A lot of people who would like to make a claim for a personal injury suffered in an accident which was not their fault, may not have gone to a doctor for an injury which needed medical attention. The golden rule is that if you are involved in any type of accident, then you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Claims can be won or lost on the grounds of having seen a doctor for an injury. If you delay seeking medical attention, then any injury could get worse. However if you had taken medical advice and sought a doctor and been given medical treatment, the injury might have been less severe. A judge will take this into consideration and your claim for personal injury compensation might not be as strong as it could have been.
Doctor for an injury
If you have an accident at work, then you should have that accident recorded in the accident book along with the names and contact numbers of any witnesses. You should also seek immediate medical attention. If you were hit by a falling object for example, you might be suffering from concussion and not realise for some time. You may have been knocked unconscious and could suffer a bleeding onto the surface of the brain (subarachnoid haemorrhage) or a subdural haemorrhage, bleeding between the skull and the brain. In most cases this is not as serious as it sounds, but you would need to receive medical treatment. There is also the condition known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS), which is a condition (not yet fully understood) where symptoms of concussion can last for weeks or months following the initial blow to the head.
Personal injury compensation claims
If you had an accident that was not your fault and can prove that it was caused by another person’s negligence, then you may have grounds to make a personal injury compensation claim. You would usually have needed to find a doctor for an injury which you sustained in the accident, as medical records are often required. Sometimes you will be asked to go to another doctor for a second opinion. The accident needs to have occurred within the last three years.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think that you have grounds for making a personal injury compensation claim, then you should contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. You could, in the first instance, visit our website and take our 30-second test, which gives you a rough idea of how much compensation you might get for your injury. Then you might want to call us for expert legal advice regarding any personal injury claim you might wish to make.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to connect with the claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: 14th July 2013