• By Kiesha Doss
  • 29 Apr, 2016

On behalf of   Odom Law Firm   posted in   Nursing Home Neglect   on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Nursing home residents are often in a fragile medical state. In many cases, these residents have weakened immune systems because of the health issues from which they suffer. When a nursing home resident has limited mobility, there is a chance that the resident might suffer from bed sores if he or she isn't properly attended to by the nursing home staff.

Bed sores can easily be prevented with proper care. A   bed sore   occurs when the skin breaks down because of moisture and pressure. If a nursing home resident is left in the same position for hours on end, he or she is at an increased risk of bed sores. Turning the resident or adjusting his or her position to help relieve the pressure on an area can help to prevent these sores from occurring.

We understand that suffering from a bed sore or seeing your loved one suffer from one might have you   ready to take action . The first thing that must be done is to get medical attention for the bed sore. Once that is done, you can explore the options that you have for holding the nursing home responsible for the lack of attention. This might be done by filing a formal complaint. It can also involve seeking compensation for the damages that occurred because of the bed sores.

There is no reason to wait when you know that there is neglect occurring at a nursing home. Waiting can lead to more neglect, including other residents being neglected, which might have a devastating effect on some of the more fragile residents in the facility.

By Sarah Whitfield 12 Dec, 2017
Reports of abuse of residents at nursing homes is prevalent, with cases of malnutrition and inadequate medical assistance including untreated bedsores and preventable accidents.

There are some particularly shocking reports of residents suffering nursing home abuse at the hands of staff members . For instance, some residents report being slapped, punched, kicked or chocked by staff members, causing injuries such as broken bones or lacerations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conducts inspections of nursing homes annually in order to enforce the specified standards. The number of nursing homes being cited for violations rises every year. A report released by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division found that more than 70 percent of homes in Pennsylvania Congressional district failed to meet federal health and safety standards during state inspections.

An alarming portion of residents will suffer abuse during their stay in nursing homes. Our firm has been fighting for the rights of the elderly in nursing home negligence cases since 1982. Our  website  is a resource to find more information about nursing home abuse.

Stand up for your loved ones! If you have any suspicions about someone you love being subject to abuse or negligence at a nursing home, contact us online or call our office to schedule a free consultation.
By Sarah Whitfield 27 Oct, 2017


Divorce is a difficult time for a family especially when children are involved. Most people know what child custody is, but many do not know the types of child custody and their options. Odom Law Firm can help you determine the best child custody options for both parents.



Physical custody will be granted to a parent to provide care on a daily basis for the child. Typically the child lives with the parent that has physical custody. The parent that has physical custody is called the “custodial” parent.



Visitation rights are granted to the non-custodial parent, which gives them dedicated time with the child on specific dates. The non-custodial parent has shared “legal custody” with the custodial parent.



In some cases, a parent is granted both physical and legal custody, which means that parent has exclusive custody of the child meaning both physical and legal custody of the child.


Joint custody means custody rights are granted to both parents and the child to has two custodial parents. This can mean shared physical custody, having two involved parents and residing at both parent's homes. Or joint legal custody, where both parents make decisions for the child.

Our family law attorneys strive to make the process as smooth as possible while working to a custody agreement that is in the best interest for the child. Odom Law Firm will guide you through the entire process and answer all of your legal questions.

By Sarah Whitfield 07 Jul, 2017

Talc, the key ingredient in baby powder, is a naturally occurring mineral that is found throughout the world. Talc is a soft mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. The substance is mined, crushed, dried, and milled for use in consumer products. Talc is used for a variety of household and industrial purposes. In the case of baby powder, talc is renowned for its ability to absorb moisture, reduce friction and prevent rashes. Talc-based products have been marketed to women for genital hygiene purposes as body powder and genital deodorant sprays. Talc particles may also enter the female reproductive system through tampons, sanitary pads and diaphragms that are dusted with baby powder. Talc particles that reach the ovaries can result in the growth of ovarian cancer cells. Experts estimate that roughly one in five American women applies talcum powder to her genitals on a regular basis.

The decades of research on the role of baby powder in bringing about cancer cell development indicate that women who expose their genital area regularly to talcum powder products are three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer as women who refrain from baby powder use. Research indicates that talc particles in the ovaries cause an inflammatory response, which has a range of medical implications. Among these, inflammation in the ovaries can cause increased cell proliferation and damage to DNA, which can result in the malignant transformation of cells, or ovarian cancer. Talc is poorly soluble, meaning particles from baby powder can remain intact within body tissues for many years.

Talcum powder has been found to cause ovarian cancer when used by women for perineal hygiene. Multiple scientific studies, including a meta-analysis of studies conducted of nearly 12,000 women published in the journal Anticancer Research in 2003, have found that weekly perineal dusting of talcum powder increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33%. Despite evidence from four decades of scientific research on the topic, talc is not regulated for use in cosmetics in the United States.

Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease, which will claim an estimated 14,180 women in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society .

“As many as 10,000 women develop ovarian cancer each year as a result of their baby powder use.” - Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Cramer

Johnson & Johnson, a major manufacturer of talc-based baby powder and body powder, has been accused of failing to warn consumers of the risks of regular talcum powder use.  The cosmetic giant, Johnson & Johnson, and other companies who manufacture and market talcum powder products including women’s body powder and baby powder, have argued against the connection between talc and cancer since that earliest finding.

For more information visit our Talcum Powder LawsuitFAQ , and Talcum Powder History .

By Austin Grothe 25 May, 2017
Community involvement is a crucial part of the business model at Odom Law Firm. Recently, Odom had the opportunity to make a financial contribution to Project Graduation in support of Fayetteville High School. Project Graduation is an all-night, chemical free party for graduating seniors that provides a better way for graduates to celebrate. Since 1987, Project Graduation has sent a powerful message to graduating seniors that the community cares about their safety. This year, 64% of the graduating class attended Project Graduation, and $20,000 was given in scholarships. Odom is proud to have contributed to these scholarships as a way of giving back to the community by supporting the next generation. If you would like to know more about Project Graduation at Fayetteville High school click here Project Graduation.
By Sarah Whitfield 06 Apr, 2017

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm concluded that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic . Since that time, other experts have concluded that dermal (skin) and inhalation exposure to glyphosate can cause various types of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma including Large Diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma, Follicular Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Mantle Cell Lymphoma, and Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma. Additionally there is a body of medical evidence suggesting a link between Multiple Myeloma and exposure to Roundup.

Because of its prevalent use in agriculture, farmers and ranchers are at the highest risk for exposure to Roundup. However, other users are also at risk including those who sprayed Roundup in yard maintenance work, construction, residential home use and gardening.


How We Can Help

The Odom Law Firm is currently investigating cases involving exposure to glyphosate. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma or Multiple Myeloma after working with Roundup, you should seek legal advice immediately. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to visit with you about your case and to help you understand your rights.

By Sarah Whitfield 22 Feb, 2017

Every year in the U.S., almost a half million people are injured or killed in traffic accidents attributed to the combination of texting and driving. Texting while driving is considered a careless act and falls under distracted driving violations in Arkansas.

Arkansas defines distracted driving as drinking, eating, talking on a cell phone, texting, and talking to passengers. It is considered a serious traffic violation, and if you are caught you will get fined.

Arkansas law prohibits texting while driving, regardless of the driver’s age. It is also a “primary offense law”, which means a police officer or sheriff’s deputy can initiate a traffic stop without observing any other violation. Fines can range as high as $100.

 For drivers under 18 years of age, all cell phone use is banned. Drivers who are between the ages of 18 and 20 are not allowed to use handheld cellphones while driving through highway work zones or school zones. When it comes to texting and driving, all drivers, no matter what their age is, are banned from texting.


  • Under 18 means no cell phone use at all
  • 18 to 20 years of age means no handheld cell phone usage while going through highway or school zones
  • All drivers are banned from texting while driving


  • Fines up to $100


  • In emergency situations
  • Firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians are exempt

 If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone texting and driving, please call our experienced personal injury lawyers at 479-439-9269 or email us at

By Sarah Whitfield 08 Feb, 2017

Our founding father’s drafted the constitution and our forefather’s ratified it based on what they were told it was supposed to do – protect and preserve our freedom. This proposed constitutional amendment, backed by the same old special interests and the nursing home industry, is another attack on the unsuspecting citizens of Arkansas. If you believe yourself to be a patriot, conservative, or against big government, this proposed amendment should offend you. For example, if you believe in:


  • "Pro-life." It devalues the lives of the unborn, children, and stay at home moms or dads by capping the value of their lives at $250,000 minus fees and expenses, whereas the life of someone who makes a six figure income is valued much higher.
  • "Family values." It punishes anyone who chooses family over career by arbitrarily placing a lower value on their lives.
  • "Free enterprise." It removes the ability of private citizens to enter into arm’s length contracts for legal services. While hospital and nursing home owners and their insurance companies have no such restriction.
  • "Against big government." It allows the state to dictate the terms of contracts for legal services. The state dictates what a jury can and cannot do in individual cases. This is big government out of control.
  • "Local control." Nothing is more local than a jury. Juries set community standards. By dictating what a jury can and cannot decide, local control gives way to special interest and the power of big government grows.
  • "Personal responsibility." By severely restricting punitive damages, grossly negligent wrongdoers are allowed to escape responsibility. By arbitrarily capping compensatory damages, wrongdoers are not held fully accountable. That isn’t justice.


People of Arkansas must take a stand against the special interest who seek to take away our liberty. Our legislators need to hear from the voters in their districts that we will not allow our bill of rights to be bargained away. If you agree, please call your Senator today and urge him/her to vote against SJR8. The main number at the Arkansas Senate is (501) 682-6107.

By Taylor Glover 11 Jan, 2017

Studies show that alcohol and sleep deprivation affect driver performance and behavior in similar ways, causing drivers to be inattentive with delayed reactions.

Accident data indicates that nearly 6,000 lives are lost each year due to drowsy driving.

According to research conducted by the National Institutes of Health , going without sleep for a full 24 hours is equivalent to having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 – the legal limit to be charged with drunk driving in Arkansas and nationwide.

Law and Enforcement

 Arkansas is one of just two states with laws against drowsy driving.

Arkansas’ law allows the state to charge a motorist involved in a fatal crash with “negligent homicide” if the driver had gone 24 hours without sleep prior to the collision, or had fallen asleep at the wheel after staying awake for 24 hours. But unlike a drunk driver, there’s no road-side test to determine drowsiness, making it difficult to identify drowsy drivers without further research or technology.

Commercial truck drivers are subject to significantly stricter regulations, including mandatory rest breaks that both drivers and trucking companies are required to document. However, enforcing drowsy driving laws on private motorists is difficult at best because the burden of proof is on the police officer to show that the driver stayed awake for 24 hours.

Odom Law Firm has years of experience dealing with sleep deprivation related accidents.

If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by drowsy driving call us today! We take cases for which we are confident we can maximize the value of our clients' claims. If we represent you, you will know that we are giving your case the focused attention it deserves.


Call us at 479-439-9269 or toll free at 866-935-2070 for a free initial consultation.

By Taylor Glover 18 Jul, 2016

Thanks for your continued support over the years! We’d like to invite you to our 44th Annual Odom Law Firm Seafood Jubilee!


Come enjoy shrimp, crawfish, and good times and live music!


It’s good times, good music and the best networking event in town!


Stop on by Friday, July, 22nd

from 12:00pm – 7:00pm


Elks Lodge

4444 N. Crossover Road

Fayetteville, AR

By Kiesha Doss 29 Apr, 2016

On behalf of   Odom Law Firm   posted   on Friday, March 11, 2016.

A 32-year-old man from Gassville, Arkansas, is currently in the Baxter County jail and is being held without bond. He is charged with vehicular manslaughter after his blood came back with methamphetamine, opiates, benzodiazepines and cannabinoids in it. However, the man had no alcohol in blood.

The accident, that the man is accused of causing, happened on Dec. 13 on AR Highway 5 close to the Missouri state line. The man had allegedly been in a disturbance with his ex-wife and had driven off in his wife's car, a Nissan Xterra. He smashed into a Nissan Maxima, which was driven by a 22-year-old man from Mountain Home, Arkansas. That man died at the accident scene.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the 22-year-old man dead and no one around the Xterra. Four hours after the accident, someone who lives near the crash site called 911 to report that there was a man on her porch. A state trooper arrested the man and he was eventually taken to the hospital for treatment for his injuries that he suffered in the accident. He would reportedly later tell the troopers that the accident ejected him from the vehicle and that he was the only person in the Xterra.

In addition to the manslaughter charge, the man has also been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death. That is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. The manslaughter charge carries a prison sentence of three to 10 years. Other charges include possession of a controlled substance, careless driving, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree domestic battery, fleeing, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Similar circumstances as those in this horrific case occur all too frequently all over the nation. If you have lost a loved one or been seriously injured in a car accident caused by an impaired individual, you have a right to seek compensation. An attorney can provide the guidance you need to   hold the responsible driver accountable.

Source:   The Baxter Bulletin, " Teeter to face upgraded charge, lab results back ," Josh Dooley, Feb. 24, 2016

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