Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes
Let Our Washington Elder Abuse Lawyers Fight for Your Rights
One of the most prevalent issues in nursing homes is emotional abuse of
the elderly. While many nursing homes may present a façade of professionalism
on the outside, numerous assisted living facilities are staffed with incompetent
or abusive staff members, inflicting emotional and psychological distress
on residents on a daily basis. This type of abuse can take many different
forms and can be difficult to identify, making it imperative for families
of elders in nursing homes to keep a close watch on their loved ones and
look for signs of abuse. If you believe your loved one has been emotionally
or psychologically abused by a caregiver, a Washington
elder abuse attorney from
Schroeter Goldmark & Bender can help you file a lawsuit against the responsible parties and protect
your rights in court.
Common Forms of Emotional Abuse
Unlike physical abuse, emotional abuse does not have any obvious visible
signs. Psychological torment is often displayed through behavioral changes
such as low self-esteem, reluctance to speak openly out of fear, uncharacteristic
shyness, depression, mood swings, or changes in sleeping and eating patterns.
Emotional abuse can be both verbal and nonverbal.
Caregivers can emotionally abuse elders in the following ways:
- Publicly humiliating an elder
- Ignoring a resident’s needs
Isolating an elderly person from others
- Using an elder as a scapegoat
- Frequently demeaning an elderly person
- Using intimidation or threats
If you believe your loved one has been the recipient of any of the above
forms of mistreatment, you may be able to file a claim in pursuit of compensation
for medical expenses, emotional distress, and punitive damages. Since
elder abuse claims in Washington are subject to a three-year statute of
limitations, it is important you contact our office as soon as possible
to ensure you maintain your right to take legal action.
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At Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, our
Washington nursing home abuse lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of the elderly and are prepared
to go the distance to aid you in your pursuit of justice. Abusive and
negligent nursing home staff must be held accountable for their wrongdoing,
and we are equipped with the vast knowledge and dedication to ensure these
acts do not go unpunished. With more than 45 years of successful legal
experience, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.