Karl Johnston wrote in post #7807965
Why wouldn't you go over and help? It's against the law to be present at the scene of an accident and not help.
Maybe he didn't have the capacity to help. You can be sued in many US states for trying to help someone and further injuring them. Not many states have laws requiring you to assist soemone, especially when there are others already providing assistance. If everyone was required to stop and help, you'd have a hundred people bumping into each other to try and help someone. That or the police would be wasting their time arresting everyone that drives by without stopping to help.
OP- Health care personnel have a fear of HIPAA privacy laws. In many cases they are told that if they see someone in public that they have treated, they aren't even supposed to say hi to them (for fear of being sued for disclosing that a person had been under thier care). With as strict as HIPAA privacy laws are, and as fearful as hospitals are of being sued or fined, healthcare workers err on the side of privacy every time.
With that said, you are not bound by HIPAA laws as a private citizen. You cannot be prevented from photographing or filming in a public area. That is assuming you are not breaking any other laws while doing so though. Also, if you are in some way interfering with emergency services, that is a different story.
What the EMT should have done is asked you to turn of the camera out of respect for the people involved in the accident. He was wrong in telling you that what you were doing was against the law.