Our solicitors will investigate every aspect of your accident as part of your compensation claim.
We’ll arrange for a medical expert to examine you. The examination helps us understand how serious your injuries are. The examination will tell us:
- The details of your injuries
- How long it will take you to recover
- What treatment and care you'll need.
The medical report will make sure we value your claim correctly. The report may also tell us to get more medical evidence and it will suggest what rehabilitation you need.
Why Do I Have To Have A Medical Examination?
An examination by a medical expert will support your claim. The report outlines:
- Your injuries
- Your future medical and care needs
- What extra medical evidence your claim needs
- Recommended treatments, such as physiotherapy
- How the injury has affected your day to day life, your ability to work, or how it has disrupted your domestic, leisure and sporting activities.
This will help decide how much compensation you need to recover, so the medical report is a vital part of your claim.
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Who Does The Examination?
We work with a number of medical experts who specialise in a range of different fields. 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. You can rest assured that they know exactly what to look for to make sure your injuries, pain and suffering are reflected in the report.
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What's Involved In The Examination?
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’ll review your previous medical records. They’ll also decide what treatment you’ll need in the future, and may refer you to other experts if needed.
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.
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Who Pays For The Examination?
We'll pay for your examination. We’ll ask for your opponent to repay us for this expense at the end of your claim.
If your case isn't successful, and you’re 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 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. *
*To make a No Win No Fee claim, you need to enter into an agreement that's linked to a suitable insurance policy. We'll explain this in more detail before we start your claim.
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.