If your senior loved one was a victim of verbal, emotional, or psychological abuse in their Tampa nursing home, it could have serious impacts on their physical health. It can also be a sign that physical abuse has occurred.
You may be able to help them take action against the nursing home administration and other liable parties in this case. A verbal or emotional abuse lawyer in Tampa from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you build a case and pursue compensation for your loved one’s damages.
Call Distasio Law Firm today for a free case review. One of our skilled nursing home abuse lawyers may be able to take your case on a contingency-fee basis and to go to work for you at once.
Understanding Verbal or Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
If you believe you or your loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse in the greater Tampa area, including Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, or Hernando counties, let a member of the nursing home abuse team in Tampa from Distasio Law Firm take a look at your case today. We may be able to learn enough to explain your rights and determine the strength of your case during a quick, free consultation.
Psychological abuse, including both verbal abuse and non-verbal emotional abuse, can cause serious mental and physical health concerns for nursing home residents. According to the National Institute on Aging, this type of abuse may include threatening, yelling, ignoring, insulting, humiliating, embarrassing, and isolating the resident.
Verbal and emotional abuse can also contribute to a decline in your loved one’s physical health. We understand how to prove the link between psychological abuse and your loved one’s resulting decline in mental and emotional health. This could include:
- Increased dementia symptoms
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Not eating or eating too much
- Unexplained fatigue
- Other psychological symptoms
Physical Abuse Can Occur as Well
We encourage anyone who suspects that their loved one has been verbally or emotionally abused in their nursing home to look for signs of physical abuse as well. This can include:
- Cuts, scrapes, burns, or bruises
- Weight loss
- Medication errors
- Disheveled appearance
- Blood or bruising in the genital area
- And more
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered any form of abuse in a Tampa nursing home, be it verbal, emotional, or physical, call Distasio Law Firm now to discuss your case with a member of our team for free.
Work with a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Tampa From Distasio Law Firm
At Distasio Law Firm, we understand how difficult it is to know that your aging loved one faced abuse in their Tampa nursing home. We want to hold those responsible accountable for their actions—or inaction—to the fullest extent possible. When you work with us, you will not have a case manager. Instead, you will have a lawyer working directly with you on your case.
If we accept your case, we can build an argument that the nursing home was liable for not protecting your loved one from abuse. This may include:
- Gathering evidence such as photos, videos, and medical records
- Collecting witness statements
- Requesting evidence from the nursing home
- Hiring medical experts to testify that abuse occurred, if necessary
We can also handle all legal communications with insurance companies and other parties when we represent you.
Recoverable Damages in a Nursing Home Emotional Abuse Case
Verbal or emotional abuse in a nursing home may call for:
- Relocating your loved one from the nursing home to another facility or your home
- Receiving treatment from a counselor who understands their unique needs
- Prescribing medications to help with sleep, anxiety, or other concerns
To this end, we may be able to seek damages that take these needs into consideration. Your nursing home abuse case may allow you to recover:
- Current and future mental health care and medical expenses related to the abuse
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to their relocation
- Other expenses incurred as a result of their abuse or treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Time Limits for Taking Action in a Tampa Nursing Home Emotional Abuse Case
Per Florida Statute 400.0236, there is a time limit of two years for taking action in a nursing home abuse case. In general, this clock begins ticking the date the abuse is discovered. Depending on the circumstances of the case, there may be either a two- or six-year ultimate deadline on filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
At Distasio Law Firm, we understand that these time limits are somewhat complex, and it can be difficult to know exactly how quickly you need to act. We encourage you to call us as soon as you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, and we can offer more information based on the details of your case.
Speak with a Tampa Verbal or Emotional Abuse Attorney
If you believe that you or a loved one was a victim of verbal or emotional abuse in a Tampa-area nursing home, you may be able to hold the nursing home leadership or another liable party responsible.
Call today for a free review of your case with a Tampa verbal or emotional abuse lawyer.
If we agree to handle your case, we may be able to do so on a contingency-fee basis where we will handle the financial investment upfront. In this arrangement, you will only pay for our legal services if and when we recover a payout through a settlement or court award.