How do I request legal records for myself or someone else?
Who is this for?
This information can help if you want to know how an attorney can request copies of your legal records.
There may come a time when you decide to file a lawsuit or an insurance claim against another party because of an injury or medical condition. Your attorney will need to request your medical records from us using a subpoena.
What is a subpoena?
A subpoena is a written document from the court authorizing us to release your medical records to your lawyer.
Do you have a subpoena?
If we aren’t involved in the lawsuit, a valid subpoena needs to be issued by your lawyer and sent directly to us.
Subpoenas issued by a Michigan court should include:
- Customer, doctor, employee or other individual name
- Contract or enrollee ID number
- Time frame
- Case name and number
- Appropriate signatures
Subpoenas should include one of these authorization forms:
- Are you releasing your own information? Member Consent for Release of Protected Health Information (PDF)
- Is this for someone else you represent? Request for Release of Member's Protected Health Information (PDF)
And, if necessary Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Psychotherapy Notes (PDF)
Mail Michigan court-issued subpoenas and authorization forms to:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Office of the General Counsel – Mail Code 1923
600 E. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226-2998
Pricing and response time
We charge $34, plus 25 cents per page, for each records request. It will take four to six weeks for us to respond to a valid subpoena request once we receive it.
If you have a subpoena issued by a court outside of Michigan, please see how to obtain records when you are a third party.