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Trucking Accidents – Who Will Pay For My Lost Wages?

If your truck accident occurred while you were working, Indiana Workers Compensation laws will provide medical care and compensation for lost wages if you are unable to return to work.  The Indiana Compensation Act offers three types of benefits to injured workers: 1.    Medical care for work-related injuries with no cost to you 2.    Lost wage replacement because of inability to work due to injuries 3.    Payment for any permanent impairment resulting from your injuries There are four types of disability benefits: 1.    Temporary Total Disability (TTD) 2.    Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) 3.    Permanent Total Disability (PTD) 4.    Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits are paid to employees who are...

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Trucking Accidents – Who Will Pay My Medical Expenses?

After a trucking accident, sorting it all out can be frustrating and confusing.  The main concern of most clients is how to pay for their medical expenses. We can help negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and healthcare providers so you can continue to receive medical care until your case is settled. Who will pay your medical expenses?  The answer depends up how the trucking accident occurred.  If you have an auto policy, medical benefits may be available under your auto insurance along with the trucking company’s insurance, regardless of fault, up to a certain amount. After benefits with insurance companies...

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What are the Federal or State Laws That Govern Truck Drivers?

Trucking companies must follow many federal laws found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA) such as: 1.    Keeping a driving log by the commercial truck driver 2.    Obtaining a commercial driver's license for certain vehicles to reduce or prevent truck accidents, serious injuries, and death 3.    Carrying specific insurance coverage for commercial trucks depending upon the type of load being transported Here are common federal rulings used in accident litigation: 9 C.F.R. § 391 - Qualification of Drivers If a driver operates a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds, carries 16 or more passengers, or transports hazardous materials, he...

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Starr Austen & Miller Investigating 2013 Ford Escape Fuel Line Fire Recalls

Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to a recall of the 2013 Ford Escape for those vehicles containing a 1.6 liter engine. The Ford Escape has a new redesign for the model year 2013, and had only recently begun production of the new model at the Louisville, Kentucky Ford plant. While trying to launch this new version of the compact SUV, Ford announced a recall of approximately 11,500 vehicles manufactured between early April through July 11, 2012 all of which have a...

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Construction Workers Vulnerable to Injuries and Premature Death

New research from the Center for Construction Research and Training, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, indicates that almost all construction workers will have at least one work-related injury during their lifetime and are at greater risk of dying prematurely. Researchers drew from multiple years of data from national sources, including the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to CCRT researchers, in a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 75 percent chance of experiencing a disabling injury, and a 1-in-200 chance of a fatal injury on the job. Furthermore, someone who begins construction work at age 20 and lives until the age of...

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New Regulations Aimed at Ensuring Safety of Temporary Outdoor Stages

The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission has OK’d temporary regulations that cover the 2012 fair and festival season. These are the state's first rules concerning the kind of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse, which killed seven people and injured nearly 60 others. The new regulations are for outdoor stage rigging structures that hold overhead lighting, sound and other equipment. The regulations cover only those structures not connected to a permanent stage, and which are in place for no more than 45 days in any single year. Although state law had long...

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DuPont Imprelis Class Action Update

[youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuHnjBb7TTA rel=0 fs=1 autohide=1 modestbranding=1] Defective herbicide Imprelis continues to hinder tree growth as late as May 2011. Scott Starr, attorney at Starr Austen & Miller has been traveling for the last two months with expert witnesses visiting golf courses and observing the damages done to their trees. Evergreen trees should be sprouting new growth this time of year, but there appears to be no new growth. It's clear to us that Imprelis continues to damage these trees....

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