Rainwater, Holt & Sexton | Injury Law Blog

How Can You Protect Yourself from a Drug Injury?

by Mike Rainwater | February 21st, 2018

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Doctors may unwittingly prescribe patients drugs are harmful — and sometimes that harm can be severe or even life-threatening.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas drug injury lawyers know that a significant number of recalled medications are still on the market, while hundreds more are the subject of serious warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding severe side effects and complications.

It’s important to be as informed as possible about your treatment, including any medications your doctor prescribes. If you’re prescribed a new medication, you can protect yourself by following these two important steps:

  1. Ask your pharmacist about the drug. Pharmacists are more likely to know recent news and information concerning medications. Always ask your pharmacist if the medication you were prescribed is safe, and be sure to mention any other medications or supplements you’re taking.
  2. Check to see if the drug was recalled. You don’t have to rely solely on others to check the safety and status of the medication you were prescribed. The FDA’s website contains a database of recalled medications—many of which have a “reasonable probability” of causing adverse health consequences or death. Information about dangerous drugs is also included here.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a prescription medication, don’t wait to get help. Our legal team knows how to protect innocent victims like you, and we’re ready to fight for your rights. Call today for a free consultation.

2 Common Ways Drivers Cause Motorcycle Accidents

by Mike Rainwater | February 15th, 2018

Safe riding and “wearing all the gear, all the time” are only half the battle when it comes to staying safe as a motorcyclist on Arkansas’ roadways. Even when following safe riding habits, riders are often still at the mercy of other drivers.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas motorcycle accident lawyers work to protect riders who were hurt through no fault of their own. Through our years of experience, we’ve seen many causes of collisions between passenger vehicles and motorcycles, but two stand out as being among the most common:

  1. Turning left into the paths of motorcyclists – Drivers are taught to watch for oncoming traffic when making left turns—but they aren’t always accustomed to looking out for motorcycles. That puts motorcyclists at a significant risk, as drivers may pull out directly into their paths. Never assume you will be seen by an oncoming vehicle driver.
  1. Crowding motorcyclists and forcing them off the road – Drivers also may fail to notice motorcyclists in adjacent lanes, or they may fail to give them the space they deserve. When drivers change lanes or drift into the spaces occupied by motorcyclists, they can clip them or force them off the road, potentially causing serious injuries. Never assume are you seen by a vehicle in an adjoining lane.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a negligent driver while riding, we want to help. Call us any time for a free consultation.

Spirit of Arkansas Winner – Junior Achievement of Arkansas

by Richard Atkinson | February 9th, 2018

Junior Achievement of Arkansas is bridging the gap for students between classroom learning and real world application. Through Junior Achievement, professionals come into the classroom to talk about big ideas like markets, economics, entrepreneurship, and small practical ideas like balancing a checkbook and sticking to a budget. These life and business skills are often missing from regular classroom curriculum, so the students can benefit greatly from the team of volunteers that work both in the classroom and in after school programs. The work that Junior Achievement is doing to educate the future of Arkansas is why they are this month’s Spirit of Arkansas Award winner.

Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is partnered with KATV Channel 7 to present the “Spirit of Arkansas Award.” The award is given to local charities doing exceptional work in the community. To be considered for the Spirit of Arkansas Award, a charity can apply here.

Victory Over Violence Difference Maker – Immerse Arkansas

by Richard Atkinson | February 5th, 2018

When a child ages out of the foster system in Arkansas they are often left without a support system. Immerse Arkansas saw the need to assist almost 200 kids a year and help them with the next phase of life.  Some young adults have not yet completed high school and are challenged by the next stage of life as a soon to be adult.  Immerse Arkansas not only helps foster children, but also youth in crisis, homeless, and runaways.  The program provides housing, life skills, basic resources, a place to heal, and surrounds kids with people who care about them. The work that Immerse Arkansas does to change the direction of so many young lives in Arkansas is why they are this month’s Difference Maker.

The Difference Maker award is in conjunction with the Victory Over Violence campaign launched by KARK Channel 4 and Fox 16. Once a month, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton presents a $1,000 donation to an organization fighting violence in the community and has established themselves as a true Difference Maker. The partnership goal is to create a safer Central Arkansas by uniting community groups promoting change through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring, and hunger.

Protecting Your Rights After a Workplace Accident

by Mike Rainwater | February 2nd, 2018

Getting hurt on the job can be devastating for you and your family. Your injury may prevent you from working for weeks, months, or even years. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we know that even one lost paycheck can put a family in a financial bind, and when you’re unable to go back to work for a prolonged period of time, your family may face financial uncertainty.

Almost all employees in Arkansas are protected by the state’s workers’ compensation laws to provide benefits in the event of prolonged absences from work after on-the-job injuries, but getting a claim approved isn’t always easy. In addition to requiring plenty of paperwork and documentation, the process is also time-sensitive, and workers who wait too long to fulfill certain key requirements may jeopardize their chances of getting benefits.

After your workplace injury, taking the following steps may help protect your rights to benefits:

  • Tell your supervisor – Immediately notify your supervisor or manager of what happened, even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. It’s vital that your employer document the event and your injury as soon as possible after it happens.
  • See a doctor – It’s important to get medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Seeing a doctor also creates an important official record that can be used when you file for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Call an Arkansas workers’ compensation lawyer – Maximizing your chances of approval requires gathering evidence and meeting deadlines, and an experienced attorney can guide you through the process.

Let us handle the paperwork and complexities of the workers’ compensation system so that you can focus on your health and family. Call today for a free consultation—we’re here to help.

Defective Medical Devices Linked to Injuries

by Mike Rainwater | January 22nd, 2018

Whether they’re designed to improve mobility, reduce pain, or manage the heart’s rhythm, medical devices can help those with long- and short-term health concerns manage their symptoms and live fuller lives.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we’ve seen how effective medical devices can be when it comes to relieving symptoms and reducing pain. But we’ve also seen how they can cause potentially life-threatening complications when they’re designed poorly or manufactured with inferior parts and components.

Our Arkansas defective product lawyers are here to help if you were harmed by a defective medical device. Over the years, we’ve helped clients pursue maximum compensation for injuries caused by a variety of medical devices, including: 

  • Joint replacement devices – Multiple companies make replacement devices for knees, hips, and other joints. Those devices are designed to reduce pain and improve mobility, but some models are prone to widespread problems and failures, including the tendency to break down inside the body and release toxic particles into the bloodstream.
  • Birth control implants – Birth control devices and procedures, including IUDs, are marketed as a convenient method of family planning; however, they can be linked to numerous unintended health complications, including uterine perforation, bleeding, and pain.
  • Pacemakers – More than a dozen pacemaker models released prior to May 2015 were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after reports began linking them to early and unanticipated battery failure, leaving patients at risk of suffering potentially fatal cardiac events.

The big corporations that design, manufacture, and market these devices can be held accountable when their products are defective and unreasonably dangerous and hurt people. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective medical device, we can help. It is our goal to help you get deserved compensation for persons injured by defective medical products. Call today for a free consultation.

Injured By a Defective Product? We Want to Help.

by Mike Rainwater | January 8th, 2018

Product manufacturers, sellers, and distributors are responsible for making sure their products are safe and functional for consumers like you. Those products should be tested and inspected for defects and potential hazards before hitting the shelves, but defective and dangerous products still make their way into our homes and workplaces, and they can cause serious harm. Any injuries caused by dangerous products should be investigated for a possible product liability claim, even if the operator or bystander appears to have been negligent.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas defective product lawyers aren’t afraid to stand up to big manufacturing companies that release harmful products. If you or someone you love were injured by a consumer product, piece of equipment, or medical device, our legal team is ready to help. We have years of experience helping victims injured by defective products, and we’re prepared to:

  • Collect evidence to prove the product was defective— Under product liability law, manufacturers are responsible for carefully designing and producing products with quality materials. They’re also required to test products extensively to make sure they are safe to use as directed. We can investigate to determine if this kind of negligence led to defects in the product that caused your injury.
  • Prove the product caused your injury— It’s not enough to show that the product in question was defective—we also have to show how it hurt you. Insurance companies are eager to point out that injuries and health conditions were pre-existing. But we know how to use physical evidence, the product itself, and expert testimony to prove that the defective product caused your injuries.

If you or a loved one were harmed because of a defective product, it’s our goal to help you get compensation for your pain and suffering. Companies that sell dangerous products should be held accountable, and we’re not afraid to stand up to large corporations. Get in touch with our legal team today for a free consultation.

Victory Over Violence Difference Makers – Mayflower PD

by Richard Atkinson | January 5th, 2018

The Opioid Crisis has hit the entire country hard, and Arkansas is no exception. Police departments are often on the front lines of fighting the epidemic and saving those who have become dependent. Many police departments across the state and country have bought the drug Narcan to help save lives. Narcan can be given to someone who has overdosed on an opioid drug or help an officer who has come in contact with an unsafe, concentrated version of an opioid drug. Narcan can save people who might otherwise die from opioids. Like many drugs, Narcan is expensive and many small police departments in Arkansas don’t have funds to purchase the lifesaving drugs. This month’s Victory Over Violence Difference Maker, the Mayflower Police Department, is a perfect example.  With a $1,000 donation from Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, the Mayflower Police Department can buy 10 doses of this lifesaving drug.  It’s our hope that other businesses will also contribute to help their local departments buying as many doses as possible to end this epidemic.

The Difference Maker award is in conjunction with the Victory Over Violence campaign launched by KARK Channel 4 and Fox 16. Once a month, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton presents a $1,000 donation to an organization fighting violence in the community and has established themselves as a true Difference Maker. The partnership goal is to create a safer Central Arkansas by uniting community groups promoting change through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring, and hunger.

Don’t Make These Post-Auto Accident Mistakes

by Mike Rainwater | January 3rd, 2018

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we understand that an auto accident victim may be a little stunned after crashes. This can easily lead to a degree of temporary confusion or disorientation.  A post-accident checklist helps us with the evidence needed to maximize the chance of receiving full compensation, but not everyone is able to do that after a traumatic or painful event.

Our Arkansas car accident lawyers are here to help auto accident victims regardless of what happened in the minutes, hours, or days after their crashes. With many years of experience on our side, we know how to present the facts that support the claim in order to get a just result.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash and needs legal representation, we can give you peace of mind by handling your case so you can focus on getting better. In any event, it is our recommendation that you avoiding these common post-auto accident mistakes:

  • Accepting the insurance company’s settlement offer – In the days or weeks after the crash, you may be offered a settlement offer from the insurance company. It is common for an insurance company negotiator to extend what may actually be a “lowball” offer. Never accept an offer before discussing it with your attorney. Do so can prevent you from being able to seek the full amount of compensation you deserve.
  • Talking about the accident on social media – Insurance adjusters look for ways to reduce or deny claims. They can use social media as a means to do so. Talking about the crash online is not wise. Your words can be twisted and taken out of context. Social media information can be used to make it look like you have admitted fault or that you have unwittingly revealed details that are contrary your later representation. Don’t give an insurance adjuster an opportunity to twist your words to try and nullify your chances of getting the money you deserve.

The normal aftermath of an auto accident is stressful and difficult enough. Avoiding these mistakes can help maintain the integrity of your case and keep your claim from getting derailed. When you call our legal team, you’ll know your claim is in the hands of professionals. Call today for a free consultation, and let us fight for your right to receive all the money you deserve.

What Types of Drugs are Linked to Injuries?

by Mike Rainwater | December 20th, 2017

Doctors prescribe prescription drugs to help patients recover from injuries or illnesses and manage their symptoms. Most prescription medications are safe and work well for millions of patients, but some can be dangerous and create painful, disabling, and even life-threatening complications.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we believe patients who are harmed by medications deserve experienced legal representation. The law provides that pharmaceutical companies and drug manufacturers can be held responsible when they release products that are defective and unreasonably dangerous. The manufacturer and distributor is liable for the harm caused to innocent people by reason of failure to properly test their drugs or properly warn of a medication’s potential harmful risks.

Many common drugs are linked to serious health complications, including:

  • Diabetes drugs– Multiple drugs designed to treat Type 2 diabetes, including Onglyza®, Byetta®, Januvia®, Janumet®, Tradjenta®, and Victoza® are linked to pancreatic cancer. In addition, Invokana® and Invokamet® are linked to amputations and ketoacidosis.
  • Blood thinners– People who are at risk of heart attacks or strokes can manage their risks with blood thinners, but those medications—including Pradaxa® and Xarelto®—are linked to major bleeding risks, especially during surgery.
  • Antidepressants– Pregnant women who experience depression may be prescribed antidepressants. But some of those drugs are linked to birth defects in unborn children, including Celexa®, Lexapro®, Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Symbyax®, and Zoloft®.

Our Arkansas drug injury attorneys know that victims can feel hopeless after a drug injury. Seeking compensation from a multi-billion dollar corporations may seem intimidating, but our legal team is ready, willing and able to stand up for the rights of drug injury victims. Call today for a free consultation.

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