Some employers work hard to avoid paying workers’ compensation benefits. In an effort to avoid paying valid claims for medical benefits, an employer or their insurance company may ask injured employees for medical records that are wholly unrelated to a workers’ compensation claim.
If you are not represented by an attorney, you may not know how to fend off unreasonable requests for documents. Knowing how to protect your rights is next to impossible if you are not highly knowledgeable about Illinois’ workers’ compensation system.
Does Your Employer Have A Right To Your Medical Records?
The short answer is no.
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, provides data privacy and security provisions to safeguard medical records. It also prohibits your employer from accessing your records or insurance claims without your written permission. You are not required to provide any records or insurance information to your employer, and if they ask you to do so, the best way to protect your rights retain an experienced Springfield workers’ compensation lawyer.
Why Choose Our Illinois Lawyers
Filing for workers’ compensation benefits can be confusing. We can help. Our attorneys have extensive experience in initial filings and workers’ compensation appeals. We work hard to understand the extent of our clients’ injuries and aggressively pursue the full medical benefits and wage benefits our clients are entitled to receive by law. Since 1979, we have collected more than $100 million for injured workers.
In central Illinois, you can find the experienced representation you require at Kanoski Bresney. For assistance, contact one of our convenient office locations in Springfield, Champaign, Bloomington, Quincy, Rushville, Macomb, Pekin or Decatur. To speak with an experienced Illinois injury attorney, contact Kanoski Bresney today at (217) 523-7742.