CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County judge has given attorneys permission to seek hefty punitive damages in a lawsuit accusing a Northwestern Memorial Hospital doctor of posting photos of a drunken patient online.
Elena Chernyakova, a former Northwestern University student, was admitted to Northwestern Memorial in June 2013, after an episode of binge drinking.
According to a lawsuit she filed against the hospital and Dr. Vinaya Puppala, the doctor came into her room and took pictures of her crying while hooked up to an IV. Puppala then allegedly posted the photos on Facebook and Instagram without her permission, along with comments on her condition.
“What you can see is her looking very uncomfortable. She’s trying to avoid it. She doesn’t want her picture taken,” said her attorney, Joel Brodsky.