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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

    Seven reasons to see a doctor after an accident


    When you have been injured in an accident it is natural to panic. However you have to be sure that you get the right treatment. After you have been to the hospital and had any emergency treatment it is a good idea to talk with your doctor. Below are seven reasons why this is worth doing.

    1. Making a record

    One of the most important reasons is that this shows that an accident happened and that you sought treatment after it. People may question this so you can show that you went to see a doctor in order to see if you needed additional treatment.

    2. Check for any other conditions

    Some conditions, such as whiplash, are not immediately apparent after an accident. Indeed after the initial shock you may not necessarily be aware of any symptoms. Sometimes these symptoms can emerge hours or even days after an accident so it is worth discussing any symptoms with your doctor to see if additional treatment is necessary.

    3. Confirm that the condition was caused by an accident

    A doctor ought to be able to tell if a condition was caused by an accident. If not they ought to be able to refer to a specialist who can then offer more information on whether or not a condition was as a direct result of an accident.

    In some cases this is fairly obvious. If you get hit by a car on a motorbike and you hurt your head then any brain injuries will likely be as a result of the collision. However if you have a lung condition, proving that it happened as a result of your working environment may be harder to prove.

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    4. Get a quote for treatment

    You may need to seek specialist treatment, physiotherapy and so forth. You may also need to buy medication. Getting these costs quoted from a medical professional will give you a more accurate idea of how much your compensation will cost.

    5. Seeing a specialist if necessary

    A doctor can look at your condition and see if you need to see a specialist in order to get more treatment.

    6. A possible witness

    Some people have been known to falsify details or exaggerate conditions. Having a doctor willing to note a condition and provide evidence can help with a claim.

    7. Consistency

    You can prove that the symptoms you have reported are consistent with the report from the doctor. If someone disputes your claims you can show that any symptoms you wrote down in a journal or reported in a claim match what a doctor noted.

    Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline

    Accident Advice Helpline has been guiding people through compensation claims for over 13 years. We have a large nationwide team of injury lawyers so there is always someone who can specialise in your particular case.

    The helpline is available 24 hours a day so there is always someone to talk to about your claim. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

    Date Published: November 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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