Friday, 27 March 2015 16:05

Dangers of Zero Turn Radius Mowers

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

As the weather gets warmer, many of us will find ourselves outdoors, faced with the task of mowing our lawns. Although new developments in ride-on mowers certainly make the job easier, it’s important to remember that newer mowers do come with risks.

Zero-turn radius mowers allow for quicker and easier maneuvering, but they also pose a serious roll-over threat, especially on hills. Zero-turn mowers can get the job done much faster than older mowers, but their capacity for increased speed makes them much more difficult to control on some surfaces.

And remember – when operating a ride-on mower, the seat is only made for one person!

If you or someone you love has been in an accident involving a lawn mower, contact Law Offices of Gary Green today to discuss your legal options without obligation. Call us toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or email us at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:59

Jefferson County Man Killed by Dogs

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

It seems that dogs that have previously proven themselves to be vicious – as these dogs had – should be classified as wild animals under the law, subjecting their owners to absolute liability when someone is injured. If your tiger gets loose and hurts someone, you’re held accountable.

Check out KATV’s story on a Pine Bluff man who was recently attacked and killed by a group of aggressive dogs.

Important information regarding AR SB877 from the Arkansas chapter of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving):

The overall purpose of this bill is to remove the language which makes “ignition interlock” optional. As the law reads currently, persons who are convicted of a first or second DWI have the option to have an “ignition interlock installed to drive or he/she can wait out their license suspension.” Many repeat offenders are caught driving without ignition interlock and driving on a suspended license. SB877 will strengthen this prevention tool and prevent repeat offenders from causing 100% preventable crashes on our Arkansas roadways. Please ask your Senators to support SB877.

Click here to read more about ignition interlocks at madd.org.

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Gary Green was recently on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas to discuss legal options for mothers who have experienced side effects as a result of taking the drug Zofran.

To view the segment, click here.

The following is taken from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s response to Arkansas House Bill 1907:

1.         This Bill requires ordinary people who purchase insurance with their hard-earned dollars to act as “collections agencies” for those same insurance companies.  If a person is injured in a car wreck and her insurance company pays medical bills just as the contract  she paid for with the insurance company requires, the insurance company can sweep back in and take back those payments when the person who hit her pays for the wreck.  So, the injured person gets nothing for the insurance policy she paid for and the insurance company gets a windfall.

2.         What’s more, the insurance company gets to use the efforts of these ordinary people as collection agencies for free.  The insurance company does not have to pay ANYTHING to the injured person or her attorney for pursuing a case against the other driver who caused the injury.  Once again, the insurance company gets a windfall and the ordinary person foots the bill.

3.         The redefining of “made whole” for cases where it still applies is unfair to both plaintiffs and defendants because cases will not be settled.  An injured person who enters into a settlement is presumed to be made whole from the settlement, irrespective of the realities of the case.  For example, a person who is injured to a significant degree, say over $25,000 (the price of a moderate new car) by a driver who has only $25,000 in coverage, is a minimum wage worker, and who has no assets at all cannot accept the $25,000 in coverage, all that she can reasonably ever get, because doing so will create a presumption of being made whole.  Thus, the person who has no real assets will be forced to trial because the injured person cannot risk the made whole presumption.

4.         This scenario repeats itself in many areas.  Where a medical insurer pays any money under a bought-and-paid-for policy and the patient recovers from someone else, the insurance company gets to use the patient as a free collection agency and take money back even though the patient or the patient’s employer paid for the policy. The same applies if the policy of insurance is homeowner’s insurance and any number of other insurance policies.

5.         The bottom line is that this Bill allows insurance companies to take premiums and pay for nothing.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:45

Auto Recall News

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Among the latest auto recalls are:

  • 2014 Honda Accord L4 vehicles manufactured July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014
  • 2015 Honda Accord L4 vehicles manufactured August 14, 2014 to January 30, 2015
  • 2015 Honda CR-V vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014 to February 6, 2015

These particular vehicles may have been assembled with improperly torqued connecting rod bolts, which can cause the engine to lose power or leak oil.

Honda has said it will notify owners of affected vehicles and replace the engine parts free of charge.

Read about all the latest recalls at SaferCar.gov.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 16:06

Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

While filing your tax returns this year, don’t overlook the possibility of tax-related identity theft, which occurs when someone uses your stolen social security number to file a tax return and get a refund.

Remember these tips from the IRS so you don’t become a victim of a tax scam:

  • An unexpected email purporting to be from the IRS is always a scam. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media to request personal or financial information. If you receive a scam email claiming to be from the IRS, forward it to phishing@irs.gov.
  • An unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, either threatening you with arrest or deportation if you fail to pay immediately, is a scam. In another variation, the caller requests your financial information in order to send you a refund. Report these calls and other IRS impersonation schemes online at IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting.
  • Keep your card and any other document that shows your Social Security Number in a safe place; DO NOT routinely carry your card or other documents that display your number.
  • Be careful about sharing your number, even when you are asked for it. ONLY share your SSN when absolutely necessary.
  • Protect your personal financial information at home and on your computer.

For more tips & info, visit: irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection-Tips

Monday, 2 March 2015 16:59

Nursing Home Standard of Care

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

If a nursing home accepts Medicare, the facility must follow Federal Regulations which establish the standard of care. Some of these regulations (which can be read in their entirety here) are as follows:

On accidents:

  • The resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as possible; and
  • Each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.

On bedsores:

  • A resident who enters the facility without pressure sores does not develop pressure sores unless the individual’s clinical condition demonstrates that they were unavoidable; and
  • A resident having pressure sores receives necessary treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new sores from developing.

On activities of daily living:

  • A resident’s abilities in activities of daily living do not diminish unless circumstances of the individual’s clinical condition demonstrate that diminution was unavoidable.
  • A resident who is unable to carry out activities of daily living receives the necessary services to maintain good nutrition, grooming, and personal and oral hygiene.

To learn more, visit our Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Page.

Contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or email us at ggreen@gGreen.com to discuss your legal options without obligation.

Friday, 27 February 2015 14:03

Drug Alert: Zofran & Birth Defects

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Zofran (generic name: ondansetron) is a prescription medication used to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Recent studies have shown that Zofran can have serious side effects for both mother and infant.

Though it still allows the medication to be prescribed, the FDA has stated that taking Zofran while pregnant can lead to potentially serious side effects. The most common of these side effects include the following birth defects:

  • Musculoskeletal anomalies
  • Mouth deformities
  • Jaundice
  • Heart defects

If you or your baby suffered traumatic side effects as a result of taking Zofran, don’t delay. Call Law Offices of Gary Green toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or email us at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:32

Tune in to Good Morning Arkansas today!

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Kayce Green will be on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas this morning! Tune in to KATV Channel 7 at 9:00AM CT to hear Kayce answer all of your legal questions.