What will be in my medical report? Will the medical report include my medical history? Do I have to release my medical records as part of the claim? How do I get a medical report after an accident?
The medical report is the crucial piece of evidence in support of the claim for injuries. A claim cannot be settled without one.
The medical report is produced by an independent medical expert following a medical examination. Therefore, if you make a claim for compensation for injuries, you will have to attend a medical examination.
Your personal injury solicitor will arrange this medical appointment for you at a time and a place that is convenient for you. Your personal injury solicitor will then explain and discuss with you the content of the report and, if possible, the value of the claim based on the medical expert’s conclusions.
The medical expert, in the report, must do two basic things:
a) Confirm the injuries that were caused by the accident;
b) Provide an opinion as to when the Claimant will recover from these injuries to how they were before the accident.
If the medical expert cannot confirm these two points in the report, he/she may recommend a re-examination on a future date i.e. to allow the injuries to settle to a point where these points can be confirmed, or recommend an examination with another medical expert.
The medical expert may also recommend a course of medical treatment for the Claimant to help them recover from the accident-related injuries. The most common medical treatment recommended is physiotherapy, but the treatment can also include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or Counselling for psychological injuries or possibly surgery for more serious injuries.
The medical expert may also be required to review a Claimant’s medical records. This will be required if there is the possibility of another cause of the injuries other than the accident. The review of medical records will include all records and not just those relating to the accident. The medical expert will be required to review the medical records to confirm the injuries caused by the accident and to rule out any other cause.
If you would like to read more about the review of medical records in a medical report, read our article here.
If you want to discuss in more detail the medical report and what goes in it, call us on 061 749 9000 (or click here to request a call back) for a free, without obligation chat.