California consumer protection attorneys at Hyde and Swigart, APC and Kazerouni Law Group, APC received a court approval of a class settlement reached with Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
“On June 6, 2014, an employee of Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego inadvertently sent an electronic file containing information about your child in an email to four individuals…. Through our interviews with the individuals, we learned that one of the recipients forwarded the email to two additional people.” – stated a letter that approximately 14,121 patients received in their mail.
The released file contained information on 14,121 patients admitted to Rady Children’s between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 and included patients’ names, dates of birth, primary diagnoses, admit/discharge dates, medical record numbers, and other information including insurance carrier and claim information.
Following these news, victims sued the hospital.
In the lawsuit, Plaintiffs alleged that Rady’s disclosure was negligent and that Rady’s release of Class Members’ personal and confidential medical information was a violation of the Confidentially of Medical Information Act, Civil Code §§ 56 et seq., (“CMIA”). Rady denied any violation of the CMIA, and any alleged damages.
After extensive discovery and settlement negotiations, parties reached a settlement that was approved by the court on February 8th, 2019.
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