Elder Abuse


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Metairie Elder Abuse Lawyers

Help when a loved one has suffered abuse, from experienced Metairie elder abuse attorneys

Elder abuse is a heinous crime, and navigating an elder abuse case requires both compassion and experienced legal understanding. At Garcia & Artigliere, our Metairie elder abuse lawyers commit themselves to holding the right parties responsible when your senior loved one has been injured or harmed. If you or a loved one have been a victim of elder abuse, it’s important to talk to our attorneys today to find out your options. You can trust the lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere to provide the guidance and support you need to seek justice, compensation, and a safer environment for all senior citizens.


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What is elder abuse?

The CDC states that elder abuse is “an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. An older adult is someone age 60 or older. The abuse occurs at the hands of a caregiver or a person the elder trusts.”

The National Institute on Aging notes that “Abuse can happen anywhere, including in the older person’s home, a family member’s home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home. The mistreatment of older adults can be by family members, strangers, health care providers, caregivers, or friends.”

There are many different types of elder abuse, including:

The CDC also points out the fact that elder abuse is common, and is experienced by about one in every 10 people aged 60 and older who live at home. They also note that “From 2002 to 2016, more than 643,000 older adults were treated in the emergency department for nonfatal assaults and over 19,000 homicides occurred.”

If your loved one is facing any type of nursing home abuse, it’s important to talk to our Metairie elder abuse attorneys right away.

Why does elder abuse happen in Metairie?

Elder abuse happens for a wide variety of reasons and factors. These include:

  • Understaffing
  • Poor training
  • Burnout
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Financial stress
  • Family conflicts
  • Power imbalances
  • Neglectful family members
  • Lack of oversight

Elder abuse is never the fault of the victim. If you believe your loved one is being abused, get in touch with one of our compassionate Metairie elder abuse lawyers as soon as possible. We will start working on your case immediately and, if necessary, help remove your loved one from an unsafe situation.

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What are the signs of elder abuse?

You can help your loved one by keeping an eye out for signs and symptoms of elder abuse. This is even more important if your loved one is in a nursing home or long-term care facility. These signs can include:

Physical abuse

  • Unexplained bruises, burns, cuts, broken bones, or pressure sores.
  • Hesitation to explain injuries or inconsistent explanations.
  • Fear of the caregiver or reluctance to be alone with them.
  • Difficulty walking or moving normally.

Emotional/psychological abuse

  • Sudden changes in mood or behavior, like depression, anxiety, or withdrawal.
  • Fearfulness or nervousness around certain people.
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Unusual changes in sleeping or eating patterns.
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies.


  • Poor hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration, or bedsores.
  • Untreated medical conditions or inadequate medical care.
  • Unsafe living conditions, like lack of food, heat, or sanitation.
  • Isolation from friends and family.

Sexual abuse

  • Unexplained genital bleeding or bruising.
  • Difficulty walking or sitting normally.
  • Withdrawal from physical contact.
  • Fear or anxiety around certain people.
  • Changed sexual behavior or knowledge.

It's important to remember that the presence of just one sign doesn't necessarily mean abuse is happening. However, if you notice several signs or have a gut feeling something is wrong, it's important to take action. Our Metairie elder abuse lawyers can help.

Who is liable for my Metairie elder abuse claim?

There are a wide range of people and parties who may be liable for your Metairie elder abuse claim. Determining liability can be complex, and our attorneys work diligently to identify all responsible parties. Following are some of the potential people and parties who can be held liable for your elder abuse claim:

  • Caregivers: This includes family members, paid home care professionals, nursing home staff, or anyone else entrusted with the care of the elder. They can be liable for physical, emotional, financial, or negligent abuse.
  • Institutional facilitiesNursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other care institutions can be held liable for abuse or neglect if they fail to provide adequate care or protect the resident from harm.
  • Third parties: In some cases, third parties like neighbors, friends, or even strangers can be liable for abusing an elder.

Our Metairie elder abuse lawyers can help you understand your options and move forward with a lawsuit, should that be deemed appropriate. At Garcia & Artigliere, we help you gather the evidence you need, navigate legal processes, and advocate for the rights of your loved one.

What is the value of my Metairie elder abuse claim?

Elder abuse claims are not one-size-fits-all, and the value of your claim generally depends on a variety of factors. These factors include:

  • Nature and severity of the abuse: The type and severity of the abuse suffered by your loved one can significantly impact the value of the claim. Abuse can take various forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and more.
  • Damages incurred: Damages in an elder abuse claim can include economic damages (such as medical expenses, lost income, and costs of therapy or rehabilitation) and non-economic damages (such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life).
  • Duration of the abuse: The duration over which the abuse occurred can also affect the value of the claim. Chronic or prolonged abuse may result in more significant damages.
  • Evidence: This may include medical records documenting injuries, eyewitness testimony, documentation of financial transactions, photographs, and any other relevant evidence.

When we take your case, our experienced elder abuse attorneys in Metairie can determine the specific value of your claim, help gather evidence, and assess the damages suffered by your loved one.

Do you have a Metairie elder abuse attorney near me?

Garcia & Artigliere has offices at 400 Poydras Street, Suite 2045, New Orleans, LA 70130. We can also arrange video calls or off-site visits if you are unable to travel due to your condition.

Metairie elder abuse lawyers working for your family

The dedicated team of Metairie elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere is here to advocate for justice and ensure that those who prey on our seniors are held accountable. With compassion and expertise, we'll guide you through the legal process, seeking compensation and restitution for the harm done to your loved one. When you need help, call our offices or contact us today to set up a free consultation.