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Request Medical Records

Request Medical Records

Step 1
Contact Healthcare Provider:

Reach out to your healthcare provider’s medical records department. Obtain their contact information from the hospital’s website or by calling the main hospital number.

Step 2
Complete Authorization Form:

Request and complete the necessary authorization form. This form typically includes your personal information, details of the records you want, and the purpose for obtaining them. Many facilities accept the global HITECH form below – but you’ll need to check with them.

Step 3
Provide Identification:

Be prepared to provide a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, to verify your identity. This helps ensure that the records are released only to the rightful patient.

Step 4
Submit Request and Payment:

Submit the completed authorization form, along with any required fees for processing and copying. Some facilities may offer online submission options, while others may require in-person or mailed requests.

Remember to check with your specific healthcare provider, as procedures may vary.

View the global Hi-tech form here

Common Questions

Medical records are essential evidence in a medical malpractice case. They provide detailed information about your medical history, treatments, and the care you received. This documentation is critical in proving negligence or malpractice.

Yes, you can request your medical records directly from the healthcare provider or hospital where you received treatment. They are legally obligated to provide you with a copy of your records upon request.

To request your medical records, follow these steps:
a. Contact the healthcare provider or hospital’s medical records department. You can typically find their contact information on their website or by calling the main reception.
b. Request a “Medical Records Release Form” if they have one. If not, you can provide a written request specifying the records you need, including dates of treatment.
c. Complete the required forms or provide the necessary information,
including your full name, date of birth, social security number, contact information, and the specific records you want.
d. You may be required to pay a fee for copying and processing your records, as permitted by law

Federal law mandates that healthcare providers and hospitals respond to medical records requests within 30 days. However, this timeline may vary by state. Be sure to inquire about their specific turnaround time when making your request.

Many healthcare providers now offer electronic access to medical records. You can request your records in electronic format if available, which can expedite the process and save on paper and mailing costs.

In most cases, healthcare providers are obligated to fulfill your request for medical records. However, they can deny access if they believe it may harm your physical or mental health. If your request is denied, you have the right to appeal or seek legal assistance.

If you encounter difficulties or face obstacles in obtaining your medical records, consider seeking legal advice from our medical malpractice experts. They can assist you in navigating the process and ensuring your rights are protected.

Once you receive your medical records, make copies and keep the originals in a safe place. Share copies with your legal representation and store the originals securely for reference during your case.

Yes, if you are the legal representative of the deceased’s estate, you can request their medical records for a medical malpractice case. You may need to provide documentation, such as a death certificate and proof of your legal authority.

Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are here to help you build a strong case. We can assist in requesting your medical records, analyzing their contents, and determining whether you have a viable claim for medical malpractice. Contact us today for a consultation.