Have Your Medical Privacy Rights Been Violated?

Knowing that your medical information will be kept confidential when you seek treatment from a doctor's office, clinic or hospital is a cornerstone of our health care system. However, these medical privacy rights are not always upheld — and doctors, nurses and other medical staff sometimes negligently or intentionally disclose confidential information in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Illinois' Patient Bill of Rights.

At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., our skilled attorneys help Illinois residents who have had their medical privacy rights violated. Thanks to our over five-decade track record of serving the Peoria area, we understand your legal options when your private medical information is disclosed against your consent. Our dedicated medical negligence attorneys have the resources and expertise necessary to help you obtain full compensation for your injuries.

Understanding Your Patient Rights Under HIPAA And The Illinois Patient Bill Of Rights

Put simply, your health care providers have a duty to preserve the confidentiality of your medical information. Disclosing private medical information such as test results or medical records to a third party without your consent — either intentionally or negligently — is a violation of HIPAA's privacy rules. Unauthorized disclosures can include:

  • Speaking with your family about your medical diagnosis without your authorization
  • Negligently giving your test results to the wrong patient
  • Divulging your medical records to others against your consent without a court order

If you believe your health care provider has violated these medical privacy rights, you may have a cause of action against them. The legal team at The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., can help you navigate your legal options and defend your medical confidentiality rights.

What Happens If Your Health Care Provider Breaches Your Privacy?

Depending on how your private medical information was released to an unauthorized party, you may have several potential causes of action against your health care provider, including negligence, public disclosure of private facts and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Through these types of legal actions, you may be able to recover monetary damages for the damages, pain and suffering, and embarrassment caused by the disclosure of your private medical information.

Hiring a lawyer who is well-versed in HIPAA and its enforcement is key to achieving the optimal results in your lawsuit. The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., has experience defending patients' rights following the negligent or intentional disclosure of confidential medical information. To speak with an attorney regarding your rights and legal options, please contact us online, or call 800-409-1615 today.