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The Importance of Medical Records in a Workers Compensation Case

Posted by James Aspell | Jan 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

In workplace  injury cases, obtaining medical records is an important step in building a strong case. Here are a few key things for lawyers to keep in mind when getting medical records for their clients:

  1. HIPAA Authorization: In order to obtain medical records, a lawyer must have a signed HIPAA authorization form from the client. This form allows the lawyer to request and receive the client's medical records from healthcare providers.

  2. Identifying Relevant Records: It's important for the lawyer to know what medical records are relevant to the case and to request those specifically. This may include records related to the injury, any treatment received, and any pre-existing medical conditions.

  3. Contacting the Right Parties: The lawyer should contact the healthcare providers directly to request the records. This may include hospitals, doctors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals.

  4. Timing: Some medical records may take longer to obtain than others. Lawyers should plan accordingly and allow enough time for the records to be gathered before any deadlines.

  5. Review and Analysis: Once the records are received, the lawyer should review and analyze them to determine their relevance to the case and to identify any potential issues or inconsistencies.

By following these steps, lawyers can effectively obtain the medical records they need to build a strong case for their clients.

About the Author

James Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...

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