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Do i have the right to be informed about my own medical condition??? - alvinf478 - 04-02-2015

I was involved in a vehicle accident at work'my claim was accepted by my employer workers compensation carrier with no problems as far as i know.In the emergency room'i was told that i had a fractured c6'so after 3 months in a neck brace and 1 month of physical therapy so far.My attorney sent me to another doctor for a second opinion on my condition'there i recieved a copy of my medical records from the emergrncy room and i was shocked that my workers compensation insurance company nor did their doctor tell me that i had more injuries that i didnt know about.I had suffered a previous puncture to my right lung'bulging disks'compression fractures to my neck and upper back'osteoarthristis in my back'neck and knee along with a fractured sternum.So my question is do i have the right to be informed about my own health even though workers comp is responsible for the bills??? I was in shock to find out that i was worse off than i thought'i only found out about these other issues 4 months later....


RE: Do i have the right to be informed about my own medical condition??? - 1171 - 04-03-2015

depends on your state law as to how much information and how it's disclosed and who is responsible for giving you the information.
I suspect the hospital has a separate patient rights policy.
you should review those rights and complain to the hospital administrator or to your state government agency if they have been violated.
you should read thru any material provided by the doctor and/or treatment facilities as it may have been disclosed in writing.





RE: Do i have the right to be informed about my own medical condition??? - alvinf478 - 04-03-2015

It was nothing on my discharge paperwork about the other injuries'just the c6 fracture.The doctor hired but workers comp never mentioned it to me either'hey did tell me about the sternum fracture but I was in the dark about the rest.When I called the nurse case manager to ask her about it'she had the paperwork right in front of her'she knew my whole situation but bothered to mention it to me and we've spoken on several occasions.Thanks for your response..


RE: Do i have the right to be informed about my own medical condition??? - 1171 - 04-03-2015



you may be able to file a complaint with HIPAA as it also covers patients right to information
more here
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001947.htm




RE: Do i have the right to be informed about my own medical condition??? - California_Help - 04-03-2015

Wow I am shocked. The emergency room doctor should have told you about your medical condition.

Please know that nurse case managers are hired to limit the costs of your claim. They work for the insurance carrier and are not there as your advocate. They are the insurance companies advocate.

Have you hired a work comp attorney? With what you wrote is going on it may be a good idea to have some protection for yourself. I suggest consulting with a few. It is free for a consult.