In a case closely watched by insurance companies and lawyers for personal injury victims and defendants, the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday said a woman who filed a personal injury lawsuit over a 2001 auto accident doesn't have to turn over medical records unrelated to the accident.
Defense lawyers had sought access to a broad range of Gloria Alcon's records, saying they were needed to determine the extent of her injuries.
The court ordered Alcon's lawyers to draw up a list of records that are being withheld. It said the state's procedures on access to medical records in lawsuits have not been well defined and adopted a federal rule requiring lawyers to document and justify documents that are being withheld.
Alcon's lawsuit in Pueblo County District Court claims constant and worsening leg, back and neck pain led to depression. She is seeking damages for past and future loss of wages and earning capacity and other claims.