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Can You Take Photos in the Hospital

If you think you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may often wonder why the hospital does not want you taking photos of you inside the intensive care unit. When you are in the hospital and you start taking pictures, people start asking many questions. Why do you need to take photos? Why are there so many people in here? The fact is you are documenting something, and you have every right to document exactly what is happening to you.

You can document by taking photos, video, audio recordings, or by writing notes. For the hospital to come in, whether it is risk management, nurses, or security guards, and telling you not to take photos; the question you need to ask them is why not. What is the problem in my documenting what is going on with me? Why can't I document what tubes are inserted in me, or what bandages I have, or the medication I am taking?

Why do You Need to Document Anything?

I need to protect myself, in order to make sure, I am receiving the right treatment. How can I do that? The best way of doing that is documenting what is going on. The only reason why the hospital will not want you to take photos and document what is happening is because they are afraid, and rightfully so, that you are going to turn around and bring a lawsuit against them.

However, the reality is that even if you do sue the hospital, the key question is why you cannot document what is going on with you at the time of your stay at the hospital. It could be in the intensive care unit, on the floor, or in a particular room. There should not be any reason why the hospital is preventing you from taking photos of your condition at that moment. In fact, they should be helping you. This is because, this way you will be able to show to anybody, whether it is an attorney, whether it is a jury or somebody else, exactly what was going on with you at that particular time.

Why the Hospital Takes Objection?

It is properly and correctly said that a photograph is worth a thousand words (a video may be worth 10,000 words!). Clearly, the hospital will not want anybody taping the conversation of doctors, and obviously, the doctors are likely to get defensive, and, nobody is asking you to do that. However, what is wrong with taking photos of you sitting on your hospital bed, depicting the pain you are suffering.

What is wrong in showing the fact that you had significant surgery, and now your leg is in a cast? The reality is that you simply have to explain to the hospital that you need to document what is going on with you right now. You could say that your memory may not be good, or you do not have family, or you may not have anybody to advocate for you on your behalf. Therefore, the only way to make sure that things are going to be done correctly is by documenting what is happening. 

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