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Old 12-15-2009, 05:58 AM
 
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Employers are supposed to have a secure fax where only those who have a legitimate need to see personal information such as medical records and such have access to it.
Ah, and therein lies the rub, does it not - that phrase "supposed to have" covers a lot of ground. Employers are also "supposed to have" simple common sense, and clearly that is not at all a common trait.

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As an FYI--if you ever file a workers comp claim, your entire medical history will likely fall into your employers hands. Hopefully the person managing the w/c claims is smart and competent enough to keep this type of information confidential. I know when I managed them at my last job, I found out a lot more than I ever wanted to know about some coworkers medical history's. I also never let any of that information go any further, and treated it as if I was subjected to HIPAA regulations.

While I certainly discussed the on-the-job injury being paid for by w/c with my boss, any ancilliary information that came across on medical records I kept confidential. My boss had no reason to know, and I never even discussed any of it with the employee whose records I had--which in my opinion would have been improper as well.
Fortunately, the worst injury I'm likely to incur as an accountant is the occasional paper cut. I am also the sort that has a fundamental aversion to filing for Worker's Comp in any case - and doubly so, if doing so carries the risk of revealing one's entire medical history to one's employer.
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:31 AM
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Fortunately, the worst injury I'm likely to incur as an accountant is the occasional paper cut. I am also the sort that has a fundamental aversion to filing for Worker's Comp in any case - and doubly so, if doing so carries the risk of revealing one's entire medical history to one's employer.
You won't have any choice in the matter if you fall down the stairs and break your neck, unless you want to pay the bill yourself. Health insurance won't pay if someone else is responsible (worker's comp, auto insurance).
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