Joliet, IL asked in Nursing Home Abuse for Illinois

Q: My father was injured in a nursing home. Can I ask them for his medical records?

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Jonathan Rosenfeld
Jonathan Rosenfeld
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  • Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It depends of if you have power of attorney. If you do, you can request a copy of his records. If your father is alert and coherent, he may request a copy of his chart. Getting copies of medical records can be helpful in determining both how an incident occurred and what type of safeguards were or should have been in place to prevent an incident from occurring. Good luck to you. Jonathan

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman
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  • Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You certainly can request the nursing home records if you have the power of attorney for health care. If not, and your father is not disabled, he can request these records. The nursing home chart would be critical in determining whether or not there was neglect or abuse that was a cause of your father's injuries. If you haven't done so already, I would urge you to consult with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney.

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