- Unidentified man is suing Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan, New York
- He is seeking damages stemming from the hospital’s mistake of sending his HIV diagnosis to his workplace
- Hospital paid a $387,000 fine to US Department of Health and Human Services for its mistake but has not agreed to settlement with the man
An unidentified man is suing Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital in New York City for $2.5million about the hospital mistakenly sent his HIV diagnosis to his workplace
A New York City man’s HIV diagnosis was mistakenly sent to his workplace by a hospital.
The man, a former Actors’ Equity employee, has filed a $2.5million negligence suit against Mount Sinai St Luke’s Hospital for their 2014 mistake, the New York Daily News reports.
The man is in his early 30s and is unidentified. In court documents he is named as ‘John Doe’.
He told the Daily News: ‘My most intimate and personal secrets were broadcast for anyone who happened to be walking by my office fax machine.’
He added: ‘For years now, I have been struggling to cope with how my life was changed by the unbelievably careless act of the people who I trusted with my care.’
The man quickly left his company after the accidental reveal.
He had asked the hospital’s Spencer Cox Clinic to send his documents to a post office box.
The hospital had previously paid the US government a $387,000 fine relating to the 2014 incident but has not yet agreed to a settlement with the man
Mount Sinai St Luke’s admitted the error and paid a $387,000 fine to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The hospital conceded that the action of its employees constituted a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
However, the hospital has not agreed to a settlement with the man as of yet.