Thornton Law Firm LLP, Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP, Waters & Kraus, LLP, and Galiher, DeRobertis & Waxman LLP, (collectively the Law Firms), respect the privacy of our clients and visitors to our website. If as a visitor you choose to register or submit information to the Firms via this website, you agree to the use of such data in accordance with this privacy statement.
As a visitor, you do not have to submit any personal information in order to use the website. Any personally identifiable information that is specifically and voluntarily made available to the Law Firms while browsing or navigating the website will be kept confidential. Such information may consist of, but is not limited to, your name, address, occupation, email address and telephone and fax numbers. This information may be necessary for the Law Firms to communicate with visitors to the website when they post a question or comment, request additional information, or inquire about a case review. The Law Firms do not transfer your personal information to third parties without your consent. If you choose to provide us with your personal information, we may transfer that information within The Law Firms as necessary to respond to your request or inquiry.
REQUIRED NOTICE Under the Texas Health and Safety Code, Sec. 181.154 – HB 300
Because The Law Firms gather, store and electronically transmit medical records (Protected Health Information – PHI), we are required to post a notice to clients that their protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure. Texas and Federal Law prohibits any electronic disclosure of a client’s protected health information to any person without a separate authorization from the client for each disclosure. This authorization for disclosure may be made in written or electronic form or in oral form if it is documented in writing by The Law Firms. The authorization for electronic disclosure of protected health information described above is not required if the disclosure is made: to another covered entity, as that term is defined by Section 181.001, or to a covered entity, as that term is defined by Section 602.001, Insurance Code, for the purpose of: treatment; payment; health care operations; performing an insurance or health maintenance organization function described by Section 602.053, Insurance Code; or as otherwise authorized or required by state or federal law. In other words, no further release is necessary for electronic disclosure to other health care providers, insurance companies, governmental agencies, or defense lawyers representing adverse parties.
Domain Information Collection
The Law Firms may collect domain information to enable us to analyze how our visitors use this website. This data enables us to become more familiar with the people who visit our website, how often they visit, and what parts of the website they visit most often. The Law Firms use this information to improve its web-based offerings. This information is collected automatically and requires no action on your part.
We have in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all information provided by visitors from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction.
Protecting the Privacy of Children
Children under 18 years old are not the intended audience for our website. It is not our policy to intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under the age of 18 unless the information is related to a potential or existing case and is provided by a legal guardian.
Links to Third-Party Sites
This website contains links to other websites as a convenience and strictly for informational purposes. The Firms do not share your personal information with those websites and is not responsible for their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy policies of those websites.
California Consumer Rights (California Consumer Privacy Act “CCPA”)
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) provides certain rights to residents of California. This notice refers to the collection and distribution of personal information in our Privacy Notice.
Personal Information Collected and Disclosed
The CCPA provides California residents with specific privacy rights, including:
The right to access and disclosure. You have the right to request, twice during a twelve-month period, the following information about the personal data we have collected about you.
- The categories and specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you;
- The categories of sources from which we collected the personal information;
- The business or commercial purpose for which we collected or sold the personal information;
- The categories of third parties with whom we shared the personal information; and
- The categories of personal information that we sold or disclosed for a business purpose, and the categories of third parties to whom we sold or disclosed that information for a business purpose.
We do not sell your personal data.
If you are a California resident and wish to exercise your California privacy rights, please contact us electronically. All requests must include a description of the rights you wish to exercise, your first and last name, where you can be contacted regarding the request, and, if applicable, the email associated with your account.
We do not discriminate against you for requesting any of the rights noted above.
Please note we cannot delete personal information in those situations where our retention is required for our business purposes or otherwise permitted by CCPA. In these situations, we will retain your information in accordance with our records retention program and securely delete it at the end of the retention period.