What to Do if You Suspect Elder Abuse in Oregon: Bend Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Shares Important Information

Importation Information if You Suspect Elder Abuse in Oregon: Bend Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer


Elder abuse is a serious problem.  According to the World Health Organization, around 1 in 6 people 60 years of age or older have experienced some type of elder abuse or neglect.  This elder abuse is especially a serious problem when that elder abuse is occurring in a nursing home which you are paying a lot of money for to keep your loved one healthy and medically safe.  This is a huge breach of trust which can result in serious permanent injuries and even the wrongful death of a loved one.  If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of elder abuse in Oregon, please review what to do and do not hesitate to set up a free appointment with our Bend nursing home abuse lawyer.


What is Elder Abuse?


Elder abuse in a nursing home can take many forms.  Some forms are obvious, like physical abuse causing broken arms or cuts on the skin.  Other forms are tricky and deceptive, like financial abuse such as stealing money from a card or account—even as much as just using a card to buy coffee every day for a staff member inappropriately.  Other forms are very difficult to determine, such as emotional abuse or psychological abuse when require determining what the intent of another person is before it can be clear what is happening.


The different types of elder abuse include the following:


  • Physical abuse;
  • Emotional abuse/psychological abuse;
  • Financial abuse;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Neglect; 
  • Abandonment; and
  • Many other forms.


What to do if You Suspect Any Type of Abuse?


When you suspect any type of abuse for your loved one, you should take some immediate and proactive steps.  The steps depend on the type of abuse, what is occurring, and the severity.  


If you suspect any type of abuse or neglect noted above for:


  • Adults with physical disabilities, report the abuse to your local Department of Human Services Office. 
  • Adults with developmental disabilities, report the abuse to your county development disability program.
  • Adults with mental illness, report the abuse to your county mental health program.
  • Adults who are in imminent, irreparable, and at the risk of death or serious injury, call 911 or local law enforcement immediately.
  • If you are unsure where your call should be directed but believe you need immediate help, you can call 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) to speak with an operator to report abuse and get further guidance how to proceed.


Still Not Sure What to Do?  Is No One Listening to You?  Call a Central Oregon Elder Abuse and Malpractice Lawyer if You Suspect Serious Harm to a Loved One


When others will not listen to your claims of elder abuse and neglect, our firm will listen and take the appropriate action.  Call us for an appointment with our Portland elder abuse lawyer to learn how we can help protect your loved one’s rights and life from abusive caretakers. We offer FREE consultations so you can learn your rights.  We accept cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregen, Sisters, Redmond, The Dalles, Madras, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our law office is located.  


Please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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