March 23, 2015

When you are in a car accident there are steps you can take to protect your rights and help ensure full compensation – but remembering these things in the chaos following an accident can be tricky. Nonetheless, five things it is important to try and remember are:

  1. Do not admit fault – admitting fault or even suggesting you are liable can significantly impact your ability to receive fair compensation
  2. Photograph the scene – photographic evidence is extremely helpful when building a case
  3. Seek medical care – even when cleared by EMTs, seeing a trusted doctor after your accident can help ensure no injuries go...
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February 13, 2015

If you have been injured in an accident, you may want to consult with an attorney before you accept a settlement offer from insurance. Even injuries that seem minor can have far-reaching consequences – many of which are not typically covered by insurance. The only way to be sure you are not cheated out of what you are truly due is with the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Little Rock personal injury attorney Phillip Duncan and the lawyers at the Duncan Firm are dedicated to helping accident victims get justice. We would be honored to meet with you free of charge to discuss...

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January 07, 2015

When you have surgery, you must put your life into someone else’s hands. Some medical mistakes can result in permanent, lifelong injury or disability, and some result in death. The Arkansas medical malpractice lawyers at Duncan Firm in Little Rock have the utmost respect for those who dedicate their lives to saving others, but when mistakes are made, the responsible parties must be held accountable.

One rare, but egregious, surgical mistake is operating on the wrong side of the body or the wrong site or location. Wrong site surgery is perhaps one of the most preventable of all medical mistakes. If the proper care is taken, this...

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November 17, 2014

Millions of motorists take the road during the week of Thanksgiving. If you plan on being one of them this year, take special care to protect yourself and your loved ones from injury by driving with caution and paying attention to the road.

Distracted driving is one of the most common factors in car accidents. This includes cellphone use, using GPS, adjusting radios, reading maps, eating and drinking, personal grooming, and anything else that may take your eyes off of the road. It is always necessary to pay attention when driving, but dangers significantly increase during high-traffic holidays....

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October 22, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has placed a ban on texting while driving for truck drivers. According to the FMCSA, “Texting means manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device.” This ban does not extend to hands-free devices, even those that are used to text or email. The ban is intended to reduce truck accidents caused by distracted commercial drivers.

As with most texting bans, this one almost seems to imply that hands-free devices are safe to use while driving. This belief, while reinforced through the new availability of myriad...

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September 17, 2014

car accident child attorney lawyerCar accidents are the leading cause of fatal injury for children between the ages of one and 13. While it is not always possible to prevent car accidents from occurring, there are steps that can be taken to protect your youngest passengers against serious and fatal injury. One of the most reliable steps is to ensure your child is in the appropriate seat or booster, and that safety restraints are being properly used.

The National Highway Traffic...

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June 17, 2014

Sleep deprived truckers have taken center stage following the serious truck accident involving actor and comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7th. The truck driver that caused that accident had not slept in more than 24 hours, a factor that doubtless contributed to the severity of the accident. Tragically, this type of negligent behavior is not isolated to this incident but is in fact endemic throughout the trucking industry.

Federal Trucking Regulations

Federal trucking regulations place strict limitations on drive time in between rests. These regulations, when followed, are very effective at helping...

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May 21, 2014

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis, an infection of the blood stream, affects as many as 750,000 hospital patients every year. And, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society, sepsis may play a role in over 50 percent of all hospital deaths.

The study, conducted in part by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California division of research, analyzed data from 6.5 million hospitalization records. Of those, 52 percent of patients who died while hospitalized had a blood infection. Researchers suggest many had this infection when admitted to the hospital, but did...

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April 15, 2014

April is National Distracted Driving Month, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted and encouraging people to take steps to end their own reckless behavior.

This campaign addresses all forms of distraction, but focuses heavily on cellphone use – including hands-free cellphone use. There is absolutely no evidence that using a hands-free device while driving is safe. In fact, many studies have found hands-free devices increase the risk of causing an auto accident more than manual devices....

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March 12, 2014

Fatigue has long been known to contribute to truck accidents. Studies have found that driving when you are tired is very similar to driving while intoxicated, and can result in delayed reaction times, short blackouts, and other serious dangers.

To combat trucker fatigue, state and federal regulations limit the number of hours a trucker may spend on the road in between rest periods. However, to remain employed, many truck drivers are forced to ignore these rules and drive long after they are able to safely focus on the task of driving.

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