Violations of Patient Privacy
Medical professionals offer special privacy protections for patients seeking treatment. Patient information is considered private at all times unless the patient gives his or her permission to share that knowledge. However, there are some instances when releasing patient information is not considered a legal violation of a patient's right to privacy. In these instances, a doctor may be legally required to supply another organization with this information.
If a doctor has shared your personal information without your consent, you can hold him or her responsible for the ensuing damages. For a free consultation regarding your legal rights and options as a patient, contact the Wausau medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.
Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Exceptions
Doctor-patient confidentiality is protected by law in most situations. However, there are some instances when a doctor is required to disclose a patient's health records and any current diagnostic information they may have. These instances can include the following situations:
- Providing treatment information for insurance companies
- Disclosing important public health information to government health agencies
- Giving information to a court when under subpoena
- Reporting child abuse to law enforcement officials
These few exceptions provide specific instances when a doctor may release information without a patient's consent. In most cases, though, patient health records are considered private and must be treated as such.
If your privacy has been violated by a negligent physician, we may be able to help. For more information regarding your legal options in these situations, contact the Wausau medical malpractice attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today by calling 800-242-2874.