I thankfully, am in good health and don’t have many physician visits. I do however, have a loved one who spends hundreds of hours a year under direct physician care.

Do her doctors communicate? Do you assume they share information?

When my loved one goes to the doctor, I encourage her to ask the physician what records he or she has? Do they know about consultant Smith and the treatment recommended by Dr. Thomas? Keep a list of all your physicians and make a copy for every health care provider.

They won’t take the time to request records or review them, unless you ask them to. So ask if you can see their records. If part of your health picture is missing, fill them in.

Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at