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Personal Injury

But If You Do Sign It… Medical Authorizations

I’ve previously told you not to sign any medical authorizations for your insurance company or the defendant’s insurance company. In personal injury cases, the insurance company seeks to gain access to as much information about you as possible. Typically, the insurance company isn’t looking to help you. Instead, the insurance company is looking for ways to limit its exposure and pay as little to you as possible. These authorizations provide complete access to your medical information, including psychological treatment and any sexually related treatment. In other words, really personal stuff! But if you did sign an authorization, you need to contact the insurance company that you provided it to and retract it immediately. Once you have done this, it is important to also tell the insurance company that it must destroy any records in its possession and reject any new records that it receives, returning them to the medical provider. It is also important that you contact any medical providers that you do not want information sent to the insurance company and that you have retracted the authorization. Time is of the essence when it comes to retracting the medical authorizations. So if you are contemplating this, I recommend that you don’t waste any more time and do it immediately. If you have any questions regarding this issue or any issue in a personal injury matter, please feel free to speak with The Nashville Law Firm. You can reach us at 615-844-4034 or on the web at www.thenashvillelawfirm.com .

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But if you do sign it… Statements

Yesterday, I told you not to sign statements in personal injury accidents. But if you do sign a statement, make sure you read it and get a copy of it BEFORE you leave. I know this sounds like common sense, but it’s not. Most people are so shook up from the accident they forget to leave the accident scene with a copy of either the accident report or their statement. Having a copy ensures that you have the copy that was completed at the time you left the scene. I have seen statements altered after the victim leaves the accident scene and the only way we could prove it was altered was because my client had her own copy. This is short and to-the-point today, so again, don’t sign statements, but if you do GET A COPY! If you have any questions regarding statements or anything else you may have signed or may be asked to sign by an insurance company, The Nashville Law Firm is here to help. You can reach us at 615-844-4034 or on the web at www.thenashvillelawfirm.com.