Elder Abuse Lawyer Serving Los Angeles
Not all elder abuse is physical in nature. Emotional abuse is just as serious of a situation as physical abuse and may impact an elderly person in a number of ways. Emotional abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is often perpetrated through harsh words, embarrassment, humiliation, threats, seclusion, insults or intimidation. Although the offender may not physically injure the elderly person, words alone can cause a great deal of pain and suffering.
If you suspect that an elderly loved one has been subjected to emotional abuse of any kind at their nursing home, contact a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney at our law offices as soon as possible. You may be able to file a claim against the facility and stop this abuse from continuing to occur as well as seek financial damages for the injury your loved one has suffered.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
There are potential signs that you should be aware of that may indicate emotional abuse:
- Withdrawal, apathy or depression
- Emotional upset
- Fearfulness, particularly around a particular caregiver
- Unusual behavior: biting, sucking or rocking
- A report from an elder that emotional abuse has occurred
In order to help prevent emotional abuse and any form of ill treatment from occurring or continuing to occur, it is important to visit your elderly loved one frequently. Notice how he or she interacts with different caregivers, and how caregivers treat him or her. Take note of indifference or harsh words, as these may indicate an underlying problem.
You may have noticed a change in your loved one. You may simply have a feeling that emotional abuse is occurring. Whatever the situation, taking action now is important if you are to have the best opportunity of stopping the abuse from continuing to occur.
Talk about your emotional abuse claim with a skilled professional. Contact an elder abuse lawyer at our firm today!