Missouri mom accused of violating HIPAA by taking son's photo is suing Mercy Hospital

The mother of a patient at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., is suing the hospital for allegedly detaining her and claiming she violated HIPAA after she took a picture of her son during an appointment, according to a Springfield News-Leader report.

In July, Mandi Wilson took her son to an audiologist and tried to take a picture of him. She was allegedly detained and questioned by a security guard who said she was in violation of the patient privacy law. The security guard allegedly said Ms. Wilson would be arrested if she came back to the hospital.

Ms. Wilson is suing the hospital for false imprisonment and emotional distress. She is also seeking an injunction stating Mercy cannot prohibit patients and visitors from taking pictures as well as class-action status for other people who have had similar experiences at the hospital, according to the report.

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