Petition to Dade Phelan, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Dade Phelan, John Cornyn
Stricter oversight, accountability and penalties for nursing homes in Texas.
Texas ranks last in the nation for nursing home care according to a May 14, 2015 article in the Houston Chronicle. "Fifty-one percent of the state's 1,193 nursing homes that receive Medicare or Medicaid earned only one or two stars out of a five-star rating system, compliled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services." This is an abomination for any state in the U.S., much less for Texas where we supposedly do things bigger and better! Our "Texas Pride" should shine as the brightest light in the long term care industry, not the dimmest. Our most vulnerable and weakest citizens of our great state deserve much better. "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats it's weakest members." ~Mahatma Gandhi
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Ralph Northam, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Barbara Comstock, Mark R. Herring
Prevent Hospitals from Seeking Guardianship As Means 2 Override Patient Rights
Anastasia on Facebook I used to think all the talk about "murder boards" in hospitals was a fallacy. However based on recent family events sadly they are true. Currently there is not a law that prevents hospitals from seeking guardianship as a means to override a patients rights to dispute discharge or treatment decisions. While there are specific instances where taking guardianship of a patient is not only advisable but is absolutely necessary when life is threatened, such as in the case of minors who need a life saving treatment but the parents refuse to allow it due to personal values or religious beliefs; however even those instances should be few and far between. Instances like those that have happened to our family the last few weeks, where a parent, family member who holds a legally executed power of attorney and stands 'in loco parentis' for an incapacitated family member can have their powers summarily and arbitrarily suspended or terminated because they disagree with a hospitals decision not to treat a condition because a doctor perceives the patient has no quality of life because they suffer from a brain injury and feels the person "would not want to live that way" should never happen! Quality of life is something that cannot possibly be known or measured with the limited and superficial contact that occurs in a hospital setting and is something best left to the patient and those closest to them. To have strangers come in and forcibly tear you from your loved ones, to abduct your person, because that is exactly what this is - an abduction - is terrifying for a person with a brain injury and other such patients. It is terrifying for an incapacitated person who has relied heavily on and whose life, happiness and well-being has depended on a family member that it is so inextricably intertwined it is impossible to separate one existence from the other without creating great psychological and emotional harm and trauma. I can say this because I have had to watch my sister whimper and cry out in fear since guardianship of her was awarded to Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians. I have had to watch the expression of fear on her face while being told lawyers would now be her guardians and that I no longer had control over where she lived, who would be caring for her, what medications she could or could not be given, or treatments she would or would receive. I did not and could not tell her these same two lawyers also had the authority to place her in clinical trials, and had the authority to dispose of her remains how they saw fit. When Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians removed her from the hospital without notifying a single family member I had to watch the expression on sadness and bewilderment at seemingly having been abandoned when I walked in six hours later because it took our Virgnia State Delegate making calls to locate her because Inova had ordered their nursing staff to not give me any health information, just as they chosen to ignore my power of attorney before we went to court. I have had to watch her being over medicated and suffering while her guardians were missing in action because they signed papers to have her sent to a substandard nursing facility and then went out of town for several days. I have had to physically clamp off my sisters feeding tube to prevent her from being given three sedating medications directly after giving her morphine because a nurse said she could not give my sister her regular medications when she would normally get them because their “protocol” only allowed them to give her medication at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm. Which means she was receiving a massive dose of 600mg of Neurontin, 2mg of Klonopin, and 10mg of Ambien on top of morphine in an 8 hour period! Now maybe it’s just me, but you do not administer those medications, at those doses to a 5’2” 108lb female unless you are trying to put her into a coma or kill her. Stand with our family if you believe this is egregious and sign our petition to not only stop Inova Fairfax Hospital from killing or intentionally putting our sister in danger and to STEP ASIDE and let Anastasia's family care for her as they always have done; but to have legislation put in place to prevent this from every happening to anyone else's child or loved one every again!! Here is is a link to the meeting and the Inova Fairfax Casemanagement team. https://youtu.be/VxMFP-o-p6U
Petition to Florida Governor, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Rick Scott, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted S. Yoho, Patrick Murphy, Ron DeSantis, Alcee L. Hastings, Theodore E. Deutch, Kathy Castor, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Frederica S. Wilson, Anitere Flores, Lois Frankel, Daniel Webster
Raise standard of care and oversight of our nursing homes
Petition to North Carolina General Assembly, Roy Cooper, Josh Stein, NC Department of Health
NC Rule 9(j) Requires a Right to Sue Letter is Unconstitutional.
My mother had a bleed out from both ends of her body in December 2015. The cover up started with Doctor of Nursing Center acting as primary physician who was entitled to sign the death certificate without verification of cause of death in North Carolina. The doctor did not even have to view the body of my mother. He was allowed to put down another cause for my mother's death just by picking whatever from mother's medical record. Which is an incorrect cause of death. After many lies from the doctor that he had made the amendment to cause of death. I finally started wondering around August 2016 if it was possible that my mother was murdered at 2am in the morning on 31 December 2015. Now, I am trying to get a right to sue letter which is required under Rule 9(j) and there is also a two year time statute to file a lawsuit. 31 December 2017 is the time the Nursing Center and doctor are aiming for so they cannot be sued. Then finding an attorney is like pulling one's own teeth. Is the right to sue letter constitutional under NC Rule 9(j)? I say, "NO!"""VI. Constitutionality. In 2001, the Court of Appeals ruled that Rule 9(j)’s certification requirement violated the equal protection clauses of the North Carolina and United States Constitutions and article 1, section 18 of the North Carolina Constitution (“due course of law”). Anderson v. Assimos, 146 N.C. App. 339, 345–46 (2001). The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the Rule 9(j)’s certification requirement was not because the plaintiff’s claim was based solely on a res ipsa loquitur theory. Anderson v.Assimos, 356 N.C. 415, 417 (2002). Thus the Court of Appeals should not have addressed the constitutionality of Rule 9(j). Id. Our appellate courts have not squarely addressed the constitutionality of Rule 9(j) in the years since the Supreme Court issued this opinion. Because the 2011 amendments made Rule 9(j)’s requirements ever more stringent, new constitutional challenges may loom in the coming years. " "https://www.sog.unc.edu/sites/www.sog.unc.edu/files/additional_files/Rule%209%28j%29%20Special%20pleadings%20rule%20in%20med%20mal%20actionsUSE.pdf (In my opinion were NC has gone wrong is they have not set up a Medical Expert Board to oversee claims to mal-practice and neglect. The said Board should have to supply right to sue letter to the general public under NC Rule 9(j).) Solutions and Demands:1) Require Death Certificate to be signed by two others: a family member or close relation knowing the cause of death. And have the cause of death typed instead of hand written by the doctor. 2) Require all bleed out deaths in NC nursing centers to be investigated. The Medical Examiner should be involved. 3) NC Rule 9(j) is requiring a right to sue letter to be able to sue medical communities. This rule is unconstitutional and is denying due process for NC citizens. Eliminate NC Rule 9 (j) and give relief to all damaged by this rule in the past. Furthermore, the right to sue letter for NC Rule 9(j) is not set up like EEOC or OSHA right to sue letters. Why not? 4) Require attorneys to be proactive in taking cases involving nursing center deaths. Why do attorney like vehicle accidents so much? Should an attorney like representing nursing center victims, too?Please contact all your NC Legislators on NC Rule 9(j) tell them it is not set up correctly; and ask them to fix doctors being neglectful when entering cause of death on death certificates.Your time and effort is totally appreciated and thank you.