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I was recently diagnosed with cancer. We had not shared this information with anyone. Some how my sister learned about my condition. Non of her business. We believe someone from another office divulged this information to my brother-in-law. Is there anything I can do?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

Washington

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No

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I live in WA. Office that we believe leaked information is in Florida and my sister lives in Nevada.

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Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 7 months ago

Please allow me several minutes to read your facts and type my response both initially and when you add a follow up question or add facts. Please don't ask "are you there", "where is my answer", etc., since when you post it can erase what I am working on. If we are having a conversation unless I tell you I am going offline, I will be here but I may be doing research.

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Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 7 months ago

Yoru question was : " Is there anything I can do?"

The only thing you can do in such a situation is to file a complaint for violations of HIPAA. This can be filed with your state's Attorney General, the licensing agency for whoever revealed the information, or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Unfortunately, while you can file the complaint, the courts have ruled that a lawsuit cannot be brought by an individual and the individual cannot recover any type of damages due to the disclosure.

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