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Obtaining Medical Records During a Lawsuit

Obtaining Medical Records During a Lawsuit

Florida maintains a very broad constitutional right to privacy.  This right to privacy extends to medical records.  However, this does not mean they will remain private forever. Injury Victims & Their Medical Records When injury victims file a lawsuit for injuries caused by another person, their health becomes a central issue to the case.  This allows the at-fault party to engage in discovery of an injury victims’ relevant medical history both before and after the incident.  These medical records become central to any trial where causation of the injury is disputed such as herniated discs, spinal injuries, torn ligaments, or other non-obvious...

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Florida’s Comparative Fault Law

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Florida's Comparative Fault Law Florida is currently a comparative fault state.  However, it has not always been that way.  In 1886, the Florida Supreme Court in Louisville and Nashville Railroad Co. v. Yniestra would hold that Florida was a contributory fault state.  Florida state courts would uniformly follow the Yniestra opinion for the next 87 years.  In 1973, the Florida Supreme Court, in  Hoffman v. Jones, would recede from Yniestra and establish comparative fault as the rule for Florida in negligence cases.  In 1986, the Florida legislature would codify Florida’s comparative fault through Florida Statute § 768.81.   Difference Between Comparative Fault and...

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