Hidden granny cam helps convict nursing home aide for abuse

December 4, 2009 by The Farber Law Group

Johnetta Dashaw Phillips, age 30, was sentenced to 20 months in jail for felony abuse in a plea agreement after a "granny cam" caught her on video tape abusing a paralyzed stroke victim in the nursing home where she worked reports the Lufkin Daily News.com.

According to the report, the victim's husband installed the camera after his wife complained of nursing home abuse. Because of the woman's dementia, she was not able to identify who abused her. The hidden camera caught Phillips abusing the elderly patient several times including two occasions in which she roughly put the woman in her bed allowing her head to strike the headboard.

Phillips at first denied abusing the patient. When confronted with the videotape evidence, she then blamed the abuse on the victim and reported that the victim had hit her. The evidence, however, showed that the abuse was unprovoked.

The report said that Phillips will have to serve her entire 20 month sentence.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. Physical abuse is but one type of abuse. Mental abuse, physical neglect and medical errors can also cause serious injury to a patient. Bedsores, unexplained bruises or fractures or changes in physical or mental condition can be symptoms.

If you believe a vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected, you should contact a personal injury attorney to insure the adult's safety and well-being. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing nursing home abuse and neglect victims and their loved ones.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

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