Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Doctor sued for $1.5 million for allegedly photographing patient without consent and posting on Facebook

According to ABC News in Chicago, a former Northwestern University student has claimed that after she was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital a doctor took photos of her without her consent and posted them online.  This is not the first time that it has been alleged that an employee in the medical field has posted online photos of patients without their consent.  Unfortunately, this will not be the last time either.   

The doctor allegedly posted photographs of the patient on Instagram and Facebook with "attached statements of commentary" about the patients condition. The plaintiff is claiming invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress.  If these allegations are proven true, it would not surprise me that the hospital and/or doctor may be liable for more than the $1.5 million dollars that the complaint requests.   

This type of behavior has no place in the medical profession.  Hospitals need to ensure that they have the proper policies in place and that their employees are trained regularly to ensure their employees fully understand these issues.  Spending money on preventative training is a lot less expensive than defending and/or losing a lawsuit.     

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