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I have been researching this for sometime now and haven't even found anything close to this type of lawsuit online. I already have a lawyer so that part is already taken care of. I suffer from 30% PTSD at this time. I served in OIF1. I have been seeing a physiologist at the VA for 5 years every week on Tuesday. I have been working forever on trying to figure out a better way to live with my PTSD. I work as a contractor in my everyday life supporting my family and a nice chunk of bills. One day I get a call from a lady telling me that she wants some work done on her house and like the business man I am I get right on it, through the talks and all I get the job. Shortly after talking to the lady she tells me that she is a nurse for the VA and me being proud of what I have done tell her that I am a disabled vet, and would like to show my gratitude for the VA and give her a slamming deal on the project. I start doing the job and it gets a little bumpy along the way. One of the deals was that she had to purchase all the materials or it would hold me up and the time frame that I expressed to her wouldn't be possible. So that's exactly what happened she procrastinates and I slow way down. Although we were having problems I kept my professionalism, and maintained myself. I continued to give the customer the "red carpet" treatment and dealt with it. Well a few weeks down the road she mentions to me that she looked up my medical records and proceeded to ask me if I didn't mind. I was in shock, but didn't realize what she had just told me. I sat on it for a couple of days and it really started to sink in, and I started to think to myself "man fear, every problem, everything that has been on my mind bothering me for the past five years has just been compromised!" So after a month of work and problems I manage to finish the job, but having much anxiety, I realize the best thing to do is go to the VA and tell them what has happened to me with this customer. I go to the VA and tell my Physiologist what has happened, and tell her that I am freaking out now because the day knows were I live (she just shows up to my house about a week after the job is completed.). I tell my physiologist that I don't want her to find out about the investigation till I have solid evidence that she did what she did to me.. My physiologist agrees that this would be the best thing to do, and reports all the info to the right people. A few day later I come home and my neighbor tells me that some "lady was snooping around my yard entered the garage, and then proceeded to go into my back door that was unlocked because I have a big pit bull that should have not let her in but some how she managed anyway. He then told me I pulled up and that is when he spotted the lady leaving a side door in a hurry because she noticed I hade returned. When he described her I knew who it was and was ANGRY! So again I tell the VA this info and it just adds to the evidence. The lady gives me a call and tells me she is filling a report with a cretin credible agency telling them that I took to long to finish the job… So despite the rest of the stuff she said in it one thing really… Really… REALLY pissed me off and this is what she stated

"Job was finally completed by a subcontractor and key returned. He did not give me any money back but I did give him his tools that he left behind. Because of my filing this report, he has gone to my place of work and has made many false accusations in an attempt to get me fired. I contend that he had no business acumen and while he may know how to tile, he doesn't know how to run a business. He suffers from PTSD and drinks alcohol to excess and that was one of the reasons he didn't show up to work. If I lose my job it will be because of him! I would be happy to avert anyone else from hiring him at all costs."

Beyond all the other crap that she pulled, are you kidding me she might as well kiss her own a$$ good buy forever as a nurse. You can call me any name in the book, or even tell me I'm a crummy contractor, but you want to talk about how illegal this was, someone tell me what you think, this is partial parts of the story right now I wish I could give more information but really not going to be able to till this case is sorted out. I know its going to be big because what this lady did to me and my family through this is unjust. Notice she knows about the investigation already? Yeah, so, so much for confidentiality there. All I wanted to do was give back to somebody that I had appreciation for, and know I am going through a lot of crap! Not only am I sour about this whole deal, but I can honestly say that I am super depressed, cant sleep and, my wife are having some serious problems over this whole deal. I just want things back to normal and understand that isn't going to happen… I don't know what else to do I am working with a really good lawyer and hope he can sort it out for me. I figure this is going to make some national news soon.

BTW I never told her in my own words that I had PTSD, she receved this info from my med records

Thanks for reading please take it easy on me, I'm new to this type of stress.

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It is at least a violation of HIPPA. Go forward with your lawyer and see what he thinks the best course is to take. Maybe you can be compensated for this violation of medical ethics.

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Welcome to Hadit and thanks for your service to the country.

Sorry to hear about your situation with this, but John is right, let your lawyer sort it out for you and deal with the VA on the privacy violation.

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Welcome to Hadit.

I'm so sorry to hear of what is happening with you. I agree that this is something for your lawyer to handle. In the meantime, is there a way that your records can be password protected? Just another reason why I'm so against electronic records--grr.

Maybe something to bring up with your lawyer and doc--this would sure help to keep the nosy nurse out of your records while the investigation is going on.

Just a thought.

Take good care of yourself...

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I was thinking you are being stalked to an extent. This person has inserted herself into your most private life. If she looked into your records she might have your SSA number and other most private information. She knows where you live. She is a psycho so a complaint to the highest authority and a CC: to your congressman about what is going on might be an idea. Have you talked to the patient advocate? Workers at IRS who did this got fired and punished beyond that I believe.

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Maybe even call the police? If your neighbor would tell them that he saw her enter your house, etc...

Put a fraud alert on your bank accounts and credit cards, etc. I think you do this by contacting the 3 big credit reporting agencies and of course any banks you do business with.

Not telling you all of this to scare you....just to be proactive.

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Thank you all for the fast responses. Yes I am dealing with the patient advocate right now, right now, and I guess what scares me the most is that I haven't seen a case in the VA like this one yet… I also am affrade to be in the public eye. I don't want to get involved and have my service picked apart by a court house full of fat pocket lawyers…

Maybe even call the police? If your neighbor would tell them that he saw her enter your house, etc...

Put a fraud alert on your bank accounts and credit cards, etc. I think you do this by contacting the 3 big credit reporting agencies and of course any banks you do business with.

Not telling you all of this to scare you....just to be proactive.

I didn't call the police because I am embarrassed that I allowed this to go on. This is a Fifty year old lady, and I am a young infantry man that did time in Iraq, I guess I don't want to be viewed as a week person, although the truth is I am so vulnerable right now. I keep just thinking that had I just been home that this would not have happened. I also keep having dreams of her walking in not knowing I am home and I catch her, and protect my house if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong I would never hurt a lady, but I just feel so violated because of the whole situations…

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Welcome to Hadit and thanks for your service....Any and all increase of stress and anxiety should be drilled into your doctors head and make sure its in your "Progress Notes"(documented). Ask him to prescribe any medication that would help.

I would retain a lawyer and file a suit under the "Privacy Act" for violations and contact the police , as previously mentioned. The best to you...William

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You're not a weak person at all! You are taking the correct measures to correct something that is very, very wrong. There is nothing wrong with that. Age knows no boundaries in crime...and violation of one's privacy and coming into your house uninvited are crimes.

Be gentle on yourself now. You are a strong person.

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Welcome to Hadit.

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Welcome, first of all!

Second: You need to make sure that your attorney knows your feelings as it concerns whether or not a criminal offense has occurred (I'm talking "illegal entry", etc.) and whether or not he is going to make sure that her employer (VA) knows about her accessing your medical records without your knowledge or consent. If criminal activity on her part has occurred, it will be the District Attorney, with the collaboration of your attorney, who will file charges. Don't even bother with the police (cut out the middle man and go straight to the source).

Thirdy: I'm 60+ years old. I quit doing work for crazy wimmen when I noticed my first grey hair.

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I don't tell anyone about my personal life. Hell, my friends don't know I am a vietnam verteran with menories. They don't understand. I am retired and don't get out much, but I do understand where you are at and you have friends here at hadit. I have been there, done that, and I survided. You will to. This is not the end of the world. Thanks for for your service and welcome home. Brother.

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It's going to be very hard to prove "criminal trespass". With an unlocked door.

It is highly un-ethical for someone that is NOT directly involved in your care to access you medical records. For what reason? A short visit to the "ethics" personage at your VA Medical Center, or, much better yet, a letter from your attorney to the "ethics committee", requesting a reply, with a copy to the state nurse's association ethics committee should do absolute wonders.

Or, better yet, do you fish?

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I agree with Jim on this and I believe he has provided some good info. The Federal Tort Claim(lawsuit) should be handled by an attorney and the "Privacy Act" is the route i believe too go,(doable) not the "Hippa Act". You cannot recover monetary damages under "Hippa Act". I would notify "JAHCO"(online) and start the ball rolling with them,(investigation). The VA has some fear of them. As Jim stated ,they will immediately go into "damage control mode". Its best u obtain an attorney to handle this. I personally, would not speak to anyone at the VA about this. Personally, i wouldnt even talk to a "Patient Advocate", they sleep with the enemy, so to speak.Share only with your Doctor the additional stress and anxiety this has placed on u(not a time to be shy) and your request for additional meds. if necessary for you. If ur correct in ur details, which i dont doubt. NAIL M !! Hold them accountable!!! As Jim said, "this happens more frequently then u think". Been there done that! I wish u the best in ur endeavors...Peace,William

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Welcome to Hadit.com

Don't expect much help from the Seattle VAMC. They will likely do all they can to cover their butt.

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I did not know HIPPA was so toothless since I have to sign the form every time I see a new doctor which is often. If HIPPA can't or won't be enforced is a violation of the privacy act all you can do. If you get a lawyer you and he will want compensation, but that is what I would do as others have suggested. This is such a gross violation of your medical privacy it calls out for redress by some legal remedy. Bust her chops for this. As soon as you start to take action you will feel better.

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My experience with VA is that any regulation they cite to protect you is designed to protect their sorry backsides.

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Your lawyer should file an unprofessional conduct charge against her with your State Department of Professional Registration and Licensure. There are standards set forth in the ability and accountability in the nursing process and licensure act and it appears those have been violated in numerous ways in regard to you, your diagnoses and personal information and/or habits.

They will at least investigate this and her role in this.

She illegally investigated you, your records, your property, and did state her assumptions regarding your personal information to others...ie on a report she said "He suffers from PTSD and drinks alcohol to excess," There are standards of protocol and she is in clear violation. Is she a LPN/LVN or an RN?

I agree with others who have given/offered you suggestions, and these are just more suggestions I am offering you. You could look up on the net for your state under the State Licensure Professional Registration and put in her name and find out what nursing license she holds. Also if she had been sanctioned for any other problems before, or received suspensions or revocations. You could even ask the deptartment what avenues you could pursue with the unprofessionalism and breach of your confidentiality she has done. All people here on this site give suggestions, I doubt if many are laywers, but we all want justice and our private info to remain private.

The best to you in your endeavor. Stay strong for yourself and your family. :unsure:

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Sorry guys I was finally able to relax a bit with my family! I went on a trip out to do some camping for the night, and although this is the only thing on my mind I was able to kick back and enjoy the weather. Allow me to say that I am so thankful that you guys are taking this to heart. All of this has my mind just going crazy, and I am a little overwhelmed by the whole deal, and know that it will all be over (someday). This is exactly what I was looking for, and that was avenues of options. I don't want to be that guy that gets stepped on, and no force behind me. I can't tell you how bad this has changed my life. I don't want to compare it to being raped in any way, but I can feel the violation! It's amazing how things start to affect you gradually, and then you wake up and its as if a truck smacked your brain! I see guys may age (I am 27) having fun and doing things young guys enjoy and my mind is rapped around bullsh** I can t control. Not to get you all down on a positive note, I understand that I have a golden opportunity to make a difference for the other people out that have been violated! I will make my self well known through out the VA. I am however so paranoid that they are going to tear me apart… I don't know why I feel this way, but its almost as if they are looking in my folder right now analyzing, scheming, and trying to figure out ways to knock me sown. I have been waking up supper paranoid like I'm being watched. This is really messing with my mind I just want it all to stop.

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Is she a LPN/LVN or an RN?...

She is an RN

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The attorney and I are meeting up Tuesday, to get things kicked off; we are going to investigate it for about 3 months before we move forward. We are going to take the evidence and shop around for a bigger firm’s interest in it for civil rights case. I just know that, I have in writing what she told the BBB and that was my disability, and a habit that doesn’t even exist, I’m getting more pissed off just thinking about it.

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You are the one whose rights have been violated. This VA employee should be waking up in a sweat. Bad people use bluff and BS to try and scare other people into walking away. The VA is to blame for this and they need to take action. The medical records were not secure.

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This is outrageous and I agree with John-it sounds like a Hippa violation-

Your lawyer is the one to rely on here-and I bet she is worried about being fired because she broke the Law!

Make sure your VA shrink documents the stress this is causing you and then ask the VA for more PTSD comp!

I think you could even file a Section 1151 claim for a hogher rating-or do both!

A 'new type of stress' is that last thing you need.I commend you for working so hard with a disability from your service.

This was a gross violation of your rights as a veteran.

I guess she has your SSA number too- there is a lot of personal info in our c files and med records.

Since the VA had so many problems during the data theft they sure dont want this info to hit the news-

(I suggest contacting the Washington Post :unsure: )

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You’re without a doubt right! It’s just hard from my side to feel good about this because I’m scared and not afraid to admit it. I just keep thinking of how long this is going to take to clear up and how much stress it is going to put on me and my family

And what if the VA tears me apart? Nothing is going to repair the amount of anguish I will go through

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Before all of this I had hope for my future and my PTSD, feeling good about my new medication, In other words a light at the end of the tunnel. Now I feel as if all I did, all the progress is not regressed and its hard not to blame your self for it…

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