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Below is the first part of an article by Garrette Haake from kshb.com. It reads…
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The disposal of a still-unknown number ofpatient records in a dumpster outside Research Medical Center last month could soon become an even more costly mistake for physicians group Midwest Women’s Healthcare Specialists.
This week, a Kansas City attorney filed a class action lawsuit against the group on behalf of some of the women whose private information was compromised.
The lawsuit filed in Jackson County on Tuesday accuses MWHS of breaching its fiduciary duty to keep patient records confidential, and seeks unspecified damages, including “punitive damages in an amount sufficient to deter Defendant and others from the same or similar conduct.”
Attorney Maureen Brady filed the lawsuit, and in an interview on Friday appeared confident a jury would side with her clients, should the case proceed that far.
“You have to think to yourself: What is your most intimate secret? These women have charged their healthcare provider with their most intimate secrets and that’s lost, and it’s lost forever,” Brady said.
Editor’s NoteBoth Garrett Haake and 41 Action News are named multiple times in the lawsuit filed this week in establishing the plaintiff’s argument. You can read the lawsuit at the end of this story.
On May 19, as many as a few hundred patient records were placed in a dumpster outside the MHWS practice at Research Medical Center, and wind scattered them around the hospital’s neighborhood. Some were recovered only days later, and it remains unclear if all the documents have been found even now.
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