The aftermath of an accident, be it suffering an injury at work, being involved in a road traffic accident or being the unfortunate victim of a public fall, can be a daunting and confusing time.
It is important, therefore, that you try and keep a cool, clear, calculating head – particularly when it comes to assessing whether or not you may be due some accident compensation. If your accident –
– Occurred within the last three years
– Was clearly the fault of someone else, either through negligence or other forms of behaviour.
– Caused injuries that were sufficiently serious as to require medical attention.
Then you more than likely have an accident compensation claim to make.
What can I do about medical treatment whilst pursuing a claim for accident compensation?
It’s important to be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible following your accident. Of course, in some cases, such as a car crash or motorcycle accident, this could be immediately in an ambulance or a bed in the hospital.
In other cases, such as repetitive strain injuries and other workplace accidents, you may need to book an appointment to discover the extent of your injuries and the length of any enforced layoff.
Whatever your circumstance, you do not want to be hanging on for a result from your claim before seeking medical attention, so once you have been assessed, you can commence treatment and start your recovery and so obtain medical treatment whilst pursuing a claim.
Whilst undergoing treatment, make sure you keep records and receipts of the following:
– Prescriptions written and obtained
– Travel expenses from going to and from appointments, physical consultations etc
This is because, should the accident claim be settled in your favour, these costs can be recovered from the other party.
It’s important that you keep a record of all medical examinations as if the claim is disputed, you may be asked to undergo another and will have to provide records.
It is therefore vitally important that you don’t give in to the temptation of exaggerating the extent of your injuries and how long you have had to take off work. It’s best left to impartial professionals.
If you are unsure about the strength of your personal injury claim, the experts at Accident Advice Helpline are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer practical support and can assist with your claim, all the way through the process, on a no-win no-fee* basis.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown