Medical Privacy, HIPAA, and Personal Injury Claims
Privacy has been an increasingly valued and debated topic, especially in today’s digital age, where lines can seemingly blur between private and public knowledge.
For instance, filing personal injury claims in auto-related accidents can be complex and time-consuming, but hiring a personal injury lawyer or auto accident lawyer can relieve some of the stress and anxiety while maintaining your medical privacy.
Because of this, understanding the importance of medical privacy and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is encouraged for all citizens when lawsuits are involved.
Why is HIPAA important?
In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was approved by President Clinton to prioritize citizens’ medical privacy and ensure health insurance coverage for workers and families.
By offering standardized business systems and formats, the healthcare system could streamline the processing of patients’ medical information, and in turn, decrease the need to file paperwork. The main goal was to implement improvements in all facets of medical service and care.
Because of HIPAA’s strict privacy and security rules, patients are then reassured that their private medical files will be protected under higher standards. Patients can also have access to their own files whenever they please.
What Does HIPAA have to do with personal injury claims?
Understanding HIPAA is crucial if you plan to file personal injury claims, especially if multiple parties are involved. Going forward with a case tends to make your privacy susceptible to third parties.
For instance, if you were involved in an auto-related accident, or suffered an injury from work, HIPAA allows disclosure of your medical documents—if the medical records pertain relevant information and if HIPAA receives a court order, they have to comply. Information such as the longevity and severity of your injuries, your medical bills, and even your aftercare or recovery time.
These documents can be made available so all of the participating parties can access the information to assess the situation and fairly approach the case. What does this mean? It means that you cannot choose which documents to keep or release.
This is to be expected because how else can judges, lawyers, and opposing parties have a fair and open discussion about the personal injury claims? Hiring a medical attorney or auto accident lawyer at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. may be helpful in cases such as these.
Seek Legal Counsel
If you are or plan to be, involved in a personal injury case, you should seek out the top personal injury lawyers at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. to ensure that your medical privacy is safe and protected. Additionally, having competent attorneys on your side will also guarantee proper counsel and help you win your case.
Our law firm specializes not only in personal injury claims but is also well versed in dealing with medical professionals. That way, we can offer advice from both fields of elusive law and complex medicine.
You also don’t need to feel restricted to search for legal counsel within your geographical vicinity. Many law firms, like Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can practice law outside their jurisdictions and are eager to help you fight for your rights.
Our law firm has several qualified attorneys to fit your case.
Eileen E. Kroll, a Registered Nurse and a legal partner at Cochran Law, can offer professional legal advice. Her extensive background in the medical field provided her the skills and knowledge to deal with injury-related and medical malpractice cases as an attorney. Before you get involved in a legal matter, contact Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. to get proper counsel to ensure the safety and protection of your medical records and information.