Cameras Might Help Contain Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is an ever-common tragedy in facilities nowadays. As our largest population segment ages into elders, more and more people face the possibility of time spent in nursing homes or other care facilities. This makes it all the more important for California and other states to begin cracking down on elder abuse in nursing homes: as the number of patients increases its axiomatic the incidences of abuse will too. While every case looks different, there may be one solution to help fix it all. If you or someone you know is a victim of nursing home abuse, call an elder abuse and nursing home abuse lawyer at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669.
What Cameras Could Do
Cameras, hidden and otherwise, have been presented as a possible solution to the nursing home abuse that seems to only be a problem on the rise. Cameras in nursing homes could potentially catch wrongdoers in the act. Or even just the threat of cameras might deter the perpetrator from committing the act altogether. This seems like an obvious fix; but, of course, all solutions come with problems.
One potential road block for cameras in nursing homes is the expectation of privacy, or even simply your right to privacy. Nursing homes are, in an ideal world, social places. Residents come and go from other residents’ rooms, and friends and family can visit residents as well. Residents also do not always have their own rooms. This begs the question: if someone has a camera in their room for their own safety, do they have to ask everyone for their consent to be recorded before they step into their room? How about before they unexpectedly pass by the room, talking loudly with someone in the hallway? There are a plethora of instances where an individual could be caught on camera, and without their consent, this could lead to legal issues.
However, a potential solution is better than no solution at all. The idea of surveillance and cameras in nursing homes to counteract abuse is a good first step toward finding a way to halt abuse in nursing homes.
If you or a loved one been the victim of nursing home abuse in California, contact the Evans Law Firm nursing home abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities, securities fraud and FINRA arbitrations.