Suicidal woman who stuck pencils in her eyes settles part of Internet photo suit

Debbie L. Sklar reports an update to a breach lawsuit reported previously on this site:

A hospital patient who stuck pencils in her eyes in a suicide attempt, then found out that a photo of her self-mutilation turned up on the Internet three years later, has agreed to settle the part of her lawsuit against Los Angeles County and one of its nurses, her attorney said Wednesday.

Douglas Johnson, who represents the 24-year-old plaintiff, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White that the proposed resolution would remove the county and nurse Shannon Lipham as defendants in the case.

The case will proceed against nurse Kristin Ciasulli, who the plaintiff accuses of taking the photo at County-USC Medical Center, and Ciasulli’s then- employer, HRN Services Inc., Johnson said.

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