December 20, 2012

If you're one of the many Little Rock families taking to the roads or the skies to visit family members during the holiday seasons, you should be aware of the dangers. As personal injury lawyers at The Duncan Firm, we see accident cases every day. Someone dies from a car accident every 13 seconds in the US, and plane accidents are often deadly. The holiday period presents special challenges for travelers, as drivers are stressed and behind schedule. Poor winter weather only exacerbates the problem. But following a few tips can help you navigate the...

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October 24, 2012

Driving is an essential part of our lives, enabling us to get to and from work, take our children to afterschool activities, and do just about every daily task we have. Unfortunately, car accidents are an inevitable consequence of driving. Most of us will be involved in multiple car accidents during our lifetime. If we are lucky, they will just be minor fender-benders. But all too often, car accidents result in serious injuries to those involved.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 3,335,800 people are injured in car accidents every year. These injuries...

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September 28, 2012

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is different from any other medical condition; once certain areas of your brain are damaged, they may never return to their pre-injury state of functionality. Also, because every brain injury affects different areas of the brain with varying levels of severity, your rehabilitation program must be uniquely designed to match your brain’s functional strengths and weaknesses.

There are two main goals for brain injury recovery:

  • Restoring the brain functions that are capable of being restored
  • Finding new ways of doing things when functions...
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August 08, 2012

If your loved one has died because of a preventable medical error, the impact of your loss can be overwhelming. Wrongful death due to medical malpractice is not only a personal crisis, it can also be a financial burden on multiple levels for the family members who are left behind – especially if they depended on the deceased patient for a steady income or any other type of support.

Apart from providing compensation for your loss, a wrongful death lawsuit can bring your family closure in an important way, helping you uncover the true reason behind your loved...

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July 26, 2012

In the past few years, automobile safety has become a growing concern for American drivers. Between Toyota recalls, controversies involving Ford Explorers and rollover accidents, and the Ford Pinto’s exploding fuel tank, the defective nature of many popular cars has become headline news.

Driving the right car can reduce your risk of serious injury in a car accident. recently collected research from Consumer Reports, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and other organizations to compile a list of the five safest automobiles on the...

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July 26, 2012

The Little Rock, Arkansas, attorneys at the Duncan Firm are currently working with a national law firm to investigate claims by Arkansas residents who may have experienced water problems or property damage due to the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Arkansas has significant reserves of natural gas, notably in the so-called “Fayetteville Shale” geologic formation, which runs under several counties in central and north-central Arkansas including Cleburne, Faulkner, Independence, Jackson, Prairie, White, Woodruff and Van Buren. Fracking is ongoing in these and...

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June 12, 2012

Across the US, car accident rates tend to increase in late summer, peaking in August-September, but in Arkansas, June is the deadliest month for car accidents. How deadly? In 2009, 67 people died in June, more than twice as many as the number of people who died in the safest month, December.

It seems counterintuitive that the deadliest month for car crashes would be one where the weather tends to be fair and the roads clear. But many of the facts of car accident statistics seem counterintuitive. Another example: at what time and day of the week did more fatal accidents occur than any other? From 3-...

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May 21, 2012

If you were involved in a car accident, the other driver may try to avoid responsibility by claiming you were hovering in their car's blind spot. However, modern cars are designed with adequate mirrors to eliminate blind spots, and it is only by failing to adjust mirrors that drivers create blind spots, which ultimately lead to accidents.

Here are some tips for eliminating the blind spots in your own vehicle:

  • Adjust the rear-view mirror so that it shows the full view out your rear window, not so that it shows the traffic in side lanes
  • Adjust your left side mirror so you can...
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April 10, 2012

Whiplash is a broad term that encompasses various head and neck injuries often caused in car accidents. During a collision, your head may be thrown violently forward or backward, resulting in potential damage to your:

  • Tendons and ligaments
  • Nerves
  • Joints and discs
  • Cervical muscles

If these soft-tissue injuries are left untreated, they can cause chronic long-term pain for accident victims. Even if you feel relatively fine at the time of your accident, you should still be examined by a doctor for signs of whiplash, since symptoms may not be noticeable...

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March 26, 2012

When someone brings forward a motorcycle accident case, the state of Arkansas uses a modified comparative fault system to determine who was responsible for the accident, and whether or not the plaintiff can recover damages. Arkansas follows a “50% fault” rule, meaning you cannot recover compensation from the defendant if the court rules that you are 50% or more at fault for the accident.

However, if it is ruled that you are 49% or less at fault, you can still recover damages. The amount of compensation that you are entitled to will be reduced by your degree of fault. For example, if you...

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