April 29, 2012

Family Releases Video Allegedly Showing Nursing Home Abuse

by Levin & Perconti

According to the NJ News, the family of a woman who claims she was victimized by intentional nursing home abuse has released a video showing some of the abuse. The senior in the case was paralyzed and lived at the long-term care facility until her death over a year ago. The victim’s family was shocked when they learned of the abuse that the woman was forced to endure in her last months.

The story on the situation suggests that at least one person has been charged in the incident. However, the family members of the victim explain that video shows that more employees mistreated the woman. The family in this case first installed the “granny cam” when they noticed suspicious bruises on their loved one. The explained that they complained to the nursing home officials but nothing was done. In addition, the family had called state officials in an attempt to get accountability; however that also did not result in timely action. Each Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer at our firm knows that local families have discovered mistreatment in the same ways, after uncovering bizarre wounds on their relative during visits.

Like many local seniors, the woman in this case first entered the long-term care facility after suffering a stroke seven years earlier. As the years wore on the family became more and more suspicious about the treatment that she was receiving. The family started using the video camera about a month before the senior actually passed away. The video shows egregious treatment.

The video allegedly shows at least one nursing home aide physically and emotionally abusing the 87-year old resident. At one point the recording reveals a worker saying “Lady, why don’t you die.” In addition, the tape also shows a caregiver striking the senior for no reason and removing her oxygen mask without authorization.

The one aide implicated so far was fired immediately after she was arrested for the elder abuse. Right now she has been charged with abandonment, assault, and neglect of the elderly. It is unclear if any other aides are under suspicion or may face charges down the road. The family explained that they were shocked when they saw the tape, because the abusive aide had always seemed friendly. They never suspected she would be capable of something like this.

The family in this case—the daughter and grandson of the woman—have filed a nursing home neglect lawsuit against the facility for the abusive care received by their loved one. The camera footage will obviously play an important part in the suit. Our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have worked on cases where video recordings helped show what actually happened. No matter what, it is absolutely essential for those who suspect mistreatment at a local home to take action. Complaints and suspicions should be directed to facility officials. State officials should be notified. Legal professionals should also be sought out if necessary to ensure legal rights are protected and full accountability is demanded. That is the only way to ensure that the mistreatment stopped and other residents are protected.

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