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Baton Rouge Elder Neglect Lawyers

Baton Rouge attorneys handling claims of elder neglect

Nursing homes, assisted living centers, short-term care facilities, and in-home care agencies need to take proactive steps to ensure their residents and patients aren’t harmed. Most of the ways the elderly can be hurt, whether by falls, infections, poor nutrition, and other failures, are preventable. At Garcia & Artigliere, our Baton Rouge elder abuse and neglect lawyers have been fighting for seniors since 1993. We’re skilled at showing that any type of neglect that harms any senior could have been prevented if the federal and state laws were followed, and if standard safety practices had been implemented. We have the experience and medical relationships to show what medical care the injured or ill senior will need for the rest of his or her life. We demand full compensation from the caretaker and any other responsible parties. Call us today to assert your rights.


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What federal and Louisiana laws regulate long-term care and other types of elder care services in Baton Rouge?

At Garcia & Artigliere, we start each review of your loved one’s caretaker negligence claim by reviewing the appropriate laws that regulate nursing homes and other elder care businesses. Some of the laws our Baton Rouge elder neglect lawyers review include:

Long-term care facilities and other Baton Rouge caretakers should understand and implement the best practices for their type of care. For example, there should be fall prevention strategies. There should also be written policies and procedures to ensure the safety of senior residents and patients.

We also work with the Louisiana Ombudsman Program, Louisiana’s Elder Protective Services, and Louisiana’s Home & Community Based Offices.

What types of neglect should Baton Rouge caretakers be held accountable for?

Our Baton Rouge elder care neglect lawyers are skilled at handling all kinds of long-term and short-term care accidents including the failure to:

  • Provide for a resident or patient’s daily living needs. Louisiana institutional care facilities must ensure that the seniors (anyone 60 or older) in their care live in a clean place, and that the seniors are well-fed and well-groomed. Seniors should receive their daily medications. They should be engaged in activities with other seniors. Seniors should never leave the premises without supervision. The elderly should never be abandoned.
  • Prevent seniors from falling. Most elderly residents and patients under the care of Baton Rouge caretakers have mobility problems. Nursing homes and other care facilities should regularly inspect their property for any dangers that might create a risk of falling which can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and other severe injuries.
  • Provide quality medical care. Many caretakers agree to provide medical care for senior residents or patients. Medical care includes ensuring that seniors take their medications at the proper times in the proper amount. Medical care also includes recognizing the signs of certain disorders and taking prompt action, including providing competent medical care for bedsores, bowel and bladder disorders, scabies, and strokes.

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Baton Rouge elder care neglect attorneys file personal injury claims and wrongful death actions when caretakers fail to prevent or respond to all types of neglect including failing to protect seniors from physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse.

Why does neglect occur at Baton Rouge nursing homes and other elder care locations?

Most nursing homes, long-term care providers, rehabilitative services, and in-home services know what complications to expect so accidents, injuries, and medical disorders don’t happen. At Garcia & Artilleries, our Baton Rouge elder abuse and neglect lawyers hold Baton Rouge caretakers accountable for neglect when they fail to implement any of these preventive measures:

  • Written policies and procedures for common problems. Every type of caretaker should have a complete list of dangers that seniors may suffer in Baton Rouge due to their physical challenges, cognitive impairments, or just everyday living needs. Nursing homes and other care providers should understand the best practices for their type of facility so they can anticipate risks (such as the possibility of falling), prevent dangers, monitor complaints, and respond to any type of trauma.
  • Individual care plans. Baton Rouge elder care providers should review the needs, concerns, and expectations of every person in their care. These plans should include an assessment of their medical needs, such as medications and current medical conditions. The plans should also include which doctors and family members to contact when health problems develop.
  • Enough staff members. Many types of elder care neglect in Baton Rouge occur because residents and patients don’t have enough individual attention. Seniors can benefit from having different staff members watch after them to ensure one staff member doesn’t have too much control. There should be enough staff members so seniors’ health needs, social needs, and personal needs can be tended to quickly.
  • Training and education. Staff members need to be current with the latest rules and regulations. They should be trained to handle the less mobile and less cognitively able seniors. Force and control should never be used instead of patience and understanding.
  • Background checks. Caretakers in Baton Rouge should conduct routine background checks to ensure their staff members have the proper credentials and don’t pose any risks to the people in their care.

Long-term, short-term, and daily caretakers should have a practical system to report and respond to any complaints or safety concerns.

How do your Baton Rouge elder care neglect attorneys advocate for the elderly?

Garcia & Artigliere fights to hold nursing homes accountable for neglect to compensate your loved one and to protect your loved one and other seniors from further harm by the same caretaker. Neglect is preventable. Our Baton Rouge elder neglect lawyers have been fighting for the elderly for more than 150 combined years. We understand the requirements for filing a strong claim, and we anticipate the defenses that the carriers and lawyers for the caretakers will make.

Some of the many ways our attorneys use to prove a Baton Rouge caretaker was neglectful include:

  • Investigating how the neglect happened, and why it was preventable
  • Questioning (in writing and orally) everyone with knowledge about the accident and/or injuries that occurred
  • Reviewing the caretaker contracts - specifically their duty of care to your loved one
  • Working with the local adult protective services, law enforcement, and the Louisiana Ombudsman Program - Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs
  • Reviewing any prior complaints against the nursing home or other type of caretaker

We also take the time to discuss your loved one’s medical needs and trauma with respected elder care physicians.

In one case, we obtained $5,200,000 at trial for a resident who suffered 16 falls at a licensed residential care facility for the elderly.

Do you have a Baton Rouge elder neglect lawyer near me?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our elder neglect attorneys meet with seniors in Baton Rouge at our New Orleans office located at 400 Poydras Street, Suite 2045. For seniors who can’t come to our New Orleans office, we do visit clients at their care facilities in Baton Rouge, other convenient locations, by phone, and through video.

We’re skilled at helping the elderly. We guide seniors and their families through each phase of the claims process.

Speak with an experienced Baton Rouge elder neglect lawyer at Garcia & Artigliere today

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Baton Rouge elder neglect attorneys have obtained more than $3 billion for clients. We have the experience, reputation, and resources to fight institutional facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Our team has obtained nearly 50 settlements and verdicts for $1 million dollars or more. In one recent case, we helped the US Department of Justice obtain $46 million from a skilled nursing management company based in California, as well as its owners and six nursing facilities.

Call us or fill out our contact form today to schedule a free consultation. We represent the elderly in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and across Louisiana. We also represent clients in Arizona, California, and Kentucky. We represent elder neglect clients on a contingency fee basis.

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