Seeking medical attention after a road traffic accident, or any other kind of accident, even if you appear to ‘have got away with it’ without any apparent major injuries is highly recommended.
I haven’t visited my GP, what are the implications?
- Slowly developing problems: First of all, injuries like whiplash, for example, may take days to really manifest their symptoms. The longer such an injury is left untreated, the higher the likelihood of potentially serious, even life-threatening, complications becomes. Seeing your GP as soon as possible after an accident on the road, at home or at work could subsequently save you a lot of pain, if not your life in the long run.
- Possible claims: Secondly, seeing your GP and having a proper diagnosis and treatment any personal injuries you may have sustained in a traffic accident will ensure the type and extent of your injury, as well as any treatments and/or medication administered to aid your recovery will be logged in your medical records. While a report supporting a potential injury claim does have to be provided by an independent expert, these records may be taken into consideration in the investigation and production of such a report by the appointed expert.
What not seeing a GP could mean
Not seeing your GP after an accident on the road will by no means make it impossible for you to claim for driver or passenger injury compensation. It may, however, make it more difficult to prove that the injury you are claiming for was indeed the result of a motoring accident caused by the person you are claiming compensation from.
It may, for example, be possible to prove that an injury was linked to an accident at work or in a shop by the relevant entry in an accident report book. An injury could possibly also be linked to a specific car accident by the records of car insurance providers.
The advantages of seeing a GP for your car crash injury or an injury at work or in a public place are subsequently:
- You may prevent more serious health problems related to the injury in the future
- Seeing a GP will help you to provide strong evidence to support your compensation claim
Whether you have seen a GP following a vehicle collision or other accident or not, our experienced nationwide legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has sufficient experience in cases like yours to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice