Our loved ones should be safe in a nursing home or an in-home care setting. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is not uncommon, though it can take on many forms. Often, the abuse of the elderly in a nursing home is physical in nature. However, nursing home residents can also suffer from emotional abuse from staff members. At JML Law, we are standing by to help if you need a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney. Our team will investigate your case, determine liability, and help secure any compensation you and your loved one are entitled to.
Understanding emotional elder abuse in Los Angeles
When the National Council on aging says that approximately one out of every ten people over the age of 65 will endure elder abuse each year in this country, most people immediately think of physical abuse. However, physical abuse is only one form of abuse that the elderly endure. Just as damaging to a person’s well being is emotional abuse.
Elder psychological and emotional abuse is the “verbal or non-verbal infliction of emotional or mental anguish.” In most situations of emotional elder abuse, and abuser repeats their pattern of behavior over long periods of time with the goal of controlling their victim. Some of the most common examples of elder emotional and psychological abuse that our attorneys help clients with include the following:
- Denying a person their right to visitors (nursing home setting)
- Threatening an elderly person with physical harm unless they obey
- Humiliating an elderly person by calling them names
- Treating an elderly person like a child
- Threatening to deny the elderly person food, water, or basic necessities
- Isolating an elderly person in their room
The emotional and psychological abuse of the elderly can happen anywhere that older adults receive care and services from other individuals. This can include nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. In-home caregivers can also perpetuate the neglect and abuse of elderly victims. Unfortunately, even family members are often found to be the perpetrators of elder emotional abuse.
Signs and symptoms of emotional elder abuse
Family members and friends of an elderly person susceptible to abuse need to be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma. This can include the following:
- Withdrawn behavior
- Inhibited speech
If an elderly person is particularly fearful around certain caregivers, this could indicate that some type of abuse has occurred.
Call an elder abuse lawyer for a free consultation
If you suspect that your elderly loved one has been subjected to emotional abuse, seek legal assistance immediately. At JML Law, we have extensive experience handling elderly abuse cases arising from nursing homes or various other types of in-home care settings. Our goal is to secure the justice and compensation our clients and families deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of any counseling medical expenses necessary
- Payments to relocate to a new facility
- The cost of care at the current facility
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against the perpetrators of the emotional abuse
When you need a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800.
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