Q: I would like to know if I medical malpractice lawsuit against alpha health center,located in Elkton MD.
I was recieving treatment for substance abuse issues during the summer of 2015,I was prescribed buprenorphine from DR azfeld,I was transfered to DR keith sololov due to sceduling conflicts. I saw dr sokolov only one time,on my next visit I was terminated from treatment with no just cause,they said the metabolites wernt correct in my lab results.I started seeing another dr and returned to alpha to get my medical records,they refused to give me my records and stated they had 21 days to do so.They asked what dr I was curently seeing.Dr sokolov then contacted my current Dr without my permision and told him I was still using illegal drugs and that he should also discharge me from treatment,without any evidece what so ever to back up this claim.He did not discharge me but told me about the call he recieved.I also learned that sokolov recently got his medical licence back,it was revoked do to another malpractice suit.
A: With regard to your medical records, Maryland health care providers are required to disclose medical records within a reasonable time, but no more than 21 working days after the date a person in interest requests the disclosure. A health care provider that knowingly and willfully refuses to disclose medical records in violation of Health-General Article § 4-309 (a)(d) is liable for actual damages, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 for the first offense and not exceeding $5,000 for each subsequent conviction for a violation of any provision of this law.
Your previous doctor's disclosure of potentially damaging information about you to your current doctor may give rise to other claims, including a violation of the HIPPA privacy protections. It would be best for you to consult with an attorney who has experience in these areas of law if your wish to investigate these claims.
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