Vangelisti Law Firm LLC is committed to raising public awareness and preventing elder abuse, as well as representing victims and their families. Elder abuse can take the form of physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse.
Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse
Although comprehensive national data is not collected, it is estimated that between 1 and 2 million elderly Americans have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.
Though definitions of elder abuse vary, it is generally defined as the intentional or negligent act by any person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Elder abuse may take the form of neglect, financial exploitation, abandonment or physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Elder abuse can be caused by a stranger, family member, caregiver or those persons working in a boarding home, residential care facility, assisted living facility or nursing home.
An alert friend or family member can detect danger signs of abuse by looking for:
Families can take a number of steps to prevent elder abuse:
If elder abuse is suspected, there are a number of immediate steps a family should take:
Abuse in Nursing Homes
About 1.7 million
elderly and disabled people receive care in approximately 17,000 nursing
homes across the United States, and these numbers will grow with the
aging of the baby boomers. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse
is also expected to increase at an alarming rate.
Danger Signs of Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes:
Elder financial abuse is the illegal or improper taking of an elder’s money, property or assets. Elder financial abuse broadly covers many areas of misappropriation: consumer fraud; forging signatures; misusing or stealing money or possessions; or use of coercion, deception or “undue influence” to obtain an elder’s signature on any document (e.g., deed, will, contract, power of attorney, etc.).
Elders can be particularly at risk for financial abuse. Elders who are dependent, isolated, lonely or suffer from disabilities are vulnerable to elder financial abuse. A lack of familiarity with financial matters also can make an elder susceptible to financial abuse.
Various individuals and businesses prey on elders for financial gain: telemarketers; family members who have substance abuse, gambling or financial problems; caregivers; or unethical businesspeople or professionals. Sadly, professionals who have been involved in fraud on elders—either directly, indirectly or as an unknowing participant—include investment advisers, bank tellers, bankers, lawyers or attorneys, insurance agents, and mortgage brokers.
Danger signs of elder financial abuse include:
Tips for elders to prevent financial abuse:
If your loved one has been injured, it is important to have an Oregon lawyer evaluate any personal injury claim your loved one may have. The law provides strict deadlines for bringing personal injury, insurance and wrongful death claims. It is critical that you contact a lawyer if you think that you may have a claim. A Portland, Oregon-based lawyer at Vangelisti Law Firm LLC can provide a free consultation to discuss your situation and legal rights.
ELDER ABUSE LAW LIBRARY:
Substantial Verdict Protects Elders
Firm attorney Richard Vangelisti and his former partner obtained a favorable verdict and resolved a case on behalf of an elder who suffered injuries in an Avamere residential care facility in the Portland area. This high profile case was reported in The Oregonian on May 12, 2008 (front page). To read the article click here. For further information, please contact us at 503-680-6272.
Note: The verdict amount(s) listed here and the results obtained depend upon the facts of each case.
by Richard J. Vangelisti
This article outlines Oregon nursing home law and practical considerations. It is based on our firm's presentation at the January 2007 Multnomah Bar Association CLE for attorneys on litigating elder physical abuse and neglect cases.
by Richard J. Vangelisti
Published in the February/March 2005 Oregon State Bar Bulletin
2005 Legislative Amendments to Elder Abuse Statute
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