West Palm Beach Nursing Home Emotional Abuse Lawyers
If your family member is being emotionally abused in a nursing home, contact Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. right away for help. After spending so much time finding a place that seems right for your loved one, it can be devastating to discover that your loved one is being emotionally abused. When those who need the most care and attention are not only ignored, but abused, the West Palm Beach nursing home emotional abuse attorneys at Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. step in to hold their abusers accountable.
Our team in West Palm Beach understands that abuse can take many forms, and that it’s not always clear when emotional abuse has occurred. If you believe that something at your loved one’s nursing facility may be awry, we are ready to listen and discuss your legal options. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today at 561.689.8180.
Do I Need an Emotional Abuse Lawyer?
Though the easiest option for many people is to take their loved one out of a bad environment and try to just move on, failing to hold an abusive nursing facility accountable can negatively affect the lives of others. If your loved one has been the victim of emotional abuse, it is likely that this is not an isolated event. If a nursing home is not held accountable for the harm that they have caused their residents, they are able to pass themselves off as a safe and comfortable place to live. We believe that if a facility fails to meet the standard of care, they should be brought to justice.
Seeking justice, however, can be almost impossible without a lawyer’s help. Emotional abuse is a particularly tricky case to prove, because there are rarely indisputable, physical marks left behind. Trying to fight against tricky insurance agents and aggressive corporate attorneys on your own can prove disastrous and prevent you from recovering any compensation. A lawyer with experience handling emotional abuse cases, on the other hand, will know what evidence to look for and how to negotiate with the opposition. With a lawyer on your side, you are likely to win much more money than you would on your own.
Why Choose Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. to Handle My Case?
Our lawyers have made it our mission to fight for the people of Florida. The team at Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. stands for Florida families who face serious negligence and mistreatment. We have recovered over $6,000,000 in an individual nursing home negligence case, and millions more for our numerous clients. It is this success that has won us numerous honors, including being named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country. We understand the painful situation that families face after a family member has suffered emotional abuse and trauma in a nursing home.
When looking for a lawyer, knowing when and who to hire is difficult, especially if you have never needed legal representation. We know that during difficult times, grappling with the idea of going to court can seem daunting. Because of this, we like to be a communicative resource to families that may feel lost in an overwhelming situation. You may not have gone through legal proceedings before, but we have, and we strive to make the whole process go as smoothly as it can.
What are Common Signs of Emotional Abuse?
Emotional abuse encompasses a wide variety of abuse. It may be perpetrated by nursing home staff, family members, visitors, or even other residents. Some common forms of emotional abuse include:
- Humiliating or ridiculing the victim
- Threatening the victim
- Isolating the victim from social situations
- Verbally abusing the victim
- Terrorizing the victim
Emotional abuse isn’t always obvious, but if you know which signs to pay attention to, you will be more likely to spot abuse when it does occur. All people process emotional trauma differently, but the following list includes common behaviors of emotional abuse victims:
- A display of general mistrust and suspicion
- Marked behavioral changes from the norm
- Panic and fear in normal social interactions
- Withdraw or complete social disengagement
If any of these behaviors correspond with how your loved one has changed since moving into a nursing facility, they may be trying to tell you something. Of course, this is a general sample of potential behaviors a victim may display. Communicating with your family member is the key to understanding more since all react differently uniquely to abuse. That said, many victims of abuse refuse to talk about the abuse out of shame or fear of retaliation. Even if you are unsure whether abuse is occurring, if you suspect that anything might be wrong, contact Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. right away. We can help you determine if abuse is truly occurring and, if so, what your next steps should be.
How Much Does Hiring a Lawyer Cost?
The last thing you need is added financial stress when you are dealing with the trauma that emotional abuse causes. We will always fight for justice on behalf of emotional abuse victims, and when we win, we only take a percentage of the money that the nursing facility owes. However, if we are not able to recover any compensation for you, we do not charge you anything. We only charge a fee if we get the justice that you deserve. Similarly, we offer free consultations so that you can evaluate your legal options before committing to anything.
Let a West Palm Beach Attorney Help
No matter how long someone has been suffering or the severity of the abuse, emotional abuse can’t be tolerated. If you need legal representation for someone who has been the victim of emotional abuse, our nursing home abuse team at Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. is ready to discuss your situation. We know you are likely navigating through a hard time and we are confident that we can help relieve some of the stress that your family is facing. If you have had to put someone you love in a nursing facility, and if that nursing facility failed to provide proper care, the best way to ensure that it will never happen again is to take legal action. Give us a call today at 561.689.8180 to discuss the next steps you can take in pursuing the justice that you and your family deserve.