Authorities have alleged that many patients at UPMC Pinnacle in Carlisle were secretly video recorded while undressing in the emergency department. The Wieand Law Firm is investigating civil cases against UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle for privacy violations and corporate negligence that resulted in patients at UPMC Carlisle emergency department being recorded in various states of undress. If you believe that you were secretly video recorded at UPMC hospital you should contact aat the Wieand Law Firm today.
Authorities have alleged that Michael Bragg, a charge nurse who was previously employed at UPMC, secretly recorded videos of patients undressing in the emergency department. Michael Bragg has also been charged with possessing a collection of child pornography that included videos of children using the bathroom. The PA Attorney General’s Office is investigating the actions of Michael Bragg, while he was an employee of UPMC Pinnacle, and the Attorney General’s Office has notified some of his alleged victims that recordings were made while they were patients at the hospital.
There is no question that hospitals such as UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle have a duty to care for patients while respecting their privacy. Significantly, in 1996, HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was made into law. This law both emphasized and mandated the importance of maintaining patient’s privacy in a medical setting. Nurses are required by law to keep patient information private. Hospitals have a duty implement oversight over employees to ensure privacy laws are obeyed. Here, if UPMC negligently or recklessly allowed a charge nurse to create a secret video recording of UPMC patients it would be a flagrant violation of the patient’s privacy rights.
In addition to criminal penalties, the victims of Michael Bragg may have civil claims against him individually and against UPMC for damages associated with invasion of privacy and neglectful oversight of employees. Our sexual abuse lawyers are investigating civil claims against UPMC for negligence in allowing Michael Bragg to record patients at the hospital. If you have information about patients who were recorded while at UPMC contact us for a free legal consultation.
Victims of sexual abuse have rights and may be entitled to substantial monetary damages for the harms and losses they have suffered. If you or someone you know believes they were recorded while at Carlisle UPMC emergency department you should speak with a sexual abuse attorney who can help protect your legal rights.
The psychological trauma caused to victims of sexual abuse can be severe and longstanding. Certainly, victims who have been secretly recorded will have many concerns, including who has viewed these recordings and whether the videos were copied, further distributed and shared online. The anxiety and stress that sexual abuse victims suffer cannot be understated or erased.
The sexual abuse lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm understand how difficult incidents of sexual abuse are to victims. It is our top priority to treat our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve while supporting them through these hard times. All client inquiries and matters discussed are kept strictly confidential. Contact us today through our online contact form or speak with an attorney by calling 888-789-3161.