If you have been a victim of a car accident in Texas, you will likely receive a number of forms from the auto insurance company that you will be asked to sign. These can include:
- Medical Authorization-- allows the insurance company to have access to your medical records. Depending on how the authorization is written, it could provide authorization for information on your medical treatment in connection with the accident as well as prior medical records.
- Wage Loss and Salary Verification/Authorization -- gives the insurance company access to your wage and salary information, which is used in case of wage loss claims.
- Property Damage Release – gives the insurance company access to information to determine the value of a vehicle that has been declared a total loss.
- General Release – this document is generally used when an insurer wants you to waive all claims against the driver or owner of the car who was at fault in the accident, as well as the insurance company. You should not sign this document without consulting with a Texas personal injury attorney.
A knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the maze of paperwork that insurers require for an accident claim, and in many cases take care of this for you. Especially if you have suffered a serious injury, having an attorney on your side to protect your rights in dealing with an insurance company can be an invaluable asset.
Signing one or more of these documents without legal counsel may result in the waiver of your legal rights, so be sure to consult with a personal injury lawyer before proceeding.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, the experienced personal injury legal team at Roberts & Roberts is here to help with compassionate, aggressive representation. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.