There are few events in life more intimate than that of medical procedures. You might naturally expect to have your privacy respected when being prepped and during surgical and medical procedures like giving birth, having a c-section, cancer surgeries, and more. Unfortunately, the expectation of privacy in situations like those and many more is not a guarantee. When your privacy has been violated, you may be owed money damages. Read on to find out more.
Hospital Breach of Privacy
Like many, the revelations that a hospital in California allowed the recording of patients during certain gynecological procedures likely brought both shock and sadness. The hospital in question allegedly placed cameras in certain areas in an effort to stop employee misbehavior. You only have to be a patient or have a loved one who is a patient to understand how violated the victims must feel after finding out about the breach. While the recording of medical procedures does often occur, it is always with the knowledge and consent of the patient and that did not happen in the referenced case.
When Victims are Owed Damages
While the hospital privacy invasion case made the headlines, there are less-publicized privacy breaches every day. Any time you are harmed by information, videos, photos, or any other material that you assumed would be private, you have a cause of action. The damages can be wide-ranging and depend on the circumstances and the depth of harm done to victims. In most cases, the release of private information can create psychological harm through mental anguish and embarrassment. That translates into the following categories of personal injury harm:
If you or someone you care about has become the victim of an invasion of privacy, speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
For more information, contact Burnett & Williams PC.Share
28 July 2019
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