When it comes to nursing home litigation, patient records really are the Holy Grail. Patient records are important in both assessing the initial case as well as determining how to proceed from a litigation standpoint.
In my nursing home injury practice, one of the frst things I suggest families do is to obtain a copy of their loved one's medical chart from the facility in order to evaluate the potential case. In my experience, requesting a copy of the patient's chart as soon after an event, increases the likelihood of the facility providing a complete and accurate chart from the facility.
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