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Use of Medical Records in a Legal Proceeding

Plaintiff and defense attorneys involved in medical litigation have to review numerous cases each year. At MOS, our medical record review services help legal professionals understand the details of the case and determine its strengths and weaknesses.

In today’s podcast, Jessica Schwartz, one of our Solutions Managers, discusses the use of medical records in a legal proceeding.

Podcast Highlights

00:13 Purpose of medical record review

00:58 How medical records support legal proceedings

01:25 Benefits of medical case summary for attorneys

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My name is Jessica. I am the Solutions Manager from Managed Outsource Solutions and I am here to talk to you about the use of medical records in a legal proceeding.

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00:13 Purpose of medical record review

Medical records contains significant information regarding relevant clinical findings, decisions made and actions agreed upon, and about those making and agreeing to those decisions. For medical litigations, these records serve as key evidence. Medical chart review is also crucial to extract the medical evidence from the records. Attorneys and law firms handling medical records need to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of these records, when using them to develop their case. Once all the medical records are collected, they have to be reviewed. Most attorneys prefer utilizing professional medical review services for a comprehensive review process.

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00:58 How medical records support legal proceedings

Why medical records are necessary in a legal proceeding?

Medical records support trial preparation in the following ways –

  • They provide clear information regarding the plaintiff’s injury, extent and nature
  • They help determine the cause of the injury
  • They help find out whether reasonable care is provided
  • To estimate the damages sustained by the injured person, and
  • To help prove whether that injury contributed to the disability

01:25 Benefits of medical case summary for attorneys

Medical case summary enables the attorney to –

  • understand and review the plaintiff’s life before and after the injury
  • determine the exact impact of the injury, and
  • calculate the damages that the plaintiff is entitled to

Thank you for listening and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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