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Physician-Patient Privilege After Wrongful Death: How the Law Applies and When It’s Waived

As a general rule of law, physician-patient privilege protects the privacy of a patient’s medical history as per HIPAA guidelines and any other laws that are applicable in the state the patient resides. However, controversy tends to arise quickly when a patient suffers an unexpected wrongful death and their records are legally necessary for the surviving family to pursue legal action. According to the law, there are several factors that apply in the case of a wrongful death in which medical records are necessary.

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