Verbal Elder Abuse

A number of Phoenix’s senior citizens reside in nursing homes or assisted living facilities where they are entrusted to the care of the staff over virtually every aspect of their lives. Sadly, the verbal abuse of elderly residents in these facilities is a widespread problem. Workers may feel like they have power over the people in their care, and they judge that the residents are powerless to report or otherwise put an end to mistreatment, so they lash out in cruel and inhumane ways.

Regardless of the fact that these institutions are providing a paid service and owe it to their clients to ensure that they are afforded the proper respect, it is unconscionable for employees to viciously demean the elderly. As independence flees, dignity must be permitted to remain. Contact the Phoenix elder abuse lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman, & McAnally, P.L.C., at 800-763-0964 to speak with an experienced attorney who is committed to protecting the rights of you or your loved one who has been the victim of verbal abuse.

What Constitutes Verbal Abuse

Some people hold the wrongheaded impression that because there are no visible scars and effects, verbal abuse is somehow less serious than physical abuse. The fact of the matter is that the old adage about sticks and stones is completely inaccurate, and words can hurt someone even under the best of circumstances, let alone when living in a strange environment under the supervision and care of others. The kinds of speech that may constitute verbal abuse vary across a wide array, but some examples are:

  • Degrading Speech
  • Intimidation through Tone of Voice or Raised Volume
  • Explicit or Implicit Threats

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Respecting one’s elders used to be regarded as a non-negotiable requirement of social etiquette. Unfortunately, this courtesy is often abandoned and verbal abuse is rained upon nursing home residents for no fault of their own. Contact the Phoenix elder abuse lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., at 800-763-0964.

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