 miles of any Indiana motorcyclist’s residence.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we believe that all motorcyclists can benefit from taking a safety course. So whether you’re just getting into motorcycles or you’re a veteran of the road, our Indiana personal injury lawyers ask that you consider signing up to take a motorcycle safety course.

Indiana Troopers Working to Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents

by Staff | July 24th, 2015

One of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Indiana today is distracted driving. Our Terre Haute car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that in 2011 alone, distractions contributed to a total of 6,373 crashes on Indiana’s roadways. Of those accidents, as many as 5,856 were the result of an unspecified distraction, while 500 were caused by cellphone use and another 17 were the result of passenger distractions. These accidents resulted in almost $35 million in economic damages.

With distraction being such a common problem on Indiana’s roads, law enforcement is stepping up their efforts against the behavior. According to an article from WFYI Indianapolis, Indiana State Troopers are partnering with law enforcement agencies from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in conducting the campaign.

The efforts kicked off earlier this week on July 20 with troopers watching for motorists showing signs of distractions such as driving with their head down or erratic speed and lane changes. The project is expected to continue through Saturday, July 25.

The program provides a means of creating accountability among drivers, but officials say it also allows law enforcement agencies to share information about enforcement tactics and data regarding distracted driving.

Our Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe in the importance of educating the public about distracted driving. That’s why we would like to applaud Indiana’s troopers for their efforts and encourage motorists to focus on the road at all times when driving.

 

 

Could Search Engine Results Help Reduce Drug Injury Numbers?

by Staff | July 23rd, 2015

Here in the United States, there are medications capable of treating almost any illness or disease from which we suffer. Unfortunately, many of these medications can cause a patient to experience harmful side effects.

Some side effects can be as relatively benign as drowsiness, while others can cause organs of the body to shut down in some patients. Typically medications are tested to determine possible side effects before the drug is released onto the market, so consumers can be fully informed and warned about the potential dangers of taking a medication. Our drug injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that sometimes though, side effects aren’t discovered until after the medication is made available to the public.

It seems as though technology may prove to be an effective tool in helping to identify the risks of a drug injury. An article from Bloomberg Business explains that the millions of internet searches that are conducted on medication side effects each year could provide insight into undiscovered risks associated with a certain product.

In 2010, a scientist examined 176 million Yahoo! searches and determined those results could be used to identify previously unknown side effects that were associated with certain drugs. More recently, the FDA has been partnering with Google and other organizations to conduct similar research, which has yielded findings that support initial conclusions.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we support the application of technology to help reduce drug injuries and our Indiana personal injury attorneys are hopeful search engine results can prove useful in identifying harmful side effects and potentially preventing drug injuries in the future.

 

Are IVC Filters an Ineffective Treatment for Blood Clots?

by Staff | June 3rd, 2015

There are many conditions that can cause serious, life-threatening blood clots in our bodies. Luckily, there are treatment options that are available to help prevent blood clots from occurring. It’s important to know that some of these options may put your health at serious risk while offering minimal benefits.

Take, for instance, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. IVC filters are small, web-like devices that are inserted into an artery in the body in order to catch and break up blood clots before they can make their way to the lungs, heart, or brain, which can cause serious adverse health events like strokes and heart attacks.

The problem with the device is that it can easily malfunction, and at least one new study shows the devices may be ineffective. According to an article from Medscape, researchers have found that a using a combination of IVC filters and anticoagulant drugs in no more effective than simply using the medication to treat a patient.

The team used concealed randomization in order to ensure the confidentiality of the treatment each patient was receiving. They concluded the use of an IVC filter plus an anticoagulant offered no better results in preventing embolisms in patients after three months than just using an anticoagulant medication.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of having an IVC filter implanted into your body, you may have a right to compensation and discussing your case with a qualified legal representative may be wise. Our team of defective medical device lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are available anytime to answer any questions you may have.