Covert audio taping of a private conversation in California can subject you to criminal prosecution as well as civil liability. Further, most courts and State licensing agencies will not admit "evidence" obtained in violation of California's statute prohibiting covert taping. You definitely ned to speak to a qualified and experienced lawyer before you take any action with respect to the tape you have made.
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Have you contacted an attorney regarding this? Doctor's negligence is a serious thing. You could be reimbursed for all this.
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Under some State's laws, unconsented recording of conversations constitutes a crime. I am not a California attorney, but a simple Internet search seems to indicate that CA is such a 2 party consent state. You should seek the advice of a qualified medical malpractice attorney.
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Tape recording someone without their permission or knowledge is a misdemeanor in California.
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