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Has Your Elderly Loved One Been Abused or Neglected?

In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which was June 15th of this year, the attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC will be blogging this week about the persistent and horrific problem of elder abuse and neglect in our state – as well as about legal mechanisms in place to protect you and your elderly loved ones. We understand the devastating emotional impact of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Oregon Elder Abuse and Neglect AttorneysThe increasing use of nursing home facilities in Oregon correlates to our population’s increasingly older age, and it suggests that there will almost certainly be a growing number of abuse and neglect incidents in Oregon nursing homes. The sad but simple truth is that nursing home residents are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. This is especially true when nursing home residents require medical staff to be on call around-the-clock.

Many of our most vulnerable family members are subject to gross and dehumanizing neglect as well as physical, financial, and emotional abuse in long-term care facilities. The elderly are a particularly at-risk segment of the population because a disproportionate number of them have difficulty understanding or communicating that they are being victimized. Additionally, if nursing home residents are being physically or sexually abused by nursing home staff members, they may be afraid that disclosing the abuse will lead to retribution by the staff.

At Dwyer Williams Dretke PC, we offer compassionate and experienced representation to nursing home abuse victims and to the victims of neglect in long-term care facilities throughout Oregon. If someone you love has been victimized in any Oregon elder care facility, we are here to answer your questions and to offer you counsel built upon our attorneys’ 75 years of collective litigation experience. Call us today at 541-617-0555.

Fair Settlement for Workplace Slip and Fall Accident Victim

Our client in this Oregon slip and fall case was injured while on the job.  He was employed at a store where he stocked shelves and put recent deliveries in the stock room.  On the day of his accident, our client had started work on time and his initial job was to move cartons of bottled liquids from the delivery area to the stock room.  As he lifted a carton and started walking, the soggy bottom of the carton gave way, causing half gallon bottles to fall to the floor, break, and spill their contents all over.  The liquid and glass on the floor caused our client to slip and fall.

Oregon Slip, Trip and Fall AttorneysAs our client fell, he instinctively extended his arm to break his impact with the floor.  When the inevitable moment of impact arrived, his hand landed on a large piece of glass that severed a tendon in one of his fingers.  Our client picked himself up from this fall and went directly to the emergency room, where he underwent surgery to repair the tendon.  The emergency physicians treating him recommended rehabilitation consisting of physical therapy to regain movement in his finger.

Upon investigation it was immediately clear that the cartons had become wet from a leak in the semi truck that transported them.  Our client had not been advised that the cartons were wet when they were dropped off and left in his care.  The freight company initially denied liability, claiming that it was normal for trailers to leak in Oregon during cold winter months.  It also claimed that store employees were aware that cartons often arrived wet.

Our client hired the experienced and caring premises liability attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke to help him in this messy workplace slip and fall case. We demonstrated to the freight company that it is not “normal” for the inside of trailers to be wet during Oregon winters.  We showed that the driver never notified any store employees that the cartons were wet at the time of delivery.  This information was not written on the delivery invoice and had not been communicated orally when the driver stacked the cartons after taking them out of his truck.

With this information, the freight company conceded liability for the injuries sustained by our client.  In spite of the hurdles in this case, we were able to obtain a fair settlement that included paying our client’s medical providers and compensating him for his pain and suffering.

Oregon’s Elder Abuse Bill Moves Forward

Oregon Elder Abuse AttorneysA bill seeking to add attorneys, chiropractors, optometrists, and members of the Oregon Legislature to a list of people who are required to report elder abuse passed the Oregon House of Representatives today. Next it will go to Governor Kitzhaber for his signature.  Oregon state law currently requires certain kinds of health professionals and social workers to report elder abuse when they have reason to believe that it is taking place.

Does it Matter Which Doctor Treats Your Accident-Related Injuries?

Happy Friday!  Today’s video from our founder and senior partner Roy Dwyer addresses a common question that clients bring to us after they have been injured in a serious accident: does it matter which doctor treats my accident-related injuries?

As Roy explains in this clip, your choice of medical provider is indeed an important consideration in your personal injury claim. The more specialists who you consult with, the higher your overall cost of medical treatment and the more that insurance providers will object to covering your claims.

If you have been injured in an accident in the state of Oregon, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call us for a free consultation at 541-617-0555 – we can help you.

To view additional informative videos about personal injury law in the state of Oregon, visit Dwyer Williams Dretke PC’s You Tube channel.

After Tough Negotiations, Large Settlement for Injured Pedestrain

Our client was walking through a parking lot on his way to a bus stop when a motorist backed up without looking and hit him.  Our client was knocked to the ground and his hip and elbow were broken.  Our client sought timely medical help and treatment for his accident-related injuries, but his medical expenses exceeded the at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits.

Oregon Pedestrian Accident Injury AttorneysAfter he had hired the dedicated and tough auto accident injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke PC, we contacted the at-fault driver’s insurance company and were able to get it to disclose its insured’s policy limit.  Once we knew this figure, we let our client’s health insurance know that there would not likely be enough money to go around.

After several rounds of negotiation, we were able to reach an agreement with our client’s health insurance company wherein it agreed to reduce its lien by almost half to total outstanding amount.  From there, we were able to get all of our client’s accident-related medical expenses paid and to get him a generous pain and suffering settlement.  Our client was thrilled with his decision to work with our experienced and tough personal injury attorneys.