Factors of Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Aug 29, 2019 in Nursing Home Abuse
Not all abuse is physical. Emotional abuse can be just as degrading and damaging to a person’s health. If your elderly loved one has experienced emotional abuse in his or her nursing home facility, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit.
The experienced Milwaukee nursing home abuse attorneys at PKSD are here to help. We may be able to assist you in investigating the nursing home and getting your loved one justice. Call us for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more.
What Is Emotional Abuse?
Emotional abuse happens when a person causes unnecessary psychological harm to another, putting him or her in mental distress, emotional pain or anguish. Emotional abuse typically involves someone using their power to isolate, scare or intimidate the victim. When verbal abuse occurs in a nursing home, the effects are often devastating due to the inherent power imbalance between the nursing home resident and caretaker.
Emotional abuse is one of the most common types of nursing home abuse due to its ease to perpetrate and its difficulty in proving. Patients with cognitive impairment are at particular risk because they may not be able to adequately describe what is happening.
Common examples of emotional abuse include:
- Threatening the patient
- Humiliating the patient
- Isolating the patient from others
- Terrorizing or menacing the patient
- Insulting the patient
- Yelling at the patient
Emotional abuse may also happen in front of the patient’s peers when a caretaker shames, mocks or forces them to participate in demeaning behavior.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
You may be able to pinpoint emotional abuse from your loved one’s behavior. Changes in personality and actions is the first warning sign that something is off. Look for these common signs of emotional abuse:
- Low self esteem
- Sudden mood swings
- Gets easily agitated or upset
- Avoids eye contact
- Expresses feelings of hopelessness or fear
- Loss of weight
- Changes in hygiene
- Changes of eating habits
- Lashes out violently
- Shows signs of depression and confusion
Steps to Take if Your Loved One Is Being Abused
If you believe that your loved one is being abused, you should attempt to talk to your loved one to learn more. If you believe your loved one is being abused, contact the authorities. Call 9-1-1 or contact a local adult protective services agency. You can contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 to find local organizations that can help.
Take your loved one to a doctor to properly diagnose any problems. Follow all the doctor’s orders, then contact a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Assistance
The nursing home abuse lawyers at PKSD are ready to assist you. Our team has helped many victims of nursing home abuse obtain compensation. If you have a valid case and choose to be represented by our firm, we can. If you have a valid case, we can investigate the facility, interview witnesses and gather evidence to support your claim.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your claim and do not charge for our services until we successfully obtain compensation on your loved one’s behalf.
Call us today at 877-877-2228.