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Can a Doctor Withhold Medical Records from Their Patients?

In situations when a physician is forbidden by law, a patient may not be able to access their medical records to support a civil lawsuit. These privacy laws can prevent patients from receiving their medical records as a means to protect that patient or to shield against privacy concerns associated with another pending lawsuit.

If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, we may be able to help you to pursue financial compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and related damages. Contact the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today to discuss your potential case with a committed attorney.

Exceptions for Patient Access to Medical Records

A patient will typically be able to access his or her medical records as necessary during a related legal action. However, the law also protects others in some situations through privacy rules. These exceptions include the following:

  • Patient psychotherapy records
  • Records used in another lawsuit
  • A child’s records if the medical treatment was required by the court
  • A child’s records if a confidentiality agreement was established
  • Records that may prove a danger to a patient if released

Although these exceptions are rarely cited, it is important for someone who has suffered an injury in a car accident to avoid being caught off guard and without the ability to respond through appropriate legal maneuvering.

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A skilled and experienced attorney can help you to find solutions when your request for medical records is denied in the course of your personal injury lawsuit. Contact the Waukesha auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today.

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