An Illinois law went into effect on January 01, 2016 that allows cameras to be installed in nursing patients’ rooms so that their families can monitor the actions of staff members and visitors. The Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC feel that this measure will allow families to more easily gather evidence against negligent nursing facilities that can be used to hold them liable for neglect and abuse. This technology can also be used by nursing staff and administrators to improve the care rendered to patients or to alert them when a staff member mistreats or abuses patients.
The Provisions of the Nanny Cam Law
The majority of the complaints fielded by the Illinois Department of Public Health pertain to long-term nursing care facilities, which is why Attorney General Lisa Madigan supported the new camera law when it was first introduced. In order to protect the rights of all patients and to prevent an increase in the cost for nursing services across the state, the law included specific provisions that must be met for a family to install a camera in their loved one’s room.
If the patient shares a room, both patients must consent to the installation of the device beforehand. The family of the patient is responsible for the cost to install and maintain the device and once the device is installed, nursing staff may not tamper with or destroy the device or any of the information that it has gathered. Since the information can be used to press civil and criminal charges, anyone who enters the room must be aware that they are being recorded, so a notice must be posted stating that a camera is installed and in use.
Effectiveness of Camera is still in Question
Our Chicago nursing home injury lawyers have linked many cases to the inability of nursing staff to provide decent care due to the refusal of a facility to hire enough qualified staff members to tend to the needs of every individual. While the installation of cameras will help detect abuse and make it easier to prosecute, there are still questions as to how effective it will be in limiting understaffing efforts made by corporations that try to limit their expenses and expand their margins. The evidence collected by camera will be invaluable in establishing patterns and determining whether a patient is being properly supervised, but this will not prevent the mistreatment of patients whose rooms are not being monitored.
If you would like to take an active part in keeping your loved one safe, but cannot afford to purchase a device or pay for monitoring services, the state may provide financial assistance to help you do so. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of neglect or abuse, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC may be able to help you. We will gladly review the details of your case and conduct an investigation into the matter to determine whether you should pursue legal action.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys so that we can collect the information we need to evaluate your case and go over your legal options with you in the setting of your choice. If we find evidence of abuse, we can assist you in transferring your loved one to a nursing facility that will offer better care and will aggressively pursue compensation from the facility responsible for your loved one’s injuries. We only accept attorneys’ fees after successfully securing compensation on behalf of our clients and if we are unable to collect damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.