The special needs abuse lawyers at the Philadelphia medical malpractice law firm of The Levin Firm understand that special needs abuse often goes unreported for a number of reasons. Our attorneys know that oftentimes the victim does not have the capacity to communicate the special needs abuse. Sometimes, the victim does not even know that what is happening to them is wrong. Other times, the abuser may have intimidated the victim into keeping quiet about the special needs abuse. This is why it is important to be aware of signs that your loved one is a victim. Signs of abuse include bedsores, broken bones, cuts, bruises, and scars. Signs of neglect include a dirty or cluttered home, odors on your loved one’s clothing, furniture or bedsheets, unclean hair or nails, and unexplained weight loss.
“Special needs” is a blanket term for any individual who requires assistance from others due to a medical, metal or physical disability. Individuals with special needs include those living with autism, Down’s syndrome, dyslexia, cystic fibrosis, as well as the blind and deaf.
Children and adults with special needs require extra care and attention from their teacher, friends and family. Oftentimes, they also require the attention of medical professionals trained in caring for these individuals. Most of these professionals are great at what they do, and greatly improve the lives of those with special needs and their families. Sadly though, there are instances with individuals with special needs are abused. This may happen because caregivers get agitated while trying to deal with their patients, because they intentionally or unintentionally neglect the patient’s needs, or even because some caregivers intentionally take advantage of the vulnerability of our friends and loved ones with special needs.
Representing victims of special needs abuse requires a team of lawyers, nurses and others trained to review the facts of these cases, including medical records. It can be very difficult to prove that even the most serious injury is the result of medical malpractice. That’s why you need attorneys on your side to investigate medical records and find the best medical experts to examine the extent of your injuries. At The Levin Firm, we also work with highly-regarded experts to determine the type of medical malpractice and how and why it happened. At times, we will work with other law firms that have particular expertise to assure that our clients receive the most thorough and zealous representation.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend with special needs who has been abused or neglected by a caregiver, contact The Levin Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case.
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