Elderly nursing home residents who are subjected to negligent and abusive treatment often suffer from emotional trauma. This can lead to a dangerous cycle, where conditions such as anxiety and depression make residents more susceptible to physical ailments, which can in turn worsen their mental and emotional states. For nursing home residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the risk of emotional trauma from mistreatment and inadequate care is even higher.
If you or an elderly family member living in a nursing home has experienced emotional trauma – or even if you think this might be the case – we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys have helped thousands of clients in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois, and we can make sure that you or your loved one receives the care, compassion, and compensation that you deserve.
The Facts about Anxiety and Depression in Nursing Homes
Anxiety, depression, and other psychological conditions associated with emotional trauma appear in nursing homes at alarming rates. According to a study reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 49 percent of all nursing home residents suffer from depression. When you consider that this is at least double the rate among elderly individuals living in residential care communities and hospices, it is clear that there is something wrong.
The American Psychological Association (APA) reports that 11 percent of older adults suffer from anxiety. However, it also reports that averaging the rates among all living situations, depression rates among the elderly are just 15 to 20 percent. When you consider that the depression rate in nursing homes could be more than triple the national average, it is likely that anxiety rates among nursing home residents are significantly higher as well.
The Cost of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
Anxiety and depression are serious conditions on their own. However, particularly among the elderly, those suffering from these psychological ailments as a result of emotional trauma are more likely to suffer physical harm as well. Consider these facts from the APA:
- For older adults, untreated depression can negatively affect the outcome of heart disease.
- Even mild depression lowers immunity, and this can compromise nursing home residents’ ability to fight infections and cancers.
- For those suffering from other ailments that are common later in life, physicians often overlook the symptoms of depression.
- Senior citizens commit suicide at a higher rate than the general population, and depression is a major risk factor for suicide.
All of this means that nursing home residents who experience emotional trauma as a result of negligent or abusive care need help, and the sooner the better. Depression and anxiety can be treated, and the first step is seeking a diagnosis. Since the symptoms of anxiety and depression are often overlooked, when you seek help for yourself or your loved one, you should explain to the doctor what happened and why you are concerned about these conditions.
Seeking Compensation for Treatment and Other Losses
If your – or a your loved one’s – condition is the result of emotional trauma suffered in a nursing home, at Malman Law, we can help you seek compensation to cover your medical bills, prescription costs, and other losses. This can even include financial compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Our attorneys have decades of experience and have recovered millions of dollars from nursing homes.
You or your elderly family member may be entitled to compensation for anxiety, depression, and other psychological conditions resulting from things like:
- Belittling and other forms of verbal abuse
- Injuries suffered due to abusive or negligent care
- Isolation and abandonment
- Lack of sunlight or poor air quality
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Medication errors
- Sexual harassment
At Malman Law, we employ a full-time Registered Nurse (RN) who has more than 30 years of experience working with elderly patients in nursing homes. Our RN plays a critical role in each nursing home case we handle, helping ensure that our clients’ conditions are fully understood. With our no-fee guarantee, this additional service comes at no cost to you.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Chicago’s Malman Law Today
If you would like to speak with an experienced lawyer about your situation, we encourage you to contact us for a free, confidential case evaluation. A member of our team will be more than happy to come to you. To get the help you need, call (888) 751-2297 or send us a message today.