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Are VA hospitals safe? Tampa Hospital Accused of Video Surveillance

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The James A. Haley VA Medical Center serves more than 116,000 veterans’ health care in the Tampa, Florida area. This facility is an important part of the Central Florida veterans’ health care community, but its integrity has been called into question in a recent investigation.

Claims have been filed that the VA hospital was using hidden video surveillance cameras to monitor a disabled veteran who suffered brain damage. The hospital did admit that they installed the camera to monitor the veteran but the video feed was not recorded and the camera was promptly removed after its discovery.

The family of the disabled veteran has charged the Haley VA center with failure to monitor their loved one, Joseph Carnegie. Officials at the hospital have been vague about the reason they installed the camera, which was disguised as a smoke detector.

The Haley VA center has been accused of other claims of mistreatment of veterans in need, or scrutiny on their operations. The hospital has a history of defying or ignoring public concerns, as well as veterans’ requests to access outside doctors.

This incident is under review and is one example of the many issues that disabled veterans can run into when they require extensive care for a serious disability and must check into VA hospitals. Veterans’ disability benefits can help military families seek resources to make sure their loved ones are cared for in the best capacity available. A Plantation veterans’ disability representative can help these families seek the benefits their loved ones are entitled to.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.