Can I sue my doctor for releasing my records to my employer?
In essence, you may have a case against your doctor if they release your information to another person without your permission for the loss of your privacy.
Under the federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, health care workers have certain rules to abide by affecting doctors, nurses, hospitals, insurance companies, and any other entity dealing with private health information.
Under HIPAA regulations, no one may have access to your medical information aside from you and your doctor unless certain conditions are met which include giving your express written consent or a court order.
These laws work in tandem with state laws to keep such sensitive information private and give citizens recourse when a violation occurs. You may have a lawsuit on your hands if information has been given out without your permission.
Information can be released in violation of HIPAA protocols if the doctor tells someone of your medical condition or hands over documents containing your medical information to someone. These violations can occur during a child custody or divorce case or information can be exchanged during a personal injury suit involving an insurance company.
If you feel your health information has been given out without your consent, speak to Webb & Taylor, LLC today to learn what to do next and how we can pursue a lawsuit against the offender.