How long does it take attorneys to obtain plaintiff medical records?

Chartsquad helps attorneys to get the medical records they need to win cases for their plaintiff clients. By providing their clients with the tool that enables them to easily get access to their medical records and share them with their attorneys, ChartSquad improves the outcomes and reduces the costs for all concerned. An average turnaround of 15 days, and an average cost of less than six dollars per request. Records are stored securely while maintaining simplicity of access. The ChartSquad platform is a key to civil justice.

If not using ChartSquad, obtaining plaintiff medical records can be a time-consuming process for attorneys. The length of time it takes to obtain these records can vary depending on several factors, including the type of records being requested, the complexity of the case, and the availability of the records.

Relying purely on plaintiffs

Plaintiffs in legal cases are already under enough stress. Without the tools to do so, getting access to medical records is a complex and time-consuming task. Knowing what to ask for, how to ask for it, where to ask, and what all the regulations and compliance requirements dictate about access to medical records leave most people in dire straits, delaying their case. If attorneys then go ahead and try to retrieve the records themselves or outsource to a medical records retrieval company, significant costs (often well into the thousands of dollars) are levied upon the attorneys and passed on to the plaintiffs.

ChartSquad is a unique tool that allows plaintiffs to get access to their medical records without all the fuss, and then share them with their attorneys. And it’s not just the platform at work, here. We have a large team of experts who help providers and medical records companies by educating them on what their responsibilities are, as defined by HHS and OCR through HIPAA and HITECH regulations, alongside other data protection regulations that govern healthcare information. Thus, helping all parties to come to the best outcome possible.

Type of Medical Records

One factor that can affect the time it takes to obtain a plaintiff’s medical records is the type of records being requested. Some types of records, such as x-rays or lab results, may be available relatively quickly, while others, such as records from multiple healthcare providers or records that are several years old, may take longer to obtain. In some cases, it may be necessary to obtain records from multiple sources, which can also extend the time it takes to gather all the necessary information. By activating and ensuring the implementation of HIPAA, HITECH, and other regulations that protect American residents, ChartSquad can remove these delays and allow you to get your medical records to your attorney, fast.

The complexity of a legal case

The complexity of the case can also impact the time it takes to obtain the plaintiff’s medical records. In simple cases, it may be relatively straightforward to obtain the records, while in more complex cases, there may be more records to request, and more parties involved in the process. For example, if the plaintiff has multiple healthcare providers or has received treatment for a long period of time, without using ChartSquad it may take longer to gather all the necessary records.

Availability of medical records

The availability of the records can also impact the time it takes to obtain them. Some healthcare providers and organizations may have systems in place to efficiently provide records upon request, while others may have more cumbersome processes that take longer to complete. In some cases, it may be necessary to follow up with the healthcare provider or organization to ensure that the records are being provided in a timely manner.

It can be expensive

The cost involved when a third party is attempting to gain access to their plaintiff medical records is another highly important factor, and one of the key reasons ChartSquad exists. Fees going into tens of thousands of dollars are not out of the ordinary when attorneys use a HIPAA-compliant third party, as opposed to when a patient makes an access request. Authorizations for release to a third party are discretionary, putting all the control in the hands of the provider and throwing uncertainty into the process. When will the provider respond? Will they respond? How much will the provider choose to charge per page?

A maze of regulations and compliancy requirements

It's also worth noting that the time it takes to obtain the plaintiff’s medical records can be impacted by legal or regulatory requirements, particularly so when a third party is trying to access medical records. These requirements can add time to the process of obtaining the records. ChartSquad has been built to make sure these regulations and laws are observed. Whenever you use ChartSquad to obtain a medical record, consent, and Release of Information (ROI) documentation are always front and center of any records request.

Overall, the time it takes to obtain the plaintiff’s medical records can vary significantly depending on the specific circumstances of the case. In some cases, it may be possible to obtain the records relatively quickly, while in others, it may take longer to gather all of the necessary information. Attorneys using ChartSquad enables plaintiffs to get access to the medical records they need, fast.

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