Sometimes, if someone is attempting to handle a motor vehicle crash in Georgia on their own, often times an adjuster will request or require that they sign a medical release so the adjuster can obtain the medical records. What is often not discussed is the legal language of the medical release, often times it gives the adjuster the right to look into your medical background and does not restrict it to the car crash only. They use this information to seek out other injuries you may have had to the body parts you claim for your accident. Why do they do this?
Well, the obvious reason is it gives them an opportunity to allege that your injury was preexisting (or occurred prior to the car crash) and was not the direct result of the auto collision. They will in turn adjust their reserves or lower the value of the claim.
This is why it is important that you not sign or submit anything to the insurance companies until you have spoken with legal counsel to find out if it is in your best interest to sign whatever document they are requesting. Some adjusters have gone so far as to tell the injured person they will not be able to work on your claim unless you sign the documents they request. This may or may not be true but if that happens to you, you should contact an attorney immediately to find out your legal rights. An attorney can help you and your claim, so that your rights are protected and not exploited.
If you or a loved one has been in an auto accident and you need help, do not hesitate to contact me at 770-948-5454 and see if this Atlanta | Savannah Auto Accident Attorney can be of assistance to you and/or your loved one.