Medical Record Information Release (HIPAA) – Standard form that requires the transmission of medical records from a hospital/medical practice to other people that the patient deems worthy. This contract is a civil agreement between two parties: the „releasor“ who grants the authorization and the „releasee“, which is exempt from any liability. It only concerns civil (monetary) claims for compensation, but has nothing to say about criminal liability that could result from negligence. The civil liability exemption also assumes that the release demonstrates due diligence – a seller who rents defective parachutes or defective vehicles can still expect criminal and civil penalties for his faults. It is always up to the seller to decide whether to grant an exemption from liability when entering into a transaction. The form must be printed correctly with the exact information contained in the document. Veterans Affairs Medical Records Release (Form VA 10-5345) – Is used to disclose health information held by the VA for transfer to an entity or other person. While declassifications are commonplace, they are also legal claims. This document should not be considered as an armament against all claims. Courts often use an „adequacy standard“ to assess liability – but it can be difficult to determine exactly what the court deems appropriate. . . .