It is a healthcare provider's ethical and legal obligation to not disclose any information revealed by a patient or discovered during the course of treatment.
DALLAS, TX, July 28, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- It is a healthcare provider's ethical and legal obligation to not disclose any information revealed by a patient or discovered during the course of treatment. According to the American Medical Association's (AMA) "Code of Medical Ethics," there is no exception to this rule.
While the AMA codes are not legally binding, many courts have used them in medical malpractice suits as a basis for determining negligence. Going beyond AMA guidelines, your right to patient confidentiality is guaranteed by federal, state, and local law, making breach of confidentiality suitable grounds for the filing of a medical malpractice suit.
What Constitutes a Breach of Confidentiality?
A breach of confidentiality occurs anytime a medical professional discloses information to a third-party without the patient's consent. This can include a patient's medical history, treatments, or other information gained through the patient-provider relationship.
Sensitive information given to a third-party by a medical provider not only violates a patient's right to privacy, it can have seriously adverse effects on his or her future. Insurance companies, employers, even banks and schools can use information gathered illegally from healthcare professionals to make important decisions about a person's financial and physical wellbeing, making a breach of confidentiality a substantial legal issue that demands action.
Hire an Attorney
The best way to protect yourself when your privacy has been violated by a healthcare professional is through hiring a medical malpractice lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to protect you against retribution while also seeking justice through legal action against the party responsible for the breach. Only with the help of a lawyer can you be sure that you are treated fairly and provided with the compensation you deserve following this type of medical negligence.
If you have suffered the consequences of a medical breach of confidentiality in or around Dallas, Texas, please visit the website of PolewskiLaw, P.C. at www.polewskilaw.com for more information about how our medical malpractice lawyers can help.
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