CHICAGO – A woman is suing and allegeding a Chicago doctor took secret, unflattering photos of her, and posted them on social media. Her lawyers tell WGN she is being threatened with deportation.
25-year-old Elena Chernyakova is a tennis player, aspiring actress and Russian born citizen, filed a suit a few years back after Dr. Vinaya Puppala, a fellow at the hospital back then, allegedly snapped photos of the woman without her permission. She was a patient in the ER and had too much to drink when he entered her room an snapped pictures she never said he could take much less post on social media. Chernyakova says she knew Puppala socially. She claims he posted those compromising pictures on Instagram and Facebook and even called up her medical records, which is against hospital and HIPAA rules.
Now lawyers for the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, McGraw Medical Center want to know if she is living legally in this country.
Her lawyer, Joel Brodsky, says her immigration status has nothing to do with this case and the doctors alleged ill deeds.
The photos are under seal and the case carries on as Chernyakova continues to live and work in the U.S. She is seeking monetary damages claiming emotional damage.
While Dr. Puppala continues to practice medicine.
Northwestern hospital has no comment regarding the ongoing litigation.
The case is set to go to trial sometime in 2016.