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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Marshall

Types of Lawsuits that Require Medical Record Reviews

When processing health insurance claims and determining the type and severity of an injury or illness that a claimant in a lawsuit has suffered, a medical record review is essential. The medical history of the plaintiff or claimant is gathered and thoroughly reviewed. These documents include, among other things, reports on medical histories, lab results, and hospitalization records. In a medicolegal case, both the plaintiff and the defense attorneys will need to review the medical records to understand the various medical facts and find evidence to support or defend their clients’ case.

Here are some different types of lawsuits that require medical record reviews.

Personal Injury

The medical case chronology generated by the review assists in proving the injury sustained and understanding the medical encounters in a chronological order. The review also aids in the elimination of any pre-existing conditions.

Medical Malpractice

Review of the medical records is vital to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case as well as its potential value.

Product Liability

Reviewing the medical records helps to prove whether a plaintiff suffered an injury or loss due to the use of a defective product. The medical records can clearly show the injured person’s health condition before and after using the alleged defective product, and this helps determine whether the product caused the patient’s injuries.

Medical records contain vital information about a plaintiff's or claimant's diagnosis, prescribed medications, medical and social history, lab test results, and so on. Reviewing the medical records allows the attorney to determine whether the defendant is liable for the damages, as well as the nature and extent of the damages. With a reliable medical case summary, attorneys benefit from a clear and chronological understanding of the various medical records related to all major as well as minor medical events in that period.

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