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Margaret Embry

Debate Over Use of Video Cameras in Nursing Home Residents Rooms

With the number of nursing home abuse claims so high, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater believes that families should be allowed to install video cameras in the rooms of state nursing…

Jeremy Thurman

Representative Dr. Cox Kills Mandatory Nursing Home Insurance Bill

In a classic example of putting one’s financial interests ahead of the public good, Representative Dr. Cox killed the mandatory nursing home insurance bill in his committee today. What can really…

Jeremy Thurman

Tulsa World Oped on Nursing Home Abuse

I saw this great oped in the Tulsa World this morning. The article is by Hugh M. Robert and below. For those of us who represent injured Oklahomans in nursing home abuse cases, we realize the importance of getting insurance for Oklahoma nursing homes. This will create a greater degree of responsibility and allow injured Oklahomans to hold nursing homes liable for their neglect.”A growing…

Jeremy Thurman

Mandatory Nursing Home Insurance Bill Passes Oklahoma Senate

The Tulsa World is reporting that an amendment submitted by Sen. Richard Lerblance, D-Hartshorne, to Senate Bill 1549 would require nursing homes to carry at least $250,000 in liability insurance. The Senate approved the bill by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, 45-0. It now heads to the House. An example of why this is important was placed in the Tulsa World article. The article talked about “Leah…

Jeremy Thurman

Bed Sores – What to Look For

You know we use a lot of legal and medical terms as trial lawyers, but I wanted to briefly discuss the basic parameters of what a bed sore is and what to look for. For all those who have loved ones in Oklahoma Nursing Homes, I challenge you to constantly visit and monitor those who are bed ridden or do not change positions for a long period of time. I truly hope you never have to contact a…

Jeremy Thurman

Oklahoma – Nursing Homes Lack Insurance

Citing a study by the Oklahoma Center for Consumer & Patient Safety, newsok.com ran a story about Oklahoma nursing homes failure to carry insurance. Don’t be confused by the story as the Oklahoman/Newsok.com rarely if ever will run a story that speaks favorable to consumer rights. However, I did find it interesting the comments made by Becky Moore, executive director of the Oklahoma…

Jacob Diesselhorst

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's Pressure Ulcer Staging System

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s Updated Pressure Ulcer Staging SystemAbstractThe National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has updated the definition of a pressure ulcer and the stages of pressure ulcers based on current research and expert opinion solicited from hundreds of clinicians, educators, and researchers across the country. The amount of anatomical tissue loss described with each…

Jacob Diesselhorst

LTC reform bill introduced in House

See the following excerpt from a recent article on the quality of care in our country’s nursing homes: LTC reform bill introduced in House The level of discourse about improving the quality of long-term care rose to a new level Tuesday, when three members of the U.S. House introduced the Long Term Care Quality & Modernization Act of 2007 (H.R. 4082). Although there are no illusions in the…

Jeremy Thurman

Nursing Home Lawsuit in Nebraska

A Nebraska nursing home settled a lawsuit claiming that the facility allowed one patient to lie in her own excrement for extended periods following back surgery. The plaintiff alleged that the nursing home, Life Care Center of Elkhorn’s, neglect lead to a severe infection that resulted in the removal of most of her colon. The parent company of the facility, Life Care Centers of America, owns and…

Jacob Diesselhorst

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in NH Admission Contracts

Flores v. Evergreen at San Diego, LLC, No. D048002 (Cal. 4th App. Dist. March 13, 2007)This case was decided by the 4th District yesterday here in California. It invalidated an arbitration agreement in a SNF admission contract, signed by a husband on behalf of his wife, who was being admitted to the SNF. The husband did not have power of attorney, and they rejected the argument that simply…