The role of a car crash doctor when you’re claiming compensation
What is the role of a car crash doctor when you’re making a claim for compensation after an accident? Quite simply, his or her role is to treat you for your injuries; and to report on them on your behalf to any interested party. This would include your own legal representatives, as well as the solicitors acting for the individual or company responsible for your accident or their insurance company. They may even be required to report to the courts in some instances, if your claim needs a legal hearing.
The kinds of details your car crash doctor might need to tell us in support of your claim are:
- What injuries you suffered – these may have been purely physical. But they may also be called upon to give an opinion on the psychological effects of your accident if they believe you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression for example;
- What impact they have had on your day to day life – your mobility or ability to work, for example; and
- The prognosis for your recovery – does your car crash doctor anticipate that you will make a full recovery? Or will you suffer lasting effects from your injuries?
Why is this important?
When we make a claim for compensation on your behalf, there are two main elements. Firstly, we have to be able to prove that someone else was to blame by being or acting carelessly, negligently or by committing a criminal act. But we must also calculate the amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. The law lays down guidelines for compensation for many of the most common injuries – how much you are entitled to for a broken leg, for example; or for the loss of an eye. But every accident and its effects are different. You may have already had mobility problems, for instance, or a pre-existing condition which has been worsened by your involvement in an accident.
That is why, from time to time, we may ask claimants to attend one additional medical assessment with our own car crash doctor: to provide an independent view on your injuries and how well or otherwise you will recover. This ensures you receive sufficient compensation for the harm that has been done to you.
For free legal advice on your accident, including your right to make a claim for compensation and how much you could receive in damages, why not contact us today? Remember, in the majority of cases, you may only have three years from the date of your accident to start a claim off, so it’s worth finding out what your rights are as soon as possible:
- Ring our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile;
- Text ‘claim365’ to 88010; or
- Try the 30 second test.
Date Published: 22nd July 2014
Author: David Brown