Cincinnati, OH asked in Health Care Law for Kentucky

Q: i have been in the hospital and they have talked about me. spreading gossip around being verbally abusive.

i need to know what this violates & what actions should i take.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Kentucky attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. If the talk involved confidential medical information, it's possible it could involve HIPAA laws, which govern the privacy of personal medical information. If it's only "gossip" type talk mentioned in your post, it's possible it could amount to slander, a verbal form of defamation. But unless you suffered significant and tangible damages as a result, it sounds like something that most law firms would be reluctant to handle on a contingency basis, and at the same time, something you probably wouldn't want to pay a law firm to pursue on an hourly basis. This is only an individual opinion, based on the brief post. If you want a definitive and complete legal assessment of the matter, you could reach out to local attorneys to discuss. They might see things differently. Good luck

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