Q: I have been traumatized due to a situation where my spouse and I hippa rights have been violated by the news station .
We have a big lawsuit that needs to be resolved sooner than later I have contacted a lawyer but she is way to expensive. She said I have a very big lawsuit and definitely been traumatized . this is something that will follow our life living here in our town. We only want justice and to live without fear of judgment and discrimination in this town. Please contact me at least to see that I have a very big lawsuit against the news station in hagerstown Maryland can you help me?
A: There is no private cause of action for a HIPAA violation- in other words, an individual may not sue for damages based solely on such a violation. However, the Maryland Confidentiality of Medical Records Act does allow a person to sue for recovery of actual damages. It is possible that the same actions might also be a state law tort, such as the right to privacy. If you truly have such a strong case as you believe (and have a reasonable possibility of collecting damages), shop around for an attorney who might take the case on a contingency basis.
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