A nursing home abuse lawsuit has been filed after a video of two aides taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient surfaced on Snapchat.
Video of Dementia Patient Posted on Snapchat
The video at the center of the nursing home abuse lawsuit was reportedly recorded at the Abington of Glenview nursing home on December 21, 2018. In the video, two aides at the nursing home are depicted taunting 91-year-old Margaret Collins, a resident with dementia. The woman appeared to be in distress, with her arms flailing as she pushes away a dressing gown. The video of the encounter was posted to Snapchat with the caption “Margaret hates gowns” and two laughing face emojis.
The patient’s family has filed a lawsuit against the Abington of Glenview and the two nursing assistants involved with the video, Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa. Cortez and Montesa have also been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The nursing home abuse lawsuit is seeking more than $1 million in damages and alleges that the nursing home turned a blind eye to the aides’ behavior despite the video. Cortez and Montesa have both been fired by the nursing home, but the lawsuit claims that they were allowed to remain on the job for weeks after the video posted after initially being cleared by administrators. The patient no longer lives at the facility, but her family says that the incident has left her with anxiety.
After investigating the incident, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a report saying that the Abington failed to implement its own abuse prevention policy.
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If your loved one has been mistreated at a nursing home, you may be able to pursue a nursing home abuse lawsuit for damages on his or her behalf. Proving nursing home abuse can be difficult, however, and identifying all of the potentially at-fault parties in a timely fashion is essential. Those who fail to bring their cases within the time specified by law usually find themselves forever barred from obtaining the justice they deserve. In the face of these challenges, the families of nursing home abuse victims often find that they might benefit from the assistance of an experienced attorney, such as the Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers.
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