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Medical Assessment: The Importance of Sharing All in your Quest for Compensation

March 24, 2014

As a professional personal injury solicitors we represent many people suffering with all manner of injuries and conditions on a daily basis. Key to claiming in a medical negligence, road traffic accident or any personal injury case is a diagnosis of injury or illness. Cases can be delayed or made much more difficult if there is a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis so we urge all our clients to give as much detail possible every time they visit a medical professional.

When we visit our clients it is sometimes very clear that a negligent act has taken place and there is definitely scope for a compensation claim. This often becomes problematic however when medical records are looked into and reviewed. On many occasions clients have neglected to detail their symptoms to their GP and therefore the correct diagnosis can be missing.

When we take on a case at Lamb & Co. we request that all our clients visit one of our approved medical professionals for an assessment. This allows us to have a full picture of any injuries or illness and ensures a full report is compiled. Below are some tips to keep in mind if a medical assessment has been arranged for you.

Tell the Whole Story

It can be embarrassing or uncomfortable to speak to a near stranger about your medical conditions but it’s best to include every single detail. Summarising your pain or symptoms may mean they’re not all noted down and this can have an impact on the level of compensation you’re awarded.

It maybe that you have symptoms that you don’t believe are at all related to your accident but telling the doctor about them allows them to use their expert opinion rather than you relying on what you think. Symptoms such as a cough or pain in an unrelated region of the body can be part of a larger condition or injury so it is very important you share everything you possibly can.

Here is a short list of all the things you should be prepared to tell your medical assessor:

  • What your symptom/s is/are
  • When they started
  • When they occurs
  • How often they occur
  • Can they can be alleviated in anyway
  • Do they have an impact on your daily life/limit what you can do?

The medical assessment may include general questions such as whether you’ve had any significant lifestyle changes which could have impacted on your injury, purely to get a full picture.

Putting your trust in medical professionals can help ensure you get the treatment you need as well as the compensation you deserve.

At Lamb & Co. we utilise the information from your medical assessment to build your case and of course will discuss the medical report, along with every other element of your case with you as it progresses. The medical assessment is a key part of our claim process and if you have any questions you can get in contact with us to discuss.