Mobile Psychological Abuse Lawyer
Emotional & Verbal Abuse in Nursing Home Residences in Alabama
Psychological abuse is the most common and pervasive type of mistreatment in nursing homes throughout the country. Unlike physical abuse, emotional or mental abuse does not result in physical injury or evidence, which is why it is often difficult to track and report. The bottom line is that nursing home residents should receive proper care and be treated with the utmost respect, and failure to do so, may result in a valid legal claim.
Our Mobile nursing home abuse attorneys at Cunningham Bounds are committed to holding the nursing home responsible for its actions against your loved one. Since 1958, we have become one of the top personal injury firms in Alabama, recovering billions of dollars for our clients. We can investigate your claim, gather evidence, and develop an effective case strategy to obtain your loved one’s entitled compensation.
Types of Psychological Abuse
Psychological abuse is an intent to cause fear, anguish, humiliation, and distress through verbal or non-verbal conduct. When an elderly resident suffers emotional anguish, they may feel afraid, sad, agitated, and nervous.
Verbal abuse is the most common form of psychological abuse, which includes bullying, making rude remarks, yelling insults, criticizing the resident, or making threats. Nursing home staff members who are frustrated or impatient often resort to verbal abuse. Such abuse can result in significant emotional injury and stress, which can weaken a resident’s immune system and leave them vulnerable to illness.
Non-verbal abuse is more difficult to detect, but just as damaging as its verbal counterpart, making residents feel alone, afraid, and completely helpless. Common examples of non-verbal abuse include ignoring the resident, giving the resident the silent treatment, isolating the resident from others, restricting access to food and water, and treating the resident as if he/she were a minor child.
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If you believe your loved one is suffering from psychological abuse in a nursing home, you must remove him/her immediately from the facility and report the incident to management. Then, you need to contact police to do an investigation and seek legal counsel from a lawyer. Our Mobile personal injury attorneys can help ensure your family member is properly cared for well into the future, and protect his/her rights throughout the legal process.
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