A Medical Examination Guide for Claimants
As part of the evidence used to strengthen your claim, your personal injury solicitor may request you obtain an independent medical report. This information is used to show the extent of your injury and the likely impact, if any, it will have on your life moving forward. Even if you have received hospital treatment for your injury or seen your GP, a thorough medical report will help substantiate the fundamental cause behind your claim: that you were injured.
What Happens in an Independent Medical Examination?
There is nothing to worry about when you see a doctor for your assessment. The process is typically straightforward and takes around an hour, and you can take a friend or relative with you if it makes you feel more comfortable to have someone there. It will include a discussion and a physical examination.
The medical professional will first talk to you about your accident and injuries, finding out about how aspects of pain and limited mobility affect you on a day-to-day basis. They will ask about any diagnosis you have been given and treatment you have either had or been referred for. At the start of your claim, your lawyer will request permission to access your medical records. They will share this information with the doctor carrying out your assessment so they can see if you have any previous medical issues which may be relevant to your recovery.
Using the information from your assessment and your medical records, the independent medical professional will compile a report for your solicitor which details how long they expect it will take you to recover, recommended treatment, and future prognosis.
Why Do I need a Medical Examination?
As the claimant, it is your responsibility to show that you have been genuinely injured and that it was the result of the other party’s wrongdoing. Any compensation you receive depends on you being able to adequately prove both of these things beyond a doubt, and a thorough medical report will help do this convincingly.
If your injuries were particularly complex or severe, a medical report could help your lawyer secure an interim compensation payment that will enable you to access private specialist medical care to assist in a faster recovery and more optimistic prognosis and to help cover the costs of day-to-day living while you are unable to work.
The results of your medical report will only be shared with the other party’s insurance company once you have given your permission.
What Happens after a Medical for a Compensation Claim?
Once you have read the medical report and verified you are happy the contents are accurate, it will be forwarded to the defendant’s solicitor for them to assess and make their offer of compensation. There is no legally defined duration for them to respond unless you are seeking an RTA claim under pre-action protocol, in which case your lawyer will advise you of the set times.
If you have any more questions about what happens in a personal injury claim medical, or you want to understand more about the process, contact The Compensation Experts today.
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