Will I need a medical if claiming injury compensation?
A medical examination is necessary in every personal injury claim to verify the extent of your injuries and consider the long-term effect they might have on your life.
As soon as you start a claim for compensation, your solicitor will arrange for you to visit a medical expert who will assess your injuries and any ongoing symptoms you may be experiencing.
The medical exam is a necessary part of your personal injury claim even if you are already receiving medical care.
Which doctor will I see?
You will visit a qualified medical expert who not only specialises in the type of injuries you have sustained, but who also understands the legal aspects of a personal injury claim.
The doctor must be independent from any previous medical care that you have received.
Quittance's recommended medical experts have vast experience in writing medical legal reports, as well as huge experience in their specific field.
What will happen during my exam?
The medical expert will talk to you about the accident and the injuries you suffered. They will ask you how your injuries have affected your work, your family and your social life.
The expert will then carry out a physical examination. The exact nature of this examination depends on the type of injury you have sustained.
Most appointments takes no more than half an hour although your examination may take longer if your injuries are complex or very serious.
How should I prepare for the exam?
The important thing is to relax and not to worry about the process. The doctor is there to assess the extent of your injuries; he or she is not trying to trip you up or reduce the value of your claim.
It is important to be open and honest with the expert. If you think you might stumble with your answers at the exam, you may wish to write down some details about the accident and the ways in which your injuries affect your day-to-day life. You can also take a partner or a friend with you to the exam if you wish.
Must I disclose my medical records?
Yes. The medical expert needs to see your records to figure out whether any previous or existing medical condition might affect your recovery from this accident.
At the beginning of your claim, you will be asked to sign a release form. This allows your legal team to obtain copies of your medical notes from your doctor and any physiotherapist, osteopath or other medical expert you might have seen.
You do not have to sign the release form. However, if you do not, the defendant's team may feel that you are trying to conceal something that might be relevant to your claim. This may harm your claim later on.
What happens after the examination?
Within a few weeks of the medical exam, the expert will issue a report stating the injuries you have suffered as a result of the accident and how they have affected your life.
The report will typically contain a prognosis. This is the expert's opinion of how long it will take for any remaining injuries to disappear. Sometimes the expert will recommend further investigation such as scans or X-rays.
If you are happy with the report, your solicitor will enter it in evidence of your claim.
Occasionally, you may disagree with the report. Your solicitor can discuss obtaining a second medical opinion and advise you how best to proceed.
Is a private medical report expensive?
The simple answer is yes, a private medical report can be several hundred pounds or more. Quittance's solicitors will arrange your medical report so you do not have to pay anything for it.
If you have suffered injury as a result of an accident and you think someone else may be to blame, Quittance can help. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your options today.