a employee stole my info and called me.not being sure who it was i called back.i was in cardio icu.we ended up dateing briefly and even bought a car together so she could go to work as hers got repossesd.now i find out she has all my personal info and claimed me as a dependant on her taxes knowing i was not. when i tried to get the car back for non payment .she filed a false protection order.it was imediatly droped.she signd a bill of sale and put the car in her name during the dispute piriod .she put down 4 flat out lies on the order to obtain it.i am also permentally mentally ill and have a very hard time takeing care of my self.im not shur as to what else she may have done with my info
Well, I'm sorry for what you have gone through and hope you are on the mend now.
Your concerns are certainly understandable. In terms of suing the hospital for damages based on failure to protect your personal information, you may have a problem. As a threshold issue, you would need to be able to prove that this individual got the information based on the hospital's failure to exercise appropriate safeguards, and that you suffered damages as a result. Knowing on the limited facts you have presented here, that may be a challenge since you had a close personal relationship with with them as well; this would undermine your reasonable expectation of privacy.
If you are an identity theft victim, I would suggest that you contact law enforcement; also complete an identity theft affidavit, which can be found on the Federal Trade Commission's website. www.ftc.gov.
There are various privacy laws throughout the country. It may be helpful to speak to attorney in your state. There is also likely more to your story. It may benefit you to consult with an identity theft attorney in your area that can evaluate all of the facts in your case. You may find one on the www.avvo.com website, or at www.naca.net.
I would also encourage you to monitor your credit reports from the three national credit reporting agencies to ensure accounts are not being opened in your name, and that your credit report is not being accessed in an unauthorized manner. You may obtain a free annual copy of your report from each at www.annualcreditreport.com. Note: I highly encourage consumers to make their request(s) for a free report by mail (NOT over the Internet, as there are often certain waivers you agree to when you check that infamous "agree to our terms" box that may preclude your right to recovery down the road).
For additional information about identity theft and what to do if you suspect you may be a victim, visit http://www.ohioconsumerhelp.com/sub/id-theft.jsp.
All the best to you in resolving this matter.
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