Cost: $75 PFAC Member – $105 Non-Member
Speaker: Deena Zacharin, Esq. and Karman Guadagni, Esq.
CEU Awarded: 1.5 CE/MCLE Practice Management
Presented Date: 07/20/2020
For the elderly, injuries may appear to be simply an outcome of age-related health failure. However, clients pay for safety and supervision at assisted living and other long-term care facilities. Injuries are often a result of the failure of the facility to provide the care your client is paying for. The presenters will explain how insufficient staffing to supervise and meet residents’ needs, inadequate training of staff/unqualified staff, and adverse budgetary considerations can lead to neglect of residents. Neglect can manifest as bedsores, falls, elopement, and sexual assault, among other injuries.
Deena Zacharin has been an associate attorney with Stebner and Associates 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 non-professional conservators; she continues to serve as a court-appointed attorney in probate conservatorships in San Francisco County. Deena is an affiliate member of PFAC.
Karman Guadagni is the Managing Attorney at Stebner and Associates, 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.