Not too long ago I was involved in a lawsuit because of a car accident that I was in… The accident wasn’t my fault & my attorney needed to look at all of my medical records in order to prove that the medical issues I was experiencing after the accident occurred were not, in fact, pre-existing conditions. In other words, the accident caused me lots of medical troubles that weren’t there before the accident. I went to my doctor’s office & requested copies of all of my medical records. The records department informed myself and others that the original copies of my medical records are the property of the physician’s office who created the documents to begin with. In other words, even if the record is all about me & my personal information & medical history, the document itself belongs to the physician’s office & therefore I couldn’t have it at all! However, I had been studying up on HIPAA risk assessment, HIPAA risk analysis, & HIPAA risk management rules & regulations & I was aware that HIPAA law now gives patients more control over their health information than in the past. I knew that I had the right to view my original medical records, even if they were still there in the hands of the doctor’s office. I also knew that I had the right to obtain copies of the original records, too, but there are some doctor’s offices that will charge a fee for copying your records according to the HIPAA risk management plan, especially if they have to copy x-rays or MRI’s. Luckily for me, my medical records prior to the car accident were especially minimal & I only ended up having to spend money to pay a nominal fee for having them copied so I could hand them over to my lawyer finally.