Another Reason To Be Careful With Med. Records Subpoenas

Law360, New York (March 26, 2015, 10:29 AM EDT) -- Medical records are frequently key pieces of evidence in civil litigation, especially personal injury, workers compensation, medical malpractice, estate and family law cases. Every time personal injuries or an individual's competence is at issue, medical records will be required. Whenever a subpoena for medical records arrives at a health care provider's office, it creates angst for the medical records custodian. Often, the subpoena sets forth a relatively short response deadline, which in itself creates pressure on the recipient. The receipt of a subpoena for medical records is often followed by a telephone call from the issuing attorney's office that frequently becomes an argument about whether the subpoena provides enough authority to release the records....

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