It seems unimaginably cruel to physically or emotionally abuse a vulnerable older person. Sadly, elder abuse is all too common. As more and more members of the baby boomer generation reach old age, experts predict that elder abuse—particularly financial elder abuse—will increase. Victims of elder abuse have a right under Oregon law to sue their abusers, and a skilled Oregon elder law attorney can assist you in gathering evidence and filing a claim for damages. Read on to learn answers to some commonly-asked questions about elder abuse, and contact the experienced, compassionate, and effective Oregon elder abuse attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, P.C. for a free consultation on your case.
What constitutes elder abuse?
Oregon law bans any abuse committed against an “elderly person” (defined under the law as someone aged 65 or older). Elder abuse can include:
- physical abuse, such as battery or threats of physical pain
- neglect of someone unable to provide their own basic care
- sexual abuse
- verbal or emotional abuse, or
- financial abuse through taking or concealing an elderly person’s property or funds.
What are some warning signs of elder abuse?
If you fear that your parent or loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, look for the following signs of mistreatment:
- Sudden weight loss or dehydration, which could indicate depression or neglect
- A reduced alertness or depressed mood or affect that is out of character
- Bruises, marks
- Bed sores, which can indicate that a senior is not getting the care they need or even that they have been subjected to the unlawful use of restraints
What can Oregon victims of elder abuse do to seek compensation for their abuse?
Oregon law permits an elderly victim of physical or financial abuse to sue their abuser or someone who has permitted another person to commit this abuse for money damages. In fact, if an abuse victim’s lawsuit is successful, they can seek three times their economic damages (the costs of treating their physical injuries or the amount of money that was stolen by the abuser) or noneconomic damages (compensation for such injuries as the mental suffering, emotional distress, or physical pain inflicted by the abuser). The Portland elder abuse lawyers at Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, P.C. have years of experience in fighting for compensation on behalf of vulnerable, mistreated older adults and can help you or your loved one file a claim in Oregon based on abuse of an older adult.
Get Help You can Trust from Experienced and Dedicated Oregon Elder Abuse Lawyers
For seasoned, trustworthy, and professional legal help in Oregon with an elder abuse lawsuit, contact Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, P.C. for a free evaluation of your claim at our offices in Portland, Bend, Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg at 541-617-0555.