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I was in a car accident and the other driver’s insurance company is asking for my medical records. What should I do?

January 21, 2010

If you have been injured in a car accident, do not sign any form authorizing the release of your medical records to the other driver’s car insurance company. Your medical records contain personal and confidential information, some of which may be entirely unrelated to your accident.

The doctor/patient relationship is a private one, and your physician cannot disclose any of your medical information without your permission. Therefore, the only way the other driver’s insurance company can obtain your medical records is by having you sign a release form.

The better approach is for you to obtain a copy of the relevant records (the ones related to the accident) and provide the insurance company with those copies rather than signing a general release.

Along with the copies of the records, include a letter stating that you are only releasing the records that are relevant to the accident and that you are releasing them for the limited purpose of settling the claim.

If you hire a Texas personal injury lawyer, they can deal with the insurance company on your behalf. You will not have to worry about what you should and should not give to the other driver’s insurance company because your Texas personal injury attorney will be there to ensure that your legal rights are protected and your best interests are represented at all times.


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