Neglect Law and Legal Definition

Neglect means to pay little or no attention or omission of proper attention to a person or thing. This can be inadvertent, negligent, or willful. It is the act or condition of disregarding. It also refers to the failure to give proper attention, supervision, or necessities, especially to a child, to such an extent that harm results or is likely to result. There are different types of neglect like physical neglect (Failure to provide necessaries, the lack of which has caused or could cause serious injury or illness), medical neglect (Failure to provide medical, dental, or psychiatric care that is necessary to prevent or to treat serious physical or emotional injury or illness) and educational neglect (Failure to ensure that a child attends school in accordance with state law).