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I think the home and the doctor are tampering with my deceased mom's medical records. Is this common with nursing home neglect?

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The nursing home is stalling giving me my deceased mom's medical records. My mom's doctor is also the nursing home medical director. What can I do to counter this to get my mom's true medical records?

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  1. Regrettably, tampering with records does occur. If you are contemplating legal action you should consult/retain legal counsel. A qualified attorney will get the records and can discern if the records were "doctored". Soory for your loss.

    Personal injury cases only; I'm good at it; you be the Judge! All information provided is for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney client relationship has been formed or should be inferred. Please speak with a local and qualified attorney. I truly wish you and those close to you all the best. Jeff www.nyelderinjurylaw.com


  2. My suggestion is to speak with an attorney and have them obtain the records from the provider, hopefully the attorney will be able to discern if there was record tampering.

    The above answer is for information only; and does NOT constitute legal advice. This answer does not constitute, nor does it create, an attorney-client relationship between KaplunMarx, PLLC, Jonathan D. Marx and any receiver. The information provided on these pages is general only, and you should not act upon this information without consulting with a qualified attorney


  3. In California, skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) are required to give the designated responsible party of the resident a complete copy of the patient's chart upon request. The facility has the right to charge for the copying, however, release of the records cannot be denied. If the facility will not release the records, an attorney can file an action with the Superior Court just to obtain the records. If the facility forces such action to be taken, the Petitioner will generally recover the costs and attorneys fees associated with filing such action.


  4. Have a local lawyer get the records, and if they were tampered with, there is spoliation


  5. You should discuss the situation with an attorney as soon as possible.

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