Residential care facilities, commonly known as group homes, care for disadvantaged individuals who cannot live on their own or with their families due to a variety of challenges. Instead, they stay with a caregiver or group home social worker. These workers are supposed to create an environment, t that allows them to grow and accommodates their condition.
Many group homes offer a safe environment for foster care wards or individuals with physical or mental disabilities, but there are some that take advantage of these people who cannot care for themselves. We frequently hear reports of abuse circulate about certain group homes where residents suffer trauma and injuries from abusive and neglectful behavior on the part of their caregivers.
As a victim of group home abuse, you can hire a Cooper City personal injury attorney and file an abuse claim against the liable parties. If you can prove to the court that someone involved in the group home’s operation was neglectful or abusive and caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the harms you sustained at their hands.
Types of Injury
Did you know that injuries suffered by group home residents aren’t limited to physical abuse? Caregivers can take advantage of their ward’s vulnerability in many ways, and these individuals are often helpless to protect themselves.
Group Home Physical Injuries
Physical injuries are still the most common type of abuse in a group home. Caregivers sometimes enjoy the power that comes with using their physical advantages over disabled residents. They strike out in anger, retaliation, sadistic enjoyment, or to coerce a resident into doing something.
Neglectful conditions within a group home can also cause physical injury. If the home is in poor condition, isn’t well maintained, or there is a lack of supervision, things like lacerations, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries are possible.
Group Home Emotional Abuse
By neglecting and abusing their wards emotionally, abuse takes on a less tangible form. Many individuals in a group home are susceptible to depression and mental distress. Lack of interaction, verbal abuse, and a no healthy social activity in the lives of a group home’s residents can cause serious emotional distress. This abuse can then lead to more tangible problems such as sleep or weight disorders and suicidal thoughts or actions.
Group Home Financial Abuse
Caregivers can also abuse a resident by stealing from them. They may steal money directly or take physical property which they then sell for a profit. Some may even go so far as to steal a resident’s identity to make expensive purchases or sell their information to someone else for the same purpose.
Group Home Sexual Abuse
Unfortunately, there are people in this world who prey sexually on the weak and vulnerable. It doesn’t matter whether a person is old or young, in good or poor health, male or female, gay or straight. It can happen to anyone. Sexual abuse can cause physical injury and severe emotional distress to victims as previously mentioned.
Claims of Group Home Neglect and Abuse
While a criminal charge should be brought about for those responsible for group home abuse, victims can also take civil action by suing for damages. If you’ve been injured due to neglect or abuse in a group home, you may be eligible for significant compensation. Talk to a Cooper City personal injury attorney to determine whether you have a viable case.
Because a group home personal injury claim can be brought against anyone whose negligence caused injury to the plaintiff, victims can sue multiple parties. If the institution that manages a group home is equally culpable as the caregiver or person who runs the group home, they can also be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
Seeking Legal Help
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the abusive or neglectful actions of a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other similar homes, contact the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., for a free consultation to discuss your case. A Cooper City personal injury attorney will schedule a sit down to review your best legal options for securing the settlement you deserve. Call us today at
954-438-1000 or contact us online.