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Notable Results Attained by Our Elder Abuse Attorneys

While we cannot guarantee any outcome, through our over 25 years in practice our attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere have secured outstanding results in elder abuse litigation across the United States. We have fought for verdicts and settlements that have changed our clients’ lives, helping them face more stable futures in the wake of serious instances of elder neglect and abuse. Take a moment to review some of our notable successes, or call our offices at (800) 328-2630 any time for a free, confidential consultation and find out how we can assist you.

  • $38.6 Million Settlement

    Elder Abuse

    Obtained a $38.6 million settlement, considered to be the largest Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act settlement (EADACPA) in California history.

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  • $5.4 Million Verdict

    Wrongful Death

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia persuaded a Fresno County jury to enter judgment for the wrongful death of a woman who came to a skilled nursing home for rehabilitation, but died of an untreated and ignored infection in her abdomen. The verdict included one of the top ten punitive damage awards in the state of California for a single year.
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  • $5.4 Million Verdict

    Sexual Abuse

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia successfully resolved a matter for an 87-year-old woman who was repeatedly sexually molested by the co-manager of a residential care facility. The co-manager had a long history of alleged sexual misconduct at the facility, but none of the incidents of elder abuse were reported to either Adult Protective Services or to the Department of Social Services. Upon discovery, the nursing home fired the co-manager and waited 8 days to report his actions to the police, giving him time to flee.
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  • $4.5 Million

    Nursing Home Abuse

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia settled a California class action for $4.5 million and an Oregon class action for $1 million against a nursing home chain. As part of the settlement, Mr. Garcia insisted the settlement include the appointment of an independent monitor, selected by Mr. Garcia, who would undertake quarterly inspections at select nursing homes operated by the company.
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  • $1.5 Million Verdict

    Wrongful Death

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia obtained a $1.5 million verdict for the family of a woman who died from more than 10 pressure sores, many of which were infected, black and necrotic. When she was brought into the hospital she was also suffering from diarrhea, vomiting and malnutrition. The coroner found her death to be caused by an infection of accumulated pressure sores.

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  • $1.3 Million Settlement

    Pressure Ulcers & Sores

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia obtained a judgment of more than $1.3 million against a residential care facility for elder abuse and wrongful death. The elderly resident was admitted after surgery for a fractured hip. She also suffered from Alzheimer’s dementia and a Stage I pressure sore.

    Due to lack of care, the resident’s bed sore was left unattended and turned into a Stage IV sore that became infected. The resident had a second fall and the nursing home refused to send her to the hospital. For five months the resident suffered severe pain until, at the family’s insistence, she was taken to the hospital and found to have fractured her hip in the second fall.

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  • Over $1.3 Million Verdict

    Wrongful Death

    An elderly man was severely neglected by nursing home staff members and died as a result of the facility’s chronic under-staffing and under-budgeting. While under the nursing home’s care, the patient suffered a fall, which led to an acute fracture of his left hip that caused various deformities and ultimately his death.
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  • Seven-Figure Settlement

    Nursing Home Abuse

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia obtained a seven-figure settlement for the family of a 71-year-old Korean War veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who disappeared from the Memory Care Unit of his nursing home in the middle of the night.

    The resident disappeared due to locks and alarms that had been malfunctioning for more than a month. Too, the nursing home’s inadequate staffing – one staff person to 25 Alzheimer residents – was in violation of state requirements. The man has never been found.

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  • $900,000 Verdict

    Pressure Ulcers & Sores

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia won a verdict of more than $900,000 for a 53-year-old dependent adult in a nursing home. The former PG&E lineman, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, had a gaping to-the-bone, football-sized pressure sore on his back. He had to undergo a colostomy due to lack of care. The state also found the nursing home to be “chronically understaffed” and gave it a class A citation.
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  • $899,000 Settlement

    Broken Bones & Fractures

    A patient with moderate dementia was admitted to La Habra Residential Care Facility and suffered repetitive and recurrent urinary tract infections as a result of the facility’s neglect. She suffered at least six to eight falls while a resident at the facility and the last fall resulted in four broken ribs. Additionally, the patient was force-fed a sandwich causing her to choke. The facility was understaffed in the care and treatment of the plaintiff.
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  • $849,000 Settlement

    Pressure Ulcers & Sores

    A sedentary elderly man, with no ability to turn or reposition himself, was ignored by the facility and staff, causing the development of Stage IV pressure ulcers that later became infected.
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  • $750,000 Settlement

    Elder Abuse

    A 64-year-old woman suffering from self-injurious behavior related to mental illness was admitted to a hospital where she sustained a broken neck that resulted in permanent paralysis to her body. Despite the fact that her status as a dependent adult required special supervision, which the hospital assured her family would be provided, she was attacked and assaulted by another patient, resulting in a broken neck and subsequent quadriplegia. The hospital then failed to report the injury to the woman’s family for several days, instead transferring her to a separate medical facility without their knowledge or permission.

    When the family finally learned of the assault and injury, they were informed by medical staff that her paralysis was permanent and she would never walk again. The woman’s family filed a complaint against the hospital, alleging that the assault and battery and resultant injuries were a direct result of the facility’s intentional strategy to increase profits by means of negligent hiring and supervision. Stephen M. Garcia, William M. Artigliere and David M. Medby of Garcia & Artigliere represented the plaintiffs, resulting in a $750,000 settlement.

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  • $450,000

    Broken Bones & Fractures

    Due to the ongoing ignorance of a residential care facility, a mentally challenged elderly patient suffered from pneumonia, multiple falls and significant injuries, including fractures that required surgery.
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    Wrongful Death

    Elder abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia obtained a successful outcome for an 82-year-old woman who after undergoing surgery for a hiatal hernia in a community hospital was transferred to a convalescent hospital for aftercare. Due to an untreated staph infection at the surgical site, the woman went into septic shock and was readmitted back into the community hospital.

    The hospital staff mixed up the order for a blood transfusion for another patient and gave it to the 82-year-old woman. On her death certificate, the coroner declared the cause “accidental death due to unauthorized blood transfusion.”

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  • Confidential

    Wrongful Death

    Elder Abuse attorney Stephen M. Garcia obtained a favorable outcome for an 87-year-old woman who died of burn injuries in an unexplained fire in a nursing home. The family was notified by the police that their mother had been lit on fire by either her suicide attempt or by another person.

    The woman, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, received second, third, and fourth degree burns over her back, buttocks, and pelvic areas, and she had an unexplained laceration and bruises on her forehead. The woman died three days after the fire.

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