Elder abuse and nursing home neglect claims involve a unique set of rules.
When a parent becomes unable to care for themselves due to the beginnings of early dementia, injuries or age, families often rely on nursing homes to provide dedicated, round-the-clock care. These Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are usually the best option for providing a high level of continuing care required by many elderly patients. However, when these SNFs fail to maintain or enforce high standards, patients may be subjected to abuse or neglect. The effects may be seen in the form of bedsores or dehydration, which may even lead to death.
Because the elderly are particularly vulnerable to illness, injury and coercion, special protections and laws at the federal, state and local levels have been put in place to protect them from elder abuse, and to hold those who harm them and the SNFs that employ those people liable. Bogaards Law has handled many of these types of cases and provides knowledgeable legal guidance if your mom or dad is the victim of elder abuse.
Elder abuse can happen through unintended negligence and sometimes intentional misconduct of staff in assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes or at the hands of at-home caregivers.
Bogaards Law attorneys understand the laws regarding how the residential care system operates and we know how to best represent your mom or dad in cases involving elder abuse and nursing home neglect. If you or your family member have experienced elder abuse, you don’t have to take on a large insurance provider alone. We have decades of experience and an extremely successful record in dealing with the insurance companies of the Skilled Nursing Facilities.
We know the pain and loss that comes when your mom or dad has been neglected in the very place you brought them to be taken care of. Bogaards Law has earned the reputation for tenacious and aggressive representation of elderly clients and their families while also being widely recognized for compassion, understanding, dignity, and respect toward them. Equally important, we have the expertise and resources needed to fight large institutions whose improper staffing and training, high turnover rates and lax procedures facilitate elder abuse and nursing home neglect.
We recently litigated a case referred to us by an attorney colleague. His mother died within a month of moving into an upscale assisted living facility in Marin County, as a result of the staff not giving her medication. We obtained a very significant settlement within three months of the claim, sparing the family further legal proceedings, and forcing the facility to upgrade its medication protocols.
Taking legal action to hold negligent care providers responsible for their actions can have benefits that reach far beyond a single case. In fact, an added benefit of successful elder abuse claims is that in addition to damages for family members for wrongful death, they often prompt better conditions within care facilities. A lawsuit can trigger a governmental audit, a comprehensive review of procedures, and new, safer patient care guidelines that can improve care and prevent future harm to other vulnerable residents.
If someone you love has bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition or has died because of elder abuse, Bogaards Law can help hold facilities and caregivers responsible. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced elder abuse attorney. You can also request a consultation by completing the contact form on our website. We will help you explore all legal remedies quickly and effectively.
Ms. Bogaards never backs down from a challenge, and her record shows it.
Female student was sexually abused by a male student at a local private middle school. The male student had abused other students in the past.
Disputed sexual molestation of high school male student by female teacher at private school.
Plaintiff was the executive assistant for the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company for only a few years. She was fired for absenteeism and poor work performance; however, plaintiff had a personal relationship with the CEO’s family and claimed that the personal relationship both interfered with her ability to do her office work and lead to her termination.
Court trial in Marin County for breach of plaintiff’s employment contract as an office manager. Plaintiff had both a personal and work relationship with employer, a medical doctor.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a client’s father at a skilled nursing facility due to neglect, dehydration, and open wounds. Case settled at early mediation.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a fellow attorney’s mother within a month of moving into an upscale care facility in Marin County, because she was not given medications. Expedited settlement within three months of claim.
Wrongful death of the 20-year-old daughter of Renee and Israel Morales in the San Bruno PG&E gas pipeline explosion, with co-counsel John Feder. We were the second case to go to mediation resulting in one of the highest settlements in history. We also accompanied Renee Morales to the PG&E criminal trial over 5 years later.
Wrongful death of 94 year old petite grandmother who ran out into traffic in the middle of the block between parked cars against a red light. Our accident reconstruction expert found no liability- zero-against the driver who hit her.
Partial finger amputation of 8-year-old boy with comparative fault.
Plaintiff was an 85-year-old man attending a weekly Rotary meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Livermore. He slipped on wet tiles and broke his femur in four places.
Plaintiff slipped and fell on nacho cheese on the floor at a U.S.F. basketball game, injuring his knee and resulting in arthroscopic surgery.
Wrist fracture arising out of pedestrian/auto accident, no surgery.
Carbon monoxide poisoning case where clients, living in a ranch home in west Marin County, had only one day of exposure and no residual symptoms.
Bicyclist suffered broken wrist injury requiring multiple surgeries in no liability case.
Race car professional suffered neuropathic leg pain when race car driver backed up into him, while standing at metal table in hangar.
Homeowner slips on unsecured tarp in her foyer after coming downstairs and sues her general contractor doing her kitchen remodel. Homeowner suffers a severe elbow injury with surgery.
Cyclist gets doored by rideshare car. Bruising and scarring near eye and hand.
Over 35 years of professional excellence
My mediation appointment with Ms. Bogaards was more than interesting as it was conducted exclusively by phone due to the health crisis. Despite this, it went smoothly and productively. The case settled within the allotted time frame due largely in part to Ms. Bogaards persistence but also her vast experience in personal injury work. It was obvious her defense and plaintiff’s background gave her credibility with both parties. All in all, it was all a very positive experience for a first-time use. She was prepared and knew the flash points needed to get this settled. It took time but it was due to the parties obstinance, which she dealt with professionally and civilly. I’ve known Ms. Bogaards over the years from having litigated with her in her role as a defense attorney. I thought this case was perfect for a Mediator with a defense background that also does plaintiff’s work, as she does. I was very impressed with her grasp of value as regards a plaintiff’s case. She was spot on regarding the values and issues. I would not hesitate to use her again and recommend her as a Mediator to all plaintiff’s attorneys who view her strictly as a former defense attorney. She is way more than that; very efficient, there was no wasted time.
Debra Bogaards is one of the most thorough, skilled and aggressive litigators in the Bay Area. She protects her clients and their interests like a mama bear to her cubs. I speak both as a client for whom Ms. Bogaards achieved an incredible result, and as a colleague who has worked beside Ms. Bogaards and has seen her diligence and thought process. Here skillset and tremendous presence and command, regardless of the forum, makes for a most fierce litigator. Ms. Bogaards is always my first recommendation to clients and friends seeking to protect their legal rights relating to personal injuries.
Look no further. Debra is an amazing lawyer and very thorough at her job. About a year ago, we came into contact with Debra because we were being harassed and kicked out by our landlord. Out of 5 lawyers we called Debra was the only one to answer and help us out immediately. The first time we called, her amazing assistant Rachel answered and began asking me questions in order to understand our case. She immediately began the process and before we knew it, we had a meeting with Debra. Debra is beyond amazing at her job. She is professional and knowledgeable in her profession. Apart from being a great lawyer, she is a caring person. We were going through a stressful time but Debra and her assistants, Rachel and Chelsea all made us feel welcomed and helped us forget for a moment the horrible landlord we had. Debra, Chelsea, and Rachel are outstanding and work together as an amazing team. We were beyond satisfied with the results we received and glad we chose Debra to represent us. We would recommend Debra in a heartbeat. She is unbelievably amazing in her profession and as a person.
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