Should You Give a Statement in the Hospital?

philFrankelShould You Give a Statement in the Hospital?

This is the third article about not giving statements. There are two types of statements you might give in the hospital. You might give a formal statement to the police and you may tell multiple hospital employees what happened.

Never give a statement to the police in the hospital and never tell doctors, nurses or other hospital employees how the accident happened.

Occasionally, a police officer will go to the hospital to get an oral or written statement. Usually, the police officer will ask questions, writing down what you say and then ask you to sign the statement.

You are not required to give a statement to the police officer. In the hospital, the police officer is not distracted by the accident scene and will obtain a very detailed statement which usually has information that will damage your case.

If a police officer asks you to get a statement in the hospital. Just say that you don’t want to give a statement because you’re disoriented from the accident, or because you’re on medication.

The truth is that in the hospital you will be in shock, disoriented, and probably under the influence of medication.  Do not let the police officer badger you to get a statement.

Even if a police officer does not visit you in the hospital, many hospital employees will ask you what happened. The admitting nurse and other admitting personnel will ask you what happened. Then you will see several doctors and more nurses all of whom will probably ask you what happened.

Each one of the hospital employees will write down what you say. Unfortunately, they almost always write down something other than what you said and what they write may cause problems when trying to settle your case.

We have seen many hospital records containing crazy statements like “patient jumped off motorcycle” or “patient lost control of motorcycle”. When hospital employees ask you what happened, just say you had a motorcycle accident.

The hospital does not need to know how the accident happened either for billing purposes or for treatment. Whether you got cut off; a car made a left turn in front of you; or something else happened is simply not important to the doctor. What’s important to the doctors is to know what hurts and whether you hit your head.

If you had an accident and already gave one or more statements, we still want to represent you. Hopefully, if you have an accident, you’ll call us immediately.

If you’re injured in an accident, even if another lawyer doesn’t think you have a case, call us immediately for a free consultation.

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Philip L. Franckel Esq. and Rob Plevy, Esq. are attorneys with FRANCKEL & PLEVY, LLP representing people hurt in motorcycle and other accidents.  Disclaimer: This article should be considered advertising to represent people HURT in an accident; is for informational purposes and should not be relied upon because it could contain errors; the correct information may be different for your set of facts even though they seem similar; and is not legal advice which should only be obtained by contacting Phil Franckel, Esq. or Rob Plevy, Esq. for a free consultation to discuss your specific circumstances at 1-800-HURT-911.

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