Emotional abuse takes many forms, and while “words can never hurt me” is a popular refrain in schoolyards, threats, coercion, intimidation, insults, and other forms of abuse can have a profound impact on the happiness and even physical health of nursing home residents. If you suspect a loved one is being emotionally abused, it is important that you discuss your concerns with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney to determine which course of action can best restore dignity and peace of mind.
If you are in need of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Arizona, please contact Cullan & Cullan online or by calling (602) 786-8860 today to schedule a free consultation.
Identifying Emotional Abuse
Unlike many types of abuse, emotional and verbal mistreatment does not produce any outward signs. This makes it important that you take time to listen to your loved one whenever you visit and if you suspect abuse, to increase the frequency of your visits.
One of the largest signs of emotional and verbal abuse is changes in behavior. This may include nail biting, rocking, and other behaviors that are unusual for your loved one. Other signs that mistreatment is occurring include:
- Changes in interactions with staff
- A desire to be left alone
- Withdrawal from social activities
If you feel comfortable with certain nursing staff at the home, you are encouraged to alert them to these types of changes. Talking to staff can also help you establish a timeline when attempting to determine how long these behaviors have been occurring. If you suspect abuse of any kind, it is best to contact our office immediately to learn about your options and allow us to assist you in moving your case forward.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our Arizona nursing home abuse attorneys, please contact us today.