Elder Abuse

Medford Woman Arrested for Elder Abuse

An Oregon woman has been arrested for allegedly abusing two elderly people in an effort to steal their money. The woman is now facing over 30 criminal felony charges stemming from her treatment of the victims. Read on to learn more about the case, and contact a skilled Oregon elder abuse attorney if you believe you or your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse.

Local woman attempts to kill elderly couple for financial gain

Medford resident Karin Boldt was arrested earlier this year on charges relating to elder abuse. The 55-year-old woman had been caring for two elderly people when a social worker and medical staff at a local hospital noticed that the victims’ rapid declines in health did not seem consistent with earlier medical diagnoses. It was then that police began investigating the victims’ conditions and uncovered the truly inhumane ways that Boldt had allegedly been treating the elderly couple. It’s alleged that Boldt, who had taken control of the pair’s finances, had stolen over half a million dollars from them, which she used to buy two properties. She then used powerful opiates to drug the couple and have them placed in hospice care. She is now facing charges of attempted murder, assault, theft, money laundering, criminal mistreatment of a financial nature, and criminal mistreatment of a physical nature.

Elder abuse can happen even to celebrities

Elder abuse can happen to anyone. Recently, comic book author and publisher Stan Lee has been in the news based on allegations of elder abuse lodged against his business partner. Lee, who is 95, recently took out a restraining order against Keya Morgan, a man who has taken an increasingly large role in Lee’s personal and professional life. During a welfare check being conducted by Los Angeles police officers and a social worker, Morgan called 911 to file a false report that Lee was being robbed. Morgan has allegedly pushed many people out of Lee’s life, including numerous employees, his long-time attorney, and his only daughter. Los Angeles detectives have been investigating elder abuse claims against Morgan since February of 2017, and they have even filed prior restraining orders barring Morgan from contacting Lee. Those close to Lee claim that Morgan is attempting to isolate Lee from those who care about him in order to take control of Lee’s finances and ensure that he stands to benefit from Lee’s $50 million fortune when he passes away. Lee claimed in a tweet that those claiming abuse against Morgan are “making that story up,” but interviews with Lee revealed that he was often unable to remember Morgan’s name when talking about him.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of elder abuse in Oregon, find out if you should file a legal claim for damages by contacting the Bend elder abuse attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, P.C. for a no-cost, confidential consultation at  541-617-0555, with offices in Medford and statewide.

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 lawsuit alleged that an elderly female patient was admitted to the facility in Los Angeles for rehabilitative care after she was hospitalized for chest pains. The complaint further alleged that the patient was admitted in good condition and had clear lungs.

Five weeks later, the patient was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. She had pneumonia, was dehydrated, and her body temperature was lower than 80 degrees. Doctors at the hospital suspected nursing home neglect which led to the death of the patient.

Investigation of the premises where the patient last stayed indicated nursing home neglect. A hidden camera recorded patients moaning without receiving any attention, and investigators said the center smelled like human waste.

Incidence of Nursing Home Neglect

Unfortunately, Oregon is no stranger to nursing home abuse, either.  Indeed, elder abuse is a widespread and growing problem in the United States. It occurs frequently in institutional settings such as nursing homes and other long term care centers. In 2014, there were an estimated 1.4 million elderly residents in nursing facilities and long term care centers.

The National Ombudsman Reporting Systems (NORS) showed that there were approximately 14,258 complaints of abuse, gross neglect and exploitation reports involving elderly nursing home residents. It is believed that many more incidents are unreported.

Nursing home neglect can have disastrous consequences on a patient who is often unable to communicate abuse or neglect to family or authorities. Many instances of neglect can lead to serious injuries such as fractures, broken bones, infections, malnutrition, and pneumonia which can be fatal to already weak and frail elderly persons.

If a loved one exhibits symptoms of nursing home neglect or you have reason to believe abuse or neglect of a loved one, taking immediate action against neglect or abuse can help save your loved one, and preserve their dignity. Speak to your personal injury attorney immediately about your situation. Your lawyer can evaluate your case and guide you through the process of fighting for your relative’s rights.

In Portland, Oregon, the law firm of Dwyer WilliamsDretke, PC has been helping injured clients and their families obtain justice for abused elderly who suffer nursing home neglect.

We welcome your call now at (541) 617-0555 to speak to a friendly attorney about your situation.

Jail Time for Nursing Home Employees in Medford NY

nursing home abuse caseIn a recent verdict in New York, two respiratory therapists and three registered nurses were sentenced to jail time for their involvement of the death of one of  their patients.  Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is not an uncommon occurrence.  And while it is good to see those that perpetrate this crime punished, it goes to show that you must be vigilant in determining who cares for your elderly family members.  Here are more details of the case.

The defendants were sentenced to varying terms after being found guilty at trial in July in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead for their roles in the 2012 death of a 72-year-old rehabilitation patientand for their attempted cover-up of the circumstances that led to her death.

“The sentences announced today bring justice to the family of Aurelia Rios, the mother of three and the grandmother of eleven,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Medical staff at Medford Multicare undertook the responsibility to care for Mrs. Rios and help her rehabilitate.  Instead, the juries found that she was neglected and that the Defendants covered-up the true cause of her death, depriving the Rios family for almost three years the truth about what happened to their mother.  This trial has put an end to the lies about what happened at Medford Multicare and is another example of how my office will continue to hold accountable those who neglect and those who fail to immediately and truthfully report the neglect of our most vulnerable citizens.” Long Island News, Long Island News and PR

Poor leadership, low morale, and inconsistent training often play a role in nursing home abuse cases.  It’s important to do your due diligence when selecting a home for your loved ones.  AARP has put together a great article that you can use a reference.  It includes everything from the way a home looks and smells, to signs that residents are being abused or mistreated.  You can read the article here.

If you suspect that your loved one has been subject to abuse DO NOT hesitate confront them with your issues.  If they don’t respond appropriately then you should immediately hire an attorney that specializes in nursing home abuse cases.

 

Nursing Home Neglect Discovered after Patient Was Rushed to ER

A nursing home in Atlanta is being investigated for potential nursing home neglect and mistreatment of a female patient. The suspected negligence or abuse was discovered after the elderly patient was admitted to the emergency room of a nearby hospital where doctors treated her for a 3-inch wound on the side of her head. Upon closer examination, the elderly woman appeared to have other wounds with questionable causes.

Trust in Nursing Care Facilities

The patient, a 77-year old woman, had been in the nursing home for 4 years after a fall left her unable to move and to communicate. Her family says that they visit her weekly and didn’t suspect any abuse or neglect until the emergency treatment.

Doctors in the emergency room also found bleeding in the patient’s brain, overall poor hygiene, severely ingrown nails, and an open wound on the patient’s hand where the bandage appeared to have been unchanged for days. The same doctors then asked the nursing facility about what had happened but the facility simply said that they were unsure of the circumstances surrounding the injuries, and that it was still under investigation.

In an interview, the patient’s grandson said that he is convinced that the patient’s injuries and overall condition indicate nursing home negligence.

Nursing Home Negligence in Oregon

The state of Oregon has an estimated population of 3,928,068 persons, 15.5% of whom are at the ages of 65 and older. The number of elderly individuals is growing, requiring greater levels in assisted living, thereby increasing the possibility of elderly abuse and neglect.

According to Adult Protective Services in Oregon, in 2013, it received 28,449 reports of suspected abuse involving elderly and people with physical disability. More than half of the complaints had sufficient grounds for investigation. Most of the complaints involved nursing homes, adult foster homes, and assisted living and residential care facilities.

Claiming Compensation for Nursing Home Neglect

Negligence of the elderly in nursing homes is often difficult to detect, and requires a lot of resources to investigate and prosecute. Many victims in these facilities are unable to report their abuse due to their health conditions, or are reluctant to cooperate in investigations out of fear for their ongoing care.

Negligence in the care of elderly patients can have serious health consequences which may be irreversible due to their advanced age. If your loved one shows signs of lack of care such as unexplained injuries and poor hygiene, they may be entitled to compensation.

In Portland, Oregon, the attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss have over 100 years of combined experience in personal injury cases, including nursing home neglect. We also have offices located in Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Eugene and Bend, and handle cases involving injuries as a result of car accidents, slip and fall, pedestrian accidents, dog bites and dog attack, and wrongful death.

We welcome your call today at (541) 617-0555 to discuss your family member’s nursing home neglect situation with one of our experienced elder abuse attorneys.

Dedicated Elder Abuse Prosecutor Sought for Oregon

An increase in elder abuse cases in Oregon has prompted the search for a dedicated prosecutor and two investigators for the state. Approximately 30,000 reports of elder abuse were made in Oregon in 2013 alone.

Elder abuse is particularly serious, and something that can often go unnoticed. As families leave their elderly loved ones in the care of home healthcare providers and nursing homes, they trust that their senior family members will receive the utmost care. However, the figures show that abuse happens every day, and its effects can be seen in a variety of ways – from physical and emotional damage, through to impact on the elder’s finances and assets.

The Difficulty Behind Proving Elder Abuse Cases

According to Oregon Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, elder abuse cases can often be challenging to prosecute. This is because the perpetrators of these crimes can be the victim’s family members, or have a close relationship with the victim. They may be a home healthcare provider, or a nursing home facility.

Elderly victims can be slow to realize that they are being harmed by a person or facility to whom their care is entrusted. This can impede an investigation and result in the victim being reluctant to assist a prosecutor. He or she may feel they have no-one else to care for them. It is also particularly difficult where the victim may have a form of dementia or memory problems, making it difficult for them to accurately remember what happened, or that anything happened at all.

Oregon at the Forefront of Protecting Seniors

Together with stakeholder organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Elders in Action, and the Office of the Long-term Care Ombudsman, the Oregon Attorney General has been working to secure resources that will help to manage the volume of elder abuse cases.

If the new prosecutor and investigators are hired, Oregon would be just the second state in the country to have a prosecutor dedicated to investigating these types of cases – great news for current and potential future victims.

Consult an Elder Abuse Attorney

If you have an elderly loved one who has been the victim abuse, it is important to take immediate steps to secure their safety, and seek compensation to help with their recovery.

Our attorneys at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss have been handling elder abuse cases for many years, and we know that this can be an emotionally challenging and distressing time for both the victim and his or her family. We approach each case with diligence, professionalism and compassion.

For a free initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (541) 617-0555.