Case Study – Caregiver Abuse
The children of their 91-year old mother reached out to assess what if any rights they had against the in-home care agency they had vetted for their mother's care once they realized their mother's credit card had been charged over $30,000! After an investigation, we realized that the company had placed a convicted felon in her home even though they falsely advertised and assured my clients that they did a thorough background check on all of their employees. Yet for this one, the agency "missed" that this gal was a convicted drug-trafficking felon. We also discovered that the caregiver had grossly neglected the elder by leaving her home alone for hours on end. Even after the caregiver pled guilty to criminal elder-abuse charges, the company refused to reimburse the mother for her losses. After obtaining valuable evidence through investigation, contentious discovery, and motion practice, the parties settled on confidential terms. The California Legislature recognized this elder's plight in a state-wide report lobbying for in-home care provider regulations to allow elders to enjoy their golden years in their own homes.