How to Understand General Medical Records for your Investigation and Prosecution of Criminal Cases

How to Understand General Medical Records
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2018-05-17
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: How to Understand General Medical Records
Unit 2 Recording: How to Understand General Medical Records

Medical records are often critical in criminal cases, as they detail the medical diagnosis/treatment that may form the basis of criminal charges.   However, they can be daunting when law enforcement and prosecutors try to determine exactly what they say.  This task is complicated by medical jargon and abbreviations that are unfamiliar to investigators or prosecutors.

This webinar will provide a basic understanding of what is included in most medical records (now that most of them are digital),  what records should be requested to facilitate charging criminal cases, how to organize medical records once they have been received, what to focus on in reading the records,  and how to determine which physicians or other medical personnel you might need to interview or subpoena.    It will also explain why interviewing medical personnel may be necessary, as the records may not address the questions necessary to charge the case.    It will also include a handout of common medical terms and abbreviations to assist in understanding the records.

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