Breach of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality and Medical Malpractice
When you see a doctor, you want to be assured that they will keep the information regarding your health issue private for a number of reasons: maybe the illness may compromise your position at work, or it may raise your insurance premiums, or it may cause unneeded strain in your personal relationships. All medical professionals are bound by the Hippocratic Oath which ensures they establish doctor-patient confidentiality which prohibits them from sharing your medical history with an unauthorized third party.
Doctor-patient confidentiality covers things like:
- Your x ray charts
- Your blood tests
- Your lab reports
- Communication with medical staff and other doctors.
Exceptions to Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
It is important to note that doctor-patient confidentiality reaches back into the past as well as goes into the future. As long as you haven’t authorized it, none of the medical professionals who have access to your files, records and medical information can share it with other professionals or interested parties without your consent. However, should an officer of the law or an attorney get a subpoena, they may be able to access this information if it is tied to an ongoing legal dispute.
If you or a loved one have suffered the aftereffects of breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, please give us a call today on (773) 673-9861 for your free consultation. This kind of medical malpractice issue must be taken seriously as it may go on to hurt your reputation or expose you to unnecessary stigma in your community or workplace. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t owe us a cent until we win your case for you. Thanks for choosing us, and we look forward to hearing from you.