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Our Top Ten Indiana Personal Injury Stories from 2013

Steve Wagner

As December comes to a close and we prepare to ring in a new year, we wanted to take a look back over 2013 and the top ten news stories we were able to highlight this year. These are the personal injury, medical malpractice and workers compensation stories that received the most viewers this year.

10. All year, we have highlighted the arrests and the following trials of the doctors at Wagoner Medical Center. The 4 doctors and several others staff members were brought up on charges of unsafe prescribing practices, as well as wrongful death.

9. In a similar story, Dr. William Hedrick, founder and president at the Centers for Pain Relief in Northern Indiana, was charged with unsafe drug practices earlier this year. There were numerous complaints from his patients that he was mixing uncomplimentary drugs and causing drug toxicity, as well as wrongful death in several of his patients.

8. An industrial accident in Columbia City, Indiana ended in the death of 44-year-old Jeffery A. Flory. The accident occurred at Steel Dynamics Inc. on Monday, Aug. 5th at 10:30pm. Steel Dynamics was responsible for another fatal accident in 2010, one that ended in a wrongful death lawsuit.

7. We all watched as Jason Reese was highlighted on WISH-TV News with information about the Wagoner Medical Center trials and fines. The doctors were held on bond for $1,000,000 a piece, and assistants for a bond of $75,000 a piece. Jason Reese’s interview aired on Tuesday, Nov. 5th on the 11pm news.

6. In August of this year, we received word that a three-month-old infant had died at the Dawn Til Dusk Daycare center in Zionsville, IN. This was one of several caretaker negligence cases we have seen this year.

5. August was a big month for news this year, as Dr. Jeffery E. Boone of Noblesville, IN went under investigation after Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided his Hamilton County office. He was accused of over-prescribing drugs to patients, and recently unsealed court documents showed that Dr. Boone was linked to the deaths of four women from 2009-2012 who were thought to have been over-prescribed pain medication.

4. The death of another child hit us all hard earlier this year, as Wagner Reese partnered with Indiana lawmakers to enforce more stringent regulations on daycare facilities, no matter the type of licensure they are under.

3. Wagner Reese took a closer look at the accident of a church bus that killed three people. Investigations were troubling as the cause was unidentified. Authorities believed it could have been attributed to driver recklessness, but technical failure was also a possibility.

2. Readers followed along with us as we continued to watch the cases of the Wagoner Medical Center doctors through the suspension of their licenses, the fines and jail time they faced, as well as learning about the people they injured and the lives they hurt.

1. The death of 23-year-old Alex Trabert was one of the most tragic stories of the year. Alex was involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident that resulted in his death. The 24-year-old woman, Morgan Mannix, who was charged with his death had been drinking earlier that night. She admitted fault and faced her trial in July.

Were you personally affected by any of these stories? If so, we would love to hear from you. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation or get more information on how we can assist you.

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