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Should I discuss my health at an accident scene?

| Jan 26, 2021 | Car Accidents |

You probably understand key steps you should take after experiencing an auto accident, such as calling the police and exchanging information with the other driver. You also should be careful what you say while conversing with the motorist who hit you. Saying the wrong thing can imperil your case for damages later on.

To take one example, you should not say anything that sounds like you are admitting fault for the accident. As U.S. News and World Report points out, you should also watch what you say about your state of health at the accident scene.

Why discussing your health may cause problems

It is possible the other driver will express concern for your physical state following the accident. He or she may ask you if you are all right. At the moment, you may not feel any pain at all or the pain is minor. So you might answer that you are okay or just reply with a “yes” to the question.

However, some injuries do not manifest pain right away. During the collision, your body probably produced adrenaline that masked the pain. It could be hours or even days before you start to feel the effects of a serious injury. If you make a claim to cover medical bills, attorneys for the other driver might use your prior statements against you, saying that you are trying to misrepresent your condition to receive a settlement.

What to say about your health

To prevent the other driver from using your words against you later on, exercise caution even when the other motorist expresses concern for your well-being. Instead of responding with an affirmative or negative answer about pain you may feel, you may respond that your doctor will determine whether you have sustained any serious injury.

It is possible following an accident to find you have sustained a serious injury like nerve damage or a traumatic brain injury. If so, you will be glad that you avoided any missteps that could impede your case for compensation.

 

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