Helping You Protect Your Loved One From Elder Abuse
Oregon is concerned about the well-being of her Senior Citizens. Because of these concerns, Oregon Elder Abuse laws provide the ability to bring one of the most powerful claims that can be brought by a plaintiff in Oregon courts.
Elder abuse claims often involve either physical or financial abuse (or both) of an elderly person.
According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, as many as five million elderly persons across the United States have experienced some form of financial or physical abuse. However, only 20% of these instances are ever reported. In Oregon, about 13% of the population is over 65 years old.
An Elderly Person in Oregon is generally considered to be any person 65 years of age or older.
Abuse can be physical or financial. Physical abuse includes causing injury, serious neglect, nonconsensual sexual contact, or intimidation of the elderly person. Financial abuse generally includes wrongfully taking or threatening to take money or property from an elderly person.
If elder abuse has occurred, the elderly person, the guardian, conservator or attorney-in-fact for the elderly person, a personal representative of the estate, or a trustee may bring legal action.
Because Oregon has made protecting our state’s senior citizens from abuse one of its top priorities. Oregon’s elder abuse statute is one of the most powerful in the country. It allows for the recovery of economic damages as well as damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering. Together, under the Oregon statute, those damages are tripled to punish the offender. The victim of elder abuse will also be reimbursed for attorney’s fees expended in bringing the action.