Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Nicole Robbins is committed to protecting victims’ rights and helping clients take legal action in the event of a crime. She represents victims in both criminal and civil cases.
Nicole Robbins Attorney Portland Oregon

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I handle situations where a resident or a patient of a facility has either been physically abused, sexually abused or medically neglected. When a loved one is placed in a nursing home, the expectation is that they will live out the rest of their days being well cared for. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse occurs even in the most highly rated nursing homes. Nursing home abuse comes in many forms, but the most commonly types of abuse are:
• Physical abuse – harmful or offensive touching such as hitting, slapping, kicking, or other physical contact;
• Emotional abuse – yelling, humiliating, terrorizing, or even ignoring a patient constitutes emotional abuse; and
• Financial abuse – stealing money in possession of the victim as well as forgery, embezzlement, or coercing someone to modify legal documents such as a will, bank accounts, or a deed.


Unfortunately nursing home neglect is prevalent and can have devastating effects on the patient and their quality of life.  As a result, Congress enacted the Nursing Home Reform Act which required nursing homes accepting Medicare and Medicaid to conform to certain quality of care rules and regulations. Specifically, nursing homes must provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care.

Oregon also passed the Elder Abuse statute in recognition of the prevalent abuse of our elders and a means to provide redress for that abuse.  The statute specifically provides for civil claims in the event of physical, sexual and financial abuse.

A lawyer experienced in handling cases involving nursing homes will be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations that govern their operation and available remedies.  A lawyer experienced in handling cases involving nursing homes will also be knowledgeable in the policies and procedures that can be used to help prove a claim not only against the individual abuse but the entity itself.

​Nursing home neglect can manifest itself in many ways. A patient can be neglected if there is insufficient nursing staff, unable to bathe, dress, groom, eat, ambulate, use the bathroom or communicate.  A patient may also be abused, physically or sexually.

An experienced lawyer will know what evidence is needed, what remedies are available and work diligently  to maximize your recovery.  All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means Nicole only collects a fee if she is able to recover money for her client. Initial consultations are free. Contact Nicole at 503-451-0477.

Physical Abuse • Sexual Abuse • Medical Neglect • Elder Abuse • Wrongful Death