Kokomo, IN asked in Workers' Compensation for Indiana

Q: Do you have to sign medical history consent to be paid work comp benefits?

I injured my shoulder, never injured before. MRI shows tear, company has suspended my family insurance, work comp insurance pressuring to gain authorization to investigate past medical history or possible denial of claim, their words in print. I'm not sure how to proceed. Work for biggest ground delivery company.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: The WC carrier has a right to your current medical records. Why do you care if they access your past medical records? They are of no use to the carrier if they are unrelated to your work injury and the carrier has a duty to protect them. In Indiana, the Workers' Compensation carrier has an absolute right to determine your medical care for work injury and it is necessary for you to cooperate with them.

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