Can I make an injury claim if I didn't go to hospital?
For personal injury claims, demonstrating the extent, treatment and prognosis of the illness or injury is critical.
No going to hospital to have your injuries diagnosed after an incident may make proving liability more difficult, but a claim may still be possible. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and on the other evidence available.
Why is a hospital visit important?
Many personal injuries which result in, for example, excessive bleeding or broken bones, will require immediate medical attention. In these cases a trip to hospital is inevitable.
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.
This is important evidence and will make the job of your claims solicitor more straightforward in presenting your case. Proving the extent of an injury will also suggest have much compensation you could expect.
How else can I get medical evidence of my injuries?
For other types of injuries, 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 or other medical practitioner for a medical exam will likely be sufficient.
Your GP or medical practitioner will examine you, suggest treatment and give a prognosis. This information will be held in your medical records and, again, can be used as important evidence for a personal injury claim.
Even if you did not seek medical advice immediately after the accident, it is not too late to do so now, as you start your claim.
It is worth making an appointment with GP or medical practitioner to discuss your ongoing issues. Not only can they recommend further treatments, such as physiotherapy, but the exam will provide some valid documentation for your case.
How else can I prove personal injury?
If you have recovered from your injuries without seeking medical advice or treatment, proving the severity of the injury and how long it took to recover can be difficult. Nevertheless, it is still possible to gather evidence to support your claim.
If the details of your accident were reported to the correct authorities, this information could be sought and used as evidence. This includes other actions taken that led to the incident being officially recorded, such as:
- Informing your car insurance provider of a road traffic or cycling accident
- Your injury and its specifics being noted in an ?accident book'. ?Accidents books' are used in a variety of locations, including at work and in other public locations such as shops and restaurants to document any accidents that occur, including any treatment give.
- Contacting the local authority that covers the area you fell, at the time of the accident, to notify them
- Your employer keeping track of any days you cited as absent due to injury
If you request this information and are denied, it is worth seeking legal guidance to advise you on the next steps.
Even if you have no solid evidence to support a personal injury claim, a solicitor may still be able to help you progress a claim.
Call 0800 612 7456 to discuss your options and find out how Quittance can help.