can I sue a company that allowed my hippa rights to be violated even if the violation occurred through a third party they hired work out to

My hippa rights and all my personal information has been divulged by a third party
working for the company responsible. They were illegally obtained by an
unauthorized individual. My SS, D.O.B, physicians name all medical info

Asked on September 13, 2017 under Personal Injury, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, if the company did not cause the breach, they are not liable for this. Their ability to control a third party, such as an independent contractor or a vendor, performing work for them is limited and they are not automatically liable for the vendor's acts--only when at fault.

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