In California, there are seven state hospitals established by section 7500 of the Welfare and Institutions Code that are designed to care for and treat the developmentally disabled. There are also five state-run developmental centers that house people who suffer from disabilities and who are unable to care for themselves. These developmental centers and hospitals do not always operate in the manner in which they should, oftentimes to the detriment of their residents.
“Unfortunately, some of the state’s most vulnerable populations suffer the greatest abuses,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “and, in many cases, those assigned to protect and care for them are the perpetrators.”
An investigation by a not-for-profit group named California Watch identified both a pattern of abuse as well as one of law enforcement failing to respond properly when abuse was reported or when injury occurred.