The elder abuse attorneys at The Gebler Firm, PC, have a long record of success in holding to account negligent nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. We are passionate about our work because we care deeply for our clients and their families. There is no excuse for elder abuse, and we fight every day to put a stop to it.
The following is a sampling of cases we have handled:
Robert — a dependent adult who underwent surgery at the hands of an unqualified physician who was employed by a hospital touting an allegedly new, minimally invasive technique for performing surgery. The unqualified surgeon cut into the patient's brain stem, and the patient was left in a semi-vegetative state for life. Settlement was achieved with both the physician and hospital for an amount in excess of $3 million.
Gladys — a 90-year-old lady who was a resident of a nursing home. When her Medicare benefits ran out and she became a Medi-Cal recipient, she was moved to a section of the nursing home farthest away from the nursing station that was staffed with the most inexperienced nurses. In a 30-day period of time she went from a vibrant, socially interactive elderly lady to a bedridden, non-communicative hermit. Her family asked every day about how much she was eating and drinking, and they were informed that she was eating 75-100 percent of all her meals and drinking plenty of water. When her family finally insisted on her transfer to an acute hospital, they were informed that she weighed only 90 pounds (from 121) the month prior. She was so severely dehydrated that her kidneys stopped functioning and she had a severe urinary tract infection that had entered her bloodstream. She died two days later of overwhelming sepsis, starvation and dehydration. The case was settled on behalf of her surviving children for wrongful death/elder abuse in excess of $750,000.