Is it illegal to tape record a meeting in the hospital between patient and doctor with 4 other people without prior consent?

The meeting took place after the patient was discharged and concerned questions in the medical record about wrong diagnosis and delayed treatment.

Asked on September 1, 2016 under Malpractice Law, North Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It is legal in your state if the person taping was a participant in the conversation: North Carolina is a "one-party consent" state, which means that if a single person in the conversation consents, or agrees, to be taped, it is legal--and presumably, the person doing the taping consents. If the person taping was not a participant but was taping a conversation among others, however, that would be illegal.

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