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I Said I Was Fine After My Auto Accident, but I'm Not

Posted on: November 9, 2016 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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Being positive and optimistic in life are generally considered beneficial traits. However, if you have just been involved in an auto accident, your words and demeanor could cost you further down the road. Immediately after the accident you may feel completely fine, both physically and mentally. Whereas later, when the dust has settled, pain starts to set in and you fully realize the seriousness of what happened. Between the time of the accident and dealing with any insurance claims, you will speak to a number of important people. Those people will record, in great detail, everything that you say and do. So, although saying “I’m fine” amounts to no more than two words, you have basically declared that you did not suffer any physical or emotional trauma as a result of the auto accident.

First Responders

First responders are responsible for both treating injuries and determining what happened at the scene of an accident. The police, especially, will take detailed notes which will include your version of events. It is perfectly natural to want to cooperate with first responders and help provide details of an accident. However, that does not mean you should incriminate or compromise yourself in the process. If you have already declared that you are feeling fine at the scene, it becomes much more difficult to argue a personal injury case after the fact.

Insurance Providers

If you have already compromised your case by declaring that you are fine to first responders, you can still recover by not providing insurance companies with reason to refuse your claim. Insurance companies are businesses, so they need to ensure that they make a profit. Speaking to insurance companies when you are not thinking straight is never a good idea. Your recollection of events may be clouded or completely subjective. Give yourself time to collect your thoughts and do not volunteer information which suggests the accident was your fault.

Seek Professional Assistance

Once you are on record as saying you are not injured, there is no taking it back. However, you can hire a personal injury attorney who can argue your case within the letter of the law. An insurance company can make decisions which are completely subjective. You may not have the knowledge or confidence to present a compelling counterargument but an experienced personal injury attorney will.

Don’t give up if you think you have damaged your own personal injury claim. Edwards & Patterson are here to help you turn it around. We have offices in Tulsa and McAlester and we are ready to support you today.

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