Video Evidence Of Illinois Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

There are many signs that can indicate possible nursing home abuse and neglect.  Signs of nursing home abuse are discussed on the “Nursing Home Abuse” page.

One way that such abuse and neglect can be monitored is through the use of video surveillance.  Such videotaping is legal in Illinois, albeit with various stipulations.  The law is summarized in the August 23, 2015 post titled “Law Allowing Electronic Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes.”

The NBC Chicago article (with video) of January 17, 2017, titled “Law Meant to Protect Elderly Could Keep Video Out of Court in Abuse Case” discusses alleged nursing home abuse and neglect that happened to a nursing home resident that was filmed, and whether such evidence is valid given the existing law and its legal interpretations.  The alleged abuse and neglect of a nursing home resident occurred at Pleasant View Luther Nursing Home in Ottowa.

The alleged abuse happened to nursing home resident Francesco Chiurato, 88.  An excerpt quoting his son, John Chiurato:

Chiurato set up a surveillance camera in his father’s room to see for himself and said what he discovered was “constant neglect or physical battery.”

Video in the article shows several instances of interactions between Francesco Chiurato and a nurse.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and we have handled over 10,000 personal injury lawsuits over the last 25+ years.   We are known for our courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group take cases to court. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Law Allowing Electronic Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes

An Illinois bill to allow video surveillance cameras was discussed in the February 15, 2015 post, titled “Illinois Bill To Allow Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras.”

On August 21, 2015, Illinois House Bill 2462 was signed into law by Governor Rauner.  The law allows residents and their families to place video or audio monitoring devices in resident rooms, subject to various conditions.  The law takes effect January 1, 2016.

The law and its various conditions and provisions are discussed in a variety of media sources.  Three of these sources include the August 23, 2015 thetelegraph.com article titled “Bill to allow monitoring in nursing homes now law,” as well as the August 21 Chicago Tribune article titled “Rauner signs bill allowing nursing home residents to install cameras” and the August 25 AARP press release titled “Bill Allowing Electronic Monitoring In Nursing Homes Signed Into Law.”

Many people have advocated for the ability to legally use video surveillance systems in Illinois nursing homes in order to capture and/or deter potential nursing home abuse and neglect.  As well, the videos can potentially be used in any criminal charges or civil lawsuits.

An excerpt from The Telegraph article:

In drafting this legislation, Madigan cited an increasing need for additional safety measures at Illinois nursing homes as the state’s population continues to age. Currently, Illinois has more than 860 nursing home facilities with more than 76,000 residents. The U.S. Census Bureau also estimates that by 2030, 22.3 percent of Illinois’ population will be aged 60 and older, an increase of more than 28 percent from 2012.

Madigan noted that video and audio monitoring can be used as an added tool to help resolve disputes about suspected abuse or negligence. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) receives more than 21,000 calls annually and responds to approximately 5,000 complaints, the majority of which involve long-term care facilities. In 2013, the IDPH found 106 allegations of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property against residents by facility staff to be valid. In addition, the video and audio monitoring allowed by this law can be helpful to nursing homes by alerting them to employees who may be involved in abusive or unacceptable behavior, and allowing them to take disciplinary measures.

The article also summarizes the law’s main provisions.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Illinois Bill To Allow Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras

In the September 8, 2014 post (“Proposal To Allow Audio And Video Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes“) a proposal by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was discussed.  That proposal would allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes, subject to various provisions, as discussed.

Currently, under Illinois law, Illinois nursing home residents are not allowed to have video cameras installed their rooms.  However, as discussed in the above-mentioned post, the proposed surveillance could be used to help resolve disputes about suspected Illinois nursing home abuse and/or negligence, and presumably would also serve as a deterrent.

Today (February 13, 2015) a bill has been introduced in Springfield by Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago.  This bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing home residents’ rooms if they want them and are willing to pay for them.  As well, various other conditions would also have to be met.   The bill specifies that the video surveillance recordings could be used as evidence in court proceedings.  The bill was drafted by the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The bill, and the conditions under which the cameras would be allowed, is discussed in various media sources, including the February 13, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Nursing home room monitoring cameras would be allowed under Illinois bill” as well as the February 13 abc7news.com article (with video) titled “I-Team:  Law Would Allow Nursing Home Surveillance Cameras.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article:

The Illinois Department of Public Health receives about 19,000 calls alleging neglect or abuse each year and investigates about 5,000 of them, according to the attorney general’s office.

“Unfortunately, people who are disabled or people who are elderly and vulnerable can get abused,” Harris said. “We’ve seen it and it’s a really sad state of affairs, and anything we can do to prevent that happening is just so important.”

The abc7news.com article also discussed the bill, and highlights various cases of alleged Illinois nursing home abuse.

Both of the articles mentioned above state that currently camera monitoring in nursing homes is legal in four states.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Video Used In Detecting Illinois Nursing Home Negligence

In the September 8, 2014 post (“Proposal To Allow Audio And Video Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes“) the then-recently proposed idea to allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes was discussed.  The idea for such monitoring is to better ensure the safety and well-being of Illinois nursing home residents.

This evening (December 9, 2014) CBS Chicago ran a segment (with video) regarding a video of alleged Illinois nursing home negligence, regarding the care of a woman (Jean Mangan) at the Concord Nursing and Rehab Center, which is now known as Aperion Care Oak Lawn.  This video is alleged evidence of the negligence.

The alleged injuries that the woman suffered led to a Illinois nursing home negligence lawsuit, as discussed in the segment.

The CBS Chicago segment can be seen in the article titled “Daughter of Woman Allegedly Injured In Nursing Home Pushes For Patient Monitoring.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its courtroom trial capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if an attractive lawsuit settlement is not offered, we have a proven track record of achieving attractive courtroom verdicts.

In fact, because of this court trial capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Proposal To Allow Audio And Video Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes

Today (September 8, 2014) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a proposal that would allow video cameras and audio recording devices in Illinois nursing homes, provided that nursing home residents consent and if they (or their family members) pay for such devices and their operation.  Currently, under Illinois law, Illinois nursing home residents are not allowed to have video cameras installed their rooms.

Three excerpts from the press release, titled “Attorney General Madigan Announces Legislation To Allow Video, Audio Monitoring In Nursing Homes“:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced a legislative proposal that will allow nursing home residents and their families to provide video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms to ensure their safety and well-being.

also:

The Attorney General cited an increasing need for additional safety measures at Illinois nursing homes as the state’s population continues to age. Currently, Illinois has over 1,200 nursing home facilities with over 100,000 residents. The U.S. Census Bureau also estimates that by 2030, 22.3 percent of Illinois’ population will be aged 60 and older, an increase of more than 28 percent from 2012.

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Madigan noted that video and audio surveillance could be used as an added tool to help resolve disputes about suspected abuse or negligence. The Illinois Department of Public Health receives nearly 19,000 calls annually and responds to over 5,000 complaints. During the first quarter of 2014, the Department of Public Health reported licensure violations for 77 facilities.

The Chicago Tribune also published a September 8 article regarding the proposal.  The article is titled “Should video cameras be used in nursing homes?”  An excerpt from this article:

Five states — Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Maryland and Washington — allow cameras in nursing homes, said Lori Smetanka, director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, which promotes quality care services for seniors.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this video and audio monitoring in Illinois nursing homes proposal can be seen in the press release and Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the September 8, 2014 myfoxchicago.com article titled “New proposal would allow cameras at nursing homes.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Unexplained Bruising As A Sign Of Possible Nursing Home Abuse

As mentioned throughout this site, there are many signs of potential nursing home abuse.

One of these signs is if unexplained bruising occurs.   Other unexplained injuries are also potential signs.

A recent action by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services against a North Carolina assisted living facility highlights alleged nursing home abuse, including a resident who had an unexplained large bruise.  The resident later died.

This nursing home abuse is discussed in The Associated Press article seen in the July 2, 2014 GreenfieldReporter.com article titled “Wilmington-area nursing home cited for failure to protect residents” and more fully at the July 1 starnewsonline.com article titled “N.C. agency issues Champions Assisted Living most severe violation possible.”

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Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

Detecting Nursing Home Abuse

Recently the Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has published a document titled “Protecting Residents From Abuse & Neglect In Health Care Facilities.”(pdf)  This document, dated May 2014, discusses various aspects of how to recognize and protect residents of health care facilities (nursing homes and other care facilities) from nursing home abuse and neglect.

In this document, various topics and resources are discussed, including:

  • “Recognizing Patient Abuse & Neglect”  – including physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, and neglect (each topic with various suggestions)
  • “Stopping Patient Abuse & Neglect” – 8 suggestions

While this document is geared toward potential Michigan nursing home abuse and neglect, the suggestions regarding recognizing nursing home patient abuse and neglect – as well as how to stop it – are directly relevant to nursing homes in other states, including Illinois nursing homes as well as Illinois assisted living facilities and other similar facilities such as hospitals and hospices.

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Should you or someone you care for happen to experience nursing home abuse or neglect – or an accident in a nursing home – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.

Elman Law Group is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, and is known for its litigation (court trial) capabilities.  This is important for your lawsuit because if we are unable to attain an appropriate settlement, we have a proven track record of achieving highly attractive court verdicts.

In fact, because of this litigation capability, many well-known law firms choose to have Elman Law Group litigate cases. 

To immediately speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  There is no fee for this legal consultation.  

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.