Nursing Home Patients are Harassed on Social Media

When your loved one is placed in a nursing home, you trust that the nursing home and its staff will take all measures to protect your loved one. You trust that they will prevent any actions that could physically or emotionally harm your loved one. Unfortunately, the number of nursing home lawsuits has increased due to the poor and negligent care nursing home residents receive. Many nursing home workers have also posted images or videos of residents on social media without their consent.

Content Shared Without Consent at Nursing Home

According to government inspection reports, court cases, and news reports, 36 incidents have been documented of nursing home employees posting videos or photographs of residents to social media without the residents' consent since 2012.

In July 2014, a picture was taken of an employee and a resident on the bathroom floor while the resident was being changed without their consent. The incident occurred at the Emmanuel Center for Nursing in Danville, PA. There was another case where a resident sitting on the toilet was posted to Snapchat; a video of an employee slapping a nursing home patient in Illinois was shared on social media, and a nursing home employee photographed a resident's genitals and sent the picture to a friend who uploaded it to Facebook in New Jersey.

Harassment & Bullying are Acts of Nursing Home Abuse

These disturbing cases are an indication that the use of social media by nursing home employees is a problem that must be addressed. Nursing home abuse is still occurring in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or elder neglect, they may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the nursing home and the staff member. Contact our office immediately to discuss your rights and your loved one's right to file a nursing home lawsuit.

The violation of your loved one's right to privacy is just as invasive and hurtful as any other type of nursing home abuse. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working to develop new definitions of "exploitation, neglect, and abuse in nursing homes. Do not wait on a government agency to protect your loved one - take steps now to hold facilities and employees accountable for nursing home abuse by filing a nursing home lawsuit.

Do You Need an Experienced Pennsylvania Nursing Home Attorney?

Contact the experienced nursing home lawyers at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC to schedule a free consultation. We understand that protecting your loved one in a nursing home is your top priority, so it is also our top priority. We want to work with you to hold the person or party at fault for a nursing home injury accountable for his or her actions.

Contact our office as soon as possible because time is limited. You only have a specific period to file a Pennsylvania nursing home lawsuit at (888) 498-3023!


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