Bills Hope to Lower the cases of Abuse of the Developmentally Disabled

Posted on November 4, 2011

Unfortunately, the abuse of adults carrying developmental disabilities in nursing homes and other health facilities continues, according to many news sources. Following the reports from articles discussing the subject, the only way to change this picture is to have lawmakers working on bills that protect disabled adults from neglect and abuse.

By creating a tougher set of regulations for mental care facilities, adults left under the care of mental health professionals would be much safer.

Reports of malnourishment and neglect are often publicized but little seems to be done to change this tragic reality. A few of the bills that have recently been introduced regarding the subject include “Tara’s Law” and a bill that would hold witnesses of neglected disabled adults accountable. Under this new bill, anyone who ever witnessed an abuse to a patient of a mental facility and didn’t report the occurring could be criminally liable.

As a Los Angels wrongful death attorney, I’m familiar with the tragic causes of fatalities related to the mistreat of disabled adults. Health care professionals should not only be attentive to their colleagues but also to the overall conditions of the facilities they work for. Promoting a professional and ethical environment can make the life of adults who care developmental disabilities much better.

Don’t hesitate to call a personal injury lawyer case you or a loved one is a victim of ethical or professional violations.

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