Here at Accident Advice Helpline we deal with people who have suffered all sorts of injuries caused by slips, trips, falls and even road traffic accidents. One of the necessary parts of any personal injury claim is to have your injuries assessed by a medical practitioner. Many people who claim with us are naturally worried about being seen by a new doctor, but this can be an important part of making a claim, as it will provide evidence about your injury which will help to support your case.
The injury legal experts in Sutton Coldfield will support you throughout the process and make sure you are seen locally. All the findings of the examination are entirely confidential.
There are four basic stages to getting a medical assessment. An examination usually lasts about twenty minutes.
- You will receive a letter in the post with details of your appointment
- The doctor carrying out your assessment reviews your medical records
- You attend your medical assessment with a General Medical Council registered doctor
- Your doctor produces a medical report based on your assessment
What happens in a medical assessment?
Once you’ve started your claim, your solicitor will organise your medical assessment. You’ll then receive a letter in the post letting you know the time and address of your appointment, as well as your doctor’s name and what to expect during your assessment.
The next stage involves you being asked to sign a document which allows the doctor carrying out the assessment to review your medical records. This is completely normal, and allows your doctor to fully assess your case and medical history. You will then attend your medical assessment, which is usually at a local private health clinic or physiotherapist treatment centre. Your doctor will first take a history by asking you questions about your injury and any past medical conditions. They’ll then examine you which typically takes 20 minutes, but may last up to an hour depending on your injuries.
You shouldn’t feel embarrassed and won’t be asked to undress unless the nature of your injury requires you to do so; the assessment is simply there to help the injury legal experts in Sutton Coldfield get the information about your injuries they need to handle your claim.The assessment process and report generated are completely confidential, and none of the results will be released to any other people unless you give permission.
Injury legal experts in Sutton Coldfield – The final stages.
The final stage of the medical assessment is completed when your doctor writes a medical report, which will be passed on to the injury legal experts in Sutton Coldfield provided you give your permission for this to be done.The report will detail your injury, treatment and prognosis – the length of time and nature of your recovery. Your solicitor will send you a copy of this report so you can check that it’s accurate, and the report will also detail any recommended further treatment and rehabilitation if you need it.
Getting help and advice
When it comes to making a personal injury claim you are not limited to solicitors working locally in Sutton Coldfield, or wherever else you live. You could use a national firm like Accident Advice Helpline instead.
For more information about using a national firm call 0800 690 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and speak to Accident Advice Helpline. We have over ten years’ experience in personal injury claims and are here to help.
Date Published: 9th February 2014