A doctor is being accused of posting photos on social media sites of a woman who was in an emergency room earlier this year after she drank too much.
Elena Chernyakova is claiming invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress in a $1.5 million lawsuit filed against Dr. Vinaya Puppala, the Feinberg School of Medicine and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to Mail Online.
WLS reports that last summer, the 22-year-old Chernyakova was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after consuming too much alcohol. While in the ER, she and a friend contacted an acquaintance who was doing a fellowship with Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Feinberg School of Medicine. Chernyakova said she thought it would be helpful to have Dr. Vinaya Puppala nearby.
"I've never been in a situation like that, so I just wanted someone there for moral support," Chernyakova said.
Chernyakova said Puppala posted ER pictures of her on Facebook and Instagram, along with text, including one that reads "Cuvee #bottle #service #gone #bad" and another invited friends for rooftop cocktails across from the ER while Chernyakova recovered from "alcohol poisoning."
Mail Online also noted that Puppala was seen by hospital security in the hospital taking the pictures and was asked to delete them immediately.
“The security guard asked him to delete these pictures, which he said he will. But obviously, we found out he never deleted them,” Chernyakova stated.
The lawsuit also alleges that Puppala took the violation of privacy one step further by accessing Chernyakova's medical records, a violation reportedly confirmed by a letter from the hospital.