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Healthcare laws are put into place to protect patients and healthcare facilities. When something goes wrong, a patient might sue a healthcare facility or a healthcare facility might sue a patient, an insurance company, or even another health care facility. No matter the nature of the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s), documentation for medical lawsuits is copious. The documentation required in the discovery phase of a lawsuit must be reviewed prior to being sent to the other parties in the lawsuit.
Certain documents fall under confidentiality laws—most notably, correspondence between an attorney and the attorney's client. An experienced temporary document review attorney is often hired during the discovery phase of healthcare lawsuits. The document review attorney reviews documents for attorney-client privilege and other confidentiality matters. The documents are separated from the rest of the discovery, as they are not discoverable.
Document review attorneys may also be used to review documents that come in pursuant to discovery requests. Documents are reviewed and separated based on content.