Doc Wins Medical Records Fight In Legal Malpractice Suit

By Y. Peter Kang (July 14, 2017, 5:08 PM EDT) -- A Florida appellate panel on Friday reversed a trial judge's ruling that a doctor suing her former attorney for legal malpractice must produce confidential medical information, saying the attorney didn't obtain authorization from the doctor's former patient as required by state law.

A three-judge Second District panel said a trial judge was wrong to order Dr. Christina Paylan to produce medical records for a patient whose name the doctor purportedly used to write phony prescriptions to obtain an opioid painkiller, an issue which was the subject of a criminal case handled by Paylan's former attorney, Timothy Fitzgerald of Farmer & Fitzgerald...

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