If I’ve been in a car accident and the other insurance company wants information from me including a statement, medical records, or other documents, what should I do?
I’m always leery of signing a blanket medical release when the other side requests medical information that is broadly described. If we, as your lawyers, let them go back 10 or 20 years, or let them investigate some medical condition that has no relationship to the accident, and then they’re going to use that and try to request all the documents and medical history they can find and try to claim that all your injuries were preexisting or something of that nature.
Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney is extremely important to mitigate risks you may incur by sharing that information – you can either go out and request all of the medical documents on your own, or if you sign a release you make sure it’s limited in scope and only related to the accident so that you don’t give them carte blanche to go out and obtain all of your medical history.
But for peace of mind, before producing anything to the insurance company, it is safer to call an attorney first.