Should I sign the medical information release form the workers comp adjuster sent?

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No - unless you don't care who is reading your confidential medical records and history (sometimes family history) since birth.  The forms insurance companies use will allow them or anyone they see fit, total access to all of your medical records.

They don't need it.  What does a back injury playing football 10 years ago have to do with the ankle fracture that happened at work last week? Or a positive drug test 20 years ago?  Or a family history of diabetes?

Plus, they will use it to deny or delay your claim for benefits after a work injury, especially if you have ever injured the same body part before or have a pre-existing condition that was affected by this injury at work.

Despite what the adjuster will tell you, there is no requirement that you sign any forms giving away all of your confidential medical information.

If you hurt your shoulder at work, have your doctor send the records for treatment to the shoulder.

Have questions or need more information?  Call us today and we'll send you a free, no obligation book on workers compensation that you can use to make the best decisions about your case - decisions that will be best you and your family, not the insurance company.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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