The COVID-19 Pandemic — Why Keep Contemporaneous Records?

Attention healthcare providers:

While we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic it can be difficult to see into the future. For healthcare providers, future litigation is inevitable.

How did you treat that patient?
Did you properly segregate him from others?
Were you providing the standard of care treatment at any particular time?

These are all questions, as a healthcare provider, you will be asked in years to come during litigation. What to do about it? As difficult as it may be, you should be keeping a contemporaneous record of what you knew at any particular time and why the care you provided was in response to what you knew. It is nearly impossible years later to recall what you knew, and what you didn’t know, at any particular time. Only a contemporaneous record can help you.

If you have any questions, the lawyers at Waranch and Brown, LLC are always available to discuss these and other issues with you. Our firm is experienced in representing doctors and healthcare providers during times of crisis. If you need further assistance, please contact us. We’re here to help.

Neal Brown

Neal Brown

Neal Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated trial attorney. He is a founding partner of Waranch & Brown, where he has devoted his career to defending hospitals and health care providers in medical malpractice and related cases.
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