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Managing Medical Record Retrieval

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Many legal cases hinge on successful medical record retrieval. Medical records provide the basis for claims in medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, disability, and product liability. But because the information embodied in medical records is usually confidential and sensitive, there are many restrictions for their retrieval and use, so it is no easy task to get at them. Moreover, medical records are usually detailed and extensive, and it can be a challenge to extract relevant data pursuant to a particular case. It takes skill, time and knowledge to retrieve and process medical records so that it can be used effectively in a legal proceeding.

Lawyers necessarily deal with a lot of documents when they prepare and present cases, but seldom have the time or experience to process the raw data that make up most of the records they have retrieved, such as medical records. What they present to the client, the court and the jury had been interpreted, analyzed and summarized so that those with no specialized knowledge can understand it. For example, the chart containing the details of an operation would be full of medical terms and notations that would not make sense to a person with no medical training. Lawyers would probably just be as confused, so the information is useless unless it is translated into plain language.

This is where a professional records retrieval service comes in handy. Good lawyers know the value of a good records retrieval service in saving time, money and effort when preparing for a case. Aside from knowing what authorizations to get and the correct procedure for retrieving medical records, the records retrieval service will have the personnel to filter, organize, interpret and process the data into usable form depending on the needs of the lawyer. The service would also know the protocols about using the information they retrieve so that it does not violate any laws. If there is anything that law firms should outsource, it is medical record retrieval.

3 Responses to “Managing Medical Record Retrieval”

  1. Criminal defense is serious business and I am grateful that someone is writing about it.

  2. I sent this around, good post

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