Signing the Medical Release Form...

by Hobbs

A bar on the top of a door fell off and hit me. The Company that installed the bar, did not install it properly and I was told the wrong bar was put up, that's why it fell. They want me to sign a medical release form.

Why do I have to release my medical information because of negligence of the company? I do not have a metal magnet in my head that caused the bar to fall. The Company is 100% at fault. I have been experiencing headaches, dizziness and have been off-balanced since this bar hit me in the top of my head.

Do I have to sign this form? I feel like this is an invasion of my privacy.

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ANSWER for "Signing the Medical Release Form...":

Before you sign a medical release form, you may wish to have it reviewed by an attorney to make sure that you are not releasing any more than you think.

If it is a standard medical release form, all you are doing is giving your medical provider permission to release your medical records to the company you claim is at fault.

Otherwise, they will be unable to obtain your records and bills for their own evaluation due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) which actually protects you against disclosure of private information.

The medical release form you have been asked to sign should have nothing to do with liability or settlement, but rather permission to obtain records. As I mentioned, however, do not sign anything unless you are fully aware of the meaning.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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