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Louisiana Elder Abuse Lawyers

Louisiana elder abuse attorneys providing strong advocacy for seniors abused by caretakers

Seniors in New Orleans and across Louisiana have the right to trust that the people who care for them will prioritize their safety and happiness. After all, seniors have returned that favor to prior generations. Tragically, many people 60 and older often suffer abuse by their caregivers. Elder abuse in Louisiana often involves physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. The abuse becomes more pronounced for seniors who have physical disabilities or cognitive disabilities such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. At Garcia & Artigliere, our Louisiana elder abuse lawyers have the experience, resources, and respect of the insurance and legal communication to fight for the seniors you love. Our settlements and verdicts total over $3 billion nationwide. We’re ready to fight for anyone abused by a large or small caretaker service today.


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What is elder abuse?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Louisiana elder abuse lawyers represent seniors who suffer any type of abuse in any type of caretaker long-term care facility, including nursing homes. Elder abuse may also include abuse at a senior’s home or a local adult daycare center.

We handle the following types of abuse and neglect as defined by the US National Institute on Aging:

  • Physical abuseExamples of physical abuse include punching, striking, slapping, pushing, and the use of physical or chemical restraints. Physical abuse may be used out of anger, as a form of punishment, or as a form of control.
  • Sexual abuseSexual abuse involves forcing the elderly to watch or participate in sexual acts against the victim’s will. Examples include rape, assaults, any type of sexual contact, and promises of better treatment in return for sex. The abusers may include other residents of any type of assisted living facility. Seniors with cognitive disabilities have a high risk of being abused sexually.
  • Emotional abuse.  Emotional abuse is psychological abuse. Common examples include yelling, insults, and anything to make the resident fearful or feel bad. Social isolation from family, friends, and other residents is a form of sexual abuse.
  • Neglect. Institutional, public, and private caretakers can be held responsible if their residents or patients suffer malnutrition, dehydration, bladder and bowel disorders, medication errors, and harm due to the failure to create or follow standard caretaker protocols or personalized healthcare plans. A few common reasons for elder care abuse in Louisiana include staff who are overworked, lack of staffing, the failure to properly train staff, and the lack of protocols.

According to the National Institute of Aging, hundreds of thousands of seniors suffer abuse, neglect, or are taken advantage of financially every year.

What signs indicate elder abuse is occurring in Louisiana?

Our Louisiana elder abuse lawyers advise the people who visit and communicate with senior residents and patients to look for the following signs of abuse:

  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Bladder and bowel disorders
  • Fractures
  • Pressure marks, burns, cuts, and bruises that can’t be explained.
  • Unexplained burns, bruises, or cuts
  • Poor personal grooming and hygiene
  • Clothing that doesn’t fit or match
  • Assistive devices that don’t work or aren’t being used
  • Insomnia and other difficulties sleeping
  • Unexplained weight loss for gain
  • The effects of not taking medications
  • Physical pain
  • Signs, such as wrist bruises, that indicate the use of physical or chemical restraints

Signs of emotional abuse:

  • Rocking back and forth
  • Isolation from social activities with other residents or patients
  • Irritability, anxiety, nervousness, and depression
  • Confusion
  • Unhappiness
  • Feeling helpless
  • Signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Sexual abuse may be suspected if your loved one is withdrawn, complains about their sexual parts, talks about sex more than usual, or shows signs of physical or emotional abuse.

Other signs of Louisiana elder abuse include:

  • Falling
  • The rights of a senior you care for are not being honored
  • Wandering and elopement
  • Failing to respect the rights of seniors
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What steps can the elderly and their loved ones take to confront elderly abuse in Louisiana?

Most elder residents of Louisiana who are abused or neglected are too afraid to complain, hurt too much, or are cognitively unable to complain or even remember what happened. The elderly rely on family and friends to be their personal advocates and for lawyers to be their legal advocates.

Family and friends can help their elderly loved ones by:

  • Regularly visiting the loved one on different days and at different times of the day. When you can’t visit, speak with your loved one by phone or communicate by email.
  • Inspect the facility or home where your loved one is staying for any risks of falls or other dangers.
  • Observe how individual caretakers are treating and responding to your loved one and other seniors.
  • Make sure your loved one is taking their medications.
  • Ask to review the financial accounts of your loved one if your loved one isn’t able to do so.
  • Witness how your parent, grandparent, or other elder relative interacts with other residents or patients.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused in Louisiana nursing home, begin by contacting the Louisiana Long-Term Care Ombudsman or a local ombudsman. These agencies have the authority to investigate abuse and take steps to ensure your loved one is being protected if your loved one is a resident of a nursing home or a long-term care facility.

If the ombudsman can’t help, that indicates the abuse is quite serious. You should contact the experienced elder abuse lawyers at our law firm if you haven’t done so already.

How do your Louisiana elder abuse attorneys help seniors who have been abused?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our respected Louisiana elder abuse lawyers are respected by former clients, local counsel, and insurance companies for our record of success holding caretakers and abusers liable for all types of abuse and neglect.

We’ll investigate who had responsibility for your care, what abuse occurred, and why the responsible parties should be held accountable.  We work with the local and state ombudsman, elder care protective services, and the police. We also work with your doctors and our network of doctors to help ensure your loved one receives the medical help needed. We’ll fight for all the compensation your loved one deserves.

Our Louisiana elder abuse attorneys file personal injury actions on behalf of the elderly who are abused.  We also file wrongful death claims on behalf of families if a loved one died due to elder abuse.

Garcia & Artigliere has helped more than 3,500 older and dependent adults in abuse and neglect cases across America. Our impressive record of results includes:

  • Acted as counsel in the largest Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act settlement in California history. We settled the claims for more than $38.6 million.
  • Obtained over $19 million in an arbitration award involving medical devices
  • Handled numerous class action claims including obtaining more than $100 million in awards for afflicted elder and dependent adults in those actions
  • Obtained more than 50 million-dollar and million-dollar-plus results.

Do you have a Louisiana elder abuse lawyer near me?

Garcia & Artigliere represents victims of elder abuse across Louisiana. Our New Orleans office is located at 400 Poydras Street, Suite 2045. We represent clients in many other states, too. Nationwide, we recovered $50 million for our clients in 2022 alone. We’re ready from day one to assert the rights of seniors throughout Louisiana.

Get help now. Speak with a seasoned Louisiana elder abuse lawyer at Garcia & Artigliere today

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Louisiana elder abuse lawyers fight for seniors who are abused by caretakers, because the caretakers receive good compensation for their care. That means caretakers are supposed to protect the elderly not just by responding to abuse but by taking proactive measures to prevent abuse. To obtain justice for parents, siblings, and other seniors in your family, call or contact our offices now to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We proudly serve Louisiana. We also represent clients in California, Arizona, and Kentucky. There are no upfront costs. We handle elder abuse claims on a contingency fee basis.

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