Hospital Blood Draws: Are Your Medical Records Really Private?

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There’s a general assumption that your medical records are private – and for the most part, this is true. However, what happens in the hospital doesn’t always stay there, especially when it comes to blood alcohol content (BAC) and the law. In this blog we’ll address one of the exceptions to physician-patient privilege as it pertains to a hospital blood draw and Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Is BAC in Hospital Records Private?

In a medical emergency, worrying about the confidentiality of your BAC might be the last thing on your mind. Yet, if there’s suspicion of a crime—such as driving under the influence—healthcare providers might have to report your BAC results to the police. This scenario highlights an important exception to the general rule of physician-patient confidentiality. These exceptions are meant to balance the privacy of individuals with the broader concerns of public safety. So, if your BAC is over the legal limit of 0.08%, it’s likely the police will be notified, and you could face charges.

Understanding Legal and Privacy Concerns

Oregon law requires healthcare facilities to report to the police if someone involved in a car accident has a BAC over the legal limit. And, court rulings have clarified that people shouldn’t expect their BAC information in medical records to remain private. However, using these hospital blood draw results in court is complicated. Despite legal requirements to report BAC results, there’s still debate about whether this violates privacy rights. And using this evidence in DUI cases still faces ongoing legal challenges and scrutiny.

Seeking Legal Help

If you’re facing a DUI charge after a hospital blood draw, it’s important to act quickly. Consulting with a specialized DUI attorney who knows the ins and outs of DUI law can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. The attorneys at Reynolds Defense Firm are the specialists you want on your side when it counts. We have over 100 years of combined experience, and we’ve been representing good people for 21 years. Our experienced attorneys can provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.

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