Can i sue in maryland for a hipaa violation?

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Can i sue in maryland for a hipaa violation?

A nurse practitioner sent out an
email to all her clients and cc’d
every one. She was telling us she
was resigning and what the company
did. Every one could see first and
last name as well as email
addresses of her patients.

Asked on September 18, 2019 under Malpractice Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

There's no point in suing unless you can prove some significant harm you suffered from this. Lawsuits are not about punishing people for infractions: they are about compensating people for injuries to businesses, reputations, finances, property, or their persons, as well as for costs incurred. The compensation you are entitled to is related to the provable injury, loss, cost, etc. If you can't prove some significant harm or costs, you won't get any appreciable (or sometimes any at all) compensation, making a lawsuit a waste of your time and money.


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