Road Traffic Accident Claims Guide

Medical Examinations For A Road Traffic Accident Claim

As part of the compensation claims process, our solicitors will investigate every aspect of your accident – and that includes your injuries.

A medical examination allows us to understand the full extent of your injuries by detailing:

  • The detail of the injuries you have suffered
  • How long it will take you to recover
  • What treatment and care you'll need

We'll arrange for you to be examined by a medical expert. Their report will assist us in valuing your claim, it may make recommendations for further medical evidence to be obtained, and will identify your rehabilitation needs.

Why Do I Have To Have A Medical Examination?

When you make a claim for compensation following a road traffic accident, there are a number of factors that decide how much you’ll receive.

An examination by a medical expert will support your claim, as they provide a report that outlines:

  • The injuries you’ve suffered
  • Your future medical and care needs
  • What further medical evidence needs to be obtained
  • Recommendations for treatment, such as physiotherapy
  • How the injury has affected your day to day life, your ability to work, or how it has interrupted your domestic, leisure and sporting activities

As the amount of compensation you receive is largely determined by these factors, the medical report is essential for presenting your case to your opponent's insurers.

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Who Conducts The Examination?

We work with a number of medical experts who specialise in a range of different fields, so you’ll be examined by someone with specialist knowledge and experience with your injuries.

For example, if you’ve suffered simple soft tissue injuries we will instruct a General Practitioner with experience in preparing reports for these types of injuries. If you’ve suffered a broken arm or leg, your examination may be carried out by a specialist orthopaedic consultant. If you’ve suffered a spinal injury, you may see a specialist neurological consultant.

All of the experts that we work with are experienced in preparing medical reports for personal injury claims, so you can rest assured that they know exactly what to look for to make sure your injuries, pain and suffering are reflected appropriately in the report.

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What's Involved In The Examination?

We’ll arrange for the medical examination to be as close as possible to your home to make sure you can attend without any added inconvenience.

The medical expert will examine you and discuss the details of the accident. They'll ask about the pain you've suffered, and how your injuries have affected your day-to-day life.

In more serious cases they will review your previous medical records. They’ll also determine what treatment you’ll need in the future, and may refer you to other experts if needed.

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Who Pays For The Examination?

We'll pay for the cost of your examination, and will ask for your opponent to reimburse us for this expense at the end of your claim.

If your case isn't successful, and you are making a No Win No Fee claim*, you won't have to pay anything.

Find out more about No Win No Fee claims.

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If you have any further questions about the medical examination, or any other aspect of the claims process, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation.

The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we’re associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you’ll receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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