A developmental disability is a "severe, chronic disability
attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment, which
manifests before age 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely."
Developmental disabilities result in substantial limitations
in 3 or more of the following areas: self-care, language,
learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent
living and economic self-sufficiency. Specific disabilities
can include but are not limited to cerebral palsy, autism,
syndrome and other neurological conditions.
Each year, millions of Americans with developmental disabilities
do not receive the care and support required to meet their
daily needs; even worse, thousands are subjected to illegal
abuse and neglect. For a variety of reasons incidents of abuse
and neglect are often unreported. Lack of information about
one's rights, communication difficulties and fear of caretaker
retaliation are among the principle causes of this chronic
Some examples of abuse and neglect include:
- Neglect leading to skin breakdown
- Punching, hitting, burning, etc.
- Sexual assault
- Threats and/or harassment
- Failure to provide appropriate medical treatment
- Failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing or
For many years, Anderson Pangia & Associates has proudly represented
persons with developmental disabilities who have been victimized.
We are passionately dedicated to remedying these injustices.
We concentrate on matters involving abuse and neglect of individuals
living in residential facilities such as ICF/MRs, group homes
and long-term nursing facilities, and we have the experience
and resources necessary to effectively litigate these tragic
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