Dealing with the injuries that result from a car accident is often a difficult process. The impact can affect the lives of victims and their families in a physical, financial, and emotional capacity. As a result, many victims choose to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for their injuries and any property damage associated with the crash. Defense attorneys and insurance companies may then request that a victim provides medical records as part of the claim.
4 Tips for Dealing With Medical Records After a Car Accident
Since medical records are so private and personal, victims may be happy to learn that they do not have to blindly sign over authorization for another party to access their complete medical history. Often, however, the release that victims are asked to sign will grant such a broad scope of authority. Instead of proceeding, victims are advised to take the following advice into consideration:
- Consult with an experienced attorney. While medical records may be an important part of a personal injury claim after a car crash, the records that you release could also be damaging to your case if not handled properly. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this process in the best manner possible.
- Consider limiting the scope of the medical records that you release to only those relating to your injuries caused by the car accident and subsequent treatment.
- You may also choose to provide additional medical records relating to the treatment you received for similar injuries in the past, if your attorney advises and if necessary.
- Remember that you are entitled to privacy protection laws under federal and state law. In the state of Missouri, medical records are available to patients and health care providers upon request. These records are considered confidential and can be shared only with those who need to know, such as health care providers, or who have been given permission. Under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, your medical records are also treated as confidential.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a car accident, it is important not to wait to contact an attorney. Personal injury victims have only a limited period of time in which to pursue a legal claim. We are here to help. To learn more, we encourage you to contact us today at (816) 471-5111 for a consultation.