We represent victims or their families in cases of abuse or neglect by hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and other care providers.  The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) protects elders (persons at least 65 years old) and dependent adults from such mistreatment by encouraging lawyers to sue on their behalf.  Before EADACPA, wrongdoers often avoided responsibility for their acts by stonewalling claims until elderly victims passed away, at which point such lawsuits lost most of their value.  EADACPA eliminated this loophole, and holds bad actors responsible even for those who die as a result of very bad care.


We have extensive experience with suits against those who abuse or neglect California’s elders and dependent adults.  In addition to suits against private care providers, we pursue arbitration against Kaiser Permanente and claims against government-owned hospitals and the Veterans Administration. We also handle similar claims by dependent adults of any age, as well as medical malpractice claims in general.

If you or your loved one were hurt in an elder-care setting, there is a good chance we can help.  We work on contingency, which means we bear the costs of cases we pursue and are not paid a fee or reimbursed costs unless we obtain compensation for you. Please explore our site to learn more about what we do, what your options are, how to contact us, and what role you can play in improving elder and dependent adult care.

The Big Lie, and Common Types of Injuries

Families with elderly loved ones too often are told to have low expectations regarding an elder’s condition and care.  “Falls are bound to happen,” they are told, “we can’t force mom to eat,” and “pneumonia is the old person’s friend.” For example, having been told their loved one died of “end-stage Alzheimer’s disease” in less than one year, many families are shocked to learn that on average, death from Alzheimer’s occurs over a period of five to seven years.  Too often it is poor care that caused a loved one’s death.

Malnutrition, Dehydration

Failure to help patients eat and drink can lead to weight-loss and other injuries.

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Bedsores, Amputations

Skin wounds, often on a patient's backside or feet, can and should be prevented.

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Falls and Fractures

Caregivers have a duty to monitor, help and protect patients who wander or walk unsafely.

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Anthony Ghecea

Lawyer (aghecea@goodwinghecea.com)


University of Michigan Law School
  • Juris Doctor 1996
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honors English, 1994
Past Legal Experience
  • Law Office of Anthony D. Ghecea, 2004 – 2018
  • Law Office of David M. Jamieson, 1997 – 2004
Gregory Goodwin

Lawyer (ggoodwin@goodwinghecea.com)


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Juris Doctor, with great distinction, 1983
  • Top 3% of the Class
  • Order of the Coif
  • The Traynor Honor Society
California State University at Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal of Justice, 1978
Past Legal Experience
  • Law Offices of Gregory J. Goodwin, 1998 – 2016
  • Thayer, Harvey, Hodder & Gregerson, 1993 – 1998
  • Cardozo, Curtis & Arata, 1988 – 1993
  • Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe, 1983 – 1988
Kulbir Kaur

Paralegal (kkaur@goodwinghecea.com)


Kaplan University
  • Bachelor of Science, Paralegal Studies, 2012
University of Phoenix
  • Associate of Arts, Business Management, 2010
Past Work Experience
  • Law Office of Michael Heath, 2014 – 2018
  • Gillis Law Office, 2010 – 2014
Tina Acosta

Legal Secretary (tacosta@goodwinghecea.com)


Humphreys College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Paralegal Studies, 2009
  • Associate of Arts, Legal Office Administration, 2007
Past Work Experience
  • Law Office of Brian Lafferty, 2016 – 2018
  • Kroloff, Belcher, et al., 2015 – 2018
  • Borton, Petrini, 2014
  • Moorad, Clark & Stewart, 2010 – 2013
Marisa Rey

Project Manager (mrey@goodwinghecea.com)


University of California – Los Angeles
  • Project Management Certification, 1999
  • California State University – Northridge
  • Bachelor of Arts, Research Psychology, 1994
Past Work Experience
  • Kaiser Permanente, Health Care Finance, 1998 – 2001


Litigation is a long process. Before we decide to pursue your claim, and even moreso after, there will be long periods when we are working on your case but you may not hear much from us. Though we may not yet have much to report, please do not hesitate to call at any time for an update.

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Attorneys in practice since 1983

Elder Litigation 101

Lawsuit vs Licensing

Couple in doctor's office frowning

Learn your options for holding care providers accountable, and when to use them.

Who is Entitled to Sue?


The person who calls our office about a lawsuit isn’t always a person eligible to participate in the case.

Types of Claims and Damages


The causes of action in a lawsuit determine the types of damages that the suing party may obtain.

How Wrongdoers Get Off


Like criminal defendants, care homes will look for technical grounds to have your case against them thrown out.

How Lawyers Investigate


At some point our office will call you seeking information, documents, or a date for your deposition.

The Tough Road to Compensation


Knowing the issues that affect your case’s value can help you assess what reasonable compensation would be.

Protecting Your Award From Liens


Third parties that pay for an elder’s care may try to seek reimbursement against your case.

Getting Good Care

getting good care

We’ve learned a little about what it takes to get good elder care. Here are some tips.

No costs or fees if no recovery