Q: What are a personal representative's rights and means for acquiring the decedent's medical and other records?
If a family member dies under suspicious circumstances and we want to uncover wrong-doing and negligent treatment by officials and care-givers, what are our rights in demanding all records associated with the decedent's medical treatment? We want records from public mental health agencies residential treatment facilities, doctor's appointments, staff meetings, etc. How do we demand to see everything?? Police reports, judge's notes? everything!!
It's going to take a lot, and you'd probably be wise to hire an attorney to help you undertake all that and to do it properly.
You're not getting judge's notes, however. But most everything else, there is a way - through HIPAA or FOIA.
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