Clients pay for and expect safety and supervision at long-term care facilities. The presenters will explain how insufficient staffing to supervise and meet residents’ needs, and inadequate training of staff/unqualified staff can lead to neglect of residents. Neglect can manifest in sexual assault by employees or third parties, among other injuries.
Avoidable Sexual Assault and Other Traumatic Injuries in Long-Term Care Facilities
Karman Guadagni, Esq.
Karman Guadagni is the Managing Partner at Stebner Gertler Guadagni & Kawamoto, a law firm specializing in elder abuse and neglect cases. Her practice primarily focuses on institutional elder abuse litigation, with an emphasis on litigating cases involving pressure ulcers, falls, sexual abuse and other serious injury and death cases against residential care facilities for the elderly and nursing homes throughout California. Karman is committed to advocating on behalf of the elderly, dependent adults and their families to compensate them for wrongs they have suffered and to fighting for reform within the long term care industry. She has achieved successful results for plaintiffs in trial, mediation and arbitration throughout California. Ms. Guadagni has been selected as a Rising Star among California’s Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2017, has served as a guest professor at Stanford Law in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to elder abuse and neglect. She is on the board of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and is the president of Friends of ECDC, a nonprofit benefitting Emeryville Child Development Center.
Deena Zacharin, Esq.
Deena Zacharin has been an associate attorney with Stebner Gertler Guadagni & Kawamoto since 2015, focusing on elder neglect and financial abuse cases. Prior to joining the firm, Deena practiced in the areas of trusts and estates and conservatorship, representing professional and nonprofessional conservators.