Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse in Cleveland, Ohio Nursing Homes

Nursing Home Mental & Emotional Abuse Attorneys

Physical abuse is not the only type of abuse. Emotional abuse can be just as devastating. We trust nursing home facilities and their staff members to keep our loved ones safe. Sadly, however, sometimes our loved ones are emotionally abused by the very people we count on to protect them.

If your loved one was emotionally abused at a nursing home facility in the state of Ohio, you should not hesitate to contact our team at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber. We have been serving victims of nursing home abuse and neglect since 1946. In that time, our attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements decided favorably for our clients. You can trust us with your case.

Contact us online or by phone at (216) 600-0114 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Cleveland elder emotional abuse attorneys.

Know the Signs of Emotional Abuse—and Your Rights

Emotional abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Harassment
  • Humiliation
  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • Isolation
  • Restraint

Often, an elderly resident is unable to fight back or report the abuse. Because of this, it is important that you know the signs of emotional abuse so that you can report it right away.

Some of the signs of emotional abuse in nursing homes and other long-term care facility settings include:

  • Unexplained changes in mood or behavior
  • Anxiety, depression, and other uncharacteristic mood disorders
  • Apparent fear, especially fear of a specific caretaker
  • Withdrawal and social isolation
  • Unexplained and unusual crying, anger, irritability, or distress
  • Loss of appetite/failure to eat or drink
  • Unusual changes in sleeping patterns
  • Rocking back and forth, teeth grinding, and other repetitive behaviors
  • Low/reduced self-esteem
  • Sharing concerns/complaining of staff or caregiver treatment
  • Self-harm and/or suicidal actions or statements

What to Do If You Suspect Your Elderly Loved One Is the Victim of Emotional Abuse

You should always take your elderly loved one’s complaints of ill treatment seriously. Report suspected abuse to the nursing home facility’s administration or, if you believe your loved one or anyone else is at serious risk of imminent harm (whether from another person or self-inflicted), call 911.

In addition to being unspeakably heinous, emotional and mental abuse are explicitly forbidden by the Ohio Nursing Home Residents' Bill of Rights. If your loved one suffered emotional abuse at a nursing home, you need an experienced Cleveland elder emotional abuse attorney who is willing to fight for the full compensation you and your loved one deserve. Start by arranging a complimentary case evaluation with our team.

At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we represent victims of all types of nursing home abuse, including non-verbal, psychological abuse and neglect. We are ready to fight to hold caregivers, staff members, and nursing home facilities accountable for the unspeakable harm they cause.

74+ Years of Legal Experience on Your Side During a Crisis

Caring support. Committed counsel. Tough representation. These are the things you can expect from our law firm. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win your case, and we offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients. Because we limit the number of cases we accept, we are able to provide every client with the care, attention, and support they deserve.

Do you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or abused at a nursing home? Call Spangenberg at (216) 600-0114 to start addressing the issue with a lawyer at our firm.

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