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2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: can you be held in contempt of court if hospital refused your insurance payment My insurance has tried to pay the bill

I had a medical emergency in 2017 I needed emergency surgery. I was not living in Oklahoma yet so the hospital was out of network. The law states if it is a life threatening emergency you can go to the nearest hospital without pre approval and it will be paid as in network. However the hospital I... View More

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answered on Jan 22, 2024

Being held in contempt of court typically occurs when someone disobeys a court order, not simply because a hospital refused your insurance payment. In your situation, it appears that the hospital is pursuing legal action due to unpaid bills, which is a civil matter, rather than a contempt of court... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: can you be held in contempt of court if hospital refused your insurance payment My insurance has tried to pay the bill

I had a medical emergency in 2017 I needed emergency surgery. I was not living in Oklahoma yet so the hospital was out of network. The law states if it is a life threatening emergency you can go to the nearest hospital without pre approval and it will be paid as in network. However the hospital I... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 24, 2024

It doesn't sound like contempt of court. It sounds more like a collection lawsuit. But failing to appear/respond could result in a default judgment. Since you mention a court date, that suggests that legal action may have been filed by them. One option is to set up a consult with a local... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Hi I have a question my husband is in Allen Gamble Prison I'm trying to get his case switch mental health Court

Switch his case to mental health court before trial his medically I'll and has disabilities and medical problems

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

In Oklahoma, transferring a case to a mental health court can be a complex process, especially if the trial is already underway. Mental health courts are designed to handle cases involving defendants with mental illnesses and may offer more appropriate resources and outcomes for such individuals.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: In 2015 I was struggling with a severe depressive episode so I voluntarily went in for stabilization at Spring Creek

Mental health facility in Sapulpa OK, which is a part of the Creoks Oklahoma network. It is an inpatient 10 day program. I was held for 48 days. I was harassed around the clock by most of the staff, including the kitchen staff. I was made to have a video conference with a judge and I was made a... View More

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

Your experience at the mental health facility in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, raises several concerns, especially regarding your rights as a patient and the legal procedures followed during your stay. In Oklahoma, as in other states, patients have specific rights in healthcare settings, including the right... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Health Care Law and Personal Injury for Oklahoma on
Q: I got an est physician lien. Does this mean I'll owe money?

Husband was hit while driving and the other driver filed a claim.

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

In Oklahoma, a physician's lien means a healthcare provider can claim a portion of a personal injury settlement or judgment to cover medical treatment costs. If your husband received treatment after the accident and a lien was filed, the provider expects to be paid from any compensation you... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Who is in charge or human rights and health regulations while being held in Oklahoma county jails. the jails need help
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answered on Sep 24, 2023

In Oklahoma, county jails are under the jurisdiction of the respective county's sheriff's department. Human rights and health regulations in these facilities are subject to both state laws and federal laws, such as the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. If there are concerns... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Banking and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Caring for Mom with Alzheimer's. What docs needed to handle ALL Med. & Fin.?

Do certain docs need notarized and/or filed with Court Clerk office? Will a durable POA cover it all, including land, her home and Quit Claim Deed if necessary? Is a Advance Directive needed or just be beneficial? Are specifics needed to handle her Social Security benefits as well?

Richard Winblad
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answered on Jul 26, 2023

Sorry to hear that your mother is suffering from Alzheimer's. From your question it wasn't clear whether she has the powers of attorney and other documents already completed. If not, and she has sufficient capacity, then she should move quickly to get these in place. An advanced... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a consumer who is voluntarily seeking treatment and has a safety plan be placed in emergency detention?

My wife went to a police department in the town we live in & had an assessment done. After returning the officer told me she didn't meet e d criteria but there was something there. The following day she again went in for an assessment voluntarily. That's when a e d was placed.... View More

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jan 10, 2023

If the person meets criteria for emergency detainment for mental/consumer related things, then yes the person can be taken into custody. This is custody of the state mental health system, and not specifically county, therefore they transfer frequently to other care facilities in order to provide... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I work at an assisted living facility without the means to provide quality of care to total and full care patients

Where does that fall under quality of care

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 15, 2023

An Oklahoma attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You already named it - a quality of care, possibly health and safety issue. Additional details would be needed to describe further - short staff, training needs, equipment needs, and other possible elements. Good... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Oklahoma on
Q: I’m an insurance agent who sells health insurance. Would it be illegal to sell my sons and me health insurance?

I already have around 20 clients. These policies I would be writing for me and my sons would not be over 25% of my total business. These policies on my sons and I are from the marketplace which means they are being subsidized by tax payers. If I were able to take ownership of the health... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 19, 2023

An Oklahoma attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Until you're able to consult with a local attorney, most states have departments of insurance. They field many insurance-related questions from the public. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it a HIPPA violation for an officer to stand in on a medical apt with a person who is in the county jail?

My husband was arrested and was having a medical evaluation at the county jail here in Oklahoma and while the doctor was screening him,an officer at the jail was present in the room without my husbands consent.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jun 15, 2023

No this is not a HIPPA violation. When a person is in custody, medical staff have a right to be secure in their safety, if an officer is present then that is allowed.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I get a court order to take custody of a bipolar mental patient?

An adult with Bipolar mental disorder needs more and different professional help and is unable realize it.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on May 19, 2022

A guardianship of an incapacitated adult is possible however you will have to prove they are incapacitated and not capable of caring for themselves. Additionally they will have an opportunity to give their input at a hearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Health Care Law, Small Claims and Collections for Oklahoma on
Q: im being sued by a hospital for not paying back a debt that i have partially paid back. it says i need to write a letter

i tried using the Solo suit but my petition seems different that what its asking. can anyone help me?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 17, 2022

This is something that an Oklahoma attorney is best suited to advise on, but your question remains open for four weeks. If this is something in the lawsuit stage, an ordinary letter might not suffice as a response. There could be more formal legal responses needed. Unfortunately, it's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: In the state of Oklahoma is a wife responsible for her husbands medical bills after death?

There is no property owned nor any other asset to go to probate. He leaves me a single parent of our 4 children, all under the age of 13. He was the only one working. I have been a homemaker for the length of our 14 yr marriage. He did have a life insurance policy for $25000. But no other financial... View More

Anna L Self
Anna L Self
answered on Jul 13, 2021

Yes, you can be held responsible for the medical debt of your spouse. You can see if you can negotiate a lower amount with the creditors or you can see if bankruptcy would be an option for you to discharge the medical debt. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Oklahoma on
Q: I went to the hospital about to weeks ago and I feel I was discriminated against and misdiagnosed and I did not receive

The nurse came in to get my insurance info and when I told her I didn't have any she mad the other nurses and doctor immediately started being rude they told me all I have is a spranged ankle mad put ice on it. Then the lady that took my info regarding the insurance came in with a paper and... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 19, 2021

An Oklahoma attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks and it sounds like you are in serious need of medical care. I can't say anything about the element of discrimination, based on your description - that's usually something that involves a protected legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: A patient is in a coma. The family has given the ex wife medical rights to make the decision to let him go or not.

Does that mean the medical bills will go to her as well?

Anna L Self
Anna L Self
answered on Jun 14, 2021

It depends if she signed documents at the hospital agreeing to be responsible for the medical bills. Since they are divorced she would not be responsible otherwise as she is not the spouse.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends

How much trouble can a parent get if my counselor found out that my parents lets my underage brother and his friends To drink and smoke and drive without a license and even buying the smokes for them

And letting them drink but don’t buy it for them

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on May 29, 2021

Big trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How much trouble can a 17 year old girl get from runaway from home in Oklahoma

Let say a 17 year old girl runaway from home cause her home is toxic and she can’t handle everyone around making her feel like the bad guy and that the girl has mental health issues that are being neglected or ignored

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on May 27, 2021

I see that many teenagers describe their home as toxic, not enough freedom, controlling parents, or any one of a long list of other grievances. So, that part is not uncommon.

However, if there legitimately is abuse and/or neglect and this is not just a disgruntled teenager, this should be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Regarding medical bills that a law firm bought.

The hospital says they don't have any information about the bill. Can the law firm get an itemized statement from them without my consent?

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown
answered on Mar 22, 2021

I don't understand your question.

If the law firm represents you, then they can request a statement from the hospital with a signed medical release.

If a law firm is trying to collect payment on a hospital bill from you, the law firm can provide you a copy of that bill...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Are hearing tests considered medical records in Oklahoma? If yes, how do I get a copy of my hearing test?
Richard Winblad
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Richard Winblad
answered on Jun 3, 2020

You should always be entitled to your personal medical records.

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