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What You Should Know About the New Nursing Home Camera Laws in Joliet

In March 2023, state lawmakers in Nevada debated the passing of “Henry’s Law,” a proposal to allow the use of cameras in nursing homes and other facilities dedicated to caring for elderly patients. The name of this legislative proposal derives from Henry Owens, a paralyzed and non-verbal patient who was neglected to the point of abuse in a Las Vegas nursing home before his death in 2021.

The aforementioned proposal in Nevada is similar to what the Illinois House Bill 2462 accomplished when it was signed by former Governor Bruce Rauner in 2015. At the time, the enactment of the law was welcomed by Joliet nursing home abuse lawyers because of the protection it extended to residents and also because of the peace of mind brought to their families. In essence, this law allows cameras and other monitoring devices to be installed in the rooms of patients who stay in nursing homes.

When Should You Contact a Joliet Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?

One of the goals of HB 2462 is to prevent elderly abuse at nursing homes across Illinois; moreover, video and audio recorded by allowed devices can also provide solid evidence for plaintiffs who file lawsuits involving nursing home neglect and abuse. It is important to note, however, that the absence of a camera does not preclude holding nursing homes accountable for their actions.

Should you have more questions about the laws and regulations governing the operations of nursing homes in Joliet and elsewhere in Illinois, please feel free to get in touch with Block, Klukas, Manzella, & Shell, P.C. at their website.

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