You may have heard that if you decide to make claims for accident and injury compensation in Surrey then your solicitors will need access to your medical records. This is true.
Many people fail to understand why this is important, but it is indeed vital to the success of any claims that you make and will help ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation due.
Imagine that following your accident you are left with a bad back. This is not the sort of injury that can necessarily be proven just by looking at someone. Therefore if you have no evidence of such an injury there is always a chance that you will not necessarily be believed. You certainly could not base an entire legal claim on your word and your word only.
However, if you saw your GP or even went to hospital following your accident and immediately reported experiencing pain this will at least support the fact that you incurred your injury as a result of your accident. If your injury is ongoing and does not heal over a short period of time you are likely to have attended follow up appointments with your health care provider. These appointments will also be recorded in your medical notes.
Your medical records therefore show the true extent and development of your injuries over time. It is this development that can be very useful in determining the level of compensation you are likely to receive for your specific injuries.
What if you have a pre-existing condition?
Some people worry that if they had back problems prior to their accident they will not be able to make claims for accident and injury compensation in Surrey for any additional injuries they have sustained. This is not automatically the case – a new injury needs to be taken on its own merits.
An independent medical expert will be able to determine what effects the new injury has had on the pre-existing condition. You may find that you are in more pain since the accident or your range of movement has been limited since this time. This can all be taken into account as your compensation settlement is agreed upon.
Find out more about making claims for accident and injury compensation in Surrey
Call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more about starting your claim. You can phone us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Alternatively text ‘claim365’ to 88010 to request a member of our team calls you back to provide you with the information you need about making claims for accident and injury compensation in Surrey.