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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Oregon on

Q: How can I get privacy when relating my case to a prospective lawyer? So they can't share with anyone after I leave?

I met with a lawyer after being referred though the Oregon Bar Association referral line and after we were done talking I asked that what I shared be kept confidential. He told me that he was under no obligation whatsoever to keep my information confidential. He said that a consultation even if I... Read more »

Greg Freeze answered on Mar 5, 2019

I can't speak reliably for the actual Oregon Bar Association referral line (that communication is probably not a confidential communication subject to the attorney/client privilege), but the communication with an attorney is subject to the confidential communication privilege.

ORS 40.225...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Health Care Law for Oregon on

Q: I've been paying my work for healthcare. found out last week I haven't been covered since May. do I get a refund?

I worked for my company and then left, on good terms, for a new job. my company offered me a raise to come back so I did. part of the arrangement was that I wouldn't loose and of my health or vision insurance as I was only gone for 3 days. I called my insurance last week for questions about a... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Aug 14, 2018

This would be an unlawful deduction, and you would be entitled to the refund and then some. Of course, if they are saying they still had to pay the insurance company, and let's say they did, then your employer is likely off the hook, but the health insurer has some explaining to do if they were... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Health Care Law for Oregon on

Q: My wife is on my insurance through work, and we are both being sued for her medical bills. It's that legal?

They have only ever contacted me, even when I told them that those were her bills and not mine. I'm obviously going to pay them, but can they really call me every day while I'm at work and sue me for my wife's bills?

Gregory L Abbott answered on Feb 12, 2018

Spouses are generally legally liable for necessary medical bills even if they did not sign the agreement at the doctor's office. So yes, it is likely that they can come after you for payment. Calling you at work everyday is a different matter. Depending upon the exact details, that may or may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Oregon on

Q: Seeking info on filing for POA/Guardianship of severely mentally handicapped/I'll brother, ODOC inmate

I have a severely mentally handicapped, as well as, severely mentally ill brother who is deaf and a current inmate of ODOC. Last year, a habeas corpus lawsuit was filed against DOC for cruel & unusual punishment. As of right now, a court hearing/trial date for this lawsuit is awaiting a set date... Read more »

Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 11, 2017

You can't get step by step details how to do this posting on the internet. You need to hire a lawyer to help you with this. Hopefully you have money to do this but you could also contact legal aid if you need to. It sounds like he has an attorney helping him with the Habeus Corpus suit, at least... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Health Care Law for Oregon on

Q: I am part of a mesh lawsuit for organ prolapse

I will receive a settlement for the physical damages done to my body thus far. Anything further that occurs to my body physically in the future is too bad. I have chosen to not have a revision surgery at this time. The pain I feel is tolerable. However, I know that I face more issues,... Read more »

Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jun 5, 2017

If you do not have your own attorney for this, you should get one. If you do have one, this is a question for them.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Health Care Law for Oregon on

Q: Why is it that only a child can inherit a house, not a grandchild who has kept grandparent out of nursing home 2 years?

I have been caregiving for my grandmother for 2 years this July and have thus kept her out of a nursing home. Even when we reach the two year mark she can't transfer the house to me just because of the technicality that I am a granddaughter and not a son or daughter. Her only living child has done... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi answered on Apr 19, 2017

Who told you this? PROVIDED your grandmother is of sound mind and she WANTS to leave the house to you, she can. If she wants to give the house to charity she can do that too. If she wants to give the house to the local fire department so they can burn it down as a training exercise she could do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Health Care Law for Oregon on

Q: My sister and I jointly own the house in which we both live. Can doctors and hospitals put liens on the house for bills?

She has a medical problem which may become expensive and is not fully insured. Is my equity (and hers) vulnerable, even if they wait until the sale of the house?

Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Mar 15, 2017

If health care providers file suit and obtain a judgment against your sister, the judgment becomes a lien on any real property owned by your sister in the county where the judgment was entered. Generally, claims of creditors will attach only to the debtor's interest in the property, not to the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Child Custody, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Oregon on

Q: Can A ED Doctor Treat A Minor Without Consent Of Minor Or Parent?

I Was Taken To The Hospital By Police For Suicidal Thoughts My Parents Where Never Contacted And I Never Consented To Treatment But Was Not Allowed To Leave. Is That Legal?

Joanne Reisman answered on Dec 11, 2016

Not my area of specialty but I believe there is legal grounds for a temporary hold (24 hours or 72 hours or something like that) if the police suspect that the person could harm themselves or others. So yeah, it's legal. As for contacting or not contacting your parents, I am not sure what the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Oregon on

Q: what practice area covers mentally ill persons and their inability to maintain their own care?

My sister is declining rapidly

Jeremy R. James answered on Jul 24, 2015

I am sorry to hear about your sister's situation. It sounds like you or someone else in the family should consult with an attorney who handles guardianships. That attorney may recommend petitioning a court to appoint you or another qualified individual as your sister's guardian. Typically, a... Read more »

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