If you suspect that an elderly friend or family member is being physically, mentally, or financially abused, you will want to do everything you can to put an end to the abuse. With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can take legal action against the improper conduct of a family member, an individual caregiver, or a care facility. We can help you hold negligent or abusive parties accountable for their actions.
Protecting Elderly People and Their Families
We at Chenoweth Law Group feel strongly about protecting the elderly in our communities. From our offices in Portland, we’ve helped elderly persons and their families, as well as other personal injury victims, throughout Oregon, Washington, and California. We aggressively stand up for the rights of those who cannot stand up for themselves due to health, age or incapacitation.
Neglect and Physical Abuse of Elders
Whether it occurs in a nursing home or at home, elder abuse and neglect are serious matters that should not be taken lightly. Neglect may be intentional or unintentional, but it can lead to prolonged suffering if the matter is not addressed promptly. Elder abuse can be physical, mental, verbal, psychological, or sexual, and it can include intimidation, corporal punishment, and unreasonable seclusion. Some examples of abuse injuries can include:
- Dehydration and malnutrition (which may also be sign of neglect)
- Sores from excessive restraint
- Memory or functional problems from over-sedation
- Broken bones (fractures), abrasions, and lacerations from punishment
- Fear and emotional distress
- Loss of trust
- Sexual assault
We handle neglect and abuse cases with compassion and professionalism, as no one’s health, safety, or well-being should ever be in jeopardy.
When an elderly person is being physically abused and cannot protect him or herself, it is often necessary to have a trusted person appointed as a guardian. CLG can also help with this process.
Financial Abuse Support
Elderly individuals may suffer from hearing loss, dementia, or other issues that make them easy prey for the unscrupulous. If you feel a relative or close friend is using some form of undue influence against a loved one to obtain money or persuade him or her to change estate planning documents, we can help. Whether your loved one has a medical condition, mental impairment, or diminished capacity, undue influence should not be tolerated.
You should also be aware of the potential for elder financial abuse. When someone, usually a relative or beneficiary, inappropriately pressurizes your elderly loved one to give him or her money or rewrite their will or trust, it may constitute elder financial abuse. Our lawyers can help you take steps to protect your elderly loved one’s rights, including having a trusted individual appointed as conservator.