I am 51 years old, and unfortunatly I had a drug over dose about a week and a half ago.....it is not something I am proud of.....a family member that is very destructive, and cruel, called the hospital while I was in ER and got details as to what was in my system,,,I find this apauling, and now my private information is open and being spread around...the hopsital never had on paper work that his person was an emergency contact...however this person was the family member that called the police...do have a case with this, I am very upset about this issue???
It could possibly be a HIPPA violation. You should consult with an attorney in the Springs who is familiar with HIPPA laws - employment or estate planning attorneys - to check on your recourses.
There is no private right of action under HIPAA, though there may be under a comparable state law (see a local attorney for the existence of one). For HIPAA violations, file a complaint with the hospital and with the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.
It is possible that the family member was considered next of kin and, with you unconscious, the person designated by law for the hospital to get consent or discuss what information they need to save you.
Mr. Goldstein is a Virginia-licensed attorney only. The information is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Answering this question does not in any way constitute legal representation. Contacting Mitchell Goldstein or the Goldstein Law Group does not constitute legal representation, nor is any information you provide protected by attorney-client privilege until otherwise advised.
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