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. ABCNews.com 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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March 09, 2012

Even during car accidents that are relatively minor, injuries can still happen. If you have recently been in a car accident, remember that not every injury will be obvious right away. Unlike broken bones and cuts, whiplash and brain injuries can take days or even weeks to become apparent. Always be sure you are thoroughly examined by a medical processional after a car accident to detect early signs of these potentially serious injuries.

A wide range of injuries can occur in a car accident, but some of the most common injuries include:

  • Head trauma and...
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December 03, 2011

Although some birth injuries occur without fault, others are preventable and can be the result of medical malpractice.

Among the most common types of birth injuries in medical malpractice lawsuits are:

  • Brain damage
  • Broken bones
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy

Medical errors can cause harm outright or exacerbate the severity of existing problems during birth. Common causes of birth injuries include:

  • Failure to adequately monitor the mother and/or fetus
  • Failure to initiate a Caesarean section in a timely fashion
  • ...
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November 16, 2011

Travel during the holidays to see family and loved ones is one of the many things that we look forward to during the holidays. Most of these travelers will go by vehicle to see friends and loved ones both close and far. As a result, the roads will be busier than normal around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although Little Rock may see little snow during the winter, we can still get rain, sleet, and sometimes fog. Consequently, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times to travel. We want you to travel safe during this time so that your holiday season is as pleasant and memorable as possible.

Here are some safe travel tips...

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November 16, 2011

Cerebral palsy is actually a group of disorders characterized by a loss of muscle control and nerve function. Cerebral palsy is sometimes caused by abnormal brain development of the fetus during pregnancy, but it can also be the result of brain injuries sustained early in life.

Sadly, medical malpractice is too often the case of such brain injuries. Examples of medical errors that could lead to cerebral palsy include:

  • Improper use of forceps during delivery
  • Improper use of vacuum extraction during childbirth
  • Failure to perform a Caesarean section in a timely...
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