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!
- Why young adults should consider estate planning
Under California law, once a child turns 18 years of age they are viewed as an adult. Entering adulthood involves taking steps to prepare for the unexpected, whether it is a sudden illness or a serious accident. No one likes to think of themselves in such terrible circumstances in which they are unable to make […]
- Smartphone app helps nonverbal children communicate through symbols
Predictive typing firm SwiftKey has launched a smartphone app that aims to provide special needs children with an easier way to communicate. SwiftKey Symbols is described as an assistive symbol-based communication app specially designed for children with autism and other learning difficulties. It can be used by other nonverbal individuals as well. The company’s contextual […]
- California caregiver law aims to prevent elder abuse
The law seeks to enhance the safety of elderly and disabled people who receive private home care services from a caregiver who assists them with daily tasks. Senior citizens can often be vulnerable to abuse, whether it is physical, sexual, mental or financial. Elder abuse can happen not just in a nursing home or other […]
- Robin Williams’ family battles over estate
Robin Williams’ widow Susan Williams settled out of court a lawsuit over the late actor’s estate last year. The highly publicized dispute with his children revolved around an estate worth an estimated $100 million. Disagreements over trusts and wills between family members tend to be fraught with strong emotions and can quickly escalate. Although a […]
- Michael Gilfix, National Experts Form Trump Policy Analysis Group
THE TRUMP POLICY ANALYSIS GROUP (TPAG) – FOCUSING ON OLDER AMERICANS AND THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS The Trump Policy Analysis Group (TPAG)1 has convened to consider probable changes in law that will affect older Americans and those with special needs. Initial TPAG focus is on entitlements, public benefits, tax, special needs planning, and veterans’ benefits. […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: palo alto elder law attorney, palo alto elder law lawyer, palo alto estate planning attorney, palo alto estate planning lawyer, palo alto estate tax lawyer, palo alto gift tax attorney, Palo alto gift tax lawyer