Event Details

Elder Abuse: Recognizing Cases Against Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities and How to Prove Them

This course will focus on recognizing potential elder abuse cases against both skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. It will also outline the significant litigation advantages elder abuse cases have as opposed to typical medical malpractice cases. It will further discuss theories of liability on how to prove up an elder abuse case in several settings including pressure ulcers, medication errors, falls, staffing shortages, UTIs, and sepsis. This course will further provide an outline on how to use the industry’s many regulations to your advantage and compare the significant pros and cons of cases against skilled nursing facilities versus assisted living facilities. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify potential elder abuse cases and how to differentiate an elder abuse from a medical malpractice case. 
  • List ways to prove up an elder abuse case in several classic elder abuse settings. 
  • Differentiate the advantages of litigating cases against a skilled nursing facility as opposed to an assisted living facility. 


Registrations must be received by 3 pm on 9/25/24. Late registrations will be admitted as space allows or added to a waitlist. Unfortunately, we cannot consider refunds after this time.

For the comfort of our guests, a limited number of in-person seats are available. If you wish to attend in-person, we suggest notifying our office at your earliest convenience to reserve your seat. Walk-ins will be admitted as space allows. In-person registrations expire at the start of the presentation. We do ask that you arrive promptly; otherwise your reserved seat may be given to a walk-in attendee. All registrations are assumed to be remote unless otherwise stated. To reserve your seat for the in-person option, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org or (707) 542-1190 ext. 100 to transfer your remote registration to in-person.  


Brian Lance

Brian Lance
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery

Brian Lance’s entire legal career has been dedicated to representing people who have been harmed by others. Brian is a trial lawyer and has tried numerous jury trials and arbitrations. 

Brian has experience in a wide array of cases involving product liability, catastrophic injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, elder abuse, trucking collisions, public entities, and traumatic brain injuries. More specifically, Brian has extensive experience in elder abuse cases against nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Brian has unique, personal experience in the nursing home and assisted living industries, as his family operated several nursing homes in California for over 75 years. 

Brian has received numerous accolades by nationally respected legal peer review organizations. He’s been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney in the Civil Plaintiff Division since 2017, a limited invitation extended exclusively to lawyers under the age of 40 that embody the highest standard of trial advocacy and leadership. Brian has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers since 2022, and was selected as a "Ones to Watch" by the Best Lawyers in America in 2023.

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