Before the digital age, medical records were often disorganized and hard to access. In fact, it took a law from the Federal Government to make accessing your own medical files legal. This act is called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
This has pushed hospitals and doctors offices to become more efficient and accessible by making their medical records digital and electronic. This push has come from a greater need to access records from many different parties.
Insurance companies now no longer have to trust their clients for information on their medical history. Instead, they can simply access the files and see for themselves. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident, your insurance company and the other person’s insurance company are both bound to look through your records for any holes in your story.
Employers are now allowed to look at your medical history in order to see if you are able to do your job properly, or if involved in worker’s compensation cases, they can see if the condition accused really did occur while on the job.
Keeping your own records is extremely important for any case you may find yourself in.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident or medical malpractice accident, accessing your medical files should be one of your first steps. Contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers by calling 800-242-2874 today. Get the legal advice and representation that you deserve to win your case.