Child Abuse and Neglect Law Firm Serving KY, OH, & IN
If your child has been abused you are furious, and you are probably also scared. You need to know what to do immediately to protect your child and other children who may be under the abuser’s care. Contact the law offices of Isaacs & Isaacs 24/7 at 800-800-8888 for a free case evaluation by an attorney who has helped others to receive settlements for their child abuse claims.
Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury lawyers have experience protecting children who have been abused and/or neglected. We know exactly what steps you need to take to protect your child(ren) and to ensure the abuser is stopped from harming another child.
Our firm’s personal injury attorneys understand how difficult it is to report child abuse or neglect.
Recognize Risk Factors of Child Abuse and Neglect
More than three million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the U.S. Most cases go unreported, so this statistic represents a small percentage of what’s really going on.
We see evidence of the pervasiveness of child abuse later in statistics like homelessness, prison and violent crimes. Because chances are that a child who is not nurtured or protected will grow up angry, confused and dysfunctional.
Types of Child Abuse
Your child comes home from a weekend visit and something is terribly wrong. Maybe he has a visible injury or tells you that somebody hurt him; maybe she is acting hurt, withdrawn or scared, but when you ask her if there’s anything wrong she says “no.” Child abuse can take many different forms. Sometimes the abuse is blatant; other cases are not so easy to detect. Often children are afraid to talk about what happened. Maybe the abuser has threatened to harm them or somebody they love if they tell.
Examples of child abuse are:
- Physical Abuse
- Withholding food and water
- Denying medical care
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Inappropriate touching
- Inappropriate talk about sexual topics
- Forcing a child to view pornographic pictures or movies
- Forcing a child to perform sex acts
Forms of Child Neglect
Child neglect comes in many forms, and while some are obvious, others are harder to detect but can be just as devastating to a child’s physical and emotional well being.
Child neglect includes:
- Lack of supervision
- Ignoring a child
- Neglecting to feed a child
- Neglecting good hygiene
- Lack of adequate medical treatment
Sometimes child abuse or neglect is obvious. The signs are there for anybody to see.
These might include
- Physical injuries such as burns, bruises, or broken bones;
- Emotional signs such as withdrawal, anger, or shame;
- A child is unsupervised;
- A child looks malnourished or is famished;
- Poor hygiene;
- Acting out sexually.
Sometimes a child just doesn’t act like he or she is okay, but acts frightened, withdrawn or angry.
Prosecuting Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: Child Abuse Laws Can Be Complex
Prosecuting child abuse usually requires lengthy investigation of the facts and testimony from the child(ren) involved. It is a traumatic and wrenching experience for both the victims and their parents.
As seasoned and empathic legal professionals, our personal injury attorneys are equipped to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of the legal system and get meaningful concrete results and justice for a child who’s been harmed while under the care (or lack thereof) of another.
Standing Up for Child Abuse Victims With No Protective Adult to Watch Out For Them
The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled in June 2015 that a child’s recounting of abuse to a teacher or other authority figure is admissible testimony and eligible for inclusion as allowed evidence and does not violate the rights of the accused, a decision that removes a significant past potential blockage to successful prosecution of child abuse cases (Ohio v. Clark).
It is scary to report a neighbor, teacher, parent or family member for the serious crime of child abuse. But you need to act immediately to protect the child and also to ensure the abuser(s) is stopped from harming another vulnerable child. You are not alone. Our experienced and compassionate child abuse lawyers will help you to handle this terrible situation in the very best way possible.
Call Isaacs & Isaacs immediately at 800-800-8888 if you believe that a child is being abused or neglected. We are experienced, dedicated advocates for abused children and will help you and the child(ren) to get through this and go forward with life.
When you contact Isaacs & Isaacs, you can be assured of the following:
- The full attention of our child abuse and neglect attorneys while we answer questions and address your concerns.
- A free comprehensive evaluation to determine if you have a case.
- Advice to help protect the child while the case is pending.
- Our unwavering commitment to putting a stop to child abuse and bringing offenders to justice.
Together, we can stop the abuse of a child and put an end to this incalculable and unjust pain. Let’s turn their trial into a triumph.