One of the most frequent problems many injury victims have with the legal process is the length of time it takes to resolve a dispute — and rightly so. Time and time again, insurance companies refuse to pay on perfectly good claims, the congested court system may stall a case for months on end, even when a case is resolved, liens from various sources can tie things up for extended periods of time — needless to say, there are any number of things that can stand in the way of a quick and efficient resolution of your case.
This is why it is important to take every step possible to anticipate potential roadblocks (no matter how remotely possible they may seem), and take appropriate action.
One issue that comes up quite frequently is the “reliability” of medical records turned over to an insurance company or opposing attorney. While it might seem crazy to think that the other side would refuse to accept medical records as true and accurate simply because they come from your attorney’s files, it happens. And when it does, it can create the difference between settling a case either pre-lawsuit or early in the proceedings and a long, drawn out litigation process.
This is why many attorneys have resorted to taking the step of hiring an outside record retrieval company to subpoena their own client’s records. This may seem strange — after all, why would you pay someone to issue a subpoena for your own records? The simplest answer to this question is that the mere presence of an outside source can often be enough to give the other side the appearance of neutrality — even though there is nothing to suggest that your records would somehow be different depending on who orders them. Often times, this can be enough to, if not outright, settle a case by having the cards on the table and convincing everyone involved to start wrapping things up which can pave a clear path to a quick and amicable resolution of your case. As such, the unusual posture of such a move is important in the long run, as it can get you the results you want faster.
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