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I was injured in a car accident and the at-fault driver’s insurance company wants me to sign a medical authorization release. Should I sign this form?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects individuals’ medical records and other personal health information from being released to unauthorized parties. A medical authorization release form is considered HIPAA compliant and signing it would grant the insurance company access to your medical records. Not only could the insurance company obtain information about your current injuries, but it also allows them to obtain information about your past medical history, including any conditions they could use to deny your accident claim. Technically, a person holding such a release could even speak to one of your medical providers.

Never sign any documents without first consulting with one of our experienced personal injury car accident attorneys. Your attorney can assist in collecting the appropriate medical records and bills for the insurance company to help establish that your injury claim is a valid one, and only provide relevant medical records to the insurance adjuster when making the demand for settlement approved by a client.

Richard N. Shapiro
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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia