Why Don’t They Just Pay Me the Money?

Arkansas law is clear. A person who causes someone else to be injured through negligence is responsible for paying all legal damages caused by the occurrence. What is not clear is the amount of money is owed. This uncertainty is often compounded by common problems such as inadequate insurance; questions of fault (where two (2) or more people may have caused the collision); and the fact that few people involved in significant collision trauma come to it without any pre-existing conditions. Each of these common problems can give incentive to insurance companies and their teams of attorneys to deny or discount valid claims. We have acquired many tools to overcome these common barriers, but for us to be most effective we need to be involved in the matter early enough to investigate the potential for these issues to crop up and head them off at the pass. Barriers to Obtaining Full Value Insurance: The scope and severity of the loss will determine the extent of damages (money that must be paid). The amount of insurance coverage available is one of the most critical factors. In Arkansas, personal vehicles such as cars and trucks must have coverage in the amount of at least $25,000. For commercial trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds, federal law compels coverage in the amounts of: $750,000 (bodily injury); $1,000,000 (bodily injury for hazardous materials); $5,000,000 (explosives). Trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or less must have coverage in the amount of $300,000 for personal injury and property damage. As a practical matter, it is often true that the amount of insurance money available will determine the case...

Did you see what you saw?

Statistics confirm that witness observations are usually incorrect in many important respects. Statistics also say that 78% of statistics are made up on the spot. Forget about statistics. What do you see with your own eyes? Take a moment and see if you can form a reliable memory of what your spouse, child, or roommate was wearing when he or she left the house this morning, or if you are at home, now, can you remember what they are wearing in the next room? No peeking? What can you identify? Glasses? Shoes? Belt? Socks? Shirt? Where was your attention before you were asked about such details? Unfortunately, although often unreliable, eyewitness testimony is often relied upon in catastrophic injury cases. Now, take a moment and really look at the item in the water in the photograph. How certain are you about what exactly you are seeing? Most people, if they are being honest, will have to concede that without more information it is almost impossible to be certain about exactly what they are looking at. It is a log? Perhaps a fish? Less likely, but surely possible. A crocodile? Wait, do they live in freshwater lakes? Is this a freshwater lake? An alligator then? Maybe. Who knows? Maybe the person who took the photograph knows. Maybe, the photographer knows, but then, did he or she really probe it with a stick, or throw a rock at it? Was this picture taken in a zoo? In the United States? In South America? In North America? The list of information you would need to know to reach any degree of certainty...

It’s a Small World: Intro to Personal Injury

When a catastrophe knocks you out of your everyday routine, it is devastating in ways much greater than it may first appear. All of a sudden, simple day-to-day routines seem insurmountable. No more trips to school for plays or special events or even to drop off your child; no more light-hearted shopping trips or easy mornings, waking up slowly with the newspaper; no more picking up small children or household items. Devastating loss robs you of all of these ordinary things and much more. What does Arkansas law say about Personal Injury? Under Arkansas law, a person who is the victim of another’s negligence must have their losses restored by the negligent person. Because no single individual has the power to instantly put someone back together again, the law provides that money must be paid for those losses. The goal is to provide the innocent victim(s) with resources to get back to the life they had before being thrown into a small life of forced limitation. Therefore, to address these consequences, Arkansas law guides the award of damages by compelling payment for the following losses (and possibly others depending on the type of case): The nature, extent, duration, and permanency of any injury. The reasonable expense of any necessary medical care, treatment, and services received including transportation expenses necessarily incurred in securing such care, treatment, or services and the present value of such expenses reasonably certain to be required in the future. Any pain and suffering and mental anguish experienced in the past and reasonable certain to be experienced in the future. The value of any earning salary and...

Brandi Collins Receives 10 Best Award in Client Satisfaction

Brandi Collins has received the 10 Best Award in Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys for 2016. This award recognizes Brandi’s commitment to her clients and her reputation as a top Arkansas DUI/DWI attorney. Recently, Brandi attended the Intensive DWI Workshop at Harvard Law School taught by the National College for DUI Defense and several Mastering Scientific Evidence courses in New Orleans among many other professional seminars and presentations. DUI/DWI attorneys who are recognized with the 10 Best Award are nominated by clients and peers, then are evaluated by the AIDUIA through a rigorous selection process. Only attorneys with a proven reputation for superior dedication to their clients are selected. AIDUIA’s goal with the 10 Best Award is to recognize attorneys who have achieved significant success in the field of DUI/DWI law while also demonstrating the highest standards of client satisfaction. For more information or to speak to Brandi Collins about your case, please contact...

Brian W. Ray Has Been Selected by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top 1%

  Brian Ray, of Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A., has been selected to the 2016 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation. View Brian Ray’s National Association of Distinguished Counsel Profile You can contact Brian W. Ray directly at 501-588-0358 or...

Brian Ray Honored by The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA)

             Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A.               914 W 4th Street               Little Rock, AR 72201 Phone: (501) 603-9911 For Immediate Release April 18th, 2016 Attorney Brian Ray Selected as Top Lawyer by NAOPIA, 2016 Little Rock personal injury attorneys achieves exclusive membership. LITTLE ROCK, AR (April 18th, 2016) – Little Rock attorney Brian Ray of Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A., has been selected as a top lawyer in Arkansas by The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) for the year of 2016. This exclusive group of lawyers features only the top 10 personal injury attorneys for any given state. This is not the first time that Brian has been honored with this impressive credential. Specific to the legal service of Personal Injury, The NAOPIA honors a mere 1% of all attorneys nationwide with the prestigious “Top 10” list for each state. This is only after the attorney has advanced through the top 50 that precedes this step in the selection process. There are several steps and filtration processes in place to ensure that only the best are selected to exist among the highest ranking attorneys. “The attorneys that make our list have to first be nominated by a licensed practicing attorney or one of our in-house research staff members. Second, our research staff verifies that they meet the minimum requirements of membership.” – (www.naoipia.com) Client reviews, peer reviews, case outcomes, formal PI training, education and published works are all taken into consideration as well during the selection process. This is the latest recognition for Brian...

Arkansas Life Awards John C. Collins as Top Lawyer

More About One of Arkansas’ Top DWI/DUI Attorneys Arkansas DWI attorney John C. Collins of Collins, Collins & Ray P.A has been recognized by Arkansas Life Magazine as a top lawyer in the region. Selected by the magazine’s readers, the top attorneys chosen for the feature received the most nominations, not only showing the quality of their work, but their attention to customer service. Collins, Collins & Ray PA is proud to have a partner chosen for the list. Prior to attending law school, John served in military and law enforcement roles. With public service at the heart of his previous career, John uses his talents as an accomplished DWI attorney to lecture frequently to a multitude of groups. From law enforcement training sessions and to sessions with other attorneys on a national level, John is well-known for his advocacy in fighting for justice for his clients. Speaking to Arkansas Life Magazine about the firm (one of his partners is his wife, Brandi), John said, “When we step into the ring, we fight,” he said. “Knowledge of the science, training and politics in this area of law helps us fight cases others may not take to trial.” John has been recognized by Super Lawyers, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys for his accomplishments. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Arkansas Bar Association. Check out the digital copy of John C. Collins’ feature article in Arkansas...

Little Rock DWI Attorney John Collins to Present at Racing for Justice XIV

Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A. 914 W 4th Street Little Rock, AR 72201 Phone: (501) 603-9911 For Immediate Release March 4, 2016 Little Rock DWI Attorney John Collins to Present at Racing for Justice XIV Little Rock DWI/DUI defense attorney to speak about DWI roadblocks in Arkansas. LITTLE ROCK, AR (March 4, 2016) – Little Rock attorney John Collins of Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A., will present at Racing for Justice XIV on Saturday, March 12 at The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs, AR. As a well-established authority in the field of DWI/DUI defense, Collins will deliver a talk on the state of DWI roadblocks in Arkansas. Recently, several DWI roadblocks conducted by state and local police in Arkansas have been the subject of scrutiny by Collins and the news media. Collins maintains that the police must always operate within the law when conducting DWI roadblocks or checkpoints. This includes respecting the fourth amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibits unlawful search and seizure of citizens and their property. Collins has presented on a wide variety of Arkansas DWI topics to fellow lawyers in the past, including arrest procedure and breathalyzer testing among others. As a former police officer and prosecuting attorney in Arkansas, Collins possesses a unique wealth of experience on DWI topics which he regularly shares through continuing legal education (CLE) events. All of the attorneys at Collins, Collins & Ray are committed to serve Arkansas with the best available legal counsel in DWI/DUI defense, personal injury, and insurance claim matters. About Collins, Collins & Ray Collins, Collins & Ray was formed between...

Brian W. Ray Awarded 3 Years AIOPIA’s 10 Best in Arkansas

Brian W. Ray Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a Three Years AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Arkansas For Client Satisfaction The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Arkansas’s Personal Injury Attorney Brian W. Ray as Three Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction. We congratulate Brian W. Ray on this achievement and we are honored to have him as a Three Years AIOPIA Member. You can contact Brian W. Ray directly at 501-588-0358 or...

Arkansas Court of Appeals Reverses DWI Checkpoint Decision

Little Rock DWI/DUI attorney John Collins argued successfully for the defense. LITTLE ROCK, AR (Dec. 15, 2015) – In a recent decision, the Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed a previous circuit court’s ruling on the lawfulness of a 2012 sobriety checkpoint and arrest conducted by Arkansas State Police. Little Rock DWI attorney John Collins of the law firm Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A. argued successfully for the defense. Collins represented Jeremy Whalen, who was arrested at the checkpoint in 2012 and initially convicted of DWI in 2014. The Court of Appeals’ decision to declare the sobriety checkpoint unlawful was based on the apparent lack of organization, discretion, and established procedural standards on the part of the State Police. Collins sees the ruling as a victory for Arkansas citizens, accountable policing, and the protection against unlawful search and seizure. “The U.S. Supreme Court says you can run roadblocks for DWI investigations, but there has to be limits,” Collins said. “The police can’t just set up roadblocks anywhere at any time. This ruling shows that supervisors must be held accountable, which goes beyond just the officer in the field.” The State Police is said to have conducted other roadblocks similar to the one described in the case in recent years, but spokesmen from both the State Police and the Arkansas Attorney General’s office stated it was too early to say how the court’s decision will affect future investigations. Collins has practiced law in Little Rock for over 15 years, focusing on defending Arkansas citizens facing DWI/DUI charges. Before starting his own practice, Collins previously served as a prosecuting attorney and before...
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