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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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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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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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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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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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by rhs | October 31st, 2011

October 31, 2011

For most kids, Halloween is all about costumes and candy, but for most parents, the spook-filled night is about keeping your children safe from the dangers it poses. That is why, according to THV News, Arkansas police agencies are offering tips on how to keep your little monsters safe tonight.

The car club, AAA, says that Halloween is the most deadly night of the year for pedestrians. Trick-or-treaters going door-to-door should wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick. This will help make them more visible to drivers in oncoming traffic. Also, try to avoid masks they may inhibit good vision. Instead, apply makeup to achieve your look, and for an extra spooky effect, use glow-in-the-dark face paints.

Most importantly, parents should never let children trick-or-treat alone. Always accompany your child or ensure they are going with a trusted adult.

Now that the kids have brought home their loot, parents should ensure that the candy is safe to eat by making sure all of the candy is commercially wrapped. Never accept homemade treats from strangers.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween! Post photos from trick-or-treating on our Facebook page.

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by rhs | October 17th, 2011

October 17, 2011

Last Thursday, a chain of pizza restaurants in Little Rock, Arkansas, were promoting fire safety month by partnering with the Little Rock Fire Department. Fox 16 News says that the two were giving away free pizzas to customers with working fire alarms in their homes.

Customers that placed delivery orders with a franchise of Domino’s Pizza Company were shocked when firefighters in one of the company engines pulled up at their doorstep to deliver the pizza. If the home had working fire alarms, the pizza was on the house, if not, customers had to pay up.

Firefighters say the goal of the campaign was to let homeowners know that having smoke detectors in the home can save lives. One driver stated, “We try to keep families safe. We try to keep kids safe. A lot of homes don’t have that surprisingly.”

The Home Safety Council offers several tips for keeping your family safe from fires:

  • Keep flammable objects away from a stove range.
  • Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects.
  • Always unplug electrical items when not in use.
  • Douse cigarette butts with water to fully extinguish.
  • Extinguish candles when not in the same room.
  • Create a fire escape plan for your house that all family members know.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to hear from you on our Facebook page if you have any other suggestions for protecting your home from fires.

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by rhs | October 3rd, 2011

October 3, 2011

Many Arkansas residents woke before sunrise Saturday morning to head out into the woods for the opening day of deer season. The start of the season also has officials with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) reminding hunters about important safety practices.

Every year hundreds of individuals are injured or killed while hunting. Research by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) shows that most hunting accidents occur when hunters fail to properly identify their targets. Therefore, the organization stresses that hunters should wear blaze-orange when hunting. The AGFC actually requires all hunters wear at least 400 square inches of bright orange material to make them more visible in heavily wooded areas.

The IHEA also reports that another leading cause of accidents are numerous incidents of hunters accidentally “swinging” a firearm on a neighboring hunter. Experts say the best way to avoid this is to establish firing lines going out at 45 degrees from each hunter’s side. This creates a “V” of safe zone for each shooter to fire into without harming anyone around him or her.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to wish all hunters the best of luck this season, and remind them to be safe by always double checking their target, wearing orange, and letting others know their whereabouts.

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by rhs | September 12th, 2011

September 12, 2011

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are used for a variety of purposes. They can be a great entertaining activity for any outdoor enthusiast, a source of transportation through rough terrain for rangers and hunters, or even the workhorse on a farm or ranch.  Without proper safety precautions being taken though, ATVs can quickly turn dangerous and deadly. Two teenagers from Ward, Arkansas, learned this lesson the hard way after being involved in a crash Sunday morning.

FOX 16 News reported that the accident occurred just before lunchtime near Wilson Loop and Moon Road. The Ward Police Department stated they reported to the scene of a crash involving three teenagers under the age of 15-years-old and an ATV. No details about how the crash happened have been released, but officers did say two of the teens were airlifted to an area hospital where they were last listed in critical condition. The third teenager’s condition was not known.

Officers say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The National Ag Safety Database reported that one-third of all ATV-related fatalities were children under the age of 16-years-old and that wearing helmets reduces the risk of death by 42 percent.

The Arkansas Equipment Injury Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton know that the best way to protect yourself from harm when riding ATVs is to always wear a helmet. It is a decision that has saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives. Yours could be the next one saved.

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by rhs | August 29th, 2011

August 29, 2011

While the caped crusader may not be behind the wheel, Arkansas State Troopers now have a BAT Mobile and the new vehicle is as tricked-out with crime fighting gadgets as you may imagine. An article by FOX 16 states troopers will use the mobile breath alcohol testing unit at sobriety checkpoints throughout the state.

The 42-foot long, $193,000 converted truck was made possible by a grant from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration as part of its national campaign to combat drunk driving. The government will disburse more than $14 million in these grants nationwide.

The BAT mobile can act as a mobile command center and testing site for impaired drivers at sobriety checkpoints. This will allow for faster and more accurate processing of test results in drunk driving cases. It will also serve as an educational tool making appearances with law enforcement at events across the state.

The unit was put into action at a checkpoint over the weekend and will continue to make appearances on central Arkansas roads throughout Labor Day weekend.

The Arkansas Auto Accident Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton encourage drivers to use a designated driver when alcohol will be a part of your plans as the summer ends. It is a decision that could save your life, or the life of another. If you have been injured because of a drunk driver’s negligence, contact our team of attorneys now for a free consultation of your case.

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