Do you know when to see a doctor for a foot injury? Obviously, if the injury is serious, you should always seek medical advice. For example, is your foot bleeding profusely? You may well require stitches. Do you suspect you may have broken a bone in your foot? An x-ray will be required to confirm it.
While some minor injuries can easily be treated at home and may not require medical advice or an official diagnosis in terms of treating them, you should still seek your GP’s advice if the injury was caused by someone else in an accident.
Getting evidence to support a potential claim
Even if you think your injury could safely be treated at home, you should still see a doctor if you were not to blame for your injury occurring. For example, were you injured at work? Were you hurt in a road accident? Did you slip over on a wet floor in a shop that had not been marked as being wet with yellow warning signs?
If anything like this happened in your case, getting a doctor’s opinion on your injuries becomes very important. Later, if you do make a claim to try and get some compensation, you will be able to use the evidence gleaned from your visit to support that claim. A visit to your GP or to casualty, if appropriate, provides evidence you were hurt and supports the nature of the injury you may try to claim compensation for. So, as you can see, it has a dual purpose and one that shouldn’t be ignored.
Knowing when to see a doctor for a foot injury
As you can see, a doctor doesn’t just provide you with a proper diagnosis. They will make sure there are no serious injuries, and if there are, they can provide the best treatment to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as they can. They will also confirm the injury you have, and record it on your medical records.
Knowing when to see a doctor for a foot injury is very important – especially if you suspect a third party created the situation whereby you were injured. Accident Advice Helpline can provide further advice for you, too, if you call 0800 689 0500. You may also call on 0333 500 0993 if you wish, via your mobile.
Date Published: April 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen