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Is My Loved One Safe in a Nursing Home? Video Sparks Elder Abuse Investigation

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2015 | Personal Injury |

Tragically, every year, nursing home residents suffer abuse in Georgia and throughout the country.

Earlier this month, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department launched an elder abuse investigation after an employee of a LifeHOUSE elder care facility in Vista, Calif. was accused of using her cellphone to take a video of a patient getting in the shower then posting it online.

The Snapchat video shows a partially nude woman from the shoulders up while an employee stands behind her laughing.

The Sheriff’s Department said both employees are now suspended without pay and could face charges of elder abuse and computer crime.

The allegations were brought to LifeHOUSE Executive Director Sharron Clark, who asked the staff member suspected of posting the video about it. The employee confirmed she was helping to give the woman, who has dementia, a shower when the photo was taken. However, she insisted that she didn’t take any photos of the patient.

Allen said taking the video was a violation of the resident’s rights.

Why Do I Need a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney?

We at McArthur Law Firm are a trial law firm, and while we are more than capable of negotiating a settlement, we do not hesitate to take our clients’ cases to trial if that is what is in their best interests. Other ways that the Georgia personal injury lawyers at the McArthur Law Firm serve their nursing home abuse and neglect clients include:

  • Preventing nursing homes from blocking access to or hiding evidence and important information
  • Conducting a thorough and aggressive investigation of the incident, including collecting photographic evidence, reviewing security footage, interviewing witnesses, gathering and reviewing documentation related to the business and its practices and investigating any employees involved
  • Having medical experts review your family member’s medical records, pinpoint the cause of his or her injuries and calculate what it will cost for your loved one to live with his or her injuries

To learn more about elder abuse or to set up a free consultation with a nursing home abuse attorney at the McArthur Law Firm, call us directly at 478-238-6600 or fill out our online contact form. If outside of Georgia, call 478-238-6600.