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Fired Nurse Sues Over Leaked Tiger Woods Records

1/21/2011 11:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A nurse who was fired for allegedly leaking medical records of Tiger Woods that infamous day is now suing the hospital that gave him the boot.

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David Rothenberg was the charge nurse on November 27, 2009, when Tiger was taken to the hospital after hitting bushes, trees and a fire hydrant.

Within hours after Tiger checked in, someone inside the hospital gained access to his patient file, using Rothenberg's computer log in and password.

Rothenberg says in his lawsuit he did sign in, but minimized the screen and walked away to do other business.  He claims someone else must have used his terminal.

Rothenberg, who claims among other things that the hospital defamed him, is suing for more than $400,000 in damages.


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1.

Christy    

You never do that chief!

1374 days ago
2.

Flower    

As a nurse, myself, I can see that happening. As a nurse, myself, you know not to leave your terminal open. Lots of bad people (and nosey) people out there. First law of nursing...protect your license.

1374 days ago
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Scatter    

If you logged in and then left the terminal while logged in then you're responsible. Sorry dude but you were irresponsible.

1374 days ago
4.

anon.    

Sounds like he is making an excuse for his stupidity:( LOL

1374 days ago
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janet    

Good luck on that. You don't stand a chance. Your computer, your sine YOU ARE RESPONCIBLE FOR WHAT EVER IS ON IT and WHAT'S PRINTED FROM IT NO MATTER WHO DID IT. You didn't "secure" your computer with someones personal and private MEDICAL information. YOU LOOSE.

1374 days ago
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jxtr    

I work for a health care company and we have a policy that states if you walk away from your computer it should either be locked, or you should completely log off.

1374 days ago
7.

LAWRENCE    

Good luck with that buddy, hope your attorney is taking this case pro bono because otherwise you're not only going to lose the case but money to him. You have no chance of winning. Whatever happened to personal responsibility.

1374 days ago
8.

Jo    

good luck dude. You'd have more of chance of winning if you fell in a fountain while popping up the information on your pc!

1374 days ago
9.

UDntNo    

should have logged out, simple as that... leaving the door open, makes him just as guilty.

1374 days ago
10.

FlamingoNut    

Yes, making an excuse for his own stupidity. Bye bye...

1374 days ago
11.

kp    

just send tiger the bill, he likes paying for stuff

1374 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

As a nurse I too, find this an stupid excuse. Besides, no one is going to go to his computer, know to maximize the screen because they just happen to know that he is on Tiget Wood's medical records. It doesn't fly dude and I am glad that you don't work in the same hospital that I do. I protect my patients and my license with a vengance!

1374 days ago
13.

Who'sThat    

i believe there is a HIPPA rule that all medical personal has to learn...one of these rules is how to maintain your terminal..
in it, you must close your log-in if you are walking away from your terminal...
so unfortunately, for this guy, he broke the rule by simply minimizing his open window under his log...he admits to breaking the HIPPA law...so he has no case!

1374 days ago
14.

Who'sThat    

oops that is medical personnel, not personal

1374 days ago
15.

Ernie    

This guy knew exactly what he was doing, he saw a way to make a quick buck and took it. So now he got caught and is admitting that he did login. All he had to do was to press CTRL + AlT + DELETE and lock his computer. But he didn't do it. So now his ass is in a sling and the hospital is suing him for more than 400K. Don't feel sorry for this guy, he's in it for the money. I hope the hospital rams it up his ass.

1374 days ago
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