If the insurance company asks you to sign a release, you should decline. Virginia workers’ compensation law does not require you to sign a release for the insurance company. In fact, your doctor will submit his bills to the insurance company after you tell him who your employer is. The release the insurance company sent to you will likely give the insurance company access to all of your medical treatment from the date you were born. What did having chicken pox at eight years old have to do with your work injury? Nothing. The release is not required. Your medical care and treatment history unrelated to the work injury should be protected.
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