Can I claim for an injury if I didn't get medical attention?

If you have experienced an illness or injury that was not your fault, making a successful compensation claim relies on evidence.

So what are the prospects of making a successful injury claim if you have no medical evidence to corroborate your claim?

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Why is a visit to a doctor or hospital so important when making a claim?

Many personal injuries which result in, for example, excessive bleeding or broken bones, will require immediate medical attention. In these cases, a trip to the hospital is inevitable.

Ideally, you will have visited a hospital, GP, doctor, or some other medical professional immediately after your accident.  A medical professional will verify the extent, treatment and prognosis of your illness or injury.

In any event, the sooner you seek medical attention the better as it will be necessary to prove that the accident caused the injury.

Where hospital treatment is required, medical records will be produced at the hospital for the injury sustained, be it admittance notes, X-rays or treatment plans.

Not getting a formal diagnosis after an accident can make proving liability more difficult.

A claim may still be possible, however, but it will depend on the circumstances of your case and the other evidence available.

Proving the extent of an injury will also be used in calculating how much compensation you will receive.

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Do I need medical evidence to support my claim?

Medical evidence is usually required for your solicitor to progress your claim and for the courts to assess the claim’s value.

Medical evidence typically starts with your GP records.

If your symptoms are ongoing, you should make an appointment as soon as possible so you can get a diagnosis and start any necessary treatment. Your GP will note all this on your medical records.

Even if you have recovered from your injuries, it is worth visiting your GP as he may spot something you have missed. 

Read more: What happens during an injury claim medical examination?

What if I didn't get immediate medical help?

You may not have sought medical help  because:

  • You thought your injuries were not bad enough to trouble your GP.
  • You took some painkillers, rested for a few days and waited to recover.
  • Your symptoms were delayed.

For some types of injury, which may not be as obvious or life-threatening, going to hospital is not always considered necessary.

Whiplash is a good example of an injury which may not result in a hospital visit. Symptoms are not always obvious and, even when they are, a visit to a GP is usually sufficient.

If you did not seek medical advice immediately after the accident, it is never too late to do so. Once you start a claim, your solicitor will arrange for a medical appointment as part of the claim process.

How else can I prove that I was injured?

If you have recovered from your injuries without seeking medical advice, proving the severity of the injury and the recovery period will certainly be more difficult. Nevertheless, it is still possible to gather evidence to support your claim:

  • If you were involved in a road traffic accident that should also be recorded, even if it was originally just an insurance claim for the damage to vehicles.
  • If the accident occurred in the workplace it should have been recorded in the company’s accident book.
  • Have you had to take time off work to allow your injury to heal or because you were unable to carry out your usual tasks due to the injury? Your employer’s records would be evidence that you were absent from your job on specific dates.
  • Contacting the local authority that covers the area you fell, at the time of the accident, to notify them
  • Any witnesses to your accident – did anyone see you fall, help you to your feet? Could they provide a testimony? 
  • Might there be a CCTV record of your accident? For example, you could check with shops and businesses if you had tripped in the street.

If you request this information and are denied access, seek legal guidance.

Even if you have no substantial evidence to support a personal injury claim, a solicitor may still be able to help you make a claim.

Will I need a medical exam as part of the claim process?

Once your solicitor has established that you are eligible to pursue a personal injury claim, you will likely need to undergo a medical examination with a doctor.

The medical report will be further evidence to support your claim. It will also help the court assess the extent of your injuries, the impact on your life and the amount of compensation you may be due for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

Read more: What happens during an injury claim exam?

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

Call us FREE 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback:

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  • Tick icon FREE consultation
  • Tick icon Find out if you can claim
  • Tick icon No obligation to start a claim
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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