Carlisle, PA asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Insurance Defense and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania

Q: Do I have grounds for a lawsuit?

I went to a rehabilitation center to seek help for my alcoholism. I was there for 30 days. Their policy required patients to turn in all of their personal belongings (phone, wallets, etc) except for clothing. During my stay, one of their staff members stole my credit card and ID and committed identity theft. This has caused my credit to drop by nearly 100 points, and I recently financed a car and my payments are way higher than they should be. I recently received an invoice from the rehabilitation center charging me for my stay there.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Pennsylvania attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, it does not appear to be a case that attorneys might consider taking on a contingency basis. If you are paying by the hour, the burden is upon you to provide evidence of the theft. In a busy facility, many people come and go... visitors, contractors, and others. Additionally, your damages appear to be an unfavorable finance rate that you assert would have been more favorable with a better credit score - it could take some effort or expert input to speculate that. But this is a general observation. A consult with a Pennsylvania attorney and possibly more details could result in a more meaningful assessment. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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