I haven’t seen a doctor or been to hospital. Can I still claim injury compensation?

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The outcome of making a claim for personal injury compensation often depends on whether or not you can help your solicitor present a strong claim. To give you the best possible chance of succeeding, your claim needs to be supported by the right kind of evidence that will enable you and your solicitor to prove liability and therefore obtain a settlement.

To provide this proof, any person who is injured in an accident that was not their fault will usually go to hospital or see their GP so that medical evidence can support a claim, but what if you haven’t yet been to your GP or seen a doctor to report your injury and get treatment?

First, could you still go to your GP?

If your injury symptoms are ongoing, it is not too late to attend your GP to discuss your injuries and get things recorded on your medical records. It is important that you advise your GP about the cause of the injuries so that this is also recorded.

If you have recovered from your injuries, there may be little point in attending your GP surgery as there will be nothing for your GP to see or examine that will enable them to confirm your injury. However, you never know – underlying signs may still be present to the trained eye so it’s always best to get a professional opinion and pay a visit to the doctor.

The role of medical records

Medical records are used to support a claim as they prove the extent of an injury. They will describe the injuries that a person has presented to their GP or hospital after an accident. They will also confirm what medical treatment the injured party has required, whether they have recovered or if treatment is ongoing.

The contents of medical records enable a solicitor to form an evaluation of how much a claimant’s settlement for their injuries ought to be. They will also be used during the claims process for an assessment of the claimant’s injuries. To enable this, someone making a claim for personal injury compensation will provide their solicitor legal authority to access their medical records and provide the same to a specialist medical expert to use during any medical assessments made in the process of pursuing their claim.

Claiming if you haven’t had any medical treatment

If you have not had any medical treatment for the injuries you have sustained, you can still make a claim for injury compensation. For obvious reasons, not having medical evidence to support your claim will make the prospects of succeeding a little harder, but not having had medical treatment doesn’t in itself mean that you cannot claim injury compensation. There may well be other ways of proving that you were in the accident, and that the injuries you claim to have suffered from could reasonably be linked to it.

If the details of your accident have been reported to the right people, entered in to an accident book or – in the case of a road traffic accident compensation claim – to a car insurance provider, there will at least be some evidence for your solicitor to work with. If you haven’t done this already, don’t worry, we can help you claim even if there is no existing record.

In addition, you may have had to take time off work as a result of the injury, in which case your employer may be able to provide some kind of evidence in support of this. You could also collect witness testimonies from people present at the time of your accident. If you were injured at work and are concerned about your relationship with your employer, have a read of your legal rights in this kind of situation.

Self medicating your injuries

Rightly or wrongly, many people who have suffered an injury that could form a claim for personal injury compensation choose to self-medicate. This is where people opt to use pain relief purchased from a pharmacy, or get a partner or friend to apply ointments or massage, for example. In the case of injuries such as whiplash, most people realise that the best medicine is time and rest and often don’t go to their GP as they think that there isn’t much that their doctor can do. Whilst this isn’t completely true, as doctors can refer people to physiotherapy or other treatment providers, there is little a GP or doctor can do to alleviate many soft tissue injuries.

One of the real benefits of claiming injury compensation is that it can help you get access to the right kind of rehabilitation treatments and therefore may help you to recover more quickly. Even if you have not seen your GP or been to a hospital to get treatment for an injury, we would advise that you still pursue your claim for injury compensation.

Seek professional advice to see if you can claim successfully

Seeing a doctor or visiting a hospital at the earliest opportunity is always the best bet, regardless of making a claim for injury compensation. However, don’t let the fact that you haven’t had any medical treatment stop you from contacting us to discuss your accident, injuries and the merits or otherwise of making a claim for injury compensation.

At Direct2Compensation, your enquiry will be met with a sympathetic ear and we can advise you how best to proceed. In most cases we’ll arrange for a specialist injury compensation solicitor to speak with you and give you advice about the strength or weakness of any claim you may wish to bring. We are experts in handling claims and may well be able to get compensation for you, even if you have self-medicated or not seen a medical professional.

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  • Diane

    Hi I have video evidence of an accident that happened to me whilst travelling on a scotrail train. I stupidly did not seek medical attention at the time but have ongoing neck and head pain can I still make a claim against the company?

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that you have self-medicated or not sought medical treatment should not prevent you from pursuing a claim. Whilst obtaining medical treatment is helpful in a claim for personal injury compensation, there are other ways of evidencing an incident and as you appear to have some video footage to substantiate any claim, it would seem that you do have evidence available to support a claim.

      Please email the footage to us along with a brief description of the incident, your injuries and contact details to justice@direct2compensation.co.uk We can then review this and contact you to advise further and help you pursue your claim for compensation.

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  • Dean

    I had a car accident where I sustained a couple injuries (back and neck)but did not attend hospital as I didn’t think I needed to go. The injuries are presenting more and more each day. I have an appointment to see my gp a week later and it will obviously be logged on my records. Could I still make a claim for compensation.

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that you didn’t attend a GP or Hospital immediately will not impact on your claim. When a claimant has suffered soft tissue injuries in a road traffic accident, it is often the case that there is no immediate severe symptoms of injury, yet the symptoms of muscle spasm, ligament strain and bruising come out over the following 48-72 hours post accident and the fact that you have seen your GP a week later will be consistent with that.

      If your accident was before 1st June 2021, we can help you to claim compensation for your injuries and losses. If the accident was from the 1st June 2021 onwards, it is unlikely that you will have sufficiently severe injury value (due to the recent changes in road traffic soft tissue injury compensation legislation) and you’ll have to claim directly via the Insurers claimant portal, which will see you receive vastly reduced compensation.

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  • Aron

    Hi good morning , I was on green light and other driver came from right side and hit into the driver side of my car . Other driver could have ran the red light as I have a camera in my car and could see clearly I was on green light and suddenly hear the noise hit on my car from the back .. I have called my insurance but they said it’s dispute liability!! I am wondering It’s very straight forward case and still I am waiting for the decision to made please help !!

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    • Ian Morris

      Have you provided your insurers with your dash-cam footage?

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      • Aron

        Yes I send them weeks ago and they have told me that they have send the footage to third party insurer and waiting for their reply !

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        • Ian Morris

          Although frustrating, you need to be patient and await the defendant response. You have provided the evidence and done all that can be expected of you, so it is just a case of waiting and remaining in contact with your insurers and legal representative.

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  • Chloe

    I was a front passenger in my car that my partner was driving at the time, we was hit from the rear end. This is ongoing with the police as the driver of the car left the scene. My 2 children who were in the back bumped their heads, and I suffered with leg, back and neck ache. The next day i made an appointment with my GP, she recommended id seek physico therpy, through my insurance as ive been having leg spasms, loss of reflexes in right leg and pain from my neck down to my back, prescribed me with pain relief and diazepam to help with the pain and leg spasms. She informed me to keep an eye out for sickness and headaches with the children. Im unsure the next steps to take with regards to claiming personal injury for myself and children. Am i easier letting the insurance deal with it or will i have better compensation elsewhere? Thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      If the accident happened on or before 31st May 2021, we would strongly recommend that you instruct an independent specialist personal injury Solicitor to represent you in your claims. Whether that be the expert specialist Solicitors with whom we work or another provider, the reality is that by choosing your own independent specialist Solicitor, you can be certain that your rights and interests will be upheld whereas allowing the insurers to be judge and jury affords them a real opportunity to undervalue any settlement awards that you may receive.

      If the accident happened on or after 1st June 2021, the new RTA regulations will prevent you from instructing a Solicitor unless your injuries are valued at more than £5000.

      If you would like further help, please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start your claim‘ service on our website so that we can contact you to further discuss this with you.

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  • Anna

    I was in a car accident last February where a lorry and my friends car collided. The impact was on my side of the door, and the car was written off. I did not consult with the gp at the time as I did not want to get my friend in trouble. Would I still be able to make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Although for the purposes of making a claim for personal injury compensation it would have been beneficial if you had attended Hospital, you can still pursue your claim as you have up to 3 years from the date of the accident in which you can make a claim.

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  • Jen

    Driving a family car third party and someone has crashed into back of my car they are paying to get my car fixed not with their insurance company, but question is I have whiplash can I claim compensation separate with a solicitor?

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, we can help you to pursue a claim for whiplash compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

      We’ll need the 3rd party vehicle registration details along with the date and location of the accident.

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  • Lisa

    My sister was in a car accident and suffers from epilepsy. She suffered a seizure once we got home from the accident but she hadn’t had any medical advice or didn’t attend any hospitals or GP. Could she claim from the accident?

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that your Sister didn’t attend a Hospital or see a GP won’t prevent her from making a claim. If there were no associated physical injuries from the car accident – such as whiplash, there would probably be no prospect of succeeding with a claim for the epileptic incident as there would be insufficient value if that were the case.

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  • Nyrita

    I fell in a rented apartment but haven’t been to doctor for x-ray, but I still have pain.

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    • Ian Morris

      Have you reported your fall – and the reason for the fall – to the management company or owner of the property in which you fell? If not, make sure you do so in writing at the earliest opportunity. In terms of your injuries, if you are still suffering, you should contact your GP or attend an urgent care setting for diagnosis and help.

      If your fall can be attributed to negligence on the part of the property owners/management company – that could be a slip hazard, some disrepair or dangerous item within the property, you would have a right to make a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 if you wish to discuss this further and obtain specialist advice.

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  • Marie

    I had a car accident some months ago a car went into the drivers side of my car in which I did slightly hurt my neck and shoulder suffered back ache . I just took over counter medication I didn’t go to doctors as it was lock down at the time good Friday no surgery’s we’re open due only for emergency’s only at the time. I had a mobile doctor called me to examine my injury I did have shoulder problem, the accident aggravated it. I’m worried there think it’s a pre existing problem and I won’t have a claim as they want my medical record from my gp not the mobile video link doctor.

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    • Ian Morris

      The pre-existing injury should not prevent you from pursuing a claim and the reasons you cite for not having attended your GP or Hospital at the time of the incident are fair and reasonable.

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  • Michelle Young

    My daughter had an accident with me in the car. They crashed into the back wheel and it lifted the car a little and pushed it to the left. The other car then drove off, but we got their registration. However, the other car is now there saying that there was no accident! I was injured but couldn’t go to Doctors because of covid, but they’re saying that there’s no damage to the car or no witnesses. What can we do?

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    • Ian Morris

      If there is no damage to your vehicle and no witnesses/dash camera footage, it is likely to be impossible to succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation. In this case, the lack of Doctor attendance is not a problem, but the defendant insurers will simply maintain that there has been no collision. As you cannot provide evidence of damage to your vehicle and no evidence to prove that the other car was damaged, there is little you can do.

      Have you spoken to the Police about this incident?

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  • Claudia Holder

    I tripped over a stepping stone slab (Path) in the garden of an Air BnB property that I was staying at last week for a trip away. The slab doesn’t sit flush with the level of the ground and the grass was over grown which disguised the depth of the slab. The fall was so bad that I came crashing down and sprained my ankle so bad that the tendon was popping out which resulted in me not being able to put any weight on it for over 24 hours. I didn’t go to the hospital (although was sure I needed to) as my partner had said that he had done the same thing to his own ankle years before and the hospital advised the only thing that can be done for this injury is rest! After 24 hours had passed I was able to hobble about so believed that rest was clearly the best thing for it. It is improving each day but it is still a little swollen and the large bruise is still evident. It is still sore to move and clicks when I try moving in circles so A little concerned that there may now be long term damage. There was no accident book as it was at an air bnb private property and I didn’t report it at the time but we did mention it to the host on the check out day to which he mentioned he had seen me on crutches… I have also reported it to air bnb yesterday on my review.

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    • Ian Morris

      Did you obtain any photographs of the raised slab that caused you to sustain injury? If so, can you email that to us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can further advise you as to a potential claim for compensation.

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  • Sal

    Had a accident few months ago while stationary a vehicle reversed into me. I have only just started a claim for personal injury. Do I have to sign a medical consent form if I did not visit my GP and self medicated with over the counter pain relief? I don’t wish to disclose all my medical history to solicitors, they will have access to it once I’ve signed. Where do I stand with this?

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    • Ian Morris

      You will need to disclose your medical notes for the simple purpose of proving that you were not already suffering from the injury you are attempting to claim for. If you are claiming for a neck injury, but your medical notes show that you have been undergoing treatment for a neck injury for the past few years or months, the defendant wouldn’t be liable for the full extent of your injuries. However, if you hadn’t already had such treatment and no record of any such injury, you could hold the defendant fully liable.

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  • Romanie

    Hi,
    The ceiling in a sunbed shop collapsed while I was in a sunbed. The event was recorded in a book in the shop. I have no medical records as I did not go to the doctors about this as it was a minor injury and more stress-related.

    They have offered me a small first offer. I have been advised that if I did not want to accept the first offer then they would need to look into medical records but of course, I have none and I have already told them that.

    If I say no to the first offer and they “look into medical records” could they then take back the first offer?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have not been to the Doctors, that should not be a problem or prevent you from making a claim – so long as you haven’t stated that you have had medical treatment. If you do feel that the initial offer is too low and doesn’t adequately compensate you, you could try to reach an agreement with them – perhaps including an element of damages for some counselling or perhaps agree to undergo a medical assessment as that could see them agree to an increased settlement.

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  • Shannon

    9 days ago I fell from a two story window having had a few drinks and losing my balance. An ambulance was called took me to the hospital but once outside they claimed I was over reacting and sent me home without having a doctor in the hospital check me over. I have emailed my doctor pictures of my injuries on my feet and she has referred me to the orthopaedics in a and e for tomorrow for an emergency x ray as she believes my feet are broken in different parts. Am I eligible for compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your only right to claim compensation would be for the cause of your injuries and if the cause of those injuries can be attributed to negligence. You mention having consumed some alcoholic beverages and that this caused you to lose your balance. As things stand, there is no obvious party against whom you could pursue a claim.

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  • Marcus

    Hi I was involved in a crash on Wednesday. The guy went into the back of my sister car. We’re both suffering with whiplash symptoms plus my thumb Achilles are hurting. My sister is same but it’s her arm . We haven’t had medical treatment and can’t see doctor due to covid19 we’ve reported it to police and insurance company were do we stand to make a claim ? Do we need medical treatment or would we have enough evidence to proceed without?

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    • Ian Morris

      The current situation regarding Covid-19 is making access to non-urgent health care harder and many people injured in accidents will have to carefully consider whether their symptoms require Hospital or GP treatment. Of course, it is always ‘better’ if an injury or injuries are noted by and treated by a medical professional, but in the circumstances you describe, the lack of medical attention at this stage is not a problem. You could consider calling NHS 111 to discuss your pain and see what they recommend. Alternatively, you can request a telephone consultation with your GP. Again, we would recommend doing so if possible.

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  • Ben

    Hi.
    I was involved in a non fault accident a week before Christmas Dec 2019. I was on my way home form work and I had to stop due to parked cars to allow traffic coming the other way. It was raining quite heavily. A car drove into the back of me whilst I was stationary. The driver admitted fault and claim etc all went through. We didn’t call the police at the time, I haven’t since but don’t know if he did.
    I was in shock at the time and had stiffness/discomfort in my back but didn’t feel it warranted medical attention. As it was Christmas I was off work more than normal so was able to move/rest as needed. When I returned to work full time (sedentary desk role) I realised i was struggling to sit at the desk as had pain in my lower back. I had access to occupational health and saw the physio who did some push therapy and gave me stretches to do that have helped. Would it be worth me pursuing a claim. Do I need to find out if he reported it to the police?

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    • Ian Morris

      The lack of police involvement in the kind of collision you describe is not an issue in terms of pursuit of a claim for personal injury compensation and we would be very happy to help you make your claim.

      In situations such as the one you describe, the Police would only attend the scene if there was a serious injury or if the highway was obstructed. As both parties appear to have acted in a cooperative manner and were able to then leave the scene, the Police would not have attended.

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  • Jaclyn

    I had a burn on my forearm due to my head chef walking past me with a hot pan. I put it under cold water and was fine, then it oozed, now it has scarred. I didn’t seek medical advice as I didn’t think it was that bad, can I claim compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can pursue a burn injury claim without having had medical attention. Of course, it is always easier if medical records can substantiate an injury, but it doesn’t prevent a claim from proceeding if no such records exist.

      In your situation, did you report the accident at work? Was it recorded in an accident book or witnessed by any other colleagues?

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  • Alexander

    I work in a large distribution centre where I drive small and large forklift trucks. Last night at 3am, a colleague drove his forklift truck into my parked forklift truck. It jolted me forwards quite hard and I have now got pain in my lower back and shoulder blades. I reported it as the lower back pain was instant and the accident was logged. CCTV cameras showing my version of events to be correct.

    I have not been to hospital or the doctor yet. I have messaged my manager to tell him that I feel stiffer waking up this morning than on leaving work last night. He told me to do some stretches and have a walk and that I should be fine! What should I do? I’m not in agony but in a bit of pain.

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    • Ian Morris

      Obviously, only you know whether or not you are fit to work and whilst your Manager may have appeared to be asking you to work, you could view it that they were just being optimistic and hoping that you could attend. If you can’t work, take a few days off and rest in the hope that you soon recover. However, if you are able to work without worsening the injury then do so.

      Given your description of the forklift accident in which you were injured we feel that you have a very good claim for personal injury compensation. It would appear that you have sustained soft tissue injuries akin to whiplash, commonly associated with vehicle collisions and we would be very happy to help you make a claim against the employers insurance for the pain and discomfort caused to you by the injuries you have sustained. If you do go to work, it won’t prevent you from making a claim. However, if you can’t work or you lose income as a result of the injuries, that would be recovered on top of injury compensation by our Solicitors during the claims process.

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  • gemma

    I was involved in a accident a few days ago where a van tried to over take me and had to swerve to avoid a head on collision with a car coming the opposite way, which resulted in him swerving into me and hitting the side of my car. He then attempted to flee the scene. I’ve since had discomfort and stiffness across the back on the neck and spine. I’ve not seeked medical help and been self medicating, would i still be able to make an injury claim through my insurers?

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    • Ian Morris

      The lack of medical treatment at this stage would have no real impact on the outcome of any claim and your reasons for not having attended A&E or your GP surgery are completely understandable. However, it would be a wise move to make a telephone appointment with a GP to discuss your accident and your symptoms caused by the collision. This way a GP can note that you have reported injuries – which could provide important medical evidence at a later stage – and also prescribe you sufficiently strong pain relief to collect from a pharmacy.

      You can certainly pursue a claim for compensation for the injuries caused to you in this accident. Whilst you could choose to use the legal firm that your insurers contract to act for their clients, you also have a right to seek specialist independent representation at no ‘extra’ cost than if you instructed the insurers Solicitors to act for you.

      Our Solicitors would be very happy to pursue your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. They are experts in their field and will ensure that your injuries are fully appreciated and understood and that your claim is given the best chance of success with the maximum possible settlement obtained for you.

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  • Patricia

    I have been burnt on my foot from a man hole at work I walked over and smoke from the underneath scolded my foot. I now have a burn mark. I reported this as an incident at work but didn’t seek medical advice. I have taken the necessary pictures . Would I be able to claim compensation as these manholes shouldn’t have big holes at the side with steam coming out of them! I didn’t need time off work but my leg is currently burnt.

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    • Ian Morris

      There should not be the risk of burn injuries from steam coming through the floor in any workplace – certainly not without the employer providing specific personal protective equipment.

      We would like to further investigate this incident for you with a view to helping you make a claim for compensation.

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  • David

    I sliced the tips of my fingers on the door handle of a taxi when I was closing it after I got out. Although the cuts to my finger tips aren’t seriously deep to have stitches and I haven’t seen medical attention as yet, could I put a claim against the taxi company for my injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that whilst sore, your injuries are unlikely to be sufficiently serious to make a claim against the taxi company.

      The injuries to your fingers would need to have been reported and recorded by the taxi company at the time of the incident should any claim be considered further.

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  • Jaclyn

    I suffered a burn at work caused by a hot oven tray and the Head Chef. There was no accident book to report the accident or my injury and neither was there any first aid equipment dress it in the first aid box. Fortunately, the burn hasn’t gone septic. I am hoping it doesn’t leave a scar but it is still quite red and this was 4 weeks ago. Can I claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Given the nature of the injury and cause there is certainly a valid point in pursuing a burn injury at work claim. We would like to assist you in making a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss this further with you and take your claim forward.

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  • Luke

    I was in a car crash where a van went into the back of me and forced me into the back of another van. Initially I said I felt fine and the police didn’t come out because no one was injured but once the adrenaline had worn off I realised I’ve badly hurt my neck, shoulder, knee and foot. I went to hospital and they said I had a badly sprained neck and didn’t do any further tests despite me being in pain. I’m now anxious about driving and the doctor has upped my antidepressant dosage up because of the stress the accident has caused me. How much evidence is needed for a claim and realistically how much compensation would I likely receive taking into consideration the driver of the van that went into the back of me admitted liability?

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    • Ian Morris

      The medical evidence needed to pursue a claim is already in place in your claim. You have attended Hospital so a record of injury is made. During the claims process, a specialist Solicitor would ensure that a medical expert is instructed to assess you and write a detailed report regarding the injuries you sustained – both physical and also the anxiety and trauma side of things too. With regards to your anxiety when driving, you should ensure that you discuss this with your GP and have that noted on your medical records.

      It is not possible to give you a value of your claim and we would be lying if we were to quote a figure at this stage. The reason for that is that we do not know the severity of your injury, what long term implications it may have or how long it will take you to recover. These are the kind of things that an expert medical report will confirm and it is at that stage that an appropriate value range can be applied to your case.

      You certainly appear to have a strong claim and we would like to help you in your pursuit of the compensation that you are entitled to. Our specialist Solicitors would ensure that all of your injuries were appropriately considered and that any loss of income or incurred costs caused by the accident were also recovered.

      To pursue your claim, please call our team on 01225430285. Alternatively, if you would prefer us to call you. Simply let us know when you would like us to contact you.

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  • Adam

    I injured my back at work and was unable to work for 9 days in total. my back still causes me pain 4 wks on, i haven’t been to the doctor as i know there is nothing apart from rest that can be done. i had some 7m length aluminium profiles fall down on me at work injuring me. it was put in the accident book by my manager in which he stated i had injured my back and it was caused due to a lack of support bracket to hold the profiles up straight and stop them from falling. There is no support at all in this area but there is in other parts of the factory, there is also electrical cable and an airline running around the base of the profiles and across the floor. i have photos of this and of what the profiles are like with no safety measures in place (the ones that fell down on me) and where there is safety measures in place. I was paid 5 days sick pay but lost 9 days in total. i was off for 6 days originally but went back to work, i worked 4 days but was in pain again and had a further 3 days off. it also affected my sleeping which in turn affected my night epilepsy leaving me with migraines due to a lack of sleep through my back pain and discomfort. i also had deductions taken from my work bonus because of the time i had off.

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    • Ian Morris

      The failure of the employer to provide the support brackets and the other safety failings you mention indicate that you have a valid claim for personal injury compensation and that your claim enquiry should be presented to one of the members of our specialist personal injury Solicitor panel for detailed consideration and for you to get the expert advice that you need.

      Our Solicitors could pursue a claim for you that would (if successful) see you recover compensation for the injury to your back, the exacerbation of your epilepsy condition, your lack of sleep and to recover all lost income and incurred costs caused by the incident.

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  • jordan

    Hi, I work in a warehouse and a few weeks ago a box came flying down the belt at speed and i didn’t notice till the last second, so to block it I moved my hand and it bent my little finger right back. I didn’t seek immediate attention but few weeks later it seems to be hurting and twitching randomly. At the time it was just badly bruised and swollen. The box that hit my hand was overweight and not the correct shape to be where it was when it came down.

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    • Ian Morris

      If the incident at work was reported at the time and the weight of the box being too heavy was also noted, it may be possible to pursue a claim for compensation.

      If the incident was not reported at the time and there is no evidence to confirm that the box in question was overweight, it is unlikely to be possible to succeed with a claim.

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  • janet

    I was injured at work in my right shoulder. A heavy pan fell on top of me. An accident report was made right away after injury, except I never sought medical attention due to my pregnancy during time of injury. I couldn’t get an x-ray or medication because of the pregnancy which is why I decided not to go to the Doctors. After 3 months post giving birth, I got treatment for the injured shoulder. It is about to be two years since the injury was sustained and I still feel pain where I got injured. I no longer work for the company that I was at at the time of injury.

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    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe indicates that you have a valid claim for compensation against your former employer for the injury you sustained. The fact that you didn’t seek immediate medical attention can be explained by your pregnancy and as such, that would not be an issue in you making a claim.

      We would like to help you make your claim so invite you to call us on 01225430285 or use our website to send us your contact details and we will call you.

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  • Sam

    I was in a car crash when In work as I’m a car sales executive, the guy who hit us was a hit and run. I had a painful shoulder but never went to the doctors. Can I still claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      As long as the accident was reported to the police and noted with your employer, you would still be able to make a claim via the Motor Insurers Bureau ‘untraced driver’ scheme. This scheme is set up to compensate the victims of uninsured or ‘hit and run’ drivers.

      You can make such a claim with our specialist Solicitors or directly to the MIB via their website.

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  • Kim

    Today whilst at work I ran into a council house garden (which I visit every week) a customer. It was raining really heavy hence why I was running. I knew there was scaffolding up at the side of the house as it had been there for 2 weeks but today as I ran in towards the side door I hit a metal bar that was not there before. It nearly knocked me out, my nose was pouring blood and is very bruised. My employer sent me home but i’ve not been to seek any medical advice. Is it worth trying to claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      To make a claim in this situation, you would need some evidence of the bar – a photograph would be ideal. A bar at head height or in a location that could be a hazard should be clearly marked with high viz markers or protective padding.

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  • Terry

    I fell on some carrots on the floor in Asda yesterday and have some discomfort around my hip. I only had a hip replacement in January 2019, I have not seen a doctor but been taking pain killers that I had from my hip replacement. I made sure that I entered the fall in Asda’s accident book.

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    • Ian Morris

      If the injury is anything more than a short-term bruise (something you’ll know within 10 days to 2 weeks post accident), you could look in to claiming compensation. For some more info you could check out our article on supermarket accident claims.

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  • Sarah

    I suffered a scald/burn to my hand at work 2 weeks ago and it still hasn’t gone in the accident book.It happened at 11am and was still expected to work until the end of my shift at 4pm,they did however let me leave at 3pm. I didn’t go to the doctors because I thought it was too late and nothing could be done. I did seek advice from the pharmacist and I am treating myself at home. I have photos of my injury from the day it happened and as it’s progressed but because it’s wasn’t recorded in the accident book or I didn’t visit my GP can I still claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The lack of GP attendance is not too much of an issue, but it would be sensible to make an appointment – even at this stage – in order to have the injury properly checked and noted on your medical records. The lack of an accident report by your employer is poor by them. You should make your own written report and send it to the employer by email and advise that you have previously attempted to record the matter in their accident book without success.

      You can still pursue a workplace burn injury claim, but before we can advise as to whether or not the claim is likely to succeed, we would need to know more about the accident that lead to the injury, how the burn was caused and what work you do.

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  • wendelin

    I was rear ended at a red light on June 1st I didn’t go to the doctor but I told the insurance company I was sore and achy today is the 21st of June my shoulder and lower back have a catching pain and my neck is drawing tension to the point of headaches. What can I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You should make a GP appointment at the earliest opportunity in order to have your injury symptoms noted and treated. Regardless of whether or not you have yet seen a GP, you can start a claim for personal injury compensation and given your description of the incident, you have a valid claim and are likely to succeed.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you start a No Win No Fee claim for compensation. We are used to speaking with people in your situation who have been self-medicating for a period of a few weeks after an accident and it is not uncommon for people to not initially appreciate the severity or longevity of an injury sustained. Our Solicitors will have no problem with the fact that you have not yet seen a GP.

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  • Craig

    I hurt my back over 2 years ago at work, it was recorded in the accident book, I never went to the doctors, over the last couple of years the back pain has got worse resulting in emergency spinal surgery 3 weeks ago leaving me with potentially life changing side effects. Can I still make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you can still make a claim and the accident book entry made at the time of your initial injury will help to prove that you were injured at work. Whilst you legally can still pursue a claim for the injuries suffered, you do need to be aware that the lack of medical treatment at the time will be something that a defendant insurers will use against you in terms of establishing the appropriate value of the claim. The likely issue you’ll face is that the defendant will argue that there is no supporting evidence to prove that the injury you suffered at work over 2 years ago was fully responsible for your need of emergency spinal surgery. That said, you should not let that issue stop you from instructing our specialist Solicitors to investigate this claim for you.

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  • Claire

    Hi I had a fall a week today outside my apartment block and it was captured on camera to which I had the management to burn to a usb. I’ve really hurt my knee. I didn’t go to the doctor or hospital I applied ice and took paracetamol every day. I thought resting it would help it heal but it’s still painful so I’m asking is it worth claiming?

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    • Ian Morris

      The lack of Hospital/Doctor attendance at this stage is not a problem as many people would opt to self medicate in the first few days/week or so after an accident whilst evaluating the severity of the injuries sustained.

      You ask whether or not it is worth making a claim. In terms of injuries, yes, it would appear that your injury is ‘bad’ enough to warrant that. However, before we can advise as to whether or not you can hold someone liable, we need to see know what caused you to fall? If you slipped on a substance and there were no warning signs, you can claim. If you tripped due to a disrepaired pavement or other tripping hazard, you can claim – but before we could advise on the claim, we would need to see photographs of whatever caused you to trip.

      Please send your CCTV footage and supporting photographs to us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  • Steve

    Today at work a customer reversed his van into me . It’s a 1 way system so he was totally at fault. It’s all on camera. I was only saved because I got my hand up just in time . I was hit that hard his back doors was dented. Causing bruised knuckle and a swollen hand. It’s all documented by security. I don’t want to go doctors for a bruised and swollen hand. They have all his details. What should I do now?

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    • Ian Morris

      As long as you have the drivers details (vehicle registration), you can pursue a claim for compensation with us and we can help you with this on a No Win No Fee basis.

      Whilst you don’t have to attend your GP or go to Hospital to pursue a claim, without having medical evidence of your injuries, it can make it harder to prove the extent of pain and injury.

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  • Monika

    I was at work on Friday and had an accident when I slipped in the changing room on the floor. I banged my head against the wall and was injured. I was given first aid at work and wrote in an accident book with also a photograph. My work sent me to the Hospital, but I didn’t go and returned to work the next day.

    I went to my GP on the Monday as I had started to feel pain my head. The GP saw me and noted my injuries, but today I have had to go to Hospital because I have been feeling bad. Can I claim or not?

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    • Ian Morris

      Importantly, you have recorded your accident within the workplace accident book and you have also received medical treatment for your injuries. Whilst we are not Doctors, it would appear that you have symptoms of concussion, which would be expected after a heavy blow to the head as you have suffered. Therefore, the correct steps have been taken to allow you to further look in to making a claim for compensation.

      Of course, we need to understand more about your accident and why you slipped in order to further assess your prospects of succeeding with a claim for compensation, but as you were injured in a slipping accident, if we can identify that the floor of the changing room was slippery due to it being wet or a substance was upon it with no hazard warning sign, you are likely to succeed with a claim.

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  • David

    Work as a flt driver in a busy warehouse, doing my job getting palates down a opu driver goes behind me hitting my left knee with his cages, very painful suffer from bad arthritis in my knees. Put in the accident book also took statement from me and other person, can not afford to take time off work do not get any sick pay. Am I entitled to any compensation, not been to hospital or doctors yet?

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    • Ian Morris

      You may well have a valid claim for compensation after the injury you describe to your knee in this accident at work. It is good to see that the incident has been recorded within the accident book as this will help to provide evidence in the future should you opt to pursue a claim for compensation.

      It would be sensible to seek medical attention from your GP or Hospital regarding the knee injury so that the details of the injury are known. To start your claim, use the online option on our website or call us on 01225430285.

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  • Bradley

    I was working at Tesco around 14 months ago, someone went into the back of me on a fortlift truck (their fault) . I suffered with a minor back injury and was sent home from work. I did not receive medical attention but incident was wrote in the accident book. Could I still make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you could still seek to pursue a claim. The lack of medical evidence to support your claim could be a problem, so it would be wise to see your GP regarding any ongoing symptoms – if they are still present – and make sure that they are aware that the injury was caused in an accident at work 14 months ago.

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  • Danielle

    Hi. I was leaving my sisters new home last Saturday evening, and when I stepped off the curb to get to my car I fell down a pothole/dip in the road and badly grazed my knee and it’s still hurting now 5 days later. I couldn’t see the dip as the shadow from the car was covering it. I have photos of it: Do you think I have a claim please? And should I go to seek medical advice to help with my claim? I have just been taking pain killers but it’s not improving.
    Thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      You should certainly seek medical attention regarding your injury as should a claim then follow, you’ll need medical evidence to support your claim for compensation.

      Whether or not you have a valid claim for tripping accident compensation will depend on the nature of the pothole and cause of your fall. To this end, it would help if we could view your photographs and consider whether or not the pothole will lead to a valid claim for tripping accident compensation. Please forward your photographs to us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk making mention of your comment on our website, in order that we can review the same and advise you in more detail.

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  • Janis

    if I not have a GP and I was only at the hospital doctor can I still claim injury compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, if you have attended a Hospital it would not matter whether or not you have a GP. If you have been injured and wish to make a claim, please contact us to take this further.

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  • Shatora

    I was in a hit a run accident Monday, I haven’t seen a doctor yet because yesterday I received a call that my father had passed away. I had to drop everything and be with my family. I woke up today and it has been hard to move my neck and my lower back, and I’ve had a constant headache. Is it too late to file a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      No, it is not too late to pursue a claim for compensation. UK Law allows those injured by hit and run drivers the right to pursue a claim via the Motor Insurers Bureau ‘untraced driver’ scheme. Any claim must be made within 3 years, but it is always wise to make the claim at the earliest opportunity. You should make sure that the details of the hit and run accident are reported to the Police and your own vehicle insurers (if you were in a car at the time) and then contact us so that we can hand your claim to one of our specialist Solicitors to pursue for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  • Bridget Perkins

    I was at a neighbour’s house and they was cutting a tree down that fell down and hit me on the top of my head knocking me to the ground… However I didn’t seek medical attention but I still wish to seek injury compensation… Is that possible?

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, it is possible but the lack of medical evidence to support your claim will make it less than straightforward.

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  • Daniel Cooper

    Hello, I had a work accident 4 months ago, I work in a busy aluminium foundry and got burned at the back of my neck. I was filling up a metal pot with scrap metal and then suddenly it spitted all over me. I was wearing my ppe, but that didn’t covered my neck. I didn’t go to my gp. But I took pictures of the wound. The accident was treated by a first aider and is written in the accident book. Do I have a chance to claim for this accident?

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    • Ian Morris

      Given your description of the incident, you may well have a valid claim for personal injury compensation. Although you were wearing the required PPE, it is possible that the PPE provided was not sufficient and this could be seen as employer negligence.

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  • Sharon

    Hi I had an accident yesterday on the DLR railway the train jolted the floor was wet and I slipped over and wacked my head on the train door. The DLR guy took all the details and paramedics came but they said if I went to the hospital they wouldnt do anything. Today though I feel dizzy and really in pain with my ribs leg etc i spoke to my gp who said i have concussion whiplash etc. Do I still need to go to hospital or can I claim without a hospital report?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have been to the GP, you do not need to also then attend a Hospital as the required medical evidence needed to support any claim for compensation will already be in place – supported by an Ambulance service report that would confirm attendance with you at the scene. It is good that the details of your accident were recorded by a DLR representative as this strengthens the evidence that would be needed to give you any chance of success with a claim.

      As the floor was wet and the wet caused you to slip, you may have a valid claim for compensation. We would like to investigate this further for you and invite you to use the ‘start a claim’ page on our website or call us on 01225430285.

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  • Ian Morris

    It is interesting to see how things work in other legal jurisdictions. In the UK, which is where Direct2Compensation operates, any successful claim for personal injury compensation will enable the claimant to also recover their lost income and incurred costs caused by the accident on top of any settlement awarded for personal injury.

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  • Rachel

    I was in a car crash last week where a man crashed into the side of my car where my airbags came out. I was so shuck over it and stressed of ringing insurance companies and I thought my constant headache and shoulder pain was from the stress and shock of losing my car, is it too late to seek medical attention and do I have a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is definitely not too late to seek medical attention for the injuries cause to you and you can certainly still make a claim. We would be very happy to help you pursue your claim even before you seek medical attention. It is not uncommon for people to self-medicate in the first week or two after an accident in the hope that symptoms will ease.

      We work with expert specialist Road Traffic Accident compensation Solicitors and can ensure that you get the very best chance of succeeding with your claim.

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  • Sam

    My son was In a minor traffic accident with his dad, the solicitor is insisting on having his medical records but he didn’t attend the gp, why are they so adamant they need his medical history?
    Thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      They may require the medical records in order to prove that your Son was not already receiving medical treatment for any injury or damage that may be relevant to his claim.

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  • Rachel

    I tripped on a pothole pavement and cut my knees and hands. I did not go to the doctors as they healed within a week and I self medicated. I have photos of the injury, pot hole and witnesses. I’ve contacted the council who deny liability. Can I lodge a claim form without medical evidence?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for pothole and pavement trips without having had any medical treatment. However, in your case if the injuries have healed within a week, you may not have sufficient damages to enable a claim.

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  • Jo

    I have been waiting for TUI to compensate me for an accident that happened in hotel grounds in October 2017, where a trail of cooking oil was spilt by worker outside reception area, I have been assigned a claim handler, who I’ve never been able to speak to, even though I was told in writing that I would have a direct line for, I am still waiting and am now taking them to court through Money Claim Online, I’m really unsure if I’m just wasting my time and money, as I have a report from rep, but was advised by the reception at hotel that doctor would only come out and see me if I was bleeding, I had banged my head badly but was not bleeding. Do I have a strong enough case?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that you have a valid claim against TUI in this matter as they would have a vicarious liability for any negligent actions within the accommodation that they had placed you in.

      As with all matters relating to a claim for compensation, you may find that you get better results by instructing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor to act for you. To that end, it may be worthwhile making further contact with us if you would like to speak to a specialist Solicitor regarding your situation. They would be able to offer some advice and if they felt it the right thing to do so, take on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  • Delyth

    I was walking in my local town and stepped on a loose paving slab, it caused me to twist my ankle and I fell forward heavily. I managed to protect myself from hitting my head as I put my hands out. I went to the hospital with ankle pain, had an X-ray but need to go back after swelling subsides. Few days after my neck and shoulders were painful along with mild knee discomfort. I didn’t log the neck and shoulder and knee pain when in hospital due to my ankle being very painful. My son has photos and video of the loose slab and I’ve now got cctv footage from 2 shops of my fall. With regards to my neck shoulder knee pain do these need to be logged to make a claim? Can I only claim for the ankle? Or will I be able to claim for every pain I’ve sustained even though only ankle was logged in hospital? Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not uncommon for some symptoms to develop 48-72 hours post accident, especially soft tissue injuries such as those you describe to your neck and shoulders. Clearly, when you fell your ankle injury was immediately apparent and obvious and it is understandable that you would have been completely focused on that when discussing the incident with Hospital staff. With regards to the upper body injuries that have since developed, it is likely to be ‘whiplash’ related given the mechanics of your fall. You should of course make a GP appointment to discuss these symptoms and ensure that you advise your GP that they developed as a result of your fall.

      It is good that you have photographs and video of the loose paving slab as that could provide important evidence to support any claim that may follow. We would certainly like to view these images and video footage and assist you to pursue a claim for tripping accident compensation.

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  • Dominique

    Me and my two children were passengers in a car accident on 28/02/18. I had my children checked by a doctor at our local walk-in centre. We suffered days later with bad backs, necks and headaches for a while. I am still having problems with back pain. We used pain relief from the pharmacy and rest to recover. I haven’t been complaining to gp about my back and choose to get on with it. I did put a claim in with a solicitors on the day but i’m having a few issues with them. What can I do about my claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you are unhappy with your current Solicitors, you do have the right to switch your claim to a new specialist Solicitor with the expertise you need. However, before you do so, you should exhaust all other avenues with your existing Solicitor. To this end, you should make a formal complaint to them if you are not happy with them and allow them an opportunity to resolve your concerns. If they fail to do so, you should then contact us to so that we can look further in to this for you.

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  • Maggie

    On July 31 2018 i slipped and fell on some ice cream at Smiths grocery store. The floor is cement so it was a hard fall. Im 64 yrs old, my knee hurts a lot and also continue having headaches. I haven’t been to a Doctor. The manager saw what happened and ran to help me up. Took me back to his office to fill out paper work, very concerned about my well being. I was very emotional. The insurance investigator kept telling me that she couldn’t get hold of the store video. So I contacted the store manager. All of a sudden she contacted me that she had the video. Its Oct 1 2018. Should I pursue the claim. Thank you. Maggie

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    • Ian Morris

      Given the nature of your fall and the cause of your slipping accident, we would recommend that you do pursue a claim for compensation in this matter. We would also strongly advise you to instruct a specialist personal injury compensation Solicitor – such as Direct2Compensation as you need to have quality representation and good advice to ensure that your claim has the best prospect of succeeding in this matter.

      If you haven’t already instructed a specialist Solicitor to act for you, why not use our ‘start a claim’ page to allow us to help you pursue this claim?

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  • Angela

    I was injured on an aircraft when someone pulled a bag out of the overhead lockers which fell onto my head. My head was knocked forward and for a few minutes I was unable to hear. I was concussed and had a stiff neck for the next 3 days but didn’t see a doctor. Do I have a claim? Angela

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    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, I do not think you would succeed with a claim for compensation against the airline in this matter. Your injury was not caused by the actions of the airline, but by a careless passenger not taking appropriate care when removing their bag. As such, I can’t see how liability would attach to the airline.

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  • Amy

    Hi, I was involved in a car crash 3 days ago which wasn’t my fault and sustained bruising to my sternum and many other bruises to my body as a direct result of the crash (bruises where the seatbelt was etc)- as I didn’t think the doctors could do anything, I haven’t gone but do I need to go to the doctors in order for my visit to go on my records to provide evidence of the injuries sustained by the crash?

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    • Ian Morris

      You do not ‘have’ to attend a GP or Hospital in order to pursue a claim for compensation after a car accident (or any other kind of accident) but as you may imagine, having your injuries professionally noted by a qualified medical practitioner will provide excellent evidence when it comes to settling a claim.

      In order to form a fair and appropriate value range for a compensation settlement, the full extent of any injuries must be demonstrable. Therefore, if you have medical records evidence to support your claim, it will help your Solicitor ensure that your claim value is appropriately taken in to account.

      It is not too late to attend the GP even though a few days may have passed since your accident and we would recommend that you make an appointment at the earliest opportunity.

      We would be very keen to speak with you to assist you with the pursuit of a claim for compensation in this matter. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can answer any questions you may have and help you get your No Win No Fee claim started today.

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  • James Watson

    My partner had an accident at work around 2 months back. She was pulling a cage of milk when one of the wheels got caught and the cage fell on her and crushed her leg which left her with bad bruising up her shin and thigh and a sore knee. The problem is, although she took a couple of days off afterwards to heal, she never actually visited a doctor for her injuries and went back to work as she couldn’t afford to rest any longer than that. She has since been getting sporadic pain behind her knee and is beginning to think it may be from the accident at work. There was an accident report filled out at the time and several witnesses who even helped lift the cage from on top of her. Is she eligible for compensation and would it affect her employment with this company?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your partner should make a Doctors appointment at the earliest opportunity. When seeing the GP it is important that she reports the cause of the injury and ongoing symptoms being the cage falling on her. It is good that an accident report book was completed and having witnesses will give her a good prospect of succeeding should she choose to make a claim for compensation.

      In this matter, a claim for compensation could succeed if it can be shown that there is an issue with the floor surface that is likely to cause cage wheels to be ‘jammed’ or caught up. With that in mind, we would like to know more about what happened and further advise about any possible claim for compensation.

      Many people have concerns about claiming against their employer and worry that by making a claim for compensation, they will lose their job. This is a myth as it is a legal right for any person injured in an accident that was not their fault to make a claim for compensation. In cases of accident at work compensation claims, any claim is made against the employers employer liability insurance and does not directly impact on the workplace.

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  • James Strutton

    Hi I bent my fingers back at work picking up a gas cylinder. It was in July I didn’t go to doctors as I thought It would get better, it has not but no obvious signs of injury . I put it in the accident book but have since left the company .

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that you have since left the employer is irrelevant and would have no bearing on any future claim you were to make. It is good that the injuries you sustained at work were recorded in an accident book as that provides some evidence as to what happened. Clearly, it would be wise to go to the GP and have the ongoing symptoms reviewed and noted.

      If you think that the injury could have been avoided if the employer had taken some additional action – such as training, provision of gloves or other tools, then there is a possibility of making a claim for the injuries to your fingers.

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  • Emily

    Hello, I was in a car crash three weeks ago which wasn’t the drivers fault. I was in the passenger, I didn’t go to the doctors as I was too scared of what they would say and if they could do much but I’m still suffering back pains now. Is there still chance of going to the doctors and explaining I suffer anxiety and I was taking paracetamol but the pain still isn’t going?

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    • Ian Morris

      Self-medicating is acceptable in the first period post accident such as the initial 3-4 weeks as it is reasonable to hope the symptoms will ease and the use of over the counter medication such as ibuprofen to ease the pain is an acceptable way to reduce pain and discomfort. However, in the interests of any claim you should make a Doctors appointment to ensure that the details of your injuries are properly recorded and you could also discuss any anxiety or psychological injuries affected by the accident.

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  • Jackie

    Hi My husband was hit front driver side and spun on way to work ( last Sept 2017), car was a right off and the driver of the other vehicle ( delivery driver) admitted liability at scene. Hubby was happy to walk away , other drivers insurance covered car. Since then hubby collapsed in work in Jan taken from work in ambulance to emergency , no one knows reason ( putting it down to sudden vertigo which he never had before), and has developed neck pain, has had xrays and been to GP and been given pain killers and anti inflammatories but I’m convinced its from car crash. We have pics and all details etc…. should he seek legal advice? is it too late?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not too late to further investigate whether the ongoing health issues he is having post accident can be directly linked to the road traffic accident in September 2017 and this is something our specialist Road Traffic Accident Solicitors would gladly investigate for him.

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  • Andy

    Hi, I’m seeking advice on making a claim. I was in an accident in school last year in my engineering classroom which the teacher was not present. I had injured my hand quite seriously with a pillar drill.
    Whilst changing the drill bit a colleague of mine had turned it on leading to my accident. I was treated by the school and didn’t go to visit my doctor. I would like to know if I am still eligible to make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Was your accident recorded within an accident book or incident reporting system at the school? If so, you could still look to pursue a claim. You can call us on 01225430285 to discuss this further.

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  • Daniella

    Hi. I was a passenger in an accident on the 25th June. Somebody in a company car pulled out on us and we went into the back of them. They admitted fault at the scene but are now denying it over insurance. It wasn’t a major crash but it did cause me some back pain, which I am still suffering now. I haven’t seen my doctor yet but will be going within this week or next. I didn’t originally go because I am in the early stages of pregnancy and didn’t want to cause any hassle for anybody if the back pain was due to pregnancy. The pain is still ongoing and quite severe now and I’m certain it’s not due to my pregnancy. Can I still make a claim from this accident or is it too late because I haven’t yet seen my doctor?

    Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you can still make a claim for compensation. It would be wise to now go to the Doctors and advise them of the accident and what symptoms you’ve had since the incident.

      To pursue a claim in this case, we would need the vehicle registration details for both parties. If you would like our help with a No Win No Fee claim for compensation, please use our ‘start a claim’ page or call us on 01225430285.

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  • Emma Thompson-Hill

    I was in a car accident this morning and suffered with back pain straight away, however I haven’t been to the drs. If I go tomorrow or later on in the week will I still be able to make a claim? The pain has got worse as the day has gone on.

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    • Ian Morris

      You can certainly make a claim for car accident compensation with us, even if you do not go to the Doctors immediately or within the first few days. It is common for people who have been in a car accident to not immediately go to the Doctors or a Hospital for a variety of reasons including shock or the loss of use of their vehicle due to the damage caused in the accident. Many people who are injured in a car accident notice immediate discomfort but want to give themselves a little time to see whether their pains increase or begin to subside. Of course, if serious injuries are obviously present, medical treatment will be sought urgently, but with soft tissue injuries such as whiplash and those commonly sustained in a road traffic accident, the symptoms and discomfort often begin to show a few hours after the incident. Sadly there is no magic pill or cream that will remove the symptoms of back pain or whiplash caused in a car accident but it is important to make sure that you do see your GP and get your injuries recorded and assessed by a medical professional.

      The most important thing to do is to make sure that you have a full record of the details of any vehicles involved – particularly the registration numbers of the cars, the location of the accident and date and time of the collision.

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  • Ian Morris

    Unfortunately, the strict law of limitation only allows a maximum period of 3 years from the date of an accident or 3 years from the date of diagnosis of a work related health condition in which you can make a claim for compensation.

    With this in mind, we believe you are statute barred and therefore unable to take any action against your former employer.

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  • Hazel Smith

    I was going with a family member/ friend and my son to the grocery store on 10/29/2017 in the process of going we get into an accident, she was in the right & the person was in the wrong. Not thinking at the time in a panic son suffered a wound across his forehead & I’ve been having migraines but haven’t been to Dr. There’s a police report stating my son injuries plus they were under the same insurance company how can I go by filing a claim? Or can I file a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is often the case that someone will self-medicate for a while after an accident, especially a car accident where there is no obvious immediate trauma. In your case, it would be wise to now seek the attention of your Doctor and discuss your headaches and the recent road traffic collision with them.
      You can certainly file a claim for car accident compensation and should seek the services of a specialist Solicitor like Direct2Compensation to act for you.

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  • Barry Preston

    I had an accident in February but because of commitments I had I couldn’t actually go to the doctor’s til a week later. I sustained neck and shoulder injury and also my thumb on my left-hand was jarred in the steering wheel. I consulted my niece who is a nurse and she told me to put ice in a towel and put it on my hand and also take ibuprofen and buy a support which I did. When I went to the doctor’s my hand wasn’t hurting as much as in the beginning but I still had the hand support on it. I told him I had been self medicating and he told me to continue with this however he only recorded the injury to my neck and shoulder. Again I went away on holiday and this was ruined as I couldn’t use my left hand and do the things we had planned on return I went to see a physiotherapist who thought they may have been a hairline fracture to my hand sent me back to my doctor’s and asked for an x-ray I have since had acupuncture and injections to my hand I have consulted a solicitor and he told me as there is a break in between going to the doctor initially and then seeing the physiotherapist and the lack of mention by my doctor initially he tells me I will not be able to claim for the hand injury can you please advise? thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      Medical evidence is vital in a claim for personal injury compensation in terms of being able to ensure that a full and fair settlement valuation is reached when the claim is finally settled. Medical evidence in the form of Doctors records and details of any treatments will be used in conjunction with a medical experts report and it is from this that the extent of the injury element of the settlement value will be reached.

      The lack of any record on your medical notes relating to the thumb/hand injury could well cause you difficulty in demonstrating that any injury you had with regards to that part of your body is linked to the accident in February. As you can probably imagine, a defendant insurer will immediately pick up on the fact that you didn’t present with any hand injury problems (in terms of medical notes) at the time of your first Doctors appointment and that it was only a while later and after a Holiday. Rightly or wrongly, the defendant insurer will likely allege that the thumb/hand injury was caused at a different time.

      With this in mind, it maybe worth returning to see your Doctor to explain the situation and see if they can remember offering you the verbal advice to continue with your self-medication of the injury. If they do and are willing to state the same, then that could open up your access to claiming damages for the thumb injury as well as the neck and shoulder damage.

      Your Solicitor can also seek to put forward an offer to settle the thumb/wrist injury without any medical evidence alongside settling your claim for the shoulder and neck injuries on the basis of a medical report.

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  • Nicole & Jonathan

    Myself and my partner were involved in a car accident on Friday 2nd June, we were hit from behind by a 4×4 whilst in traffic, the driver stopped and admitted liability straight away, he has asked that we deal with the damage to the car privately which we are in the process of giving him the chance to pay for this before we go through the insurance.

    immediately after the incident myself and my partner felt pain in our necks and suffered headaches for the rest of the day. Since the incident we have both has sore backs/ necks, we have been taking pain killers for this.

    Can we make a claim ?

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    • Ian Morris

      Thank you for your question. This is a nice and easy one to answer in that yes, you are both fully entitled to pursue a claim for compensation as a result of the injuries you sustained in the car accident last Friday.

      It does not matter (at this stage) if you have not yet seen a GP or been to an NHS clinic for treatment regarding the injuries, but it would be a good idea to present for medical treatment at some stage. Of course, the only way you can pursue a claim for injury compensation for the symptoms you describe (which sounds like typical road traffic accident soft tissue injuries such as whiplash etc) would be by instructing a No Win No Fee solicitor to act for you. This would see you having to pursue a claim against the 3rd party drivers insurance.

      I appreciate that you are allowing the 3rd party driver the chance to pay for your vehicle damage personally, most likely as they wish to protect their No Claims Bonus or Insurance Premiums. Of course, if you opt to pursue a claim for the injuries their insurers will be aware and as such, his desire to pay for your vehicle repairs may be reduced.

      That said, there is no need for you to place concerns as to his situation ahead of your own needs or injuries. Claiming compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident can assist in more ways than simply receiving a financial settlement for the injuries or losses sustained. If you win your claim (and on the basis of what you have said, there is every chance that you would succeed), you can claim compensation for the injuries, recover any costs or expenses and also look to access rehabilitation therapies (physiotherapy, osteopathy etc) at the cost of the 3rd party and this has been proven to greatly increase recovery times.

      We’d love to assist you with a claim for compensation and have some of the best Road Traffic Accident compensation solicitors working for our clients.

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  • Nadine

    Last year I was on a bus on my way to work I was sat at front of the bus where the single seat is with the glass, it had been raining most of that morning and previous night so roads were a little slippy, the driver had drove towards some traffic lights and car in front didn’t put it’s hazard/break lights on in enough time for the driver to see that she was stopping. Anyways he ended up trying to break as quickly as possible and we crashed into the back of her and as that happened my face smacked of the glass in front of the seat and really hurt my cheek bone and mouth to the point of having headaches. I had a little whiplash but did not seek medical help as I know whiplash isn’t really treated and couldn’t afford the time off work to go could I still claim for being injured without seeking medical help?

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    • Ian Morris

      A claimant does not have to have sought medical treatment for their injuries in order to succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation, but as you will appreciate, having medical evidence such as Doctors records in place does help a Solicitor when it comes to demonstrating the severity of an injury.

      In your case, you can still look to pursue a claim for compensation for the injuries you sustained and this is something we would be happy to assist you with.

      The strength of your case will rest on a few different factors, but one of them will be proving that you were on the bus at the time of the collision. Hopefully the bus driver took your details at the time or you subsequently contacted the bus company to report the details of the accident and any physical injuries you were suffering from? Our article on bus accident claims goes into more detail.

      We look forward to assisting you.

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  • Emma Hopkins

    Hi, I had an accident on Friday (today is Monday) as another driver drove into the back of me as I was stationary waiting to turn right into a car park. The driver admitted responsibility for the accident and apologised, my car had a scratch on it and at the time myself & my car passengers felt fine but since Sunday evening my left shoulder and my neck/back have been hurting me really bad , I tried today on several occasions to call my gp but the line was very busy , I am ringing again tomorrow to get an appointment as I need it to be looked at. Me and the other driver didn’t exchange insurance details or anything although I did make a note of the registration number and make & model of the other drivers car, and I thought that would be the end of it but since getting this trouble with my shoulder & neck I’m wondering if I have a claim ? I personally think it’s a bad case of whiplash but will wait for my gp to confirm that.
    Thanks for your help

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    • Ian Morris

      What you describe, is very much in keeping with a vast majority of our claimants who have been involved in accidents like yours. When people have car accidents like yours, they often feel fine at the time and don’t feel any symptoms of injury at all. However, with whiplash related injuries, it is often the case that symptoms start to present 24-48 hours later and in the way you describe – painful shoulders, upper back and soreness in the neck area.

      You have done the right thing in terms of taking a note of the registration number of the 3rd party vehicle. Of course, you may wish to inform your insurers about the damage to your car and they can then deal with that. I would however, keep any injury claim separate – your insurers can handle this, but experience shows us that claimants get a better outcome when using a specialist injury compensation solicitor to manage such matters.

      We would be very happy to help you make a claim for whiplash compensation as a result of this road traffic accident. We could also do the same for any of the passengers – if they are suffering in a similar way to yourself.

      May I suggest that you call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss this in detail, explain the claims process and help you get this up and running.

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  • Blaine Carline

    Hi. I was in a car accident 2 weeks ago in my works van, a woman drove out of a junction I was passing and hit the side of the van at about 30-40 mph. I was quite shook up at the time and felt no injuries, up until recently. I’m getting pain in my back especially in the mornings and evenings but haven’t seen a doctor yet. I’ve been self medicating just to take the edge off so its more comfortable to go to work. I’m going to the doctors asap and wondered if I’m in a position to make some sort of claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can definitely pursue a claim for compensation here. The fact that you have self-medicated for 2 weeks is totally understandable and something we are used to seeing. The common symptoms from Road Traffic Accidents such as yours often don’t appear for a few days after the accident and then become steadily worse before they become better.

      You should go to the GP as soon as possible, but don’t delay making your claim for compensation. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Ross Little

    Hi, I was at Homebase when I picked up a paving slab that was on a rack ‘at head height’. The slab crumbled and a large piece crashed onto my head narrowly missing my young daughter who was standing beside me. I was left with a bump and some reddening to my head and face. I was left in pain and shock. The accident was recorded in the stores accident report book and I took photos of my injuries. However I did not attend the doctors, I just self medicated with paracetamol and Ibuprofen. I already had a couple of days off from work due to annual leave booked and in place so I didn’t need to take any time off sick from my employment.
    I have a copy of the accident report and photos of the injury.
    The incident occurred in July 2015, it is now February 2017. Can I still claim and is it likely to succeed?
    Thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      From what you have said, I think you’d have every chance of succeeding with a claim for compensation on this one. Although you have self-medicated and not seen a GP, the accident book entry you made at the time plus the supporting photographs you have will prove matters.

      As your accident happened in July 2015, you have until July 2018 to pursue the claim. Whilst there is still plenty of time left, I would recommend that you don’t leave it much longer.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Jessica

    I was in a car accident on the 23/08/16, women hit me from behind while I was sitting in traffic. Wasn’t going very fast about 5 miles but then she drove off. I got her number plate and she accepted responsibility and I have just had the bump fixed. I was asked at the time if me or any of my passengers received any injury. I answered no; but since about a week after the accident I have slowly been getting a pain in my shoulder and back which gets worse of an evening; someone advised it could be whiplash. Can I still put in a claim a month after accident when I already said there was no injury? As you can see I am writing this message at 2.45am as struggling to sleep. I have not seen a doctor and have been self medicating as I have not had the time due to my son having lots of hospital appointments and CT scans unrelated to the accident and I am also my mums full time carer.

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    • Ian Morris

      What you state is a common occurrence when it comes to injuries manifesting themselves after a Road Traffic Accident in that it is often the case that the symptoms that come from injuries such as whiplash develop in the days and weeks after the initial incident that caused them.

      What is key here is that you reported the accident to your insurers and have had your damaged vehicle repaired. This confirms that there was a collision and that the collision was of sufficient force to damage your vehicle and therefore cause you injury. We would be very happy to assist you with a claim for whiplash injury compensation and have some really expert solicitors who can help you with this. Another benefit of claiming whiplash compensation is that we may well be able to obtain some really good rehabilitation therapies for you.

      Given that the person who caused this accident has already admitted liability, it should be a straight forward matter to succeed with your claim and we have every confidence that our specialist whiplash solicitors would settle your claim in your favour.

      We look forward to helping you.

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