Elder abuse extends well beyond physical abuse. Verbal and emotional abuse can render serious psychological scars and can damage your loved one’s physical health, as well as their quality of life. If your loved one experienced severe verbal and emotional abuse while they resided in a nursing home, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.
You can count on an Oak Park verbal or emotional abuse lawyer from our team to thoroughly investigate the possibility of your loved one’s abuse at their nursing home. When we press forward for a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurer, rest assured that we will not settle for less than you deserve. If settlement negotiations are not successful, we will not hesitate to take the matter to civil court.
If your loved is showing the warning signs of serious verbal or emotional abuse from nursing home staff or administrators, we can help you understand your legal options. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now.
Verbal or Emotional Abuse of the Elderly
People who care for the elderly perform hard work. Many nursing home residents require assistance with such daily tasks as bathing and eating. Some suffer from confusion, dementia, or depression, adding to the difficulty of caring for them.
Nursing homes also deal with staffing shortages. The low pay of certified nursing assistants and the stressful duties associated with caring for multiple patients result in a high turnover of staff.
When staff members feel stressed and frustrated, they can take their emotions out on your loved one. This results in verbal or emotional abuse that can affect your loved one in ways that greatly change their state of mind and their health.
Types of Verbal Abuse
Many elderly nursing home residents do not comprehend that staff members are abusing them verbally or emotionally, and they certainly do not know how to protect themselves and their right to respectful, dignified care. Even if a resident understands the abuse, they may decline to report it for fear of retaliation by the abuser and/or by administration.
Examples of verbal abuse include:
When it comes to communicating with the elderly, nursing home staff should know the difference between talking loudly and shouting. While many seniors experience difficulty hearing, none deserve to have a caregiver raise their voice in anger.
Types of Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse includes some forms of verbal abuse but can also involve other destructive behaviors or actions, including:
- Isolating loved ones from close friends and family
- Purposely ignoring your loved one and not speaking to them.
- Humiliating your loved one or demeaning them
No type of elderly abuse should ever go unreported. Emotional and verbal mistreatment in the elderly can leave scars that result in serious depression and declining physical health. Emotional abuse can cause your loved one to lose interest in eating and have trouble sleeping.
If you discover that a loved one suffered verbal and/or emotional abuse in a nursing home, take immediate action. Report the abuse, relocate your loved one, and secure legal representation with an Oak Park verbal or emotional abuse lawyer as soon as possible. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now.
How Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help You
Do not be surprised if representatives from an insurance company offer you a settlement when they learn of your case of abuse. The insurer’s initial settlement offer represents their attempt to settle the case quickly and for the least amount of money possible.
Do not sign or accept any offer from an insurance company without talking to an Oak Park verbal or emotional abuse lawyer. Should you agree to their offer, you lose your right to pursue civil litigation later if your loved one’s condition were to worsen. Our legal team will aggressively negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, so you don’t have to. If we do not secure the compensation you deserve out of court, we are ready and willing to go to trial.
Our legal team fights to protect the rights of the elderly who experience nursing home abuse. We work hard to ensure that justice is served and that those responsible for the abuse are held accountable. By taking a tough stand on elderly abuse, we aim to prevent the same thing from happening to another innocent victim.
For a free legal consultation with a Verbal or Emotional Abuse Lawyer serving Oak Park, call (800) 794-0444
Time is Limited
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Illinois is two years. This time can pass very quickly as you relocate your loved one, attend to their needs, and balance the demands of your own life.
If the verbal and emotional abuse leads to a decline in your loved one’s health, resulting in death, you may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death action. Depending upon your relationship with the decedent, you may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, and more.
The statute of limitations gives you one year from the time of death in which to take legal action in a wrongful death case. Twelve months may seem like a long time now, but it will pass quickly as you try to restore yourself emotionally from the loss of a loved one.
We understand the stress that comes from learning that your elderly loved one endured verbal and/or emotional abuse. When you secure our team to represent you, we keep you informed throughout the civil litigation process. You never have to wonder about the status of your case.
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Protect the Rights of Your Elderly Loved One
No one serves as a better advocate for an elderly person than someone who knows them best. Listening and looking for clues as to why your loved one seems different can provide vital information for identifying and correcting the problem.
Let our legal team get to work for you by calling us for a free case evaluation. Our contingency-fee system means we charge no up-front legal fees. Should we secure compensation for you, our fee is collected from the settlement or award.
If your loved one experienced verbal or emotional abuse in a nursing home, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now.