The Importance Of The Medical Report

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and are part way through making a claim for whiplash injury compensation, or even in the early stages of contemplating making a claim for whiplash, you may be wondering exactly what is involved in making a claim, whether you will need to be examined by an independent medical expert and why medical evidence is so important. This article looks at how a whiplash injury is actually caused, why you will need to be examined by a medical expert and why the report prepared by that expert is so important.

A whiplash injury is caused during the course of a road traffic accident, usually where one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle, which causes your head and neck to be suddenly and forcefully thrown forwards and backwards. The impact of the collision causes the soft-tissue and ligaments in the neck to be stretched beyond their normal range of movement and this often results in a whiplash injury. However, you may not be immediately aware that you are suffering from a whiplash injury as quite often symptoms of whiplash take several hours or even several days to appear.

When you instruct a solicitor to help you pursue a claim for whiplash injury compensation, your solicitor will send you to see an independent medical expert. The medical expert will examine you and prepare a report detailing your symptoms. The medical report is a very important document as it forms the basis of how your claim for pain and suffering is valued. The medical expert will end the report with a prognosis which will either confirm that you have made a full recovery from your injuries or will contain a prognosis for the future – i.e. stating that you will have recovered from your injuries within 6 months of the accident. Your solicitor will use the medical report to compare your injuries to that of Claimants in previously settled cases who have received similar injuries to your own and have taken a similar amount of time to recover. This will give your solicitor guidance on how much your claim for pain and suffering may be worth. Your solicitor is unlikely to advise you to settle your claim until you have either fully recovered from your injuries or you have a firm prognosis in the medical report. This is because once your claim has been settled you would not be able to go back and claim further damages if your recovery did not take place as expected.

It can be seen therefore that the medical report is a very important document which forms the basis of how your claim for whiplash pain and suffering will be valued by your solicitor. The medical report would also be viewed by the third party’s solicitors as evidence of your injuries.

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Whiplash Claim Compensation Specialist Nicholas Jervis

Nicholas Jervis, Solicitor (non-practising) and Managing Director of Whiplash Specialists Loyalty Law

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The Loyalty Law Promise For You:

  • Approachable Solicitors - Our solicitors are friendly, approachable and are all recognised accident claim experts.
  • No Hidden Costs – Unlike many of our competitors, Loyalty Law’s service is completely free for you to use. You can speak with one of our solicitors who will explain their service and any costs payable. You can then decide whether to ask for their help or not, but there are no charges to that point providing you with peace of mind.
  • Guaranteed Peace Of Mind – We monitor customer feedback at the end of every claim to ensure you receive a fantastic service.

Call us free now on 0800 142 2775 (or local rate: 01275 75 00 44) for your free and instant whiplash claim assessment, or complete our Instant Claim Assessment online.

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