Do I have to give the driver’s insurance company access to my medical records after a Santa Monica bike accident?

Although the insurance company may need some documentation of your medical treatment after a Santa Monica bike accident, it’s unlikely that they need free access to everything in your medical records—and, in most cases, you probably shouldn’t let them have it. However, before you make any decisions or sign any releases, take the time to make a quick call and speak with an experienced attorney about your situation and what the insurance company is requesting.

Bike accidents are common, even in relatively bike-friendly cities like Santa Monica, and our team has hands-on experience working with Southern California victims and their families. We know that insurance companies will do everything they can to reduce the amount they have to pay to victims, and they will scour any information they can get from you, hoping to find a way to minimize your claim. While some medical records may truly be necessary evidence in your injury claim, it’s important that you work with an attorney to limit the insurance company’s access to private information and medical records.

It doesn’t end with medical records, either. You should be aware that the driver’s insurance company may be taking unnecessary recorded statements with the same aim, and they may even be monitoring your social media accounts for information to use against you.

For more information about protecting your rights after you’ve been injured, contact our Santa Monica legal team today and request your free copy of our book, 7 Big Mistakes to Avoid After a Motorcycle or Bicycle Accident.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982