Should I contact my GP after an Accident?
You should visit your GP after an accident. Any legal or insurance questions are secondary things. The primary concern is your health and well-being. Therefore you should always make an appointment to see a GP. You just never know what damage may have been done.
It doesn’t matter about the type of accident. Whether it is a slip or fall, injury from a road traffic accident, or an accident at work, you should always see a GP. According to the NHS website, “The time it takes for symptoms to go away from a whiplash injury varies greatly by person.”
You could be suffering from an underlying injury you may not be aware of, such as a concussion. It’s easy to make an appointment and will cost you nothing.
That’s the primary reason – your HEALTH.
Let’s discuss the secondary reason. Having a medical record of the injury from the OUTSET will make any injury compensation claim much more straightforward. A solicitor doesn’t want to spend weeks or months trying to trace vague medical records on a case. The longer you leave it the less clear a case can be. An insurance company will initially dispute any claim. So it’s best to have medical records from the beginning.
DO YOU NEED TO START A CLAIM? If you’ve had an injury in the past 3 years you can still claim – you don’t need to claim through your insurer if you’ve been in a road traffic accident or fell in a public place.