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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

    Can my local GP perform my medical examination?


    If you’ve been involved in an accident that you weren’t responsible for, then it’s quite likely that you will be entitled to claim some compensation from the responsible party.  In order to do this, you will need to make a claim through a solicitor. However, you will be expected to provide details of how the accident has affected you, and one of the key parts of this is to provide details of any medical problems that have arisen by having a medical examination.

    Medical issues can be anything from broken bones to migraines to internal damage, but it’s important that whatever conditions you’re suffering from as a result of the accident, you get your doctor to certify them.  One of the main questions that people have is whether or not your local GP can perform the examination, and the answer is, yes they can.  In a sense they’re the most suitable doctor to carry out the examination as they’ll have a thorough knowledge of your previous history.  Obviously in some cases, they may need to make a referral to a specialist for some conditions, perhaps to the oncology department, for example, if someone has developed cancer due to working in an unfit environment.  As a general rule, however, your main GP is appropriate for the task.  It’s also important that you let someone you trust take care of this, as a doctor’s evidence is a vital part of any claim.

    Firstly, the opinion of a GP is respected within the legal system.  Just as working with a trained solicitor will make the claim seem more legitimate, having the backing of a medical professional will give weight to your case.

    Secondly, a doctor will be able to paint a more detailed portrait of the injuries that you’ve suffered, which will in turn make them naturally seem more credible.  Whilst you will be able to provide the general details, for example, if as a result of the car crash you had a bad back and have been unable to work since then, a doctor will be able to paint a more vivid picture to the magistrates.  They will be able to specifically state the condition you’re suffering from, whether it is whiplash, torn muscles, or joint damage, and will be able to spell out how debilitating the conditions can be, and why you are literally unable to work as long as the suffering continues.  This detailed knowledge can be invaluable when making a claim.

    A doctor will also be able to provide an honest assessment of the costs that you’ve incurred as a result of the treatments you’ve received following the accident.  They will be able to bear witness to the fact that your condition requires a specific form of treatment, and that the cost of this treatment is a certain amount.  This will mean that you are far more likely to get the level of compensation that you genuinely require in order to continue to have a good quality of life.

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    Date Published: September 30, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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