Kentuckians Are Entitled to One Free Copy of Their Medical Records

Matt Troutman Nov. 8, 2023

Kentuckians Are Entitled to One Free Copy of Their Medical Records

KRS 422.317 Copy of patient's medical record to be supplied on patient's written request -- Exception for Department of Corrections.

      (1) Upon a patient's written request, a hospital licensed under KRS Chapter 216B or a health care provider shall provide, without charge to the patient, a copy of the patient's medical record. A copying fee, not to exceed one dollar ($1) per page, may be charged by the health care provider for furnishing a second copy of the patient's medical record upon request either by the patient or the patient's attorney or the patient's authorized representative.

      (2) The Department of Corrections shall not be considered as a health care provider under this section; however, the department may make medical records of an individual inmate available to that individual inmate unless the department, through its designee, determines that the provision of the record is subject to the provisions of KRS 197.025.

This statute allows the auto accident attorney to collect the medical records of his or her client free thus saving the client expenses that have to be paid in other states. If you are injured in another state or receive medical treatment in another state, then the attorney may be required to pay for the medical records, which the attorney will deduct from your recovery at the end of your claim. This is certainly true for medical treatment in these neighboring states – Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana. 

Auto Accident Lawyers Contingency Fee must be in Writing as required by Kentucky Law.

If you are injured in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident and you need the services of a personal injury attorney like the Troutman Law Office, Kentucky ethics rule 3.130(1.5) requires a written employment contract. This written agreement must state how the fee is determined and how expenses are paid.

All motor vehicle accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis in Kentucky, which means the accident attorney is not paid by the hour, but, instead is paid a percentage contingency fee when a recovery is made and the attorney is reimbursed any expenses. The contingency fee agreement allows auto accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident victims to afford an attorney without having to pay for the attorney’s services until there is a recovery. In Kentucky, most auto accident attorneys charge a one-third fee, but many of the advertising attorneys charge 40%. Kentucky law simply requires the fee to be reasonable and there is not specific fee that is authorized by law.

Contact Kentucky Auto Accident Lawyer

If you are involved in an auto accident, you will require the services of an experienced Kentucky auto accident attorney to investigate the cause of the accident and maximize all benefits available to the victims and their families. Matthew Troutman, a Kentucky auto accident lawyer, of the Troutman Law Office has been handling auto accident claims, almost exclusively, since 1986 and has the experience and talent to obtain the best result for the victim in the above accident.

If you need legal assistance due to a auto accident, contact Kentucky auto accident attorney Matthew Troutman directly at 502-648-9507 or 859-696-0001 and he will meet with you in the hospital, your home or wherever is convenient for you. He will give you direct access through his cell phone and guide you through the difficult process necessary to obtain the best result possible for you in your motorcycle accident claim. To learn more about Kentucky auto accident attorney Matthew Troutman and the Troutman Law Office, click here.