The daily struggles faced by adults and children with special needs are more than enough. Everyday tasks such as getting dressed, eating, bathing and moving around often provide obstacles, and it is not uncommon for these individuals to rely upon caregivers, case workers and others for help to get through daily life.
These vulnerable individuals can sustain injuries in the very locations that are meant to provide safe and secure environments: their schools and group homes. Those injuries may be serious and even fatal, attributed to falls, burns, physical abuse and motor vehicle collisions.
Lack of supervision may lead to variety of injuries
People with special needs require regular supervision whether by their teachers in a classroom setting or by managers in group home residences. However, sometimes, schools and group homes do not have enough staff.
When understaffed, school and group home settings potentially become dangerous for people with special needs. Preventable injuries are a heartbeat away. Such injuries may include:
- Head and neck injuries: A traumatic brain injury may lead to bleeding on the brain and prove fatal. Neck injuries from a fall may lead to a spinal cord injury and even paralysis.
- Fractures: Broken bones may result from falls and physical abuse, including beatings. Fractured arms, legs, and hands are among the possible injuries.
- Lacerations: Terrible cuts may result from handling sharp objects such as knives, shards of glass and can openers.
- Burns: Some people with intellectual disabilities may not understand the harm that a fire may cause.
Sadly, these scenarios can happen and will make you and your family wonder who was responsible.
Continue to advocate for your loved one
Many people with special needs cannot care for themselves. If they do not get the proper supervision from the people and organizations entrusted with their care, serious or even fatal injuries may occur. Continuing to be an advocate for your loved one is crucial and could minimize preventable injuries.