The elderly are among our nation’s most vulnerable population. When nursing home staff choose to engage in abusive behavior such as intimidation, you must take action. By serving as their voice, you can help protect your loved one and others like them who are vulnerable to abuse.
Securing legal representation immediately is essential to stopping the behavior and holding the nursing home accountable for their staff and negligence. Whether the staff responsible is not trained well or overworked makes no difference to your civil action.
Intimidation of the elderly can affect them in ways that go far beyond their psychological health. If your loved one experienced intimidation, let us help you. Call now for a free case evaluation: (800) 933-4159. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning we collect nothing unless we secure compensation for you.
Overview of Intimidation
In order to identify intimidation, you must first understand what the term means. According to Merriam-Webster, intimidation is the act of purposely causing someone to feel fear or timid. The thought of someone purposely intimidating a defenseless elderly person is enough to frustrate and anger most.
When it is your loved one experiencing such harmful treatment, you must serve as their advocate. If management refuses to correct the situation, you must relocate your loved one. Your next step is to contact our legal team to learn your options for possible civil action.
Examples of Intimidation and Its Effects on the Elderly
Nursing home staff are in a position of power when it comes to your elderly loved one. Staff who abuse that power often use intimidation to get your elderly loved one to respond to a command or as a form of punishment.
Intimidation is a form of emotional and psychological abuse, and if it is not stopped, it can lead to serious physical ailments. Your elderly loved one may refuse to eat, take their medications, or bathe due to depression or fear of their caregivers.
Examples of possible intimidation in a nursing home can include one or more of the following:
- Using a raised and angry voice when addressing your loved one.
- Acting as if they are going to strike them.
- Withholding their favorite items.
- Threatening punishments if they do not do as told.
Your loved one is most likely afraid to share this information with you. It is a strong possibility that the intimidator uses threats if your loved one reports the abuse.
You may notice a difference in your loved one’s tone of voice or in their actions. Your typically-happy loved one may never smile or exhibit signs of shaking and anxiety. This is especially true if the employee abusing them enters the room. These are signals to you that something is not right and your loved one may not be safe.
Moving to a nursing home is a difficult adjustment for many residents. When the staff treats them in an abusive and unacceptable way, we encourage you to seek justice with us. Not only does your loved one deserve financial compensation, but they also deserve to know that someone held the nursing home accountable for their harm.
Taking Legal Action Against the Nursing Home
The elderly often have a host of medical conditions that require around-the-clock care. If your loved one is in a nursing home, chances are you experience some feelings of guilt. When you discover that they face intimidation by staff on a daily basis, you must do all you can to relocate them immediately.
Pursuing a civil action against the nursing home can possibly help with expenses that result from moving your loved one to a new facility. It also makes a firm statement to the nursing home that by pursuing legal action, you are demanding justice.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we have legal teams located throughout the United States. We are aware of the fast rate the aging population is growing and we understand that quality care can be difficult to find.
Caring for the elderly is often challenging, but for the right person, it can serve as a wonderful experience. It is the employees who are there for a paycheck and nothing more that have the potential for harming your loved one.
Nursing homes do not want negative attention to affect their reputation. If your loved one experienced intimidation, collect as much evidence as possible. Show up unannounced and use your smartphone to capture video.
Do not speak with insurance company representatives. Their interest is with their bottom line and their client—the nursing home. Protect the best interests of your loved one by contacting our firm.
We Will Fight for Justice on Your Loved One’s Behalf
Time is of the essence, so do not delay. Interviewing witnesses and negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company takes time. If we are unable to settle your case out of court, we are unafraid to go to trial.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we take on tough cases involving emotional subjects like that of elder abuse. It is the emotional connection you have with your loved one that prevents you from successfully negotiating with an insurance company. Let us handle the negotiation process, and do not sign anything.
Should you accept an initial settlement offer from an insurance company, you forfeit your right to a civil claim later. This is distressing in the event your loved one’s condition worsens as a result of the abuse.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
If a nursing home employee used intimidation to bully your loved one, serve as their advocate and contact us. We require no money up front—we collect our fee only if we secure compensation for you. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now for a free case evaluation: (800) 842-6336.