January 31, 2023
Healthcare law – a year in review.
Over the course of the last year, there have been many interesting judgements in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in relation to healthcare and personal injury law....
Disability Abuse Claims
According to the National Disability Authority, research in Ireland and internationally shows that people with disabilities are more likely to experience crime and abuse. Abuse of people who suffer from either physical and mental disability will most commonly take place in hospitals, residential homes and care facilities.
Physical, psychological and sexual abuse on disabled people can have a devastating effect on the victims and their families.
Lavelle Partners can provide confidential, sensitive support in relation to disability abuse claims in Ireland.
People with disabilities are more likely to experience abuse for longer periods of time because they have difficulties and additional concerns when accessing the support that they need. Their reliance on other people means that often they are reliant on their abuser for personal care or mobility.
Children with disabilities are at increased risk of abuse and neglect, yet they are underrepresented in safeguarding systems. Children with disabilities and learning difficulties can be abused and neglected in ways that other children cannot and the early indicators suggestive of abuse and neglect can be more complicated than for children with disabilities.
Abuse of disabled people can come in any form. The most common forms of abuse that we encounter are:
A disability abuse claim can be taken against an individual or an organisation, such as a hospital or a care home facility, for the abuse that was suffered by the disabled if they are responsible for the abuse.
Where an abuse claim can be proved, the disabled person can attempt to recover compensation for the actual physical or psychological abuse suffered and out of pocket expenses.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.
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