February 16, 2012
When we think of nursing home abuse, we imagine it happening to an elderly person at an assisted living facility. What we often fail to remember is that the same abuse and neglect can happen to our children in the company of others.
Take, for instance, a case reported by WSLS 10 News of an 11-year-old autistic boy from outside Lynchburg, Virginia, who was beaten last fall by a bus driver and her assistant while they were taking him home. Video footage from the bus shows the two women kicking and beating the child with a fly swatter that September afternoon. Upon investigation, Bedford County school officials fired the two women for their actions and turned the case over to police. Two months later, the women were convicted of misdemeanor assault and received 12-month reduced sentences.
Only recently, though, did the boy’s family file a lawsuit for the alleged abuse. Their lawsuit seeks $20 million in damages from the Bedford County Schools, along with an additional $500,000 in punitive damages to be collected from the two women.
On Wednesday of this week, an attorney for one of the women filed a response to the lawsuit claiming no wrongdoing on her part.
The Virginia Caregiver Abuse Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm may be able to help answer some of your questions if your loved one has been caused physical or mental harm while in the care of another person.