Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Hillsboro
Nursing home abuse has become a widespread problem nationwide. It is estimated that five million people or one in 10 adults over the age of 60 experience some type of abuse. This means that countless elderly residents suffer from physical harm, verbal or emotional abuse, neglect, unwanted sexual contact, financial exploitation and more. In Oregon, there are more than 1,000 reported cases of elder abuse in nursing home facilities each year. If you believe your loved one has been abused or neglected while residing in an Oregon nursing home, do not hesitate to contact our nursing home abuse lawyers in Hillsboro. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of the elderly and defending residents who are provided substandard treatment in nursing homes or assisted living facilities such as Avamere at Hillsboro, Rosewood Park or another center in the Hillsboro area.
Schedule a free, no obligation with us today to discuss your claim. Our lawyers can help you find out your legal options to secure the justice and compensation you and your loved one deserve for the abusive or neglectful treatment experienced. All of our services are provided at no upfront cost to you unless we help you obtain favorable compensation for your case.
Call Rizk Law today at 503.245.5677 to see how we might be able to help you.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse comes in many forms. Certain types of abuse can be more difficult to identify than others, but there are warning signs to look out for. Our Hillsboro nursing home abuse attorneys are prepared to handle cases involving a wide variety of abuse, such as:
This type of abuse occurs when physical force is used on a resident resulting in bodily injury, physical pain or impairment. This can happen when a nurse, staff member or caregiver beats, shoves, kicks, pushes, bites, beats, hits, slaps or shakes a resident. Physical abuse can also involve force-feeding, overmedicating and using physical restraints.
Warning signs of physical abuse may include:
- Bruises, welts or discolorations
- Cuts, lacerations, punctures or wounds
- Broken bones
- Dislocations or sprains
- Poor hygiene
- Presence of bedsores
- Dehydration or malnourishment
- Unexplained weight loss
- Skull fractures
- Marks from restraining devices
- Behavioral or personality changes
This type of abuse occurs when a resident is forced to have non-consensual sexual contact. This can include sexual assault, unwanted touching, coerced nudity, rape or intercourse or sexual pictures taken. Residents most at-risk for sexual abuse are those who have significant cognitive impairments, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Warning signs of sexual abuse may include:
- Unexplained STDs or genital infections
- Torn, stained or bloody undergarments
- Bruises on the breasts or genitals
- Pain or bleeding from sensitive areas
Verbal or Emotional Abuse
This type of abuse occurs when pain, anguish, or distress is inflicted on a resident, either verbally or non-verbally. This can include using derogatory or inappropriate names, verbal assaults, insults, profanity, threats, intimation, humiliation, threatening violence and isolating residents from their family and friends.
Warning signs of verbal or emotional abuse may include:
- Fearful behavior
- Anxiety or depression
- Changes in mood or personality
- Fearful of interactions
- Withdrawal from loved ones
- Emotionally upset or agitated
- Hesitant to talk openly
- Being non-communicative or unresponsive
- Unusual behavior that mimics dementia
Nursing home neglect can occur when a resident is not given the basic care and necessities they need to live a safe and comfortable life such as food, water, shelter and medications. This can involve nurses, staff members or caregivers refusing or failing to provide quality care for a resident when it is their duty to do so.
Warning signs of elder neglect may include:
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Heath hazards such as no heat or clean running water
- Bedsores or skin ulcers
- Untreated health issues
- Rashes, sores or lice
- Soiled clothing or bedding
- Poor hygiene
This type of abuse involves illegally or improperly using a resident’s assets or other personal property. This can cause residents to lose money and possessions by signing over titles and other financial transactions without their consent.
Warning signs of financial exploitation may include:
- Falsely forging signatures to obtain funds
- Stealing money or possessions from the resident
- Coercing the resident to unknowingly sign legal documents
- Improperly using benefits of power of attorney or conservator
- Providing substandard care when the resident can afford better
If your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, it is important to notify the proper authorities and then reach out to a Hillsboro nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible to discuss filing a claim.
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Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
State and federal law requires nursing homes to protect the rights of each resident. These rights are guaranteed by the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act and Oregon’s Nursing Home Patients’ Bill of Rights (statues 441.605 and 441.610). Nursing home residents have the right to the following:
- Be treated with dignity and respect
- Have a comfortable living environment
- Freedom of choice to make independent decisions
- Receive quality care and treatment without discrimination
- Safeguard one’s money and personal property
- Be able to communicate privately
- Participate in activities or organizations
- Exercise one’s rights without fear of retaliation
When a nursing home or assisted living facility denies a resident any of these rights, he or she has a right to take legal action. At Rizk Law, we can help pursue the justice you and your loved one are entitled.
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Who Can Be Held Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?
There are several different parties than can be held liable for nursing home abuse. This can include the nursing home facility and its nurses, staff members and caregivers. Generally, if it can be proven that a nursing home was negligent, and that negligence played a direct role in the resident’s abuse, then the nursing home may be held responsible for any damages suffered.
Negligence can include hiring unqualified staff, inadequately training staff members, not performing sufficient background checks, understaffing, overmedicating residents, failing to give medications needed, delivering poor basic care, contributing to malnutrition or dehydration and intentional abuse.
Nursing homes have an obligation to provide a safe and healthy environment for their residents. This includes protecting its residents from third-party abuse, such as abuse from other residents or even strangers who trespass or visit the facility. If you were injured by a third-party, the nursing home can also be held responsible for lack of adequate security and supervision of its residents.
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Reporting Nursing Home Abuse in Oregon
Oregon law requires you to report elder abuse if you know it is happening or have reasonable grounds to suspect it is. If your loved one is being abused or neglected and requires immediate medical attention, you should call 9-1-1.
For non-emergency services, call Oregon’s toll-free hotline or report the abuse to the long-term care ombudsman in the state. Once a complaint has been filed, an ombudsman will investigate the case and work to resolve the issue.
For residents with physical or developmental disabilities, the toll-free number can also be used to report abuse or neglect. Contacting the Department of Human Services in your area is another option.
It is critical that you act quickly if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect. Once the abuse has been reported, it may be in your best interest to contact one of our dedicated nursing home abuse lawyers in Hillsboro to get started on your claim. We can carefully evaluate your case and conduct a detailed investigation of our own into your loved one’s abuse to determine the party or parties liable.
Speak with a Hillsboro Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Signs of elder abuse may be difficult to detect, and residents may feel too scared to come forward. If you believe that your loved one is being abused in nursing home or assisted living facility, you should not hesitate to ask questions and take legal action if necessary.
At Rizk Law, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of residents to ensure they are receiving the quality care and treatment they need and deserve. During a free, no obligation consultation, we will review your claim and determine if you have a strong case to pursue compensation from the at-fault party. We work on contingency, so you do not pay for our services until you obtain fair compensation.