N.J. Stat. § 39:6A-13

Current through L. 2022, c. 119.
Section 39:6A-13 - Discovery of facts as to personal injury protection coverage

The following apply to personal injury protection coverage benefits payable under a standard automobile insurance policy pursuant to sections 4 and 10 of P.L. 1972, c.70 (C. 39:6A-4 and 39:6A-10 ), medical expense benefits payable under a basic automobile insurance policy pursuant to section 4 of P.L. 1998, c 21 (C. 39:6A-3.1 ) and benefits payable under a special automobile insurance policy pursuant to section 45 of P.L. 2003, c 89 (C. 39:6A-3.3 ):

a. Every employer shall, if a request is made by an insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund providing personal injury protection benefits under a standard automobile insurance policy or medical expense benefits payable under a basic automobile insurance policy against whom a claim has been made, furnish forthwith, in a form approved by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, a signed statement of the lost earnings since the date of the bodily injury and for a reasonable period before the injury, of the person upon whose injury the claim is based.
b. Every physician, hospital, or other health care provider providing, before and after the bodily injury upon which a claim for personal injury protection benefits or medical expense benefits is based, any products, services or accommodations in relation to such bodily injury or any other injury, or in relation to a condition claimed to be connected with such bodily injury or any other injury, shall, if requested to do so by the insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund against whom the claim has been made, furnish forthwith a written report of the history, condition, treatment, dates and costs of such treatment of the injured person, and produce forthwith and permit the inspection and copying of his or its records regarding such history, condition, treatment dates and costs of treatment. The person requesting such records shall pay all reasonable costs connected therewith.
c. The injured person shall be furnished upon demand a copy of all information obtained by the insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund under the provisions of this section, and shall pay a reasonable charge, if required by the insurer and the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund.
d. Whenever the mental or physical condition of an injured person covered by personal injury protection under a standard automobile insurance policy or medical expense benefits under a basic automobile insurance policy is material to any claim that has been or may be made for such past or future personal injury protection benefits or medical expense benefits, such person shall, upon request of an insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund submit to mental or physical examination conducted by a health care provider licensed in this State in the same profession or specialty as the health care provider whose services are subject to review under this section and who is located within a reasonable proximity to the injured person's residence. The injured person shall provide or make available to the provider any pertinent medical records or medical history that the provider deems necessary to the examination. The costs of any examinations requested by an insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund shall be borne entirely by whomever makes such request. Such examination shall be conducted within the municipality of residence of the injured person. If there is no qualified health care provider to conduct the examination within the municipality of residence of the injured person, then such examination shall be conducted in an area of the closest proximity to the injured person's residence. Insurers providing personal injury protection coverage under a standard automobile insurance policy or medical expense benefits under a basic automobile insurance policy are authorized to include reasonable provisions requiring those claiming personal injury protection coverage benefits or medical expense benefits to submit to mental or physical examination as requested by an insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund pursuant to the provisions of this section. Failure to submit to a mental or physical examination requested by an insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund pursuant to the provisions of this section shall subject the injured person to certain limitations in coverage as specified in regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
e. If requested by the person examined, a party causing an examination to be made, shall deliver to him a copy of every written report concerning the examination rendered by an examining health care provider, at least one of which reports must set out his findings and conclusions in detail. After such request and delivery, the party causing the examination to be made is entitled upon request to receive from the person examined every written report available to him, or his representative, concerning any examination, previously or thereafter made of the same mental or physical condition.
f. The injured person, upon reasonable request by the insurer or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund, shall sign all forms, authorizations or releases for information, approved by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, which may be necessary to the discovery of the above facts, in order to reasonably prove the injured person's losses.
g. In the event of any dispute regarding an insurer's or the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund's or an injured person's right as to the discovery of facts about the injured person's earnings or about his history, condition, treatment, dates and costs of such treatment, or the submission of such injured person to a mental or physical examination subject to the provisions of this section, the insurer, Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund or the injured person may petition a court of competent jurisdiction for an order resolving the dispute and protecting the rights of all parties. The order may be entered on motion for good cause shown giving notice to all persons having an interest therein. Such court may protect against annoyance, embarrassment or oppression and may as justice requires, enter an order compelling or refusing discovery, or specifying conditions of such discovery; the court may further order the payment of costs and expenses of the proceeding, as justice requires.

N.J.S. § 39:6A-13

Amended by L. 2003, c. 89, s. 56, eff. 6/9/2003.
L.1972, c.70, s.13; amended 1993, c.186; 1998 c. 21, s. 17.