If I verified a student’s doctor’s note with their doctor, is that against the law?

I had a student submit an excuse that looked as though it had been altered, so I contacted to doctor’s office to verify the excuse. Now I am being told by my supervisor that what I did is against the law. Is that true?

Asked on April 9, 2014 under Personal Injury, Georgia


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It is not against the law to verify that the note actually came from a doctor.  You are not asking anything about the kid's medical records.  You are merely verifying the legitimacy of a note which supposedly was signed by a doctor.  If you hadn't called the doctor's office, how else would you know whether the note was from a doctor or was something the kid had written.

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