If a doctor violate your right to confidentiality, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice. Doctors owe patients a duty of confidentiality. Accordingly, patients should be able to trust that his or her doctor will not disclose his or her personal information, including medical records and other medical information, without the patient’s consent. If the doctor discloses the patient’s medical information without the patient’s consent – even if the information is disclosed to the patient’s family members – the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice.
The doctor-patient confidentiality protection applies to doctors who are currently treating the patient, as well as nurses and other medical professionals who are currently treating the patient and doctors who treated the patient in the past. The confidentiality protection includes all medical records, medical information and communications between the patient and doctor/medical staff, including medical records, information and communications that are stored electronically.
There are some exceptions to the doctor doctor-patient confidentiality protection, such as information sought pursuant to a valid subpoena or disclosed to certain authorized parties, so you should consult with a skilled Chicago medical malpractice attorney if you suspect that your medical confidentiality has been violated.
The skilled Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Ankin Law Offices have considerable experience with all types of medical malpractice claims, including those resulting from a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, and we can help you understand your legal rights and remedies.
As knowledgeable Chicago medical malpractice attorneys, we are familiar with the legal obligations imposed by the doctor-patient confidentiality and can advocate on your behalf in order to protect your legal rights. We have represented clients in a variety of medical malpractice lawsuits, including obstetrical negligence, medication errors, diagnostic errors, cosmetic surgery malpractice and emergency room malpractice, and we will diligently work to pursue your medical malpractice claim so that you can get the compensation that you need and deserve.
If you suspect that your medical information has been disclosed in violation of the doctor-patient confidentiality protection, contact one of our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible medical malpractice claim.