Minnesota Nursing Home Abuse Caught on Tape
Nowadays, more incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect are being caught on tape. This results in the necessary evidence against the abusers to ensure they never work in a nursing home again. Today nursing home abuse caught on tape is not uncommon and certainly helps document what can be difficult to prove under some circumstances.
It was reported last month by CNN that a nursing home employee was allegedly caught on tape abusing a resident with mental disabilities. This is proof that such things happen in so many different settings, including these places where individuals trust the care of their loved ones to a staff that is touted as being responsible and professional.
According to the CNN story, the video was mailed to the facility operators. Upon viewing the tape, the nursing home’s management placed the employee on administrative leave without pay.
In the tape, it was revealed that the employee kicked the female resident in the stomach, hit her with a belt, and then dragged her across the floor by her hair. This was a very disturbing video that was quite unsettling to the nursing home’s management.
However, there is some mystery surrounding this tape because it was sent to management with the title “The Perfect Employee.” There were no additional details provided with the DVD. The facility itself is nonprofit and holds a contract with the state’s department of developmental services in order for residents to provide the care they need for the mental disabilities that they have. This means that it is in the best interest of the state to make sure the matter is fully investigated to determine how such an act was able to occur.
Those involved with this case state that no other residents have been hurt in any way and that this incident was an isolated one. Unfortunately, this type of conduct is seen too many times in nursing home and it is unlikely for such acts to occur to only one resident one time. Furthermore, the mistreatment of one nursing home resident affects the well-being of all residents, causing them to live in fear, especially when such acts are swept under the rug and not given the proper attention.
Use of Cameras – Nursing Home Abuse Caught on Tape
With the widespread use of smart phones and hidden cameras the issue of videos and pictures showing elder abuse and neglect is becoming common. The general law in Minnesota is that it is a one person consent for videos, however it is recommended that you not record caregivers, roommates without consent, unless there is some significant reason to do so, such as the caregiver is physically abusing the resident. There is a balance between the right to protect yourself and family with video and the privacy rights of others.
This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member. To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly please send an email to KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or call Ken at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589.