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What are consequences for violating the medical hippa law?

Texas City, TX |
Filed under: Privacy law

If your personal medical information is disclosed to the public and as a result you are made embarrassed in front of others what are consequences for those disclosing that information and is there anything you can do to collect damages for those who embarassed you?

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  1. There is no private cause of action under HIPAA. (There is no "HIPPA" law.) You may have the basis of a suit under invasion of privacy, a tort (private wrong). See an attorney about that, and how you would go about showing damages.

    We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I accept a retainer, and we explictly agree to enter into representation.


  2. Mr. Poulson is correct - no right to sue for HIPPA or HIPAA violations.

    But you can probably get the Office for Civil Rights to investigate - that's a consequence most violators would like to avoid and it may show you aren't the only one that has been affected by similar practices.

    To explore damages, find a Texas lawyer. To complain and possible get an OCR investigation started, look at the link below.

    This response is intended to provide general information, but not legal advice. The response may be different if there are other or different facts than those included in the original question. See MKnutsonLaw.com for more information on why this communication is not privileged or create an attorney-client relationship.

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