The only bad publicity is an obituary. But the second worst kind of publicity could be the notoriety you gain from a patient suing you for $23 million.
Dr. Grigoriy Mashkevich, a plastic surgeon from Flushing, Queens, N.Y., is being sued by 24-year-old Catherine Manizone. The woman said she did not give permission to use pre- and post-op photos on his website when she had surgery at his Manhattan office in 2010.
However, three years later this past February, Manzione found the pictures online.
She said she had the surgery to "to improve her appearance, self-esteem and confidence," but some of her confidence was shattered when she saw the before and after shots were public.
The lawsuit alleges Manzione is "greatly distressed and humiliated" because of the pictures' publication and puts Mashkevich and the company hosting his website on the hook for $23 million, including $5 million in punitive damages.
Manizone said her reputation is damaged and that she has been exposed "to public ridicule and contempt."