Can a Doctor Deny My Medical Records Request?
The idea of someone denying you access to your own medical records may seem unimaginable, but it can unfortunately be the reality in some situations. If you have been injured in an accident because of another person’s negligent actions and have filed a personal injury lawsuit, you may be asked to present your medical records in order to prove you received treatment. If a doctor denies your records request, your chance of receiving compensation may be severely weakened.
You shouldn’t have to go through this trying time alone. At the Abel Law Firm, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are not only skilled in handling personal injury cases, but we are also dedicated to helping you fight for compensation every step of the way. Contact one of our attorneys today by calling 405-239-7046 and schedule a free consultation.
Reasons for a Records Request Denial
Your doctor will give out your own personal medical records in the majority of cases. However, there are some situations where he or she cannot legally give you your records. These reasons include the following:
- The requested records are being used in a different case
- The request doesn’t seem appropriate
- There are psychotherapy notes in the record
- They could put you or someone else in danger
You may also be denied access to your children’s records if:
- The tests that were performed were an order from the court
- You requested them to be confidential
In these situations, you may be denied access to your own medical records.
If you have been denied medical records, you may feel like your case has no hope. However, with the assistance of an experienced legal professional, this obstacle can be overcome. Contact the Oklahoma personal injury attorneys of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 to discuss your situation with a qualified member of our legal team.