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How to know if you need to attend a medical and what to expect

You’ll need to have a medical examination to file a claim for a personal injury. A medical essentially proves that the injury you’re suffering from was inflicted by – or at least linked to – the accident. The examination will need to be done by a medical expert and agreed with the defendant, who would be the person responsible for causing your accident.

What’s the process for a medical?

Firstly, you’ll need to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim. We can help guide you through the process, just give our friendly team a call on 0808 159 7655 from a landline or 0370 218 8668 from a mobile, or request a callback using the button at the top of the screen.

The first part of your claim will be looked at by one of our personal injury experts. During our initial conversation with you, you’ll be able to talk through what happened, and we’ll advise whether you have a case we can help with.

If we’re able to assist you in making a claim, we’ll refer you to one of our solicitors who will act on your behalf. They will then file a letter of claim to the defendant.

If the defendant admits being responsible for your accident, your solicitor will arrange a medical examination with an independent medical professional. Having an impartial opinion ensures the examination is completely unbiased.

Your solicitor will arrange this at a time that’s convenient for you. They’ll always try to find a doctor close to where you live so that you don’t have to make special arrangements or travel long distances to have your injury assessed.

The doctor you see will specialise in the injuries you’ve suffered from, and be an expert in legal claims. Following your medical examination, a medical report will be sent over to the solicitor so they can assess the value of your claim.

What is a medical report?

A medical report is a document describing the results of the medical examination. In the case of injury claims, it should outline the injuries you suffered from the accident and how long it could take you to recover.

Sometimes the expert will suggest further investigations into treatments such as x-rays or physiotherapy. The report may also recommend that you be re-examined again in future.

That covers the main things to know about a medical examination, but you can always contact us to discuss your situation.