Will my Solicitor Require Access to My Medical Records?
For your compensation claim to be a valid one, you must show that you have been injured due to another party’s mistake or act of negligence. The only way this can be legally proven is through your medical records, so your solicitor will request you provide them with access to these at the start of your claim.
What Medical Information is needed to Claim Compensation?
Your lawyer will request to see not only information relating you your compensation claim, but they will also ask for your past medical history as well and may forward these to an independent medical expert who they have engaged to assess you and provide a report to support your claim.
Your previous medical history will only be included if it is relevant to your claim. An example may be if you have a medical condition which means your injury will take longer to heal or your prognosis is not as positive than if you did not have that particular medical history.
Why Do I Need to Submit Official Medical Records?
As the claimant, you are required to prove you have been injured in the accident. It is not enough to simply state it and provide photographs – for your claim to have any reasonable chance of being successful you must evidence the nature and extent of your injury or illness with formal records from a recognised medical professional.
Another reason your solicitor will need your medical records is to show the scope of any medical treatment you have undergone immediately after your accident, or in the course of your recovery. This sort of proof adds weight to your claim, making it more difficult for the other party to dispute the extent of physical damage you have incurred. The amount of compensation you receive is dependent on the severity of your injury, and the only way to show this sufficiently is with your medical records.
Any history which is not relevant to your claim will not be included in the report. Just because you suffered from a previous health issue does not prevent you from claiming compensation for an accident which has exacerbated a pre-existing condition.
Who Will See My Medical Records?
It is you, and not your solicitor, who decides what information is disclosed to the other party or the court. If you feel strongly that there is information you do not want to be made public, your solicitor will not divulge it.
If you don’t give permission for your medical records to be used in your request for compensation, the other party may cast doubt over the legitimacy of your claim and refuse to agree to pay compensation. It may also not be possible for you to have a conditional agreement (No Win, No Fee*) as lack of medical records may significantly weaken your claim.
The Compensation Experts is happy to offer you a free, no-obligation legal consultation to discuss the process of making a claim, and to address any concerns you may have regarding sharing medical information. Call today, or fill in our online form and let us know when you would like a callback.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
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We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
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