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Miller County Accident Kills Texas Man

by rhsstaff | April 15th, 2015

A Texas man was killed in a Miller County wreck on the morning of Friday, April 10.

James H. Ogburn, 71, of Atlanta, TX, was driving a Ford Escort when he crossed the center line and struck a Dodge Ram head-on. The driver of the Dodge, Bobby R. Garren, 42, of Doddridge was injured in the wreck.

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Texarkana Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

by rhsstaff | April 15th, 2015

A Texarkana man was killed Tuesday, April 7, when his Vulcan motorcycle struck a car at the intersection of U.S. 67 and Laurel Street in Texarkana.

Danny R. Taylor, 59, of Texarkana was killed when a Mazda, driven by Peyton Glenn, 18, of Texarkana, crossed lanes into the path of Taylor, causing the motorcycle to strike the car and throw Taylor from it.

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Accident Kills Cherry Valley Woman

by rhsstaff | April 15th, 2015

Amy Yates, 41, of Cherry Valley was killed Tuesday, April 7, in a Poinsett County accident, according to the Arkansas State Police.

The accident occurred when the vehicle driven by Yates crossed into the southbound lane of Hwy 163 and hit a vehicle driven by Brittany Smith of Harrisburg.

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Polk County Collision Kills Three

by rhsstaff | April 15th, 2015

Latosha Nicole Leathers, 23, and her two children were killed in a Polk County collision on Monday, April 6.

According to Arkansas State Police, Leathers was driving a 2002 Ford van on U.S. 71 about 11 miles south of Mena when she lost control of the van. The van then entered the southbound lane backwards and collided with a tractor-trailer. Marla Gayle Pipes, 52, of Redwater, TX was driving the tractor-trailer and was injured in the accident.

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Motorcycle Accident Kills Two

by rhsstaff | April 9th, 2015

Two people were killed in a Friday night motorcycle accident in Miller County. William M. Hester, 57, and Wanda Kyleen Hensley, 43, both of Texarkana died in the accident.

The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Friday when the Harley-Davidson driven by Hester was unable to negotiate a curve, went off the highway and hit a fence.

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Little Rock Car Accident Lawyers Offer Safety Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

by Keith Adkins | March 3rd, 2014

March 3, 2014

A winter storm covered the region in a blanket of snow and ice. While the weather made for a beautiful winter wonderland, it is also to blame for causing numerous Arkansas Car Accidents throughout the state.

According to an article published by the Times-Herald, numerous highways were being shut down either due to collisions or vehicles stranded due to a loss of traction. The Arkansas State Patrol reported a 10-mile stretch of highway along I-40 being shut down due to heavy traffic and similar issues were being seen in other parts of the state as well.

These reports leave many citizens wondering what they can do to stay safe while driving in winter weather. The Little Rock Personal Injury Attorneys with the law firm of Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain there are several steps that can be taken to help decrease the chances of being in an accident on the road caused by snow and ice. They include:

  • Staying Off The Road- If you do not have to venture onto slick roads, stay at home until the weather improves.
  • Checking Vehicle Equipment- Tires should have ample tread, all vehicle lights should illuminate, windshield wipers should easily clear debris, and brakes should be properly functioning.
  • Be Prepared- Know the weather and road conditions along the route you plan to travel and bring extra supplies, such as food, water, blankets, and lighting, in case you become stranded.
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New Guidelines Say Women Should Be Screened For Cervical Cancer Less Often

by rhs | March 19th, 2012

March 19, 2012

Government officials have issued new guidelines to better protect women from the dangers of pregnancy complications that can be caused by over-testing for cervical cancer. According to THV News, the U.S. Preventative Task Force has called for women to be tested for the disease less often.

Rather than being tested once a year, regulations now say that women ages 21 to 65 should be screened for cervical cancer only once every three years. Women ages 30 and over who are at a low risk for the disease need only be tested once every five years if they receive a Human papillomavirus screening at the same time.

Doctors have claimed in the past that over-screening is leading to a high number of false positives on tests that have women undergoing unnecessary procedures that could leave them with pregnancy and fertility complications.

While officials say that women should be tested for certain conditions less, they add that it does not mean that women should skip their annual appointment with their gynecologist. One doctor stated that there are numerous other factors of a woman’s health that are evaluated during that appointment, such as contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, breast health, bone health, hypertension, and diabetes.

The Arkansas Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt, and Sexton would advise you to seek a second opinion from another doctor if you believe you have been harmed by a doctor’s diagnosis of your medical condition.

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Campaigns to Eliminate Distracted Driving in Arkansas

by rhs | January 23rd, 2012

January 23, 2012

A new campaign called The Great Hang Up is sweeping across the country The aim of the program is to eliminate distracted driving accidents caused by talking and texting on cell phones on America’s highways. According to Arkansas’s THV 11 News, the campaign asks that drivers sign a pledge to not operate a cell phone while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

To participate, sign a pledge sheet and keep it in your car as a reminder to the promise you have made yourself. Then, stay focused behind the wheel by following the sheet’s simple distraction eliminating guidelines.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is also trying to bolster efforts to end distracted driving by creating their own campaign called Faces of Distracted Driving. The group has created a website with videos that show the impact distracted driving accidents have on ordinary people and their families.

While Arkansas legislators are pushing for better laws to protect motorists from distracted driving, thousands will still be hurt or killed in the state until the ramifications of the accidents the activity can cause are understood by a majority of citizens.

This is why the Arkansas distracted driving accident lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to urge drivers to take a closer look at both of these programs and think about participating. Reducing the risks that distractions impose on drivers is the simplest way to eradicate a growing problem that could leave you injured.

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Migraine Medication Might Put Heart Health at Risk

by rhs | January 2nd, 2012

January 2, 2012

Those who suffer from migraine headaches know that there is little to be done to stop the constant pounding once it starts. So, when you find a pain reliever that works, you stick with it. However, a recent study shows that a surprising number of patients who suffer from migraines are being prescribed medications they shouldn’t take because of heart conditions they also suffer from.

The findings were reported late last month by FOX 16 News and show that one in five patients with heart conditions who also suffer from migraines were given prescriptions for a class of drugs called triptans. These triptans are very effective in treating migraines and work by constricting blood vessels up to 20 percent. This constriction could cause a person with a history of heart issues to suffer any number of pulmonary problems, bust most commonly heart attacks and strokes.

Researchers pinpointed more than 120,000 patients who suffered form migraines from ten different insurance providers. Data collected from these cases determined that eight percent of all the patients suffered form both migraines and heart conditions. Of those patients, 22 percent had received prescriptions from doctors for triptans.

Some of these Medications include:

  • Amerge®
  • Axert®
  • Frova®
  • Imitrex®
  • Maxalt®
  • Relpax®
  • Treximet®
  • Zomig®

The Arkansas drug injury lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton suggest that anyone taking these medications that has a history of heart conditions to consult with your doctor immediately. If you have suffered from a heart complication while taking one of these medications, we suggest you contact us today.

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Holiday Traditions Linked With Increase To Heart Problems

by rhs | December 5th, 2011

December 5, 2011

If you’ve ever thought the holidays and your in-laws were going to kill you, there may actually be scientific proof to support that statement. New research is showing that the large meals, heavy doses of alcohol, and stress through the holidays puts us at an increased risk for heart problems and stroke.

According to KATV 7 News, a doctor with the Society of Vascular Surgery, Dr. Niten Singh, reported the findings in the group’s most recent news release. Singh stated that there is a five percent increase in heart-related deaths every year around the holidays in the United States. Much of this can be attributed to the fat and calorie-packed meals we consume. The American Council on Exercise found the average holiday meal weighs in at 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat.

Alcohol can also be a deadly factor during the holidays–with consumption rates spiking through the winter months. The problem has become so great, a heart condition specifically linked to the problem has arisen. Holiday Heart Syndrome is an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk of stroke.

Stress–from traveling or entertaining–has long been known to contribute to heart troubles.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to encourage families to use the holidays as a time to focus on health so that each family member will be able to enjoy the company of others for years to come.

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