The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note Produced in partnership with Ian Huckstepp of IRH Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
It is important that personal injury practitioners are fully aware of all potential medical issues relating to the claim. The medical records should be obtained so that the appointed medical expert can review all the available evidence in relation to the medical injury when preparing his or her medical report. The medical records will assist the expert to confirm the diagnosis of the injury sustained in the accident, detail the treatment received and any noted recovery. The medical expert will be able to take note and consider any relevant pre-accident medical history and the records will assist the expert in forming his or her opinion and prognosis when preparing the report.
The medical records consist of notes, letters, charts, x-rays, results of tests and correspondence regarding any treatment that a person has received during his or her lifetime.
The GP will hold a patient’s medical records. If a patient is not currently under the care of a GP then the records will be held by the local Health Authority on whose medical list the most recent GP was included. Notes in respect of treatment provided elsewhere such as at hospital will be kept at the hospital. The GP will have a summary report of hospital treatment which will be added to the medical records.
Access to records kept by other health care
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