Hidden cameras in nursing homes have become reliable means of uncovering and prosecuting nursing home abuse and neglect. Many cases of patient abuse and negligence have been discovered with the aid of video recording devices, and the recordings make strong evidence—negligent or abusive staff have been fired, and nursing homes have been sued and criminally prosecuted.
If you have a family member in a nursing home, and wish to install a hidden camera to monitor their care, there are some privacy laws to consider. While it’s legal to use a surveillance device, there are limits on how they can be used in nursing homes. In Illinois, the law only allows listening to or recording conversations with the consent of everyone involved. For this reason, hidden cameras should be set up to record video but not sound. Your family member, whose room you’re about to record, should also consent to the use (or their legal guardian must be consulted); otherwise, any video footage may be deemed inadmissible in a lawsuit, and you could be in violation, and criminally penalized, for breaking the law.
Some states have passed laws that specific address hidden cameras in nursing homes, allowing residents or their families to install recording devices, and prohibiting nursing home staff from tampering with or removing these recording devices—Illinois has not passed such a law.
More than 30% of nursing homes in the country experience some form of resident abuse. If you believe a loved one has been abused or neglected at a nursing home, contact Mike Agruss Law, at 312-224-4695 for a free consultation. Mike Agruss Law, represents victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Illinois. We will handle your case quickly, advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. This litigation strategy will provide you with the best possible compensation. Plus, Mike Agruss Law, does not get paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple.
Therefore, you have nothing to risk when you hire our firm—just the opportunity to seek justice. Protect your loved one’s rights by contacting us today.