Do I Need To Go To Hospital After A Car Accident To Be Able To Claim?

After a car accident it is very common to have been injured or to be left traumatised and medical treatment is very often necessary. However, you do not need to go to a hospital to be able to make a claim for compensation after a car accident.

In fact, we have helped many people who have been in car accidents who have not gone to A&E or to their GP. We have helped many people in those situations make a claim for compensation after a car accident. We have been able to assist people who have had no medical treatment whatsoever after a car accident to make a claim.

Therefore, it is not necessary for you to have visited your GP or to have been to hospital for you to be able to make a claim after an accident.

Medical Treatment

Many people who have been in a car accident see the long queues at A&E or have difficulties in obtaining an appointment with their GP, they are often stressed in not being able to obtain medical treatment after an accident.

It can be off putting or feel like a real burden having to go and get medical treatment after an accident, and many people would simply take some paracetamol or anti-inflammatories themselves to help deal with the pain.

However, we would recommend that you do seek medical help after an accident really for two reasons.

The first one being is that it allows you to get treatment for the injuries you sustained after an accident and to get x-rays or whatever investigations that the doctors think are necessary.

Secondly, it is important to get medical help as it also records that you have had to go and seek medical help after an accident. This is important because often insurance companies will challenge the injuries that you have sustained and often say that they are less than perhaps they actually are. If you have not gone to your GP or to A&E the insurance companies can try to use that to argue that you were not actually injured in the accident.

After an accident one of the first things that people do is to go and make sure that their car is properly repaired and road worthy. They will take it to their mechanic or to a body repair shop to have the car fixed and back on the road. Often people put their own health and wellbeing last after a car accident. If you are going to get your car looked at, then it is much more important that you get yourself checked over to make sure that there is nothing sinister or concerning in the injuries you have sustained after an accident.

It may be that you need an x-ray or an MRI scan after an accident to check whether there are any fractures or any other concerns. For that reason, we would strongly recommend you do seek medical treatment and make sure you are properly looked after and on the road to recovery after an accident.

Common Injuries After A Car Accident

Most car accidents cause a whiplash type effect where the head is thrown forward in a wrenching like motion which causes an awful lot of stress and pressure on the neck, shoulders and back. We would see most injuries after a car accident to those areas caused by whiplash.

Very often when people go to A&E or go to their GP, they will be given an x-ray and given some pain killers and sent on their way with advice to return if their symptoms do not recover. Obviously, there are accidents in which people sustain very serious injuries which will require a hospital stay and even surgery.

Many people after a car accident are very upset and traumatised because of the sudden and frightening nature of a car accident. It is natural to feel out of control and very scared in a car accident and many people report that it can take them some weeks or months to get over the psychological upset that they have suffered after a car accident. For that reason, it is also important to seek medical treatment to get some help, maybe some counselling or some medication to help you deal with those difficult experiences and memories of the car accident. It is common that people will suffer from flashbacks, nightmares or an anxiety when travelling after being in a car accident and if you speak to a doctor they will be able to help you with those issues.

There is a widely held misconception that if you do not go to your GP or to A&E after a car accident that you are not able to claim. That is not the case. You are perfectly entitled to make a claim for compensation even if you have not attended for medical treatment. We have been able to help many people who have been in that same situation and we have been able to obtain compensation for them.

How We Can Help You In Your Compensation Claim

After an accident we will arrange for you to be seen by a medical expert who will prepare a report which shows the injuries you sustained and they will also give an opinion on how long it will take for those injuries to recover. The medical expert that is used will obviously depend on the type of injuries you have sustained. For example, if you have sustained whiplash injuries to your neck, shoulders and back then you will be seen by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who will prepare a report detailing your injuries. This will be an opportunity for you to tell the surgeon exactly what type of injuries you have suffered, how sore it has been and the impact that this has had on you in your day to day life. This means that even if you do not go to your GP or the hospital after an accident your injuries are going to be recorded by the medical expert that we use, so this means that it does not stop you from being able to make a claim.

If you have been in an accident and you have not sought any medical treatment and you are not sure whether you are able to make a claim, or you are not sure that your injuries are serious enough to be able to make a claim then give us a call and speak to a member of our team. This costs nothing and it will allow you to speak to an expert in personal injury claims who can give you the right advice and guidance and make sure that you are making the right decisions going forward.

We specialise in car accidents and personal injury claims and we have helped numerous people who have been in car accidents and have not sought any medical help. So, we will be able to tell you exactly what your rights are and what your options are.

Seeking Medical Help After An Accident

After an accident it can be difficult to seek medical help, the queues at A&E can be very long taking hours to be seen and it can also be difficult to get an appointment with your GP. We would advise people who are finding it difficult to seek medical help to just call their GP and get telephone advice after the accident. Your GP will be able to record that you have been in an accident and that you are injured and that you are seeking medical help. Your GP will also be able to write a prescription, if they think it necessary, for medication to help you with your injuries or your psychological upset. Talking to your GP over the phone is a very good way to be able to get medical treatment. It will also ensure that your accident and injuries are properly recorded. This will help if an insurance company does challenge your version of events or the seriousness of your injuries because it has all been properly recorded with your GP and can be used to prove that you were injured in the accident and how serious those injuries were.

Contact Us

If you have been in a car accident and you are not sure what to do, or whether to go and speak to a doctor then feel free to call us to get some advice.

We provide a free consultation in which you will be able to speak to us and get the right advice.

Please contact us if you have any questions or anything that we can help you on  028 71 229 343, or email us on info@mcgeeokanelaw.co.uk or Make An Online Enquiry.

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