Jury Awards Damages against Toy Maker and Distributor for Child’s Brain Injury

A toy manufacturer and its distributor were recently ordered to pay damages in connection with a young child’s brain injury. The jury award is reportedly the first in several similar lawsuits involving a toxic toy that was manufactured in China. Toxic Toy Beads The toy is a craft kit with tiny candy-colored beads that children […]

Patient Files $22 Million Suit Against Surgeon Who Paralyzed Him

Near the end of the summer, a medical malpractice suit was filed against Oregon Health & Science University and its surgeon for paralyzing a patient during an operation to untether a pinched nerve. The plaintiff alleges that the surgeon twice dropped a surgical instrument onto his spinal cord during the surgery. As a result, the […]

Nursing Homes No Longer Able to Force Arbitration

Near the end of September, the Department of Health and Human Resources promulgated a new rule that prohibits nursing homes that receive federal funding from requiring its residents to resolve disputes through arbitration. The agency reasoned that forced arbitration clauses found in nursing home contracts kept widespread patterns of elder abuse out of the public […]

Persons Who Must Report Elderly Abuse in Oregon

Elder abuse cases in Oregon have steadily grown in recent years, from 30,000 reported cases in 2013 to 38,000 in 2014. As the median resident age in the state rises, the elderly population in Oregon is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2010 to 2020. In its handbook on Oregon Elderly Abuse Reporting Requirements, […]

Largest Facility in California Sued for Nursing Home Neglect

California’s largest chain of nursing homes is facing a lawsuit for elder abuse and nursing home neglect which resulted in the death of a patient in 2014. The case is only one of several complaints affecting other nursing home facilities operated by the same owner, including some on Oregon. Case of Nursing Home Neglect The […]