NATIONWIDE NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYERS
OVER 100 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE
Thousands of seniors are abused, neglected, and exploited each year, but very few come forward. They are more vulnerable than most, and at a time in their lives when they should be treated with respect and kindness, they are instead subjected to atrocities that no human being should experience. Grossly underreported or ignored by facilities more interested in profits than providing proper care, nursing home abuse is a growing problem in the United States.
Our team at Garcia & Artigliere is here to stop this vicious cycle.
Our attorneys are committed to fighting nursing home abuse across the U.S. When our clients’ rights are violated and they cannot defend themselves against their abusers, we are here to hit back even harder with the velocity and vitality needed to get the results they deserve.
The case is drawing a line in the sand. Through this case we are telling these operators who think that our elderly relatives’ and friends’ value is determined by how much money the operator can make off of them. We won’t stand for it anymore. It is time to stop this egregious abuse of the law and our elders.
– Attorney Stephen Garcia
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED DEFENDERS OF THE ELDERLY
Since 1993, our nationally-distinguished attorneys have served as fearless advocates and groundbreaking leaders in the field of nursing home abuse litigation, protecting vulnerable senior citizens from physical, mental, and emotional harm, as well as financial exploitation.
Our tireless representation of seniors and their families in high-stakes, complex elder abuse cases has resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts and large-scale settlements that have served to bring at-fault parties to justice and improve the lives of victims and their loved ones.
The following are just a few of the victories won by Attorney Garcia:
- $38.6 million settlement, the largest settlement related to the Elder Abuse and Dependent Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) in California history.
- $5.4 million verdict for a Fresno senior who was unlawfully discharged from a long-term care facility and passed away from injuries present on discharge.
- $3.8 million class action settlement on behalf of elder and dependent adult residents of Pleasant Care Corporation long-term care facilities.
- $2.4 million compensatory nursing home verdict in Fresno County for an elder allowed to develop pressure sores due to abuse by a skilled nursing facility. Settled as opening statements were about to be given in punitive damages phase.
- $3.7 million class action settlement on behalf of elder and dependent adult residents of Sun Mar Corporation long-term care facilities.
- $1.3 million verdict by a Pasadena jury in the case of an elder who developed pressure sores due to abuse by employees at a nursing facility.
Stephen Garcia is a leader in the field of elder abuse litigation. Over the span of his career, he has acted as an advocate for senior citizens, helped shape elder abuse law, and has testified in front of legislators on nursing home abuse issues. He has served as a legislative analyst on behalf of elderly adults, as well as the caregivers that dependent senior citizens entrust their care to.
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If you suspect that an elderly loved one has experienced any type of abuse or mistreatment, our nursing home abuse attorneys are here to help. We can assist you in identifying, understanding, and stopping nursing home abuse. Contact our offices today for a free and confidential consultation. You will pay no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we win.
We offer a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. At Garcia & Artigliere there is no fee - not even court costs - unless we win your case.
NOTABLE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
Obtained a $38.6 million settlement, considered to be the largest Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act settlement (EADACPA) in California history.
Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia persuaded a Fresno County jury to enter judgment for the wrongful death of a woman who came to a skilled nursing home for rehabilitation, but died of an untreated and ignored infection in her abdomen. The verdict included one of the top ten punitive damage awards in the state of California for a single year.
Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia successfully resolved a matter for an 87-year-old woman who was repeatedly sexually molested by the co-manager of a residential care facility. The co-manager had a long history of alleged sexual misconduct at the facility, but none of the incidents of elder abuse were reported to either Adult Protective Services or to the Department of Social Services. Upon discovery, the nursing home fired the co-manager and waited 8 days to report his actions to the police, giving him time to flee.
Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia settled a California class action for $4.5 million and an Oregon class action for $1 million against a nursing home chain. As part of the settlement, Mr. Garcia insisted the settlement include the appointment of an independent monitor, selected by Mr. Garcia, who would undertake quarterly inspections at select nursing homes operated by the company.
Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia obtained a $1.5 million verdict for the family of a woman who died from more than 10 pressure sores, many of which were infected, black and necrotic. When she was brought into the hospital she was also suffering from diarrhea, vomiting and malnutrition. The coroner found her death to be caused by an infection of accumulated pressure sores.
Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia obtained a judgment of more than $1.3 million against a residential care facility for elder abuse and wrongful death. The elderly resident was admitted after surgery for a fractured hip. She also suffered from Alzheimer’s dementia and a Stage I pressure sore. Due to lack of care, the resident’s bed sore was left unattended and turned into a Stage IV sore that became infected. The resident had a second fall and the nursing home refused to send her to the hospital. For five months the resident suffered severe pain until, at the family’s insistence, she was taken to the hospital and found to have fractured her hip in the second fall.
MEDICATION MISTAKES & NEGLIGENCE IN NURSING HOMES
According to the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, “preventable medication errors result in more than 7,000 deaths each year in hospitals and tens of thousands more in outpatient facilities.” Medical oversight can result in giving the patient wrong medication, a combination of medications, or the wrong dosage. Medical inconsistencies can also be the result of misread medical script, the wrong prescription all together, allergic reactions to the medication they were prescribed, or incorrect charting of the medication by the staff.
When you pay a nursing home for the care of your loved one, you expect a high level of care. Nursing home facilities are expected to follow state and federal guidelines. When an elderly resident of a nursing home or a dependent adult receives medical care that falls below the accepted standard of care and suffers serious injuries and fatalities, it is considered negligence.
The following are examples of medical negligence at nursing homes:
- Failure to provide an examination, evaluation, or treatment
- Failure to provide a test an elderly person might need
- Delay necessary treatment
- Provide the wrong treatment
- Failure to follow up on the medical condition
- A misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Prescribing unnecessary or wrong medication
TYPES OF ABUSE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE & ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
Nursing homes and assisted living care are licensed facilities that must meet state and federal requirements. When they fail to do so, elder abuse can occur.
The following are common types of nursing home abuse:
- Physical abuse
- Verbal and emotional abuse
- Bedsores caused by neglect
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Falls caused by lack of supervision
- Bowel and bladder injuries
- Untreated infections
- Broken bones and fractures
- Wandering off/elopement
- Financial exploitation
- Sexual abuse
If you feel an elder person has been abused or neglected, it is important to get help right away. Our nursing home abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere have extensive experience handling nursing home neglect and abuse cases. When you contact our offices for a free consultation, you can find out more about how we can help you and your loved one seek justice.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Garcia & Artigliere is comprised of a team of attorneys whose skill, professionalism, and work ethic have earned them reputations as fierce advocates for the injured and wronged. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, over $1.3 billion in recoveries, and numerous awards and accolades, our attorneys have proven themselves as top litigators in California, Louisiana, Arizona, Florida, and across the country. Above all, they have displayed a true passion for helping others.
Stephen M. GarciaSenior PartnerStephen M. Garcia represents victims of elder and nursing home abuse and is known as one of the leading civil litigators in the country. He is Senior Partner at Garcia & Artigliere, where the firm’s practice is focused on elder abuse, nursing home...
William M. ArtiglierePartnerWilliam (Bill) Artigliere is a civil trial lawyer dedicated to obtaining justice for elderly and infirm adults and their families when their care, rights, and safety are put in jeopardy by their long-term caregivers.
Matthew M. ComanPartnerMatthew M. (“Matt”) Coman is a nationally-recognized litigator with 24 years of in-depth experience who has tried more than 160 jury trials to verdict in both state and federal courts. In addition, Matt has tried hundreds of bench trials over that...
Robert M. PartainSenior CounselRobert Partain handles personal injury and mass torts cases at Garcia & Artigliere. On top of his years of experience‚ Mr. Partain’s legitimate curiosity contributes to his success in mass torts cases.
Tyler S. MastinAttorneyTyler S. Mastin joined Garcia & Artigliere in 2016 and practices in the firm’s Lexington, Kentucky office. He brings his considerable talent and passion for civil justice to every case he handles.
Rosalie E. BaladejoAttorneyRosalie E. Baladejo joined Garcia & Artigliere in 2017 and practices in the firm’s Long Beach office. As an elder law and elder abuse attorney, she works to right the wrongs caused by negligence and wrongdoing at nursing homes, elder care centers...
Matthew J. GustinAttorneySince commencing his legal career, Matthew J. Gustin has shown a passion for advocacy of the interests of consumers afflicted by those who would prey on the less advantaged.
David M. MedbyOf CounselDavid M. Medby has specialized in civil trial practice, with an emphasis in elder and dependent adult abuse advocacy, consumer class actions, and labor and employment law.
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