Group Home Abuse

Group Home Abuse Attorneys in Birmingham

Representing Victims of Group Home Abuse in Alabama

When our loved ones are unable to care for themselves, group homes provide a safe and comfortable environment where they can receive the care they need. Sadly, some group homes fail to meet these expectations, and, in fact, are dangerous places where our loved ones suffer mental and emotional abuse. If you or someone you know have suffered at the hands of malicious or negligent caregivers, you may have a right to file a claim for compensation. Group home safety is important for your peace of mind and for the good of your loved one. Our Alabama attorneys at Montgomery Ponder can help.

Forms of Group Home Abuse

Residents of group homes can suffer many types of abuse, including:

  • Physical abuse: Residents are often unable to defend themselves, and caregivers may become frustrated or malicious and resort to physical violence. Residents often suffer from being choked, enduring beatings, excessive use of restraints, or live in unsanitary and unhygienic conditions.
  • Neglect: One of the worst forms of abuse is neglect, where residents are not provided with nutritious food, medical care, or personal attention they need to survive.
  • Emotional abuse: Children and adults who are unable to care for themselves are particularly susceptible to emotional abuse. Caregivers may blame residents, scream at them, ridicule them in private or in front of others, or ignore their needs.
  • Financial abuse: Financial abuse may involve stealing a personal item, illegally accessing a bank account, fraudulently opening accounts in a resident’s name, or selling their personal information.

Abuse and Neglect of People With Disabilities

Sadly, many of the victims of group home abuse are also loved ones who are living with disabilities. One of the benefits of group homes is that they offer adults with disabilities the opportunity to live with other similarly disabled people. This creates a community environment. However, there are several things that make disabled individuals more of a target for abuse and neglect:

  • Isolation and difficulty communicating with others outside of the home, including law enforcement
  • Being perceived as weaker or less likely to report abuse
  • Disabilities that make communication more difficult
  • Low self esteem or a fear that if they report the abuse they will not be believed

Take steps to protect your loved one by checking in on them regularly in their group home and watching for any signs of emotional or physical distress.

Have Your or a Loved One Suffered Abuse at a Group Home? We Can Help.

Our attorneys at Montgomery Ponder have over five decades of combined experience representing victims and assisting those who have been the victim of group home abuse. We can help investigate your case and file a claim or lawsuit to pursue the maximum compensation possible. We advocate for those who cannot protect themselves and take our responsibility very seriously.

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