You have been in an accident and you are naturally wondering what type of medical attention can be claimed for if you seek compensation. The first thing to consider, of course, is whether you were at fault for the accident, because that will preclude you from being entitled to compensation. In general, the accident will have to have occurred within the past three years. Provided these conditions are met, you can then start to think about the types of medical attention for which you can claim.
The physical pain arising from an accident is probably the first thing most people will think about. Whiplash from a car accident resulting in pain or stiffness in the back or neck or broken bones from tripping on frayed carpet in the workplace are just two of the many scenarios that frequently arise in accidents, often resulting in serious injury.
Medical attention will include care given at the scene of the accident itself, care and treatment provided in a hospital, prescription charges, and ongoing medical needs. Physiotherapy is just one example of an ongoing medical need. Travel costs to and from a hospital or GP’s surgery are also classified as costs arising from medical attention and can be claimed for under a no win no fee* claim. The amount of compensation for injuries that someone might be entitled to will depend on what part of the body was damaged in the accident. Related medical costs would include the costs associated with loss of earnings from having to take time off work or from not being able to work at all as a result of the injuries sustained in an accident.
It should be remembered that in additional to physical pain, an accident can cause psychological damage. Someone involved in a horrific traffic accident may need to go to counselling to help them get over the trauma of what happened. A victim may feel embarrassed that they need counselling after being in an accident, but trauma can be as deeply ingrained as a physical injury and can require counselling in order for the victim to restore a sense of normality to their lives. Because of this, psychological care is a genuine medical compensation claim and someone who has been the victim of an accident should feel no shame in coming forward to claim compensation for what they have gone through.
Accident Advice Helpline are a phone call or the click of a mouse away for those accident victims who want to know what medical attention they can legitimately claim for under a compensation claim. We have a network of experienced solicitors who will assist a client every step of the way in lodging a compensation claim and who will advise a client fully on what they are entitled to. We have successfully helped thousands of people to obtain the compensation they are entitled to since it was established in 2000. You can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling us for free on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 10, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim