Privacy is a hot issue, and there are all sorts of information people prefer to keep out of the public eye. Most notably, financial information is something people want to keep confidential, as is any identifying information about you personally or any of your banking accounts. Another area where people want to keep their private lives private concerns their medical history. Not many people want to have their medical past made available to just anyone that walks in the doctor’s doors, or who can perform an online search. But, in a personal injury case, where your medical condition is usually at issue, keeping certain things private becomes a complex matter.
Part of a personal injury claim involves showing the other side you have been hurt. This typically requires submitting physician notes and diagnoses. If you are unwilling to share your prognosis with the opposing side, there will not be much to go on to show that the other driver caused your injuries. In fact, it will be hard to prove you are even hurt. That said, there can be sensitive information contained in doctor’s reports that have no bearing on the case, and thus no need to be provided to the other side. Some of the things you can do to keep your medical records private in a personal injury case are:
- Ask the Court to issue a protective order, which will seal your records from public viewing while making them available to the other side only for the purpose of review of the case and injury at hand.
- Ask for permission to provide only those parts of your records that pertain to the injury (or injuries) in question.
- Redact the portions of your records that do not contain any information relative to the case.
- Request copies of all records produced by doctors you have seen at the request of any of the parties to the lawsuit, to be sure they do not contain information you prefer to keep private. Most cases involve sending the injured person to the doctor for the other side, and a record of this visit will be made. You are entitled to a copy, and to see what information is being reported about your medical condition.
We understand your right to privacy, and take steps to help you maintain that privacy while aggressively pursuing all the legal remedies available to you. If you have been in an accident and have concerns about how to keep your personal information private, call us for help.
If you have been in an accident and have questions about maintain your privacy, call our office to find out what to do next and what to expect. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.