Mark F., a Hampton, Virginia (VA) medical malpractice injury attorney, talks about the impotance of obtaining medical records. In order for any lawyer to properly handle your claim, it is essential to obtain the medical records related to the procedure in question. Under HIPAA, a patient has the right to file the request for records either in person, or by mail. This allows the patient to get those core medical records (e.g. the medical charts, all relevant documents, etc) so they can provide them to their attorney.