Elder Abuse

Elderly woman in residential facility falls. $4.3M. Los Angeles County.

Patient neglect is claimed when woman suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s suffers repeated falls in nursing home.


  • Case Name: Arcelia Martinez v. Shlomo Rechnitz; San Gabriel Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP; G4 Wellness GP, LLC; Rockport Administrative Services, LLC; Steven Stroll
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Disabled adult dies when left in hot vehicle. $5.5M. Los Angeles County.

Mentally disabled adult is left in vehicle by transportation service; transport settles, but residential care facility is sued as comparatively liable.

  • Case Name: Irene Melendez v. Emanuel Arellano et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, June 10, 2022

Ten residents claim elder abuse and neglect at nursing home. $13.5M. Alameda County.

Operator of Bay Area nursing home is found liable for multiple injuries and deaths owing to elder abuse and neglect.

  • Case Name: Ledesma, et al. v. Mariner Health Care, Inc., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Elderly woman develops pressure ulcer during hospitalization after fall. $1.7M. Butte County.

Hospital staff fails to follow procedures.

  • Case Name: Patsy Newton v. Enloe Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Negligence claimed at residential care facility. $5.5M. Los Angeles County.

Untrained staff was assisting resident at residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE).

  • Case Name: M. Sherrill Phillips, by and through her Guardian Ad Litem, Lydia Phillips v. AvantGarde Senior Living, A California Corporation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Breach of care and negligence claimed in residential facility for elderly (RCFE). $2M. Los Angeles County.

Elderly Parkinson's patient, a man with a long and distinguished corporate career, receives care that violates Patient's Bill of Rights in residential care facility.

  • Case Name: Milton Glass et al v. Whills LLC, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Elder dies in memory care facility after repeatedly receiving sedative; $42.5M. Sacramento County.

Over-sedation is blamed when elderly plaintiff chokes on food, dies.

  • Case Name: Barbara Lovenstein, et al. v. Eskaton Fountainwood Lodge, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Elder abuse: Trustee's changes to trust prior to mother's death are challenged. $1.15M. San Francisco County.

  • Case Name: In Re: Trust of Delia I. Palma, Deceased: Delia M. Palma-Hauser, Petitioner, v. James C. Palma, individually and James C. Palma as Trustee of the Delia I. Palma Revocable Living Trust
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Elder abuse claimed in treatment of 80-year-old in poor health. Defense. Los Angeles County.

Man fractures arm, is admitted to hospital with numerous other life-threatening medical conditions. Sores on face and lower back lead to claim of elder abuse.

  • Case Name: Haroutunyan v. CHA Hollywood Medical Center, LP dba Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, October 27, 2017

Aspiration warnings for 73-year-old hospital patient ignored by staff. $1.7M. Los Angeles County.

Medical negligence by nursing staff is blamed for death when patient aspirates food in rehab program after neck surgery.

  • Case Name: Higgins v. Providence Health System – Southern California dba Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 14, 2017

Lawyer, others promise home loan modifications. Fraud. $96K. Orange County.

A lawyer, now disbarred, and his associates offer home loan modification services, but don't perform after taking plaintiffs' money.

  • Case Name: Atilano Villalon et al. v. Gary Lee Lane, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Real estate loans go sour and senior woman blames long-time broker. $1.18 million. U.S. Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

64-year-old instructs long-time realty broker/financial advisor to sell her rental properties; instead, he refinances properties and invests proceeds in real estate loans that go bad. $1.18 million verdict includes punitives.

  • Case Name: Andre v. John Roe real estate broker
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 20, 2014

$27 million awarded against assisted-living facility for negligence in care of Alzheimer's patient. Sacramento County.

Alzheimer's patient, 81, suffers a severe decline in her physical health after only three months in assisted-living facility. Jury awards $27 million, mostly punitive damages.

  • Case Name: Joan Boice, et al v. Emeritus Corporation
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, March 07, 2013

Relatives ordered to transfer home and pay $34,375 in elder abuse case. Ventura County.

Elderly mother’s home is purchased with her money but placed in daughter and son-in-law's names; they delay or refuse transfer of home until the court orders transfer of deed nunc pro tunc and awards $34,375.

  • Case Name: Untalan v. Gutierrez
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nursing home staff fails to follow procedures to prevent pressure sores. Wrongful death. $1.6M arbitration award.

Nursing home fails to turn patient over regularly, bed sores develop and become fatal.

  • Case Name: Porter v. Country Villa Huntington Drive Healthcare Center, et al.