When you make a Tunbridge Wells accident at work claim through Accident Advice Helpline, your solicitor will need to collect various elements of medical evidence. This is nothing for you to fear; it is an important part of the claims process and it is there to help you prove the extent of your injuries.
Why is medical evidence required?
To succeed with your claim, you will need to establish that:-
- Your employer breached their duty of care towards you. For example, they failed to provide you with safety equipment;
- This breach caused you to suffer an injury.
By requesting medical evidence, your solicitor will be able to prove the nature and severity of your injuries and put forward a suitable settlement offer.
How is medical evidence obtained?
Following gaining your consent, your solicitor will obtain your medical records and arrange for you to attend an examination with a doctor who is qualified to comment on the nature and severity of your injuries. For example, if you have sustained multiple broken bones, you will need to see an orthopaedic surgeon in your locality. The doctor will then provide an objective opinion as to the cause of your injuries, the extent of your pain and suffering, and the way in which your injuries might affect you in the future.
What if the medical report does not support my Tunbridge Wells accident at work claim?
If the report is supportive, your solicitor will use it to help value your Tunbridge Wells accident at work claim. He or she will then propose a suitable settlement offer to your employer and negotiations will then ensue.Open Claim Calculator
If your employer agrees to provide you with a fair level of compensation, you will not need to take your claim to court. However, if your employer refuses to agree on an appropriate settlement, you may have to issue your claim in court.
If the medical report does not support your claim, your solicitor will discuss your next steps. This may involve instructing another medical expert to comment on your injury, or trying to settle your claim with your employer.
Your solicitor will always try to settle your Tunbridge Wells accident at work claim out of court in the first instance, but if you do need to go to court, he or she will provide you with comprehensive advice and guidance.
To find out more about the steps you will need to take to win compensation from your employer, please call our freephone helpline or use our 30-second test.