Nursing Home Verbal Belittling

Lawyers for Champaign Victims of Nursing Home Verbal Belittling

Verbal abuse or belittling is one subject many people like to push under the carpet. Most nursing home residents who are verbally abused by facility employees assume that it is normal treatment. Some do take offense but they feel there is no need to report the abuse. There is yet another group of residents who know it is wrong to be insulted by their caregivers, but out of fear of retaliation, they choose to bear the abuse without reporting it to anyone. Verbal belittling makes residents have a sense of isolation and helplessness. Nursing homes should help their vulnerable residents live meaningful and fulfilling lives and protect them from any kind of abuse. Has your loved one been verbally abused or belittled in a nursing home? Patel Law, P.C. can help. When you call us, our experienced elder abuse attorneys will act with speed to ensure your loved one gets the justice they deserve.

Signs of Verbal and Emotional Abuse in a Nursing Home

Verbal abuse leads to symptoms that can manifest physically in the victim. It can also show up as a behavioral change. Some symptoms of verbal belittling include:

  • Unusual reticence
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Changes in behavior or attitude
  • Agitation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Digestive issues
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Phobias

Belittling is an experience no one should face, especially the most vulnerable of our communities. At Patel Law, P.C., we do not take matters of wrongful treatment or verbal belittlement lightly. We will fight on behalf of your elder loved one to pursue the compensation they deserve for their suffering. Residents in nursing homes rely on caregivers to provide them with a compassionate and safe environment away from home. They should not accept anything less than this.

Warning Signs that Your Loved one is Being Verbally Belittled in a Nursing Home

It is not always easy to determine that your loved one in a nursing facility is being verbally abused unless you hear it by yourself or someone you trust reports it to you. This is because some caregivers will pretend to be loving and responsible when you are around. However, by observing your loved ones carefully, you can pick up some signs that indicate they are being abused. Some of the things that indicate substandard care and verbal abuse include: 

  • A noisy/loud environment with disorderly residents and roughhousing or yelling among employees.
  • Rumors among family members and patients about mistreatments in the facility.
  • Specific complaints that had been brought against the facility by a family member or other residents.
  • When you observe employees humiliating other residents with pranks or jokes, you can easily tell your loved one also faces the same problem.
  • If you observe the employees verbally abusing one another, it would mean the residents are not spared.
  • A rundown facility that looks like it needs repairs/maintenance.
  • The way the employees handle you when you visit. If they do not treat you respectfully, you have no reason to believe they respect your loved one in the facility.

The signs listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. A facility with an abusive culture may be involved in many other forms of mistreatment. Apart from inappropriate care, inadequate attention, verbal or demeaning abuse, the residents could also be undergoing physical abuse. There is a possibility that a resident can be verbally abused or belittled just because they turned down the sexual advances of a caregiver. Verbal abuse can often indicate that other types of abuse are being perpetrated, as well.

You might not know it, but if your loved one has been abused verbally in a nursing facility, you can sue the facility or the particular employee who engaged in the abusive behavior. An experienced elder abuse attorney in Champaign can help you do this. 

Patel Law, P.C. Can Help

At Patel Law, P.C., we understand how painful it is to realize your loved one has been facing hell in a nursing home. When you engage us, we will treat this matter as if it is personal. Our lawyers have many years of experience providing compassionate, knowledgeable, and thorough representation for victims of verbal or emotional abuse in elder treatment facilities. We will conduct a thorough investigation to identify the employees who are responsible for verbal abuse in the nursing home and take decisive legal action. If we find it necessary, we can sue the facility itself. At the end of the day, your loved one will get the compensation to which they are entitled.

Call or Contact Our Office Now

Do you suspect that your loved one is being maltreated in a nursing home in Champaign? If so, do not waste any time. You need the assistance of skilled personal injury lawyers from Champaign, particularly those from Patel Law, P.C. Contact or call us today.