»   Elder Abuse Case Includes Involuntary Manslaughter

Elder Abuse Case Includes Involuntary Manslaughter

Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – In Sacramento, the operator of an elder-care facility is currently facing felony charges after the death of a resident.

The owner of Super Home Care, Silvia Cata, was arrested and charged with felony charges of elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter regarding the death of a woman in her care.

The resident, Georgia Holzmeister, was 88. She had dementia and received care at Super Home Care since 2007. She died from severe bedsores which resulted in sepsis, a toxic response to bacteria or germs. While bedsores can be difficult to avoid entirely, the emergency room doctor who treated her later told investigators that Holzmeister's bedsores were typed Stage 4, among the worst he had ever witnessed.

"This is believed to be the first time California's Department of Justice has filed manslaughter charges against an elder-care caregiver regarding resident care," stated Palo Alto elder law attorney Michael Gilfix.

California has rarely pursued criminal prosecution of elder care workers. Allegations of elder abuse and neglect are typically handled in civil court. Cata faces get as much as 12 years in prison if convicted. Two additional allegations are that the victim suffered "great bodily injury" and the abuse she suffered caused her death. An involuntary manslaughter conviction carries a maximum of four years. Cata is currently in the Sacramento County Jail, in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Cata, her spouse and her adult daughter were listed as Holzmeister's caregivers. Cata has been licensed in California to operate a residential elder care facility since 1996. Though she is licensed to care for as many as six individuals, she stated that she usually cares for two or three residents. Previously, Cata was cited by state licensing officials for dispensing over-the-counter medication without medical orders, poor record keeping, and caring for a resident who was found to need a higher level of skilled nursing care. Holzmeister's family paid between $2,000 and $2,800 monthly for her care.

Individuals who suspect elder abuse or neglect can speak with an elder law attorney to pursue any concerns. It is not necessary to have proof of neglect or abuse; anyone with any concern that there may be abuse is encouraged to file a complaint so that an investigation can begin.

To learn more, visit Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP at http://www.gilfix.com/.

Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP
2300 Geng Rd., Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Telephone: (650) 493-8070

Facebook: Like Us!

  • Thank You for the Amazing Turnout at Our Estate Planning Seminars!
    Gilfix & La Poll would like to thank everyone who attended our recent Asset Protection and Estate Planning seminars in Palo Alto, California. We also would like to thank our good friend, Len Tillem, for being a part of the afternoon session. (We apologize to all who wanted to attend the afternoon session with Len […]
  • Gilfix & La Poll to hold living trust seminar with special guest Len Tillem
    Attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates will present a seminar titled “A Unique Living Trust Seminar: How to Protect Family Assets” on October 28 at the Crowne Plaza in Palo Alto, California. Attorney and radio personality Len Tillem has been invited to speak at the event as a special guest during the […]
  • A Warning About Ads to “Fix” Your Trust
    Dear Friends, You may have seen ads running in the Mercury News and perhaps other media outlets for Trust Seminars presented by a San Diego-based law firm. These specific ads attempt to entice you by promising a “free kindle” and a “free dinner” for those who attend the seminars they are giving while they visit the […]
  • Gilfix & La Poll presents estate and long term care seminar at Avenidas Center
    On September 10, 2015, attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates presented a seminar on living trusts and asset protection in the face of long-term care. The workshop was held in partnership with the Avenidas Senior Center in Palo Alto, California. Titled “Your Estate Planning and Long-Term Care Checkup – […]
  • Survey reveals more than one-third of wealthy individuals lack estate plans
    The CNBC Millionaire Survey has found that 38 percent of 750 millionaires surveyed have not consulted a financial expert to establish an estate plan. The poll conducted by Spectrem Group for CNBC revealed estate planning was the most prevalent among individuals with investable assets amounting to at least $5 million, with 68 percent having worked […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , , ,

Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required