If an insurance company asks for a release in a personal injury incident should we give access and why? 10 Answers as of August 21, 2015

While on our neighbor’s property, our daughter was hurt, and we opened a claim against them. The insurance company gave us a release, which would give them access to hospital information, asking us to sign. Would this be a good move to make?

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Adler Law Group, LLC
Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
Generally I advise my clients not to sign such documents without scrutiny and oversight. You should get a lawyer to represent you for the entire claim. The insurance company will use a broad release to go well beyond what is relevant and get your personal information. Instead of letting them do digging and then offering you pennies on the dollar a lawyer who knows how to file a lawsuit will get you many times the compensation.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 8/21/2015
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
You need a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/21/2015
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
They will not offer any settlement unless they have access to her medical records. Even if you limit the release to records as to the same parts of the body injured, the hospital will give them all the records. It is not something you will feel good about, but there is no way around it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/21/2015
Law Offices of Richard M. Levy P.C.
Law Offices of Richard M. Levy P.C. | Richard M. Levy
Best advice is to hire a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/20/2015
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
Consider consulting an experienced injury lawyer for advice on this. Different lawyers have different attitudes about giving such releases, and it usually depends on the facts. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 8/20/2015
    Law Office of Lisa Hurtado McDonnell | Lisa Hurtado McDonnell
    If you want to settle you would have to show them her medical records.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 8/20/2015
    Ty Wilson Law | Ty Wilson
    Never recommended. You should speak with a personal injury attorney. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/20/2015
    Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
    You are going to supply the medical info one way or another. They cannot evaluate the claim without it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2015
    Candiano Law Office
    Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
    You have placed your medical condition in question by filing the claim or suit. The other side is entitled to your medical records. Require that they provide you with copies of all documents received.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/20/2015
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates | Barry Rabovsky
    It sounds like you may be trying to settle the case without an attorney, and that you have a question about signing a medical release. The insurance company has a right to review your daughter's medical bills and records that are related to the accident, and they would obtain the bills and records with a signed medical release. You should make sure that the bills and records that they are trying to get are clearly related to the case. You might consider getting a free consultation from an attorney that handles accident cases.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/20/2015
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