Doctor-Patient Confidentiality

A physician or health provider has a legal duty to keep your patient information confidential and not to disclose it to anyone else without your consent.  Disclosure of confidential information, including medical records, may subject a physician or provider to liability for injuries you suffer, including humiliation and economic losses, as the result of the disclosure.  In general, only you may authorize release of your records to a third party.

However, there are exceptions to the rule of non-disclosure.  Your health insurance provider may require you to waive the right of confidentiality when you submit a claim for medical coverage.  You also waive the right of confidentiality by bringing a medical malpractice action, so that your records and information may be used in malpractice litigation.  Medical professionals may also be required to report information about communicable diseases to health authorities and information regarding suspected child abuse or gunshot wounds to child protective or criminal authorities.

If You Believe that Your Doctor Wrongly Disclosed Your Confidential Medical Information, Please Call Us

Once we learn about the nature of the disclosure, we can advise you as to whether a valid legal basis exists for bringing suit for such disclosure.  We can also explain how we may be able to help you recover damages and compensation based upon any damages that you have suffered.


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