Elder Law & Elder Abuse Attorneys in Portland
An elder abuse claim is, quite simply, one of the most powerful claims that can be brought by a plaintiff in Oregon courts. Slinde Nelson is one of the only complex litigation firms in Portland that focuses a major part of its practice on bringing claims for the victims of elder abuse.
Prior to joining Slinde Nelson, Darian Stanford served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County specifically assigned to handle Portland elder abuse crimes. Such claims typically involved either physical or financial abuse (or both) of an elderly person. The role was rewarding on those occasions where the conduct was so egregious that criminal prosecution was warranted.
Sometimes, however, there was some form of harm or abuse, but it could not be proven to the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard that Oregon criminal prosecutions require. As Oregon civil trial lawyers Slinde Nelson is not bound to the higher criminal standard of proof. That means we can help those elderly persons and their families that the criminal system was unable to help.
Elder Abuse is Prominent
An experienced Portland elder abuse attorney knows that elder abuse is rampant in Oregon and throughout the United States. 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.
How do you know if you or someone you care about has suffered elder abuse? Slinde Nelson can help.
What is an "elderly person" under Oregon law?
Generally, it is any person 65 years of age or older.
What is "abuse" of an elder?
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.
Who can bring a legal action for elder abuse?
Either (1) the elderly person, (2) the guardian, conservator or attorney-in-fact for the elderly person, (3) a personal representative of the estate, or (4) a trustee may bring legal action.
What be recovered in an elder abuse claim?
The State of 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.
Contact an Oregon Elder Abuse Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, contact an experienced Portland elder abuse attorney today.