Can a Doctor Deny My Medical Records Request?
It may be easy to assume that because they are your medical records, you should have unrestricted access to them whenever you want. You may need medical records in a personal injury case to prove you received treatment for injuries caused by someone else’s negligent actions. Unfortunately, there are some instances when a physician or doctor can deny your request for medical records. Without your medical records, it may be very difficult to prove negligence in your personal injury case. That is why you need a skilled personal injury attorney on your side.
At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we are not only experienced in handling these types of cases, but are dedicated to helping you every step of the way. Contact our Iowa personal injury lawyers at 877-327-2600 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
When Doctors Can Withhold Medical Records
Typically, doctors will not release medical records if doing so would be in violation of a governing privacy law. Your request for medical records could be denied for any of the following reasons:
- The information in the records could be dangerous for the patient or someone else
- It is a frivolous or unnecessary request
- The records have notes about the patient’s psychological health
- They are being used in a separate legal case
As these records are likely to be critical to your case, it may be in your best interest to have a committed and capable legal representative who can help you to seek their release when possible. That assistance is particularly invaluable when you encounter resistance from a doctor.
If you have been the victim of another party’s negligence and require help obtaining your medical records, we would encourage you to contact us today. Call the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.