Chicago, IL asked in Personal Injury for Illinois

Q: Can my employer contact my personal doctor over a personal injury requesting for a note to be changed

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Steven Sigmond
Steven Sigmond
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You have a right to privacy. However, often unrepresented people sign medical authorizations or waivers that specifically allow this type of contact without really understanding what they are agreeing to. You can insist that your employer and it's representatives have no communication with your doctor other than through formal subpoenas if that's what you want. That being said, you still need to be sending the employer copies of your medical records if you hope to continue receiving benefits. If you're not represented by an attorney, you really should be.

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