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When an individual or a group of people leverage their power within a social or organizational context to mistreat somebody, this may be called institutional abuse. The mistreatment may be intentional, or it may stem from systemic issues such as lack of funding, training, or protective policies.

Institutional abuse can take many forms. It may involve sexual or physical abuse, financial or verbal abuse, or more. In organizational contexts, the perpetrator of the abuse is often an employee whose job involves caring for the well-being of the individual or individuals they target.

Power imbalances are a common thread in cases of institutional abuse. Children and older adults, who are often socially vulnerable because of their dependence on the care of others, are at a higher risk of being targeted by trusted caregivers or authority figures. The power imbalance may make it difficult for survivors of institutional abuse to speak up about their experience, and in some cases it may take a long time for the survivor to come forward.

Through a civil suit, survivors of institutional abuse in Zanesville may be eligible for compensation. Each case is different, and our team of Zanesville institutional abuse attorneys at Graham Law is dedicated to providing sensitive, compassionate support tailored to each client’s needs. Contact us today for a free initial consultation, to discuss what may be possible in your case.

What Is Abuse?

Under the Ohio Revised Code, abuse is defined with particular nuances depending on the context of a given case. In general, abuse may be defined as when a person inflicts physical, sexual, emotional and/or verbal harm unto another person. Abuse may be confined to a short time period, or it may be ongoing over a long time.

Physical, mental, and emotional injuries caused by an abuser’s actions can forever alter the life of a survivor. Every individual experience is different, and the ways in which survivors cope with the impacts of the abuse may vary vastly. From anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and other psychological adversities, survivors of institutional abuse may face a lifetime of recovery.

What Is Institutional Abuse?

Institutional abuse involves an organization or system of power that allows or in some cases encourages abuse to occur. Often, perpetrators of institutional abuse may be employees or associated individuals whose jobs involve taking care in some way of the people they target.

Examples of institutional abuse have been seen in schools, nursing homes, medical facilities, foster homes, and more. Teachers, doctors, social workers, and other trusted authority figures may be examples of abusers in these contexts. Because of the power imbalance inherent in the relationship between an institutional abuse survivor and perpetrator, it may be challenging for a survivor to seek help when abuse has taken place.

Sometimes, institutional abuse is overt. This may involve an employee of an institution causing deliberate physical and/or sexual harm to another person. In some cases, the institution may hold responsibility for its failure to prevent or put an end to the abuse.

Some institutional abuse is rooted in the institution’s organizational structures. For example, an institution may lack the resources it needs to operate at an adequate level. Understaffing, underfunding, lack of training, and an overworked staff may contribute to an environment in which abuse is allowed to go on.

In some cases, abuse may be built into the way a system is organized. The founders and organizers of an institution may believe that their organization operates for the good of the targeted individuals. Good intentions do not mean an action is not abusive.

Whether a case of institutional abuse is overt, structural, or systemic, survivors and their families often face life-altering impacts. Compensation may be available through a civil suit. Contact us today for a free initial consultation with our Zanesville institutional abuse attorneys, to learn what may be possible for you.

The Impacts of Institutional Abuse

Every case is unique, and the impacts of institutional abuse may be very different on different individuals. The nature and context of the abuse, the age of the institutional abuse survivor, the community they have around them, the institution’s response, and many other factors may influence how a survivor copes with the abuse.

These are just some examples of consequences a survivor of institutional abuse may face:

  • Physical injuries with short or long-term repercussions. These may include broken bones, cuts and lacerations, bruising, and more. Long-term effects of physical trauma may lead to chronic pain, reduced motor function, brain damage, and more.
  • Psychological injuries such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and more.
  • Financial losses, including debt as a result of medical bills in treating psychological or physical injuries, and/or as a result of financial abuse.
  • And more.

In some cases, the physical and/or psychological impacts of institutional abuse may prevent an individual from being able to work, pursue an education, or maintain closeness in their relationships. The stress of financial insecurity and social isolation can compound to worsen existing symptoms.

There may be financial help available to survivors of institutional abuse in Zanesville. Contact our Zanesville institutional abuse lawyers today to discuss your case, and learn what Graham Law may be able to do for you.

How a Zanesville Institutional Abuse Attorney Can Help

Compensation through a civil suit may help survivors of institutional abuse recover damages they have incurred. What may be possible in your case will vary depending on a wide range of factors. The following are general examples of damages for which you may be able to recover compensation:

  • Medical bills
  • Medications
  • Therapy (physical/psychological)
  • Lost income
  • Loss of consortium
  • Psychological damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • And possibly more

There may be a limit on how much time a survivor of institutional abuse has to file a lawsuit. Contact our Zanesville institutional abuse attorneys today to discuss the context of your particular claim, and learn what may be available to you.

Contact Our Zanesville Institutional Abuse Attorneys For A Free Initial Consultation

If you or someone you love have been impacted by institutional abuse, there may be compensation available. At Graham Law, we strive to provide tailored service to each of our clients, leading with compassion, sensitivity, and dedication. Contact us today to book a free initial consultation with our Zanesville institutional abuse attorneys, and see how we may be able to make a difference for you.

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