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I have been asked to release my medical records to the other driver’s insurance company. Should I do this?

Releasing your medical records is part of a personal injury claim. Your records are important evidence of your injury, and they prove an element of your case. As such, it is the opposing insurance company’s right to review your medical records and determine whether you were actually injured in your accident.

However, there are limitations. Insurance companies can only view a certain time period, unless they can show that there is evidence of some prior related injury. In addition, they should only be reviewing records that are relevant to your car accident claim. For example, if you are claiming a back injury from your accident, there is no reason for them to be reviewing your gynecological records. If you are claiming a broken leg, there is no reason for them to be reviewing mental health records.

If you have questions about the scope of the records request sent to you by the insurance companies, you should speak with an attorney. An attorney with Miller Lathrop can explain the process, and handle the medical records for you. Having an attorney make sure that no unrelated and sensitive records make their way into the hands of the insurance company can put you at ease about your privacy.