Has the negligent driver’s insurance company asked you to sign a medical release authorization? Here are reasons why agreeing to this may hurt your claim.

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Should I sign a medical release form for the negligent driver’s insurance company?

 

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If you suffered injuries in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver in the Seattle area, you will need to file a claim for compensation with his insurance company. As part of their investigation, they will want to review your medical records pertaining to your crash. While it may seem like an innocent request for the insurance adjuster to ask you to sign their medical release form, agreeing to sign this is not in your best interests.

Reasons Not to Sign the Insurance Company’s Medical Release Authorization

You never want to sign a medical authorization, settlement agreement, or other important legal document regarding your car accident claim without having an experienced car accident attorney review it and advise you whether it is in your best interests to sign it. Here are reasons why an experienced attorney who has settled many of these claims would advise you not to sign a medical release form:

  • It could be used to deny or reduce your claim. While the insurance company does need to review some medical records before settling your claim, the adjuster is asking you to sign the release to obtain medical records for evidence to deny or reduce your claim. Unrelated pre-existing injuries and statements you made to doctors are just a few pieces of evidence that the insurance company can use to raise disputes to your claim. By signing the release, you are giving them the ammunition they need to deny or reduce your claim.
  • It gives a blanket authorization. The insurance company’s release form most likely gives them access to ALL of your medical records. Many of them are completely irrelevant to your current injuries and claims.
  • It violates your privacy. By signing the insurance company’s authorization, you may be giving the adjuster access to medical information about you that is sensitive and personal and that is not related to your claim. 

An experienced car accident attorney will know what medical records the insurance company really needs and can provide these documents to them on your behalf. To learn how we can help you to provide this information and negotiate your settlement so that you are fully compensated, contact our office today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.