It’s likely that you will have to have an independent medical examination to help support your claim. This will normally involve talking about your injury and any symptoms you’ve experienced since the accident with an independent medical expert. Following this examination, the expert will compile a medical report.
This is a key part of your claim and will contain information on how the injuries affected your daily life. For example, if you have to claim for out-of-pocket expenses as you now have to rely on people to help you cook and clean, this is best supported by medical evidence.
The medical report will also confirm what is a reasonable time for you to have been absent from work due to the injuries sustained.
The report forms the basis for the award of damages and your solicitor will use the medical evidence to help him/her value the claim for damages.
What can you do?
To make sure your claim progresses quickly, making yourself available for a medical examination as soon as possible and giving as much detail as you can during this session can really help.
You will also need to sign a form confirming your approval of the medical report before your claim can progress, so doing this quickly will also speed things up.