After an accident where you’ve been injured, there are going to be many people you will need to talk to. This includes the police and insurance agents, but it also includes medical personnel. What you say to them after an accident is just as important as what you tell the police. Here are three tips for talking to the medical staff after an accident.
The True Extent Of Your Injuries
We’ve mentioned before and will keep doing so, that telling the truth is important after an accident. When you’ve been injured, it’s very important to be truthful with medical personnel about your injuries. If you are hurt or in pain, be sure to say so. This seems like common sense, but many people downplay their injuries for any number of reasons. Many times people want to give the impression that they aren’t weak and so they say pain isn’t as bad as it really is. Or they want to appear to be strong for other members of their families, so they don’t tell anyone how badly they feel. Be truthful about your injuries.
Don’t Give Out Unnecessary Information
However, being truthful only goes so far when talking to medical personnel. There is no reason to give out any extra information including things like what you were doing earlier in the day, or injuries you may have had years ago but that no longer are an issue. Any information you share with medical personnel will be used when you and your personal injury lawyer ask for compensation later. If a medical person reports that you already had a long-standing back injury or that you were playing sports earlier in the day and could have injured yourself then, it could affect compensation for the injuries you really did receive during the accident.
Keep a Journal
Remember that you are not going to see your doctor every day after your accident, but you could possibly be in pain and unable to do your normal activities because of that pain. Because of this, it’s important to keep a journal in which you record your pain and other symptoms after the accident. You should share this with your doctor when you do see him or her, as well as with your attorney. This information can be very important.
When you’ve been injured in an accident, it is important to tell medical personnel the truth about how you are feeling and your injuries, but you don’t need to give them any extra information. Remember too to keep a journal of your injuries and pain afterwards too.