No one should have to experience abuse or mistreatment at the hands of someone they trust. Unfortunately for the aging population in Louisiana and across the U.S., the elderly are at risk of abuse perpetrated by caregivers at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or in their own homes by in-home care professionals and family members. This epidemic must be addressed.
The New Orleans elder abuse lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere are committed to fighting on behalf of elderly individuals and their families in cases involving all types of senior abuse and neglect. Led by senior attorney Stephen M. Garcia, our firm has a reputation for results in the most complex elder abuse cases across the United States. We have acted as counsel in cases resulting in over $1.3 billion in recoveries for the wronged and injured.
For a free, confidential review of your elder abuse claim, call (504) 608-4251. Se habla español.
What Is Elder Abuse?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines elder abuse as “…an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.” An older adult is a person aged 60 or older.
The five primary types of elder abuse are:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Financial abuse/exploitation
Consequences of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse may cause varying degrees of harm to a victim. Potential injuries may include:
- Emotional trauma
- Pressure sores (bedsores/decubitus ulcers)
- Fecal impaction
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Severe burns, lacerations, or contusions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic head injuries
These injuries can be caused by intentional physical contact such as hitting, striking, or slapping a victim, or they may result from negligence. In either scenario, the party who acted intentionally or negligently could be held accountable. Our New Orleans elder abuse attorneys can help you understand how liability (legal responsibility) works in these matters and who may be to blame.
Elder abuse is a serious problem that requires immediate intervention and aggressive legal representation. For the level of counsel you need, call (504) 608-4251 or contact us online.