Charges for Medical Records Used in Tennessee Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

Unlike Kentucky, Tennessee does not have a law that permits each patient to have a free copy of his or her medical record from a health care provider.  Tennessee law permits health care providers to charge for each and every copy of a medical record.

It is important to have a copy of certain medical records to evaluate every personal injury and wrongful death claim, including car and truck accident cases and each and other cases.  The number of providers from whom records must be obtained depends on the facts and circumstances of each case.  Some cases require us to obtain medical records from only one or tow health care providers.  Other cases require us to obtain records from ten or more health care providers.  The cost of obtaining records can be as little as $75 to well over $1000.

Our firm pays for the cost of acquiring the medical records for our clients. Even the event the case is successful, our fee agreement with our client provides that our client reimburses us for the out-of-pocket expenses we incur in the case, including the cost of obtaining medical records.


John Day represents personal injury victims and families of wrongful death victims in all types of cases, including automobile, trucking, sexual abuse and medical malpractice cases. He is board-certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and, in fact, served as President of the organization. He is an elected member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. His book, "Day on Torts: Leading Cases in Tennessee Tort Law," is used by judges and lawyers across Tennessee to further their understanding of personal injury and wrongful death law in Tennessee. In 2009, Best Lawyers named John "Best Personal Injury Lawyer" for Nashville; he was the first recipient of that award. Best Lawyers also named John as "Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Nashville" for 2010. John does not charge for an initial consultation and accepts personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent fee basis. You can reach him by telephone at 615.742.4880 or by email by clicking here.

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