Signing a Release of Liability or Medical Authorization after an Accident

February 21, 2020

Injury Attorneys serving clients in West Long Branch, Red Bank, Colts Neck, Asbury Park, and across Monmouth County.

Signing a Release of Liability or Medical Authorization after an AccidentInsurance companies are often more focused on their bottom line, and despite the temptation of getting your claim settled quickly, you should not sign any insurance liability release or medical authorizations forms without experienced legal counsel. As legally binding documents, they release an insurance company from liability contingent on you accepting a settlement amount. This could also mean receiving less financial compensation for your personal injury claim, and being legally prevented from recovering damages resulting from the reckless or negligent actions of another (i.e., car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, a slip and fall, a construction-related accident, an accident involving public transit or an injury at a hotel, resort or casino, an injury from a defective product, medical malpractice, or any other kind of accident). The lure of a quick payout could mean receiving significantly far less financial compensation for one’s medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, for the same injury from the same party in the future.

Disadvantages of Signing Medical Authorization and Liability Release Forms

Release of liability and medical authorization forms enable the insurance company to obtain medical records relating to the treatment you received for injuries you suffered in the accident as well as access your past medical records.

In addition, some of these forms allow the insurer to obtain information about your current and previous employers, work history, and previous workmen’s compensation related claims. Even giving a recorded statement to the defendant’s insurer can harm your personal injury settlement because the adjuster is searching for details and information that can pay you less and later impeach your credibility.

Disadvantages of Signing Medical Authorization and Liability Release FormsWith your statement, police reports, witness statements, and photos, among other things, the insurer will have a permanent record that they can use for comparing against any later statements or inconsistencies you or other witnesses might make.

The best option for anyone who has been injured and wishes to seek compensation for damages is to speak with an experienced Wall attorney who practices both personal injury and workers’ compensation law. This attorney will be able to provide balanced and informed legal advice that a lawyer who only practices one type of injury law may not be able to provide.

How Freehold Injury Attorneys Help You Recover Compensation

In accordance with New Jersey law,  you may be entitled to certain benefits, including monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, short or long-term disability, impairment, and/or loss of enjoyment of life. Further, if the death of a loved one was caused by someone else’s carelessness or neglect, you may be justified in bringing a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.

How Freehold Injury Attorneys Help You Recover CompensationIf you or someone you love has been injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness or neglect, it is essential to make the right decisions concerning your well-being as soon as possible. Especially in the case of soft tissue or “traumatic brain injury (TBI)”, the immediate physical and emotional consequences can be catastrophic and very difficult to manage.

While your highest priority most likely relates to the specific medical treatment that you receive, the other critical decision in this situation involves obtaining and experienced law firm to advocate on your behalf through the remainder of this process. Finding the right team of attorneys to protect and serve your best interests can be an integral contributor to the success of your case, ensuring that every legal avenue available to you has been evaluated and fully pursued in order to achieve a positive outcome.

Contact a West Long Branch Personal Injury Law Firm

The process of filing a personal injury claim when suffering from an accident can take a lot of time and energy on your end if you are not familiar with the legal process. Most of the time, there is a wide variety of routes you can take. Because of the knowledge and expertise, it takes to properly file a case, we recommend retaining an attorney, this professional can guide you along the process. At Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh we can help you make the right decision when you aren’t sure what to do next.

The attorneys at Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh have extensive experience managing the legal teams that insurance companies employ to find loopholes and other grounds for rejecting or lowballing the claims of accident injury victims.

If you reside in West Long Branch, Red Bank, Colts Neck, Asbury Park, and across Monmouth County, contact our convenient office located at 268 Norwood Ave, West Long Branch, NJ 07764, today discuss your personal injury case, call 732-440-3950 or fill out our online contact form. It costs nothing for us to review your case and determine if we would pursue a claim on a contingency basis.