Medical records are among the most important evidence in building a strong personal injury case, and may be used in a lawsuit. Your medical records will show how severe your injuries are, and help prove that they were caused by the accident.
This is one of the requirements in requesting compensation from the insurance company. If your injuries or other factors prevent you from getting your medical records, other people can help claim them for you.
If you are not able to obtain your medical records, you can request a representative do so on your behalf. You need to provide your representative with an authorization letter, giving him or her access to your records.
Parents of a Child
If your child has been injured in an accident, as a parent, you may obtain his or her medical records. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. An example would be when the child has consented to medical care and the state law does not require parental consent. Ask your lawyer if you have the right to claim your child’s medical record to avoid potential legal issues.
Some adults may have appointed legal guardians, who are also authorized to have access to their wards’ medical records.