The insurance company may ask you to sign a medical release if you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident. Here, we explain how this may hurt your claim.

Should I sign a medical release authorization when filing my slip and fall claim?

 

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medical authorization formSoon after you sustain an injury in a slip and fall accident, the insurance adjuster for the negligent business or property owner will contact you as part of their investigation of your claim. He will most likely request that you sign a medical release authorization form. The request may sound innocent, but signing it could lead to serious problems in your case.

Why Does the Insurance Company Want You to Sign a Medical Authorization?

While it is true that the insurance company needs your medical records regarding the injuries you suffered in your accident to settle your claim, this is not the only reason they want you to sign their authorization. An insurance company’s medical release form is often very broad and allows them to obtain your entire medical record. Here are reasons why the insurance adjuster wants this information:

  • The insurance adjuster wants to review your medical records to see if you suffered a prior injury to the same body part in the past. If so, he could use this information to argue that this past incident—and not your slip and fall accident—was the cause of your current injuries.
  • Your medical records will also contain your doctor’s notes. The insurance company could compare what you said to him about the accident and your injuries to other statements you made to him or others. This information can be used to dispute the cause of your injuries, how serious they are, and your credibility as a witness.

How Should You Handle a Request by the Insurance Company to Sign a Medical Release?

You should not sign a medical authorization release or any other document without first having an experienced slip and fall accident attorney review it. You could be waiving your important legal rights as well as giving the insurance company ammunition to fight your claim. Your lawyer can provide the insurance company with the relevant medical records they truly need. He can also take over communications with the insurance adjuster so that you do not make an inadvertent mistake that hurts your case.

We are here to protect your interests and to negotiate your settlement to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries from the negligent owner. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you will owe us no attorney fees until we settle your claim. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation.


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11900 NE 1st Street
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Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 289-1990
Fax: (425) 289-1991

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