Malpractice coverage for breach of privacy

December 15, 2006

Would my malpractice insurance cover me if a patient sued for breach of privacy?

Q: Would my malpractice insurance cover me if a patient sued for breach of privacy?

A: Perhaps. It depends on the specific language of your policy, which may cover breach of privacy allegations that claim you acted negligently. Or if the breach of privacy claim were part of a larger malpractice suit, your malpractice carrier would probably provide a defense against all charges.

However, if a patient accused you of intentionally breaching her privacy and the claim wasn't part of a medical malpractice suit, your malpractice insurance wouldn't cover you.

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