When your family has a loved one with a disability or special needs, you may rely on organizations and care providers for assistance. Most professionals who work with disabled and special-needs people provide excellent care and support. Unfortunately, there are times when families uncover signs of abuse or neglect of their vulnerable loved ones.
For over 40 years, the Los Angeles special-needs abuse attorneys of Custodio & Dubey LLP have been helping families demand answers and justice in these difficult cases. We know that having a loved one who has suffered harm from abuse or neglect requires your family’s full attention. That is why we handle all the details of your legal claim from start to finish. We provide extensive support and are available to talk whenever you need us.
Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation to discuss how your family can pursue justice and compensation. When you choose our firm, you owe no legal fees unless and until we recover compensation for you.
What to Do If You Think Your Disabled Loved One Is Being Neglected or Abused
If you suspect neglect or abuse, take these steps to protect your loved one and preserve his or her rights to pursue financial compensation:
- If you believe your loved one is facing an imminent threat of injury, contact local law enforcement authorities to help remove your loved one from a potentially harmful situation.
- Notify the organization responsible for your loved one’s care about the suspected abuse or neglect. If the organization cannot or will not address your concerns, contact the appropriate state and local regulators.
- If possible, document the suspected abuse or neglect through photographs, videos, and medical records. Get the names and contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the abuse or neglect.
- Make sure that your loved one receives proper medical attention so that the injuries from abuse or neglect are diagnosed, documented, and treated.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Injuries Caused by Abuse or Neglect of a Disabled Person?
Families that lack the skills or resources to care for their loved ones’ special needs often seek help from third parties. When these caretakers allow abuse or neglect to occur, they should be held liable.
These places and parties can be held responsible for injuries caused by the abuse or neglect of a special-needs person:
- Nursing homes
- Group homes
- Transportation services for disabled or special-needs persons
- Home health care providers
- Live-in nurses or personal care providers
- Physicians and other medical providers
Abuse and neglect are often committed by individuals who can be held legally responsible for negligence, recklessness, or willful acts. The organizations that employ those staffers can also be sued under the theory of employer liability. The organizations may be held directly responsible for their own negligence or recklessness in retaining those staff members or for having policies and procedures that permit abuse and neglect to occur.