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Destroyed Medical Records

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arkansas - after submitting copies of my echo reports to an attorney for their expert cardiologist to review, i was told i could possibly have a good case against redux. i was then requested to obtain copies of my echo "tapes". (i had a stree echo, doppler echo, & transisophogeal echo). these were done not quite 7 months ago. when i contacted the hospital, i was told they tape over them after only 3 months! the attorney said without the tapes, they can't go any further with my case. the hospital suggested i do them over (several thousand dollars). my question, can the hospital legally tape over my records after 3 months? don't i have a right to these tapes just the same as any "typed" medical records for the same period of time? how is a person expected to get a second opinion if the tapes were destroyed? can the hospital be held liable now that i am unable to pursue my redux claim? (i will be on medication for the rest of my life & will continue to have to have a yearly echo done since taking redux). what can i do?

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