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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How long after suffering an injury should you seek treatment?


    It is highly recommended to seek treatment for all injuries, even if they appear to be minor, as soon after they occurred as possible. Here is why.

    Why you should seek treatment

    There are three reasons why you should seek treatment for personal injuries as quickly as possible.

    • Infection: The first reason to seek treatment promptly is the fact that even minor cuts or grazes can, if left untreated, get infected, which may not only significantly slow the healing process, but may also lead to further complications.
    • Severity: Secondly, an injury may appear to be minor, but it may turn out later that it was more serious. If you have a slip, trip or fall, for example, you may think that the swelling on your wrist is merely down to bruising. A proper medical examination may, however, reveal that you have fractured or broken your wrist. By seeking treatment, you can therefore ensure that your personal injury is both diagnosed and treated correctly as soon as possible.
    • Compensation: Injuries by slips, trips and falls, accidents at work or a road traffic accident, for instance, could mean you are entitled to be compensated for your pain, suffering and financial losses/expenses by the person responsible for your accident. Your medical records, which will document the extent of your accidental injury and any medication and treatments that were administered will come in useful as evidence to support your personal injury claim. In addition, claims must be initiated within three years of the date an injury was sustained, so acting quickly is of importance.

    Why you need evidence

    In order to successfully claim for compensation after a slip, trip and fall, for instance, you will be required to prove that the person you are claiming against was indeed responsible for your accidental injury.

    Evidence to support your claim may, in addition to your medical record, include witness statements, photographs of the scene at which the accident occurred and your injury, receipts for any expenses you incurred as a result of your trip, slip or fall, and, if you are claiming for loss of earnings, pay slips.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Our highly skilled in-house solicitors can assist you in gathering all necessary evidence. Supporting you throughout the claim process under conditional fee agreements, they have over 15 years’ experience and can significantly increase your chance of making a successful claim.

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    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: SM Content

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