I was fairly recently involved in a lawsuit because of a vehicle accident that I was in. The accident wasn’t my fault plus the attorney needed to look at all of my medical records in order to prove that the medical troubles I was having after the accident occurred were not, in fact, pre-existing conditions. Basically, the accident caused me to have a bunch of medical problems that weren’t there before. I went to my medical examiner’s office plus asked for copies of all of my medical records. The records department informed me that the original copies of the medical records are the property of the medical examiner’s office who created the documents. In other words, even if the record is my personal information plus medical history, the document itself belongs to the medical examiner’s office plus therefore I was not allowed to have it! However, I had been reading up on HIPAA risk assessment, HIPAA risk analysis, plus HIPAA risk management rules plus regulations plus I was certain that HIPAA law now gives patients more control over their health information than before. I knew that I had the right to view all of my original medical records, even if they were still there in the doctor’s office. I also knew that I had the right to obtain copies of the original records, as well. Some medical examiner’s offices will charge a fee for copying your records according to the HIPAA risk management plan, especially if they have to copy things such as x-rays or MRI’s. Happily for me, the medical records prior to the vehicle accident were completely minimal plus I only ended up having to pay a nominal fee for having them copied so I was eventually able to hand them over to my lawyer.