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Can physician-patient privilege be waived?

Every year in New York, people die in tragic and preventable accidents. Sadly, no matter how carefully you go through life, you could still be at risk. It only takes one person's mistake to cause chaos for everyone, and you could find yourself facing serious injuries or worse. This in turn may leave you unable to return to work for a while or fighting with excessive medical bills.

Devastatingly, there are also many cases where the victim in question has died as a result of their accident. When these sad events occur, the only thing the surviving family and loved ones can do is prepare to give them a suitable send-off. Meanwhile, they may also choose to make a wrongful death claim. However, these cases are often difficult to prove without adequate knowledge of the relevant legislation.

Furthermore, as this article on personal injury explains, in order to obtain the medical records of a deceased relative, you may need to seek a waiver of their physician-patient privilege. In certain states it is possible for the spouse or next of kin to waive this privilege. However, this varies from one place to the next, so it is important to understand your rights within your home state.

Of course, all of this is likely to be the last thing on your mind when dealing with bereavement. You may want to pursue justice, but legal processes can appear intimidating if you are not familiar with the system. Fortunately, you do not have to face any of this alone. An attorney can advise you about your rights and may even be able to assist you with filing your claim and pursuing the remuneration you deserve.

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