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I have found about 1000 abandoned medical records in 2 of my

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I have found about 1000 abandoned medical records in 2 of my storage units in Waukegan Illinois past tenant claims not his. they are all 10 years old or more. can I legally dispose of them ? and if so what am I legally required to do to dispose of them ? can I just throw them into my dumpster?

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That would be up to you. Yes, you can dispose of them if you don't have any good faith belief that they belong to any certain individual. At this point, they would certainly be considered to be "lost" or "abandoned" under the law (which looks to the facts of the situation and a reasonable person standard).

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Since you don't have any requirement to safeguard these records under the law, you could just throw them away, but I would highly suggest getting them shredded.

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The reason is that IF it is discovered that you disposed of them and it causes someone financial harm, they could still try to sue you, even if unsuccessfully. Better to completely destroy the documents than just throw them away in a manner where they could still be discovered.

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I guess I should get a certificate of destruction from a shredding company to protect myself ? do I have to list each of the 1000,s of records ?

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No. Again, since these are abandoned records, you don't have any obligation to any of them. It would be a good idea to have evidence that they were destroyed, etc... as well as a rough approximate of how many records.

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But that would be to protect you just in case. Proving destruction of abandoned property should suffice.

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thanks scotty

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