2005 North Carolina Code - General Statutes § 58-3-33. Insurer conditionally required to provide information.

§ 58‑3‑33.  Insurer conditionally required to provide information.

(a)       A person who claims to have been physically injured or to have incurred property damage where such injury or damage is subject to a policy of nonfleet private passenger automobile insurance may request by certified mail directed to the insurance adjuster or to the insurance company (Attention Corporate Secretary) at its last known principal place of business that the insurance company provide information regarding the policy's limits of coverage under the applicable policy. Upon receipt of such a request, which shall include the policyholder's name, and, if available, policy number, the insurance company shall notify that person within 15 business days, on a form developed by the Department, that the insurer is required to provide this information prior to litigation only if the person seeking the information satisfies all of the following conditions:

(1)       The person seeking the information submits to the insurer the person's written consent to all of the person's medical providers to release to the insurer the person's medical records for the three years prior to the date on which the claim arose, as well as all medical records pertaining to the claimed injury.

(2)       The person seeking the information submits to the insurer the person's written consent to participate in mediation of the person's claim under G.S. 7A‑38.3A.

(3)       The person seeking the information submits to the insurer a copy of the accident report required under G.S. 20‑166.1 and a description of the events at issue with sufficient particularity to permit the insurer to make an initial determination of the potential liability of its insured.

(b)       Within 30 days of receiving the person's written documents required under subsection (a) of this section, the insurer shall provide the policy limits.

(c)       Disclosure of the policy limits under this section shall not constitute an admission that the alleged injury or damage is subject to the policy.

(d)       This section does not apply to claims seeking recovery for medical malpractice or claims for which an insurer intends to deny coverage under any policy of insurance. (2003‑307, s. 1; 2004‑199, s. 21.)

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