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Congratulations to the 2018 Super Lawyers Honorees of McMath Woods P.A.

Published on Nov 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm in News.

At McMath Woods P.A., we strive to provide our clients in Little Rock and the surrounding areas of Arkansas with the best legal representation possible. We are proud to announce multiple team members from McMath Woods P.A. have been recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers Honorees.

The following lawyers from our firm have been recognized for these areas of law:

Tips for Staying Alert Behind the Wheel

Published on Nov 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm in car accident.

Whether you’re driving home on a Friday after a long week or driving across the country for a family reunion, we’re all guilty of giving less than 100 percent of our focus to the road when we’re behind the wheel. Unfortunately, there are a variety of dangers associated with distracted and fatigued driving. If you’ve been injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, our Little Rock car accident lawyers are here for you.

Thousands of accident occur on Arkansas’ road every year. Many of them are related to instances of distracted driving. To aid in the prevention of accidents related to distractions and fatigue, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do before driving and while driving to stay alert and remain focused.

Tire Safety: Is Your Vehicle Road-Ready?

Published on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm in car accident.

You need to be able to trust that your vehicle is safe for the road. One of the main ways to ensure this is to take care of your tires. When tires aren’t properly taken care of, they can lose air or become damaged while you’re driving the vehicle, potentially causing an accident that may result in injuries to yourself and others.

There are a few ways to know whether your vehicle is road-ready and if your tires are as good as they should be for the type of driving you need to do. Here are some tips, as well as some information about how often accidents are caused from poor, damaged, or malfunctioning tires occur:

Tire-Related Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following statistics show the danger of failing to keep up with tires.

  • 11,000 tire-related crashes happen each year.
  • In 2016, 733 total traffic fatalities occurred where tire malfunction was a factor.

Even when one tire fails, a driver may be unable to keep proper control of their vehicle in order to avoid causing an accident. This is why tire-related accidents are such a risk. If people knew more about their tires and how to take care of them, these numbers could be greatly reduced. When you put in the time to maintain your tires, you know that your vehicle is ready for the road.

An Overview of Title VII’s Workplace Protections

Published on Nov 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm in Employment Law.

Workers in the U.S. are entitled to rights that protect them from unfair discrimination and harassment. For many marginalized groups, discrimination could prevent career opportunities, fair pay, and benefits of the job. Thankfully, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes Title VII, a monumental part of the law that prevents certain forms of discrimination in the workplace. Employers who have fifteen (15) or more employees are generally subject to Title VII. But sometimes, despite the law, some employers make discriminatory decisions. If this has happened to you in Arkansas, a Little Rock employment lawyer from McMath Woods P.A. can help you with your claim.

We believe in upholding the rights for the citizens in Arkansas. Everyone deserves to have a fair chance to obtain and retain the particular job she seeks and for which she is qualified. Those who make unjust decisions based on characteristics protected under Title VII need to be held accountable for their unlawful actions.

How to Protect Your Loved One from Neglect in a Nursing Home

Published on Oct 18, 2018 at 12:55 pm in nursing home negligence.

When we place the care of our elderly loved ones into the hands of a nursing home, we have to trust that the facility will care for them in ways we cannot. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents do not receive the care they need or are owed. As a result, many seniors end up with preventable injuries, or worse.

If you believe your loved one is being neglected, you can take legal action on their behalf. At McMath Wood P.A., our Little Rock nursing home abuse lawyers are prepared to guide you in the direction towards justice.

You may be uncertain as to whether or not your loved one is being cared for properly. Signs of neglect do not always manifest themselves the way signs of abuse do. This is why it’s important to understand what neglect it, how to recognize it, and what you can do if you’re loved one isn’t being cared for properly.

Pressure Ulcer Healing and Prevention Tips

Published on Oct 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm in nursing home negligence.

Everyone has heard of the term “bedsore”.  Medical care experts refer to bedsores and decubitus ulcers as pressure ulcers.  Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment continue to be huge issues in hospitals and nursing homes.  Many people are aware of the danger of pressure ulcer development in nursing homes, but are not as aware that this is a major concern for patients in hospitals, particularly if they are immobile.  McMath Woods has handled numerous pressure ulcer/bed sore cases, including one against an Arkansas hospital resulting in a jury verdict of 1.5 million dollars.

Hospital pressure ulcer cases are unique as staffing and reporting requirements can differ from nursing home cases.  As our population is aging and life expectancy is increasing, longer acute care hospital stays seem to be occurring.  These longer acute care hospital stays increase the risk for pressure ulcers.  Pressure ulcers have been defined by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in conjunction with the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) as localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.

The Future of Negligent Security Cases in Arkansas

Published on Oct 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm in Negligent Security.

When a customer is attacked or assaulted and injured at a bar, shopping mall, or other public space they may have a case not only against the attacker, but also against the business owner or commercial real estate management company. Under Arkansas law, certain commercial property owners and businesses owners owe a customer a duty to protect them from reasonably foreseeable dangers, including criminal acts. These types of cases, commonly referred to as negligent security cases, can stem from fights, shootings, or even sexual assaults at places such as bars and restaurants, shopping malls, convenience stores, or strip shopping centers.  

Owners, business operators and their security contractors can be found at fault and responsible when the cause of a harmful event, such as an assault, stabbing or shooting, is foreseeable or avoidable with proper safety procedures. What makes a particular act foreseeable under Arkansas law depends on what other types of attacks, shootings, stabbings, or other criminal acts have occurred on or near the business or property before the customer suffers injury. Shopping malls and common areas in and around businesses are public spaces that people should be able to enjoy their shopping experience without suffering from violent attack. McMath Woods has handled these types of cases and understands how stressful these situations can be on families and how complex these cases can be legally.

Bentonville Walmart Sued for 2017 Disability Discrimination Case

Published on Oct 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Employment Law.

Melinda Allen of Fayetteville filed a lawsuit against Walmart Inc. in August 2017, alleging the company wrongfully fired her as a result of disability discrimination and retaliation. Our own McMath Woods attorney John Coulter is representing the plaintiff. The longtime ex-employee is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as either reinstatement or lost-earning pay for the discrimination she was subjected to.

In 2012, the plaintiff was promoted to Director of ADA and Immigration Compliance. Her medical conditions required that she miss work once every two months to receive treatment. In response, she noticed her then-supervisor began scheduling meetings on her treatment days and making disparaging comments about her work performance in conjunction with her medical condition. She was also disciplined after taking an approved six-week medical leave.

The Top Environmental Concerns that Arkansas Residents Should Know About

Published on Sep 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm in Environmental Law.

While there are state and federal regulations in place to protect our citizens, environment, and natural resources, there are entities out there that disregard those laws. When they do that, they are not only harming our planet but the the people within our communities. If you’ve been affected by another party’s illegal environmental actions, our Little Rock environmental lawyers can help.

Environmental law exists to protect and regulate our natural resources for the benefit of everyone. If a person or company breaks an environmental law and others suffer as a result, that party should be held accountable for their actions, so they do not harm anyone again. You may be concerned about the possible risks you and your family could be subjected to. Let’s take a look at some of the primary environmental concerns Arkansas residents should know about.

The 5 Traffic Laws Broken Most Often by Arkansas Drivers

Published on Sep 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm in car accident.

As responsible drivers, we understand the necessity of obeying all the established traffic laws. Unfortunately, there are drivers out there that choose to ignore these laws. When individuals make those choices, they’re putting their lives, as well as the lives of others on the road, in danger. If you’ve been injured in a car accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, our Little Rock car accident lawyers are prepared to help you with your case.

According to the 2014 Arkansas Crash Summary, there were a total of 60,947 vehicle accidents reported – a 4.3 percent increase from 2013. Of those accidents 436 of them were fatal, resulting in the wrongful loss of 470 lives. Nearly half of those lost lives resulted from drivers who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

As you can see, car accidents are a common occurrence on Arkansas’ roads. Many of these accidents result from broken traffic laws. Let’s take a look at which of these laws are broken most often.

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