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- Criminal Law
- Civil Rights
- Family Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 8th Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- English: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- Hughes Law Office
- G. ROss Smith & Assoc.
- Crumpler, O'Connor & Wynne
- University of Arkansas - Little Rock
- J.D. (1982) | Law
- Arkansas State Bar
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Henry Woods Inn of Courts
17 Questions Answered
- Q. Is it possible to investigate the cause of a fall at a nursing home to determine whether the staff was negligent?
- A: Yes, that is certainly possible. I would need more information before I suggest what lengths to go to for an investigation. I will assume that you have some reason to believe that there are circumstances that may amount to either abuse or failure to take proper care. If you are the guardian of the individual, you should first ask the nursing home administration for their version of the facts regarding the fall. If you have a good relationship with an individual on staff there, I would first ask for their information of the event. If you have further questions, you may contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, RIchard Hughes
- Q. I noticed that my dad (in a nursing home) developed a bed sore. Is this a sure sign of neglect?
- A: No. This is not a "sure sign" of neglect but it is a sign to watch for other things that suggest neglect. That is: first, listen to your Father (if he is able to communicate); next, watch for bruises, weight loss and generally signs of abuse; finally, increasing bed sores, infection(s) may suggest neglect. A bed sore should usually not occur with a patient but a single instance is not a "sure sign."
- Q. he wants a divorce it's under the active ACA 9-1 2-3 0-1 V I can I di dispute
- A: Yes. You can always dispute alleged grounds for divorce. The party that asserts grounds for and seeks a divorce or other relief bears the burden of proof. However, you must timely answer, in writing, denying that grounds or a particular ground exists or you may waive your right to contest the divorce.
- Q. I need to find a lawyer that don't mind just getting what the law allows malpractice suit for wrongful death
- A: This doesn't seem to be a question. However, be mindful that medical negligence causes have a short statute of limitations and most lawyers are unable to commit to a case until a good bit of investigation is done. So talk to an attorney and pursue your case as soon as you can.
- Q. If my name is incorrect in several documents, does that discredit the case?
- A: Generally, the answer is no. Unless there is a genuine issue as to the identity of an individual in a report, document, etc., the misspelling or incorrect use of a name is considered a misnomer and will not affect the use of the documents or the outcome of a case.
- Q. If a police offer fails to read someone their Miranda rights and hears them a day and a half later at the bond hearing.
- A: Miranda Rights are only required when a person is in custody (not free to leave) and is being interrogated by law enforcement. The typical remedy for a Miranda violation is prohibiting the government from using statements made by a defendant against her in a trial or court proceeding.
- Q. Once you file a Warning Order and the Defendant doesn't respond. Can the judge handle matter's dealing with children?
- A: Yes. However, the Judge will still be guided by "the best interests of the child(ren)." That is, a court what is best for the kids regardless of a default by a parent.
- Q. I was put on 36 months probation ACA 16-93-301.once probation is over will my charge automatically come off my record
- A: No. It depends upon what act you were sentenced under. There is a statute that one may be sentenced under that, in theory, does not amount to a judgment and, therefore, when one satisfies the conditions of the sentence it is dismissed. This is not used in most cases but it is used in drug courts and when specifically ordered by the judge. Typically, you must wait until you complete or substantially complete your probation and pay any applicable fines before you file a motion to seal the record.
- Q. How is it determined how much of one's pension an ex is granted?
- A: Your "ex" would be entitled to a prorated 1/2 from the time of your marriage until the time of your divorce. That portion of your retirement fund would be "marital property." A prenuptial agreement might protect those funds.
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