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How Are Medical Records Released After an Accident?

How Are Medical Records Released After an Accident?

It is unfortunate that dealing with an insurance company after a difficult incident like a car accident should be tricky or stressful in the least, especially when you may have experienced both physical and emotional trauma, needing time to heal so that you can get back to your normal life.  After a car crash, your injuries may have been severe—and if so, you are not alone, as hundreds of thousands of other motorists are hurt each year due to other drivers who are irresponsible and must be held accountable for their actions.

Traffic incidents continue to rise despite ongoing, intensive efforts by officials invested in public safety in the US; however, far too many accidents still result in tragic fatalities and serious harm such as concussion and traumatic brain injury, paralysis, broken arms and legs, serious soft tissue damage, and more.

If you were injured due to the negligence of another, you might quickly find yourself receiving a phone call from the insurance adjuster representing the other party. And although you may have barely left the emergency room, the adjuster—although friendly enough—will be ready to ask many questions. Keep in mind, the best thing you can do is refer anyone from the insurance company to your car accident attorney, who it is critical to consult with in the beginning.

Along with the police report, the insurance adjuster will typically want to see medical records and any pertinent documentation. Medical records cannot be released, obviously, until the facility holding them has permission from either you or your attorney. Before releasing anything, it is critical to understand the scope of what they are asking for and what they could end up viewing. This is especially important because insurers who are acting in bad faith (or walking that very fine line) may attempt to use pre-existing conditions to deny your claim.

Injury to your knee or hip in the car accident? The adjuster may point to a sports injury you had previously. Traumatic brain injury? They may blame it on time in the military or a previous accident. With comprehensive legal assistance, however, you can protect yourself and the outcome of your case.

Please call the law offices of Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC as soon as possible if you have been in a car accident and injured due to the negligence of others. Attorney Sgt. Pike activates and deploys his proprietary Car Accident Response Team or C.A.R.T.™ immediately after being hired and in cases where it is appropriate, with a team of specialized personnel trained in every aspect of car wrecks and injuries deployed. Call now at (713) 748-7453 or visit AttorneySgtPike for a no obligation case review.