Elder Physical Abuse


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Pasadena Lawyers Handling Claims of Physical Abuse of the Elderly

Strong advocacy when caretakers use or threaten to use force on your loved one

Physical abuse of any senior is unconscionable. Yet, it does happen at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and even when caretakers are in a senior’s home. While some physical abuse is due to intentional cruelty, it often occurs because the abuser isn’t trained or is overworked – and because the caretaker facility or agency failed to train the abuser or implement strategies to prevent physical abuse. At Garcia & Artigliere, our Pasadena elder abuse lawyers move aggressively to notify the caretaker, work with adult protective services, and speak with local law enforcement officials. We’re skilled at holding the abuser and the caretaker liable for their horrific conduct. To protect your loved one, contact us today. We have more than 150 years of combined experience fighting for the elderly.


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What is physical abuse?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines physical abuse of the elderly as “illness, pain, injury, functional impairment, distress, or death as a result of the intentional use of physical force.” Examples of physical abuse include slapping, punching, burning, pushing, or kicking a senior. Physical abuse also includes the use of chemical or physical restraints without medical approval and denying a senior their medications, food, or essential daily needs. Physical abuse also includes sexual abuse.

Many of the victims of physical abuse are seniors with physical or cognitive disorders.

What signs that your loved one has been physically abused should you look for?

Family and friends should try to visit their loved ones as much as possible for the social and emotional joy meeting in person brings and an opportunity to look at and ask questions of your loved one. These personal connections can provide evidence that your mom, dad, grandparent, or another relative is suffering from any type of physical abuse.

Some of the signs of physical abuse of the elderly in Pasadena include:

  • Broken arms, legs, or other types of fractures
  • Cuts, bruises, and bleeding
  • Mood changes
  • Complaints of pain
  • Fear of a staff member or anyone else
  • Untreated infections or illnesses
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Nonparticipation in activities your loved one used to enjoy
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety, irritability, or depression
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • ER care
  • Sudden death

What are the causes of physical abuse of the elderly in Pasadena?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Pasadena physical abuse attorneys understand the unique challenges involved with physical injuries of the elderly. We work with local law enforcement, adult protective agencies, nursing homes, and caretaker professionals to show what type of physical abuse happened – and what your loved one’s caretaker should have done to prevent the abuse.

Some of the reasons the elderly are abused include:

  • The abuser possesses the following characteristics:
    • Is a cruel or violent person
    • Has alcohol or drug substance abuse problems
    • Lacks the skills, education, and compassion to work with the elderly who have physical, emotional, or cognitive difficulties
  • The caretaker (a long-term care facility, short-term care facility, in-home agency, or any other caretaker) failed to:
    • Employ enough staff members
    • Train and educate the staff members about how to help the elderly who are having cognitive, emotional, or physical difficulties
    • Explain the do’s and don’ts of elder care in Pasadena
    • Develop individualized private care plans
    • Have protocols in place to prevent, monitor, and respond to any acts of physical abuse
    • Conduct background checks
    • Discipline or fire staff members who abuse the elderly
    • Contact local law enforcement, the local or state long-term care ombudsman, and/or local adult protective services
    • Provide prompt medical care
    • Comply with caretaker best practices
    • Comply with federal and California laws

We coordinate your loved one’s personal injury case with any criminal charges that are filed.

What injuries occur when a senior is physically abused in Pasadena?

Many seniors already have physical problems like difficulty with balance or problems hearing, seeing, eating, and sleeping. Generally, the elderly need much more time to heal than younger Pasadena residents.

Our Pasadena physical abuse of the lawyers work with physicians who are skilled at helping seniors who have sustained:

  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries or head trauma
  • Breathing disorders
  • Heart disorders such as stroke
  • Burns
  • Muscle, nerve, tendon, or ligament damage
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Loss of confidence, trust, and quality of life

What is a senior’s physical abuse claim worth in California?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Pasadena physical abuse lawyers demand full compensation for any senior who is physically abused. We may also seek punitive damages to send a message to the wrongdoers that physical abuse of a senior is unconscionable. We’ve obtained more than $3 billion in recoveries for our clients, many of whom are seniors.

We pursue compensation for the current and future damages of each senior we represent, such as:

  • The cost of medical care, including doctor visits, hospitalizations, rehabilitative therapy, and psychological counseling
  • The senior’s daily physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Any loss of bodily function
  • The inability to fully enjoy the rest of their life
  • Any scarring or disfigurement

We also file wrongful death actions if caretaker abuse takes the life of your loved one. The damages in these claims include burial and funeral costs, any financial damages such as the loss of an inheritance, and the loss of love and guidance your loved one would have provided each family member.

When does the senior need to file their Pasadena physical abuse claim?

Pasadena physical abuse actions should be filed within two years from the date of the abuse.

Don’t wait. The abuse needs to stop now. The pain needs to stop now. It’s critical that we speak to the senior you care for and everyone else involved as quickly as possible.

Do you have a Pasadena physical abuse lawyer near me?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our elder abuse lawyers consult with physically abused seniors and their families throughout California. We have several California locations, see seniors at locations that are convenient for them if they can’t come to our office, and also conduct consultations by phone and through video.

We’ll explain how to file claims and what happens afterward. We understand the unique challenges involved in representing seniors who may be in fear and may have physical or cognitive impairments.

Speak with an experienced Pasadena physical abuse lawyer at Garcia & Artigliere today

At Garcia & Artigliere, our elder abuse attorneys are skilled at proving who abused your loved one and stopping the nursing home, long-term care facility, home-health agency, or other caretaker from further abuse. We demand full compensation for your loved one’s physical injuries and emotional distress. In 2022 alone, we obtained more than $50 million for our California clients.

Call us or fill out our contact form now to schedule a free, confidential consultation to hold abusers and caretakers accountable. We represent the elderly in Pasadena, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and across California as well as seniors in Arizona, Kentucky, and Louisiana. Physical abuse claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning unless you receive an award, we don’t collect a fee.

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