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What you tell your doctor after a car wreck matters

The streets and highways in and around Boston can be congested places. While you must share the road with thousands of other motorists, crowded roadways tend to increase your chances of sustaining a serious injury in a motor vehicle collision. After all, in the past decade, there has been more than 100,000 car crashes on Massachusetts roads every single year. 

If you sustain an injury in a car collision, you must seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine, you must realize that some symptoms do not appear immediately. Generally, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the greater the likelihood an insurance provider may argue your injuries came from something else. When you see your doctor, though, what you say matters. 

Be careful with everyday pleasantries 

You should assume that everything you tell your doctor will become part of an official record. You do not want everyday pleasantries to downplay the severity of your injuries. That is, if a nurse asks you how you are, telling him or her that you feel fine may be problematic. Therefore, try to be as accurate as possible when describing your pain, injuries and mental state. 

Try to provide relevant information 

Your doctor is not an automobile collision specialist. On the contrary, he or she knows how to diagnose and treat injuries. Still, you want to provide relevant information about the crash to help your doctor determine a treatment plan. If you experienced whiplash, hit your head or blacked out, your doctor needs to know. 

Do not admit fault 

Your physician does not need to know who caused the accident. While it is probably okay to tell your doctor that another vehicle slammed into yours, you should be careful about assigning blame. Specifically, you should not admit fault. Your acceptance of blame may get back to an insurance adjuster, reducing your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries

Seeing a doctor as soon as possible after an automobile crash is important. When you do, though, you must be careful about what you say. With effective communication and some caution, you can likely receive the diagnoses and treatment you need to fully recover.

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