A recent news story details the story of a Texas nursing home that has suspended a certified nursing assistant (CNA) after he posted inappropriate pictures of residents on a Snapchat account. The CNA allegedly posted a video depicting a resident sleeping with feces on her hands, and someone tickling the woman’s nose so that she would rub her face with her hands. Another individual spotted the posts, took screengrabs of the posts, and sent them to a local television station.
In response to the disclosure of the Snapchat posts, the nursing home that employed the CNA suspended him pending an investigation into the incident. The nursing home declined to comment on specifics about the resident’s care or the incident, but released a statement indicating that it was working with authorities to review the situation.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. News reports of other nursing home employees and caregivers using social media to ridicule residents and patients have occurred across the country. Almost everyone has easy access to a mobile electronic device, such as a cell phone or tablet. While many workplaces have rules about how employees can use mobile devices while on the clock, others do not. It is not uncommon for an individual to have a mobile device while at work, or to even use it while at work. Therefore, there is often easy access if an individual wants to post pictures or videos from the workplace on social media instantly.
If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of medical staff at a nursing home or other community based residential facilities, you may have a valid personal injury claim. This type of situation makes it essential to contact an experienced Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorney in order to protect your rights and obtain the financial relief that you deserve. Certain healthcare providers have an obligation under the law to report suspected abuse or neglect of a nursing home or other facility resident. Those who fail to do so must face the consequences of their actions. Hold negligent Wisconsin healthcare providers responsible for their actions. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how we can help you.