Elder and Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Since 1991, the nationally distinguished attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere have served as fearless advocates and groundbreaking leaders in the field of elder abuse litigation, protecting vulnerable senior citizens from physical, mental, and emotional harm, as well as financial exploitation.
Notable verdicts & settlements won by Garcia & Artigliere
- Founder Stephen M. Garcia has served as lead counsel in more than 2,500 elder and/or dependent adult abuse cases.
- Mr. Garcia has served as counsel on behalf of consumers throughout the United States in matters resulting in over $1.25 billion in settlements and jury verdicts in Los Angeles, greater California, Kentucky, and more.
- Garcia & Artigliere obtained more than $60 million for consumers in 2018.
- The firm is known for successfully handling the most complex and egregious cases of elder neglect and mistreatment, and won the largest elder abuse settlement of 2014.
- Obtained a $38.6 million settlement, considered to be the largest Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act settlement (EADACPA) in California history.
- In the matter of Muccianti vs. Fountain View, Inc., et al., the firm attained the largest nursing home verdict in the history of Fresno County. At the time, this was the second largest nursing home verdict in the history of the State of California.
We understand this can be a traumatic time for you and your family. Know that we will fight tirelessly to ensure your case receives the best possible outcome. Contact Law Garcia today for a free case consultation if you suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nearly 1 in 10 nursing homes violate requirements potentially causing residents harm, serious injury, or possibly death. Long-term care facilities, assisted living, nursing homes, and other senior living programs are designed to provide a safe, caring, and worry-free environment for you and your family member but unfortunately, some homes place profit before people. Although many care facilities have their residents best interests in mind, the fact is, nursing home abuse is prevalent. If you believe that your loved one may be experiencing abuse in their nursing home, it is important to get help immediately. There are many types of elderly abuse that can take place in nursing homes, so it is important to be able to recognize the signs.
If your loved one displays any of the following warning signs, it’s critical to get help right away.
- Withdrawal from normal activities
- Unusual depression
- Sudden financial changes
- Poor hygiene
- Unusual weight loss
- Strained, tense or hesitant relationships with caregivers
Elder Abuse – The Silent Crime Against Seniors Is on the Rise
Thousands of seniors are abused, neglected, and exploited each year, but few of the victims report or discuss the abuse because they are afraid. Many cannot take care of themselves because they are old, frail, and more vulnerable than most. Elder persons rely on family, trusted friends, and spouses to help meet their needs. Many are at risk of harm or abuse from neglectful and/or overwhelmed caregivers.
Types of Elder Abuse
At Garcia & Artigliere, our Los Angeles elder abuse lawyers hold long-term care facilities and nursing homes accountable for their actions. Our tireless advocacy for clients in high-stakes, complex cases have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and large-scale settlements. We protect our senior citizen clients and their rights, and our law firm can help you identify, understand, and stop nursing home abuse.
- Health Care Fraud – Health care fraud can take on many forms, including overcharging or double-billing for medical services, or charging an elderly person for services they never received. Health care fraud also involves over- or under-medicating, performing unnecessary procedures, or recommending remedies for any medical condition that the elderly person does not have.
- Physical Abuse – Nearly 44% of nursing home residents say they have been abused, while 93% of residents say they have been neglected or seen another resident neglected. Physical and sexual abuse makes up for 36% of abuse complaints in U.S. nursing homes.
- Malnutrition & Dehydration – At least one-third of the more than 1.6 million nursing home residents in the U.S. suffer from malnutrition or dehydration. These are very serious, life-threatening conditions resulting from neglect and abuse, and can lead to additional health issues like infection, sepsis, kidney failure, and even death.
- Neglect & Bed Sores – More than 10% of nursing home residents suffer bed sores, which are direct signs of abuse or neglect. This injury to the skin and underlying tissue results from being left in one position for too long. Bed sores tend to develop mostly around the shoulders, hips, ankles, heels, and tailbone, where the bone is closest to the skin and causes the area to crack, break or tear.
- Bowel & Bladder Injuries – Bowel and bladder injuries can often cause serious, and even fatal, complications for an elderly person. These types of injuries are often a result of negligence, including dehydration, inadequate nutrition and lack of cleanliness, infrequent adult diaper changing or improper catheter care.
Contact Our Elder Abuse Lawyers Today if Your Loved One is a Victim
At the Garcia & Artigliere law firm, our elder abuse lawyers protect victims of elder abuse and nursing home abuse. With more than 30 years of experience, the firm’s founder, Stephen M. Garcia, has contributed significantly to state law on elder abuse by creating jury instructions and rules used by the courts in elder abuse cases. Our level of knowledge of nursing home and elder care matches our level of compassion; we are here to listen and understand your issue while providing the legal guidance you need.
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse, call us for a free and confidential consultation; call us toll-free at 800.281.8515. Se Habla Español.
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