One of the things that people are concerned about when considering making a compensation claim is having their injuries assessed by a professional. In some cases the records from your GP may be enough, but often a compensation claims company will need to refer you to their own chosen medical practitioner to get a review.
There is no need to be concerned about this, as they are there to help with your claim and will give an honest report and ask you about your symptoms and how you are being affected by your injury. If you are making a compensation claim, you will need to contact an injury lawyer in Diss who can help and will have their own medical professionals.
There are normally four steps to getting your medical report completed, and this does not differ whether you use a local injury lawyer in Diss or a national company such as Accident Advice Helpline:
- You will be notified in writing of the details of your appointment. It is important to notify them if you cannot attend, as this may affect your claim.
- You will be asked for permission for the chosen medical practitioner to have access to your medical records.
- You attend your assessment with the chosen doctor, who will be a member of the General Medical Council.
- A medical report will be produced following your assessment.
Honesty is always the best policy
Whoever you have your medical assessment with, you should always be honest about your injuries. Don’t follow the temptation to play down the effect your injuries are having on you as you feel like a fraud; be upfront and honest, and let the examining doctor decide exactly what the situation is. In the same way, if you want your claim to be a successful one, then don’t exaggerate or claim that you have injuries that you clearly do not.
It is the doctor’s job to produce an honest report. Remember — they can see your medical records, so if there was already an underlying condition then you cannot claim for that as a new problem. This is their profession and they cannot risk losing it by not being honest.
How long do claims take?
There is no guideline as to how long a compensation claim will take, but your medical assessment should last around 20 minutes. Once the report has been produced, it will be forwarded to your solicitor with the findings and also suggestions as to treatment and the recovery timescales. This report is helpful for deciding how much compensation you will finally receive.
If you have any questions about medical assessments, speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to get some no-obligation advice from one of the leading compensation claim providers in the country.
Date Published: 13th November 2013
Author: David Brown