Unfortunately, serious injury can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere, and Springdale is no exception to this rule. Good drivers can be hit by reckless drivers, innocent pedestrians can be hurt by hazards on badly maintained properties, trusting patients can be fitted with defective medical implants, and any number of other catastrophes. An outside party’s reckless or negligent conduct can change an accident victim’s life in the blink of an eye, leaving that victim and his or her family members to pick up the pieces. If you or someone you love was hurt because of another person’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence: you deserve justice for all you’ve been forced to endure.
A personal injury claim cannot turn back the hands of time to prevent your accident from happening. But it can prevent other people from being hurt by the same product, defect, hazard, or person in the future, while simultaneously compensating you financially and granting you precious peace of mind. To speak privately with an experienced Springdale, Arkansas personal injury lawyer, call Ken Kieklak right away at (479) 316-0438. The statute of limitations places a deadline on the time you have to file a claim following an accident, so don’t wait until it’s too late: call our firm today to start exploring your legal options.
What Types of Accidents Are Personal Injury Accidents?
When you or one of your loved ones is in pain, the outcome of a case becomes more important than ever. You want to feel confident you have the support of an aggressive, knowledgeable, and highly qualified attorney on your side. Ken Kieklak has nearly 20 years of practical experience advocating for accident victims, survivors, and their families, and has handled complex cases in numerous fields of personal injury, including:
- Auto Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
- Defective Medical Implants
- Defective Products
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Accidents
The above represents only a brief overview of the areas personal injury law can cover. Personal injuries may arise under a myriad of circumstances, but the common element that holds everything together is that a person suffers a potentially serious injury due to the reckless, careless, or intentional act of another.
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Hurt by a Dangerous Product or a Household Item?
Companies that market and sell their products in retail stores in Springdale or to Springdale residents over the phone or Internet have a duty to make sure that the item is free from problems or hazards that can result in serious injury or death. While most companies are aware of this duty and attempt to market safe products, certain problems can slip through the cracks. Unfortunately, 2014, 2015, and now into 2016 there have been a seemingly unusual number of high-profile product defects that endanger the health and safety of all consumers.
To name a few, there have been significant issues with cars and trucks in recent years. Defects include the General Motors (GM) ignition switch issue that causes vehicles to stall and lose power, the Takata airbag inflator defect that results in airbags deploying with excessive force, and the FCA rear fuel tank fire problems. Outside of the automotive industry, problems with fires and falls from hoverboards have caused significant injuries and property damage.
If you’ve been hurt by a defective product, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If you are injured and feeling pain or discomfort, let the doctor know so that the full extent of your injuries can be treated. Once you have received medical treatment, be sure to keep the defective product and take photos of any damage or other problems that may have occurred. However, if the product is still in a dangerous state, be extremely careful when handling it or call a products liability lawyer who can help you locate a qualified person who can handle and preserve the product.
Auto Accidents are a Major Cause of Serious, Life-Altering Injuries
Auto accidents account for a large portion of personal injury cases, and for good reason: according to the Highway Safety Office of the State Police, a staggering 59,076 accidents took place in Arkansas in 2011 alone. Among them, over 500 were fatal, with drugs or alcohol involved in roughly half of all reported fatalities. Roads can be dangerous places — particularly when reckless drivers make the careless decision to speed, weave, drive aggressively, send text messages, drive while intoxicated, and other safety violations. If a motorist’s reckless and dangerous driving habits cause injury to another driver or pedestrian, that motorist may be considered financially liable.
What Types of Car and Truck Accidents Are Common in Springdale?
Ken Kiekalk handles a wide variety of auto accidents on roads ranging from rural to highway, including but not limited to:
- Accidents at Railroad Crossings
- Bicycle Accidents
- Car Accidents
- DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Accident With Two Cars
While the above addresses some of the types of possible accidents in Springdale, there have been a number of fatal accidents in the area. For instance, one 2014 fatal accident involved a pedestrian who was hit by a car when a driver backed out of his driveway. In February 2013, a driver and passenger were killed after losing control of their Ford Mustang on Cowface Road. The vehicle left the roadway and careened down an embankment where it hit a tree.
What is a Premises Liability Accident and What Does Slip and Fall Have to Do With It?
Premises is simply a synonym for private or commercial property. As a result, premises liability — the issue of a hazardous property or property element — can come in many different forms. One of the most common forms is slip and fall, which is precisely what it sounds like: an accident in which a victim slips and/or falls because a given premises is not well-maintained. Factors which can cause slip and fall accidents to occur include:
- Broken Railings
- Insufficient Lighting
- Loose Carpeting/Wiring
- Slippery Patches
- Structural Damage
- Uneven Surfacing
- Weakened Floors
While some types of accidents tend to strike specific demographics, such as surgical implants affecting only surgical patients, slip and fall does not discriminate by age, gender, race, or environment. However, the health effects of slip and fall are especially dangerous to some segments of the population, such as the elderly. According to the CDC, fall accidents are the number one cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries to adults aged 65 and older.
How Serious Are Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents are, unfortunately, a leading cause of injuries for Americans. However, the simple mechanism of injury belies the fact that many fall injuries cause serious and life-altering damage. According to statistics provided by the CDC, 20% of all falls cause a serious injury. Serious injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and broken or fractured bones. In fact, more than 700,000 individuals are hospitalized each year due to a fall injury.
Business and individuals have a duty to keep their property free from defects (hazardous conditions) or, at minimum, to provide a warning of a that a dangerous condition exists. For instance, the most common and recognizable form of a warning is a “Wet Floor” sign that retail stores and other locations should place quickly after a spill occurs. Other unsafe or risky conditions that can increase the chances of a trip or slip occurring include broken or crumbling steps, uneven steps, unsecured throw rugs that can slide or present a tripping hazard, and a lack of a handrail along a stairway or in a bathroom. Additionally, a loose banister or guardrail can also present a significant fall hazard.
How Long do I have to Bring a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit?
In most cases, a person who suffers a serious personal injury has a three year window during which they can bring a personal injury lawsuit for the ir medical and other damages. For injuries arising from a claim of medical malpractice, however, the amount of time provided by the statute of limitations is only two years. In certain scenarios, such as when the injury occurs to a victim under the age of 21, additional time can be provided. Furthermore, in certain scenarios the discovery rule may provide for a tolling or pausing of the time limit. However, these exceptions are narrow and should not be relied upon. Rather, a personal injury victim should pursue any and all claims as expediently as possible. Individuals who wait to bring a claim run the risk that not only will their claim be time-barred, but also that evidence will be lost destroyed.
What Can You Expect From a Springdale, Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer?
We pledge to treat our clients with dignity, care, and compassion, and will always keep you informed and up-to-date as the details of your case develop. Ken Kieklak is client-focused and results-oriented, and will fight tirelessly in the pursuit of justice for all the pain and financial hardship you and your family are going through. No matter how overwhelmed you may feel, we have decades of experience to bring to your case: we can help.
If you or one of your loved ones was hurt in Arkansas, a personal injury lawyer can help. To schedule your confidential case evaluation, call Ken right away at (479) 316-0438, or contact us online today.