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Warmer Weather and Boating Safety

Published on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm in Boat SAfety, boat wreck lawyer, Boating Injury, boating negligence, Injury on Lake, insurance, Traumatic Brain Injury, Uncategorized.

With our wonderful lakes and rivers in Arkansas, the warmer weather brings out the boats and other water toys. As you begin to prepare your boats for the water, remember that Arkansas law requires insurance. Also, Arkansas law provides in many instances for liability on the boat owner no matter who is driving.

All boat owners should know that under Arkansas law, in most instances, no matter who is operating your boat, the boat owner is liable for any damage or harm done to passengers or others. Ark. Code Ann. 27-101-201 states that the owner of a boat shall be liable for the negligent operation of the boat. Ark. Code Ann. Sec. 27-101-207 requires any boat with over a 50 horsepower engine or personal watercraft to be covered by a policy of liability insurance providing at least $50,000 of liability coverage per incident.

Enjoy the warmer weather and our lakes and rivers, but remember not only to clean your boat for her maiden 2015 voyage, insure her.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Published on Aug 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm in Concussion, TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury, Uncategorized.

A traumatic brain injury is a disruption of the function of the brain usually caused by a jolt (such as in certain car wrecks), a blow or a penetrating injury to the head. Each year about 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries and an estimated 5.3 million Americans need life long help due to symptoms from brain injuries according to Brainline.org. Many people fail to realize that a concussion is an injury to the brain. Folks who have been in a car wreck, suffered a blow to the head, or suffered any head trauma need to be aware of the risk of brain injury. Headaches, moodiness, problems with short term memory, problems with every day functioning, seizure activity, and loss of sense of taste or smell are all possible signs of TBI. There are other warning signs. Many times co-workers or family members notice distinct changes in a loved one who has suffered a brain injury. Brain injuries are typically classified as mild, moderate or severe. A person does not have to be knocked unconscious to have suffered a brain injury. If you have a family member or loved one struggling to get back to “normal” after a wreck, fall or other incident involving trauma or a jolt to the head, medical care providers may need to evaluate the possibility of brain injury.

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