Nebraska Nursing Home Emotional Abuse Attorney
Legal Help for Your Elderly Loved Ones
Currently, about 40 million elderly Americans live in nursing homes. Estimates from the National Institute of Health indicate that the number may double over the next few decades. Unfortunately, elder abuse is a big problem in America. There are over one million reports of elder abuse in American nursing homes annually. This number is only bound to go up with the rising amount of older people living in nursing homes. With so many people living in nursing homes, the amount of abuse cases reported, and not reported, is staggering.
We trust nursing homes to treat our parents, and grandparents with the proper care. When this doesn't happen, members of our most vulnerable group, the elderly, are at risk. If you feel that a loved one is suffering emotional abuse in a nursing home, do not hesitate to contact an Omaha personal injury lawyer at Cullan & Cullan LLC. Let us hold negligent Nebraska nursing homes accountable. Call us at (402) 397-7600.
What is Nursing Home Emotional Abuse?
When people think of the phrase abuse, they more than likely imagine slaps, punches, kicks, or other types of physical violence. Abuse, however, can also be inflicted emotionally. Situations where residents are treated poorly are a common problem in nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.
Common Types of Nursing Home Emotional Abuse
Nursing home abuse is not a new problem. In 1987, the federal government passed the Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA), which requires all nursing homes that receive Medicare or Medicaid funds maintain a high level of safety for residents. But, elderly residents still suffer emotional abuse. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, these are the most common types of nursing home emotional abuse:
- Violent threats
- Preventing residents from participating in social activities
Signs of Emotional Abuse to Look Out For
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that one out of every ten elderly nursing home residents suffer from some form of abuse each year. Unfortunately, these numbers only reflect the cases that were reported. That means there are hundreds of thousands of unreported nursing home abuse situations annually. Physical signs of abuse can be obvious, while the emotional signs may not be. Here are some of the signs of emotional abuse to be on the look out for:
- Drastic weight loss
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Avoiding eye contact
- Displays low self-esteem
- Acting differently (depressed, disturbed, hopeless, scared, shy, withdrawn)
- Changes to eating, and sleeping patterns
Hold Nursing Homes in Nebraska Responsible for Emotional Abuse
There is no excuse for our parents, and grandparents to suffer, physically or emotionally. Our family members deserve better, and those responsible for their suffering need to be held accountable. If you feel that an elderly loved one is suffering in an Omaha nursing home, do not hesitate to contact a dedicated Nebraska nursing home abuse attorney. Your case can not only help your family member, but other nursing home residents who may be suffering in similar ways.
Contact An Experienced Omaha Nursing Home Emotional Abuse Attorney
Cullan & Cullan LLC can help any family concerned about the care their elderly loved ones are receiving. We can be reached at (402) 397-7600.
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We are here to help you obtain compensation from those responsible so that you can focus on healing, rehabilitation, and getting your feet back on the ground. For more information about how the lawyers at Cullan & Cullan LLC can assist in protecting your rights, please call (402) 397-7600 today for a free case evaluation.
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