Medical Malpractice and Your Privacy

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 10th, 2010

One of the most intimidating things about filing a medical malpractice claim is having your medical information dragged out in public. Fortunately, this isn’t as bad as you may think. Your lawyer can be trusted with all of your medical information as much as any doctor can. If you go in for a consultation and you don’t end up having a case, the lawyer will not divulge your information to anyone, ever. There’s no reason to let embarrassment or fears that your information will be outside your control stop you from filing a claim that could net you damages for your pain and suffering.

Medical malpractice affects thousands of people every year. Sometimes it’s a bad diagnosis that leads to the wrong treatments being prescribed. In other cases, a doctor may simply neglect all of their patient’s needs, resulting in a condition worsening when it shouldn’t have. In any case, medical negligence, at best, is expensive. At worst, it can be lethal. There are specific laws that apply to how doctors conduct their business. They are held to very high standards, as is necessary given what they do for a living. A doctor does have a legal duty to you when they accept you as a patient.

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