Whoever has the Release can get the information. That is what RELEASE means, and why you need to read it before you sign it. You can tell the Clinic to not honor the Release any longer, but if they already got the information, it is not the Clinic's problem.
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This is the specific statute that deals with the release of medical information to an employer or insurer in the context of a Minnesota work comp claim:
176.138 MEDICAL DATA; ACCESS.
(a) Notwithstanding any other state laws related to the privacy of medical data or any
private agreements to the contrary, the release in writing, by telephone discussion, or otherwise of medical data related to a current claim for compensation under this chapter to the employee, employer, or insurer who are parties to the claim, or to the Department of Labor and Industry, shall not require prior approval of any party to the claim.
You can find the complete statute here: www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=176.138
If you have any problems whatsoever with a work comp claim or if you have any questions, you should contact an experienced work comp lawyer in your area. You will probably find that claims adjusters will be much better behaved if they know you have someone representing you and looking out for your legal interests. Insurance companies have experienced claims adjusters and lawyers protecting their interests – why wouldn’t you want someone protecting yours?
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You signed the medical release form so yes the clinic pursuant to that release can give out your records.
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