Suspect Abuse or Negligence by Group Home Administrators?
Our Orange County Group Home Abuse Lawyers Represent the Vulnerable
Abuse in group homes is more common than you can imagine. Developmentally disabled adults — such as those suffering from a form of dementia, or other serious illness — tend to live in home-like atmospheres with others. Unfortunately, in these settings, physical, emotional and even sexual abuse are easy to cover up due to patient privacy laws. Disabled or elderly adults might hesitate to speak out due to fear of retaliation, increased abuse or concerns that they might not be taken seriously. Some might not be able to communicate their concerns due to their health conditions. These people could have inadequate living quarters, sleep on soiled sheets or wear soiled clothes; bedsores can be common. Some might be denied their medication when needed, or they could be mocked for their conditions. Some are even deprived of food. All are forms of abuse that should not be tolerated.
If your parent or other loved one is living through this, then know that you do not have to stand for it. You can fight back with the help of group home abuse lawyers like the husband-and-wife team of John and Christa Ramey at Ramey Law P.C. Adults with disabilities can be vulnerable and afraid to speak out if something is wrong, but you can advocate for them and seek experienced legal counsel in the Los Angeles area to help end their suffering. John’s areas of expertise include catastrophic personal injury and medical negligence while Christa’s include medical malpractice and wrongful death. Both have a vested interest in combating bullying and different forms of abuse, which can take place in group homes. They strive to find justice and compensation for developmentally-challenged adults and to be their voice when they cannot speak for themselves.
How Common Is Abuse in Group Homes?
According to recent reports, there are about 225,000 cases of elder and nursing home neglect every year in California — about half of which take place in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. People with disabilities are four to ten times more likely to be victims of neglect, abuse and a crime than those without disabilities. When people suffer from physical, emotional or sexual abuse — or another form of abuse or negligence — they do not always feel that they can speak out, as they do not think they will be listened to. Conversely, their condition might prevent them from being able to do so. Additionally, they might worry that their fears will be dismissed, due to suffering from dementia or a mental illness, or that someone will think they are simply complaining about not adjusting well to the changes in their lives. Oftentimes, they need a family member, friend or loved one to speak on their behalf.
Abuse in a group home is a crime and can be reported to law enforcement, adult protective service and licensing agencies. To take the first steps towards bringing suit in California against a group home or administrator responsible for abuse or negligence, you should seek the help of an experienced Orange County abuse and neglect lawyer to guide you and your loved one through the legal process. Experienced legal counsel can then advocate for them in court.
What Might Be Evidence of Abuse in Group Homes?
If your loved one expresses concerns about abuse or negligence to you, then you should not dismiss their worries outright. You should hear them out, even if they have dementia or a related mental illness. If you pay attention, you might see other signs of abuse, such as:
- Bruises, cuts, scrapes and bedsores.
- Malnutrition or dehydration.
- Rapid weight loss or overmedication.
- Mood swings or emotional withdrawal.
- Fear or anxiety around staff.
- Unsanitary conditions.
- Sudden, unexplained changes to a will or money withdrawals and transfers.
If there is evidence of abuse in a group home or in-home care, then all personnel, administrators and any other parties involved in the abuse can be held liable. An Orange County abuse and neglect lawyer can explain your legal options when faced with such a situation and discuss what steps can be taken.
Questions About Group Home Abuse? Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation
Our firm advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves. When you choose Ramey Law, P.C., our Orange County group home abuse lawyers will aggressively represent your loved one as he or she should not have to suffer abuse or neglect of any kind, especially at a group home where they should be receiving much-needed and necessary care. John and Christa Ramey work tirelessly to seek justice for the wrongs done to disabled adults who have suffered abuse in group homes. You can rely on them to fight for you and your loved ones in order to see justice done.
Call us for a free, confidential consultation at (310) 988-2400 or contact us online. We also have Spanish-speaking staff members for your convenience.