Down Syndrome in Group Homes
Down syndrome is one of the most common mental disorders known in the country. It is primarily recognized from its distinctive characteristics such as mental retardation, distinguishing facial features, and other traits. It is caused by a chromosomal abnormality, and individuals with down syndrome tend to have lower than average cognitive ability. Since the caring and teaching for these individuals requires constant attention and patience, many family members opt to give the responsibility for their loved ones with down syndrome to group homes.
There are many types of group homes located in the Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale area who have been found responsible for abuse or neglect by one of their employees or volunteers. If you suspect that your loved one with down syndrome has been a victim of abuse or neglect, please contact an Arizona personal injury attorney to discuss your options for compensation. Each year, 4000 babies are born with down syndrome in the United States. There is no cure of down syndrome, and the care for these individuals are often reliant on others. There are many different scenarios that can occur in a group home in terms of abuse or neglect for your loved one. Some examples include:
- Facial lacerations
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Starving, or depriving down syndrome patients of food or drink
- Failing to give patients medications
Individuals with down syndrome tend to have severe repercussions due to being victimized by this type of abuse. The physical and emotional consequences vary from each case, but are often times followed by thousands of dollars in medical and therapy bills. Some examples of these types of physical and emotional consequences include:
- Bruising/ Scarring
- Anger issues
- Excessive fear
- Malnutrition Death
- Head trauma
In most cases, it is difficult to undo the emotional damage abuse causes to a person with down syndrome. If you suspect abuse, talking to a professional is the best course of action to take.