Adult ADHD Lawsuits
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What is Adult ADHD?
Adult ADHD is a medical condition characterized by symptoms related to learning, focus, and attention. ADHD stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” A person who has ADHD may have difficulty focusing on one task at a time, and may sometimes experience periods of inattentiveness and restlessness. ADHD has usually been attributed to children and adolescents, but has recently been diagnosed in adults as well.
Adult ADHD may present various challenges different areas of life, such as in the family, social, and employment areas. Workplace disputes involving ADHD can often arise, especially when it comes to employment discrimination.
What Legal Issues are Involved in Adult ADHD Lawsuits?
One of the main legal issues associated with Adult ADHD lawsuits is that of employment discrimination. Employees cannot discriminate against a person based on their membership in “protected classes” such as their age, race, religion, sex, or medical “disability”.
Adult ADHD is considered a medical disability under state and federal law if the symptoms are so severe that they interfere with a person’s ability to perform “major life activities”. These include walking, talking, working, learning, and other major functions. Since ADHD is often considered a learning disability, it may be listed as a disability for some legal purposes.
Other legal issues may include various issues related to medical treatments, such as medical malpractice, or issues with ADHD drugs and medicine. Proving adult ADHD claims can often be tricky, as delayed or late-onset ADHD may also be a factor.
What if My Rights Have Been Violated Due to an ADHD Condition?
Wrongful termination based on an ADHD condition is becoming more and more common as a basis for a lawsuit. Also, denial of employment rights, or denial of benefits due to ADHD discrimination can also cause a person to experience losses. If you believe your employment rights have been violated on account of an ADHD condition, you may need to file a claim for relief.
This may involve filing with an Equal Opportunity government agency (usually at the state level). Alternatively, a lawsuit can be filed although you typically need to file with a government employment agency first. Legal relief may involve a monetary damages award to compensate you for your losses. Attention deficit disorder in adults is becoming one of the more litigated subjects in employment law.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With an Adult ADHD Lawsuit?
Filing a lawsuit can sometimes be a very challenging and complex undertaking. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need to file an adult ADHD-related lawsuit. Your attorney can assist you with the various legal tasks involved during a trial, and can provide you with representation during the court hearings.
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Last Modified: 06-18-2013 01:57 PM PDT
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