Medical Record

Definition - What does Medical Record mean?

A medical record is the documentation maintained by medical workers of a patient’s symptoms, treatments and medical history, as well as test results, X-ray reports and laboratory examinations.

A medical record is a common and key piece of evidence in personal injury, insurance and criminal law, where a victim’s injuries must be proven.

Justipedia explains Medical Record

In cases where a person’s physical injuries are at issue, a medical record may be a straightforward piece of evidence establishing that the person’s injuries are real. In other cases, like a medical malpractice case, the whole case might revolve around the reliability of the medical record and whether or not a medical record reveals a mistake made by a doctor or medical professional.

The Privacy Rule in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 makes it more difficult to access medical records.

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