Emotional Abuse Of The Elderly
Unfortunately, elder abuse is far more prevalent throughout California common than many people realize. Elder abuse can take on many forms, including not only physical abuse but mental abuse as well.
At Licata & Yeremenko, our emotional elder abuse attorneys have experience handling these cases, including in the Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County areas. If you discover that an elderly loved one has been subjected to emotional or mental abuse, let us help you.
Understanding Emotional Elder Abuse In California
Data available from the National Council on Aging shows that nearly one out of every 10 persons over the age of 65 suffer from elder abuse each year. Much of the abuse that elderly people endure revolves around their emotional and psychological needs.
Elderly emotional and psychological abuse happens in many different ways and can include both verbal and non-verbal actions. Regardless of how this type of abuse occurs, it is meant to inflict emotional or mental anguish on an elderly person. Often, we find that abusers in these cases repeat their abusive actions over and over again with the intent of controlling an elderly person.
Elderly abuse can occur in many different ways, and our attorneys often find that the perpetrator(s) of the abuse use the following to inflict emotional distress:
- Threatening an elderly person with physical harm unless they behave a certain way
- Denying or threatening to deny the right of the elderly person to have visitors
- Continually humiliating an elderly person by calling them names or making fun of their cognitive abilities
- Denying an elderly person their right to basic necessities, including food, water, shelter, and medical care
- Isolating an elderly person in their room or another small area for hours at a time
- Treating an elderly person like a child
The emotional and psychological abuse of the elderly can occur in any place that the older adult relies on the care of others. This type of abuse can be perpetrated by family members, significant others, friends, and third-party caregivers. Additionally, emotional and psychological abuse of the elderly occurs at assisted living facilities.
Contact Licata & Yeremenko Today
If you discover that your elderly friend or a family member has been the victim of emotional abuse, contact our lawyers.
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex elder abuse cases, and we have the resources necessary to fully investigate these claims. Our goal is to help ensure your loved one receives the justice and compensation they are entitled to, which may include:
- Coverage of any medical bills caused by the abuse
- Compensation for emotional or psychological counseling
- Relocation to a new facility (if the abuse occur in assisted living)
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a caretaker or company