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Does wrongful death dissolve physician-patient privilege?

A wrongful death suit can force you confront some complicated issues you may have never considered. When it comes to seeking justice for the untimely death of a loved one, you may find that you have to fight some surprising battles — including the wishes or negligence of the one you've lost. Under physician-patient privilege, individuals have the right to maintain medical privacy, which can make proving a wrongful death quite difficult. But, does physician-patient privilege always present an impenetrable barrier when seeking this kind of justice?

You might think that a person's right to privacy ends when he or she dies, but this is not always the case. In many instances, a doctor or other medical care provider is bound to maintain an individual's privacy unless he or she waived it prior to dying. However, there are ways to compel a physician to disclose the information you need.

Often, requesting relevant medical information for the sake of a wrongful death suit will be sufficient to bypass the physician-patient privilege. You may be able to get the information you need simply by expressing that you are considering a lawsuit. However, if this is not successful, you may need to actually bring the suit to create a more official context in which to request the relevant medical records for your deceased loved one.

Of course, each case is different. If you believe that you may have an issue involving a deceased person's medical records, do not hesitate to contact a legal professional who can offer you proper guidance. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can understand the nuances of the law as they apply to your pursuit of justice for the one you've lost.

Source: Findlaw, "Wrongful Death Cases: Physician-Patient Privilege," accessed March 16, 2017

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