Florida Nursing Home Emotional Abuse Lawsuits
Nursing homes provide an essential service to millions of Americans that can’t take care of their loved ones as they advance into their later years. The amount of elderly becoming residents of nursing homes is only increasing and these facilities are rushing to keep up with the growing demand.
Unfortunately, this can cause some serious issues when it comes to the safety of elderly residents of nursing homes. While these elderly care facilities are usually pleasant havens for seniors to live with much-needed assistance, there are sometimes cases of resident’s being taken advantage of and abused by staff. Elder abuse has cast a shadow over nursing homes with cases of residents being beaten, sexually assaulted, stolen from, and neglected by the very people who are tasked with assisting them. The damage caused by this kind of behavior often goes much deeper than most realize and residents can be abused in ways that may not be as tangible as physical assault.
Emotional Abuse of Nursing Home Residents
A form of abuse that often slips under the radar and more subtly harms nursing home residents is emotional abuse. This form of abuse can be defined as behavior that intentionally causes psychological distress of nursing home residents. What this means is that the elderly in the care of nursing home staff can suffer emotional trauma at the hands of said staff through a variety of means.
Forms of Emotional Abuse
- Blaming the victim
- Scapegoating the victim
- Engaging in demeaning behavior toward the elder
- Humiliating the victim
- Ridiculing the victim
- Ignoring the needs of the elderly person
- Terrorizing the elderly person
- Behaving menacingly toward the elder
- Intimidating the elder
- Isolating the elder from friends, family or social occasions
- Yelling at the victim
- Using threatening behavior against the elder
Why are Nursing Home Residents Emotionally Abused?
Assisted living facilities can become settings for elder abuse mostly because of the vulnerable nature of the residents. It is common practice for criminals to target the elderly but with emotional abuse, the motivations can be a bit more complex. Each case has its own unique circumstances that change the exact motivation behind why someone would emotionally abuse a vulnerable senior but there are a few common factors among these cases.
One of the most common factors that contribute to the emotional abuse of nursing home residents is understaffing. When nursing homes do not have enough staff to take on the workload of assisting all the residents then stress can build up in employees that they may take out on the residents. The lack of employees to oversee residents can give the opportunity for abuse of all forms. Poor vetting of employees can also lead to the hiring of staff that may abuse residents.
The Damage of Elderly Emotional Abuse
The damage caused by physical abuse and financial abuse is often very tangible with clearly measurable harm done to a nursing home resident. Emotional abuse of nursing home residents is not quite as obvious and can often go under the radar. Emotional abuse may not have as tangible of injuries as broken bones from physical abuse but there is definite damage done.
By emotionally abusing the elderly residents of a nursing home, an individual can contribute to the deterioration of a resident’s health. This means both physical and mental health. While verbally berating a resident will not break their hip it can contribute to the development of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and dementia. These mental health issues can lead to physical issues such as trouble sleeping, eating disorders, self-injurious behavior, and fatigue that can be especially dangerous for the elderly.
Signs that Someone a Nursing Home Resident may be Emotionally Abused
Common signs that may indicate a loved one may be suffering or has suffered emotional abuse include:
- Low self-esteem
- Depressed or withdrawn behavior
- Appears shyer than they used to be
- Disturbed, scared, or hopeless feelings
- Avoidance of eye contact
- Self-injurious behavior
- Attempts to hurt others
- Acute mood swings
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Avoidance of friends and/or family
- Lack of activity and participation in nursing home events
Florida Nursing Home Abuse Claims
A resident of a nursing home that has suffered emotional abuse at the hands of those charged with assisting them can potentially pursue compensation for their damages. With a nursing home abuse claim, a plaintiff can recover compensation from a liable party like the nursing home that failed to protect them.
In order for a claim of this kind to be successful, a plaintiff must be able to show that they have been emotionally abused and that the abuse they suffered was the result of negligence on the part of whatever liable party they are suing. Due to the nature of emotional abuse, this can be difficult at times. However, with a skilled lawyer experienced in these cases, your chances of success can increase significantly.
Seek an Experienced Florida Elder Abuse Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to the neglect of an assisted living facility, nursing home, or other similar facilities, then do not hesitate to contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA about a free consultation on your possible claim. Our skilled lawyers will sit down with you to lay out your options for legal action and how they can use their expertise to secure you the settlement that you deserve.
With the lawyers of Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA on your side, you can rest easy knowing that you have a law firm that can back up their claims with a long list of successful cases. Your case will be given the personal attention one would expect from a small firm but will benefit from the resources and reap the results of a large firm. The damages you suffered should not go uncompensated. Consider Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA as your representation in your pursuit to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable for their negligence.
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