What You Should Know About Abuse & Neglect of Special Needs Children

What You Should Know About Abuse & Neglect of Special Needs Children

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 6-Nov-2018

Individuals with disabilities and special needs are among some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society. Children with special needs are doubly vulnerable due to their age. According to a study performed by the World Health Organization, adults with disabilities are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence than those without a disability. However, the risk of abuse or neglect for children with disabilities is 4 times higher than that of their adult counterparts. Children who specifically suffer from an intellectual disability are 4 to 10 times more likely to be victims of abuse or neglect, which means they need more protection than most.

If you believe your child suffered from abuse or neglect in a hospital or medical center, it is imperative that you hire a skilled medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to get started on holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.

Why Are Special Needs Children the Most Vulnerable?

Our society has, unfortunately, been marred by a terrible history of disrespect for those who have a disability or special needs. This has, in part, had an impact on how the disabled are treated and why they are more vulnerable than most. Below is a list of other prominent reasons why disabled individuals, especially children, are so vulnerable to abuse and neglect:

  • Victims do not always understand what constitutes as an act of abuse and, therefore, often do not report them. In many cases, adults, such as a medical professional in a hospital facility, are able to take advantage of that lack of understanding.
  • Difficulties with communicating can also make it difficult for children with special needs to explain or properly articulate the abusive act, even if they understand that it is abuse and wish to talk about it.
  • Facilities, such as hospitals, have an incentive for covering up incidents of abuse and neglect of the disabled for fear of disciplinary action.
  • Hospital staff might not have much experience in working with special needs children and might not be emotionally prepared to take on the challenges and stress that is sometimes associated with working with special needs children.
  • Hospital staff might not have been properly vetted or is simply ill-equipped for the job.
  • If a hospital facility is overwhelmed and understaffed, neglect of a special needs child could easily occur.
  • Some hospital facilities do not have enough security and precautions in place to prevent special needs children from experiencing abuse or neglect.

Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Florida

If your special needs child suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of a negligent or careless medical professional, you need to take action immediately to ensure he or she is held accountable for these actions. At The Maher Law Firm in Florida, our team of medical malpractice attorneys have the experience and skill that is necessary to provide the fierce legal representation you deserve during this difficult time.

Get started on your medical malpractice case today and contact our law office at (855) 338-0720 to request your free initial case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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