Woman sues Chicago surgeon for publishing photos of 'cocaine nose'
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
A woman who went to a Chicago plastic surgeon for surgery on her nose in 2004 is suing the doctor after before-and-after photos of her face appeared on the practice's website with the description "cocaine injured nose."
Sabrina Kropp, 55, says in the lawsuit that Dr. Robert Walton published the photos after he opened a new practice, Plastic Surgery Chicago LLC, in 2013. She says she suffered "great harm" as a result of the photos being published.
Walton's website says chronic cocaine use can cause a condition called "cocaine nose" described as "perforations of the septum, infection, loss of supporting cartilage, scarring, and eventual collapse of the nose," according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Kropp is suing in part for violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which stipulates that people consent in writing to the use of health information when it is used for publication, marketing, teaching, and/or commercial purposes.