A Los Angeles verbal or emotional abuse lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you gather evidence, prove abuse, and hold the nursing home administration accountable for the verbal or emotional abuse your senior family member endured while in their care.
Verbal and emotional abuse may not leave physical bruises, but it can be just as harmful to nursing home residents as other types of abuse. You may be able to protect your loved one, prove the nursing home is responsible, and recover compensation on your family’s behalf.
Call today to speak to a member of the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Los Angeles nursing home abuse team about your case. We will review the facts of your senior’s nursing home abuse case for free.
Identifying Verbal or Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
Emotional abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse. All of these phrases describe the same behaviors. A caregiver, nursing home staff member, or another person purposefully inflicts fear, pain, or distress on a nursing home resident. While they may not be physically violent, they are doing damage with their words and actions. Emotional abuse may include:
- Yelling or threatening
- Ignoring the senior or giving them the “cold shoulder”
- Preventing the resident from participating in activities
- Preventing the resident from seeing family and friends
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, some signs your loved one may be a victim of emotional abuse in their Los Angeles nursing home include:
- Becoming upset or agitated around specific staff members
- Becoming withdrawn for no apparent reason
- Stopping communication without a medical reason
- Other sudden changes in behavior or personality without a medical reason
- Stress-related behaviors that may be attributed to dementia, including rocking, sucking, and biting
- Reports from the senior that a staff member is abusing them, or that they are “mean” or a bully
At the same time, an abuser may also show signs. These could include:
- Refusing to allow you to see a loved one
- Refusing to leave you alone with your loved one
- Making fun of your loved one or another resident in front of you
- Threatening residents in front of you
When a senior becomes a victim of verbal or emotional abuse in their Los Angeles nursing home, they may become fearful, anxious, or depressed. They may blame themselves or be scared to tell anyone. This may continue even after the abuse stops. Many abuse victims need help in healing their emotional wounds. If your loved one was a victim of psychological abuse, they may benefit from counseling or another type of support that is appropriate for their condition and ability.
Recover Compensation for Losses and Expenses Related to Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Abuse
The goal of pursuing a nursing home abuse case is to hold the nursing home owners or administrators responsible for their failure to protect your loved one. This includes making them pay for the expenses and losses your family endured as a result of the abuse. The abuse occurred because of the nursing home’s negligence, not your family’s. They should cover the related costs, not you.
When a Los Angeles verbal or emotional abuse lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm builds a nursing home abuse case, we strive to document as many related losses as possible. We consider your out-of-pocket expenses, the cost of your loved one’s care, and even the emotional suffering they endured because of the abuse. An award or settlement may include compensation for:
- Counseling or other psychological treatment
- Sleep aid, antidepressants, and other medications prescribed to treat abuse-related concerns
- Increased care costs if necessary
- Relocation costs if they moved to another facility
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Your loved one’s emotional pain and suffering
- Other noneconomic damages
For a free legal consultation with an verbal or emotional abuse lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Deadlines Apply in Nursing Home Abuse Cases
The State of California gives personal injury victims up to two years to file a lawsuit based on the facts of their case, per Code of Civil Procedure §335.1. This is true whether their physical, mental, or emotional injuries occurred as a result of neglect or an intentional act.
There may be additional rules or deadlines that apply, as well. For example, it may be possible to toll the statute of limitations–put it on hold–temporarily if the victim is mentally incapacitated.
It can be difficult to know how long you can wait before pursuing a case. When a
Los Angeles verbal or emotional abuse lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm goes to work on your loved one’s nursing home abuse case, one of the first things we will do is determine any deadlines that apply in your case.
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Talk to a Member of Our Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse Team Today
A Los Angeles verbal or emotional abuse lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm knows how to build a case and prove the losses your loved one endured as a result of the abuse they suffered. If we believe your loved one was a victim of verbal or emotional abuse in their Los Angeles nursing home, we will offer to handle the case on a contingency-fee basis.
Your family will never need to pay us a dime. Instead, we will take care of the cost of your loved one’s case up front. Then, we will recover our fees and expenses after we negotiate a settlement or get a verdict and award in the case.
We review Southern California nursing home abuse and neglect cases for free. If you have questions about whether your loved one’s case might be viable in court, a member of the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team will discuss it with you today at no cost to you.
Call now to get started.