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My mother has fractured her right hip and is in a rehab center.

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My mother has fractured her right hip and is in a rehab center. I would like to know if I am liable for any of her medical expenses in the state of Oregon. DHS has had us to cash out 2 small life insurance policies to qualify her for Medicaid but stated that it has no guarantee. The money has to go to the Rehab center to pay down her account. She has maxed out her Medicare and Healthnet accounts. Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX Oregon City, OR
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LawHelpNow replied 4 years ago.
Thanks so much for choosing this forum to pose your important legal question. I will do my best to give you some honest and accurate guidance as I answer your question.


  1. I am a licensed attorney and registered nurse with health law experience. I will be glad to try and answer your question. I hope that the following information will be helpful to you, but please just write back if you have any follow-up questions or need clarification after reviewing the following information.
  2. Please allow me to say that I am genuinely sorry for your circumstances. I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX soon look brighter for both you and your mother. I am pleased to hopefully offer you some measure of reassurance and peace of mind. Unless (and only if) you signed a written agreement to be responsible for your mother's medical bills would you be so liable. Otherwise, the law imposes no such duty upon by virtue of being an adult child of your mother. This is true even if you are a person of some means. So, the botXXXXX XXXXXne is that you are not liable whatsoever unless you agreed so in writing (which is not the usual case).
  3. I hope that makes sense, but please do not hesitate to write back if needed. I shall be signing off soon to attend to some other professional obligations. Please rest assured, however, that I will be sure to check for any updated posts from you when I return to this online forum.


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