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When I bring a lawsuit, how come the lawyers for the doctors and hospitals ask for my medical records from doctors who have nothing to do with my claim?


A: Simple. Those attorneys want to know and see what other medical problems you've recently had. They don't know you personally, and have no way of knowing if what you are claiming is really true. That's why they request your records from other doctors (within a reasonable time period from when you claim you were injured). In some instances we are able to show that certain medical treatment have nothing whatsoever to do with your current claim and have asked the Court to protect those particular records. However, keep in mind that at trial, those defense attorneys can try to subpoena your 'protected' medical records and introduce them at trial. They can also try and show them to their medical expert to comment on and render conclusions based on what is contained within them.