I am currently dealing with an LTD claim which has been taken on by my lawyer and a settlement of claim has been served to my insurer. I have authorized my lawyer to request any medical records etc for my case. My medical ailment is physical in nature and I have both a GP and specialists involved in my care who are very supportive and cooperative. I also have a psychiatrist who I have seen for a number of years in relation to depression and anxiety. My LTD claim is not based on psychological factors, however I have no issue eith divulging any info to my lawyer that may assist in completing my file.
My psychiatrist, however, does not give out her clinical notes as a rule, particularly to insurance companies, which I do not disagree with. As we discuss so many things that are and are not related to my conditions, she prefers to fill out a straightforward but thorough summary of my medical conditions, her assessment, time spent as my psychiatrist, etc. as opposed to making copies of my file.
She has been sent a request for a copy of my file from my lawyer. Will it hurt my case if she does not send all of this in, and simply provides the information that she deems potentially relevant? Of course I want my lawyer to be in the best position to help me, but as my claim is not based upon my psychiatric history, will the summary suffice? Thanks for any advice.