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Hospital and surgeon sued for nude photos of surgical patient

Any person undergoing surgery in Arizona places a huge amount of trust in the medical staff. A lawsuit filed by a woman in another part of the country reveals the trauma that a medical staff's poor judgment can inflict on a patient. A woman alleges in her legal claim that people took and shared nude photos of her while on the operating table for hernia surgery. She had worked at the hospital previously and knew staff members. Her lawsuit named the surgeon, the hospital and its chief executive officer as responsible for invasion of privacy and medical malpractice.

The woman acknowledged that before the surgery, she placed fake intestines on her body. Although she willingly took part in the joke, she insists that she never granted permission for picture taking. A nurse took multiple pictures while the woman was unconscious and shared them with others. Some images showed her genitals.

The woman and her lawyer claimed that another patient at the hospital had been photographed as well. The hospital fired the nurse involved in that alleged incident and removed the physician from surgical duties. According to the local health department, the agency issued a citation against the hospital for allowing cellphone use in a sterile environment.

When a person encounters a legal issue with a hospital or medical provider, high standards of proof must be met to pursue damages. A lawyer familiar with litigating doctor errors might build the case by consulting an outside medical professional and searching for records about previous problems. With legal representation, a person may be able to effectively communicate a demand for compensation during negotiations with the responsible parties or at a trial.

Source: CBS News, "Nude photos taken of ex-hospital worker during surgery, lawsuit claims", Dec. 29, 2017

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