My lawyer has need my records since I got served July 17th. My lawyer requested them aug 5th and still nothing. I actually dropped off the original document to them last week still nothing. I ask for them when I got served they said my lawyer needed to send a request form he's sent 2 and I've actually gave them one. Still no records, I have an appt tomorrow can I demand my records? I mean do I need to threaten these ppl with legal action bc I'm beyond mad. Now my ex is urging the judge not to accept them bc I had a little less than 2 months to get my records. I've signed the paperwork requesting my records I don't understand what the big deal. I frankly only need verification that I went every month and received my meds.
You are entitled to your medical records under the privacy act. In a legal situation, it is best for them to be sent directly to your lawyer. That way nobody can say that you tampered with them. When you go for your appointment tomorrow, yes, you can demand that the records be sent to your lawyer. Ask to talk to the office manager. You can take a pre-addressed, pre-stamped manilla envelope to them for their convenience. In some cases, they are allowed to charge you for copies of your records. Perhaps that is part of the holdup and they just have not informed you. Bottom line, yes, you have the right to demand your records.
Time for the big attorneys we pay for with our taxes. Contact two state offices. The Attorney Generals Office and the State Medical and Licensing Board in your state. You need to provide them with the dates of requests, copies of letters and that it is needed for a suit in consideration (even if you have no intention and just want records). If this happens to involve Medicare or Medicaid as well, contact the Feds (government). You can also contact any private insurance. Be sure they are eachntold "that time is of the essence" in all correspondence to them. So, yes, legal action is the thing. But their future is jeopardized with official filing with the above agencies. Go for it. I am with you 100%. Something is very wrong here. BTW your attorney or you can make the requests if it saves some money. Work on staying low key. Not your fault and your paper trail will be of benefit and get the doctor in trouble for non-compliance. Be sure a deadline date is set for the records.
At this point 5 business days sounds about right.
All of these various agencies will see this as a violation. If that doctor accepts Medicare or Medicaid benefits, he can and will be investigated. Go get them. You can do this. Karen
Something about this that stinks. Kathy and Karen are sooo right. You have every right to your medical records. It's the LAW. I don't know if you've went to your appointment yet or not, but you have evidence that you've taken every measure to receive your records. From my own experience, my doc had to review and approve the records, which took about 10 mins. By law, he wasn't even required to do that much. Yes, call, call and call some more. If you can go there, do so. You could just sit down and wait for them. Perseverance is what it takes. By sitting or calling over and over again, they'll feel such pressure, that they'll give them to you just so you get off their back. Sometimes we have to be assertive beyond our comfort zone. Stay strong, like you have been. This isn't your fault. Remember that. Did you talk to your doc or his staff? I wouldn't count on your docs staff to do anything. Most of the time their helpful, but sometimes...
I'm with you all the way, too. Let us know what happens, please. I'd like to see how this plays out. Faith, Hope and Love, Anna
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