Metro area family to sue over covert camera in hospital room - CBS46 News

Metro area family to sue over covert camera in hospital room

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HENRY COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

An Atlanta area woman told CBS Atlanta News they will sue following a report that found no wrongdoing by a Florida hospital that placed a hidden camera in her father's room.

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General in Washington cleared James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa of any misconduct.

"We were livid, extremely upset, extremely upset," said Natalie Carnegie, who now cares for her 81-year-old father, Joseph, in her Henry County home.

Joseph Carnegie suffered brain damage after a heart attack at the hospital. His daughter complained about the poor care and believes that is why the staff installed a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector.   

The report, however, notes the staff explained the camera was installed because they feared the family was sabotaging Joseph Carnegie's care to make the hospital look bad.

"How dare they?" asked Natalie Carnegie. "How dare they, knowing the issues and the inefficiencies that they have? How dare they accuse us in any type of way?"

Florida Congressman Jeff Miller has now introduced a bill, the Veterans Privacy Act, to prevent VA Hospitals from installing recording devices without a family's consent.

Carnegie and her husband still plan to file a lawsuit against all those involved.

"For the nights and the tears that we have cried from the time this has happened, and they tried to cover it up until now. We live with this every day, and the only closure is when justice is served," said son-in-law Michael Coleman.

Carnegie said the report exonerating the hospital has given her more determination to fight.

"It gave me a second wind. It really did," said Carnegie. "I'm working harder than ever."

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