Here is tip #5 of 10 ways to help maximize your personal injury recovery. Our Toledo, Ohio personal injury attorneys encourage those involved in a car accident or those suffering from personal injury to learn what they can do to help their case.
5. Don’t sign any medical authorization forms at the request of an insurance company.
Insurance companies often try to get accident victims to sign and return authorization forms that allow them to obtain your medical records. The forms usually are drafted so the insurer gains access to all of your medical information, not just information relating to your accident. It allows an insurance company to go on a fishing expedition for any other medical problems that might explain the pain you’re experiencing.
If your injuries are serious, you should consult an attorney to deal with these issues. Your attorney will ask you to sign medical authorization forms that will be used to obtain the information that’s related to your accident. Only the information relevant to your accident or injury will be sent to the insurance company so your claim can be evaluated. This protects you from having personal information winding up in the wrong hands.