Attorney Discusses Importance of Fixing Dangerous Errors on Your Medical Records
Medical records hold data crucial to your health – your medical history, diagnoses, prescription medications, lab results, X-rays, date of patient’s visits, reported health complications, as well as progress notes. Additionally, they contain your family history and billing information.
If you’re not aware of what information is in your medical record, it’s important that you look into it. Not all records are as accurate as you may think. Even the smallest error can have a large impact on your care, according to an article on CNN.
Errors that can put you at risk
While some errors on your medical record may not directly affect your health, others may be serious and can lead to medical malpractice. They may be attributed to careless mistakes made by overworked or inexperienced medical staff.
Inaccurate medical records can include, but are not limited to:
- A misdiagnosis
- Inaccurate lab results
- Errors in transcription
- Missed medical details including medications, medication history, and lab results
- Inaccurate family history
Dangerous consequences can result from inaccurate information on your medical records. This includes:
Finding and fixing errors
Luckily, you are allowed to access your medical record in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
Additionally, you have the right to make corrections as needed. As soon as you discover an error, it’s important that you reach out to your doctor as soon as possible. Your hospital may make you fill out a form to make corrections. If there are no forms available, you may be able to correct any errors you find in writing.
Your doctor or hospital must, by law, respond to your request within 60 days of receiving it. In the event that your request is rejected, you may submit another form or statement regarding the errors.
Suffered an injury or illness due to an error? An attorney can help
If you or a loved one suffered an injury or illness caused by a medical error, it’s important to take immediate action to ensure that your rights are upheld, especially if you previously attempted to reach out to them. Since doctors and hospitals often go to great lengths to cover their tracks, your claim may require an in-depth investigation.
Idaho medical malpractice attorney and physician Joseph Brown not only has an extensive background helping medical malpractice victims find answers, but also a wealth of knowledge of the medical system. He puts your needs first. Contact our law firm today to discuss your legal matter.