Payment Point

I get called to a lot of RTA's (that is, for the uninformed “Road Traffic accident”). I'd say that 90% of these are diagnosed as “whiplash” (which is a muscular sprain of the neck – ultimately a minor injury that is treated with painkillers).
I'd suggest that over half of these are in order to gain insurance money, in the trade we call this the “Payment Point”, referring to the point in the neck that is painful, and pays out the money.

Tonight I saw the most blatant attempt to get money from an “accident”.

I was called to a flyover where two cars had been in a near collision, that's right near collision. There was no damage to either vehicle, nor were there even any skidmarks left on the road. The “patient” was the passenger of the car, and complained of pain on the right side of his neck. He was desperate to go to hospital, for what reason I do not know, as there is obviously no injury.

This was made even more evident when he forgot what side of his neck the pain was on. When I called him on this he pretended not to know what I was talking about. Even the police were not above making fun of this idiot.

It probably didn't help that he is 10 years younger than me an driving around in a red sports car.

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