If the defendant admits liability, then your Personal Injury Solicitor will obtain your medical records and arrange for you to be examined by a suitable medical expert. The expert will review your records, examine you and write a medico-legal report. This is a report written by a doctor or another health professional for legal proceedings. It is an important document because it will be used to value your physical or psychological injury. If you have multiple injuries, it may be appropriate for you to be examined by more than one type of expert.
The type of medical expert will depend upon your injury, for example, if you have broken bones, then an orthopaedic surgeon would be appropriate, and if you’ve suffered scarring, a plastic surgeon would be instructed.
Any costs relating to the medical reports will be submitted as part of your damages claim against the person responsible for your injury.
If liability is denied, we will expect the defendant to explain why they deny liability and to provide documents in support of their denial. These documents may include accident reports, risk assessments and maintenance records. Your Personal Injury Solicitor will review the denial and any documents and will then advise you fully as to the merits of the denial. Denying liability doesn’t mean that your Personal Injury Solicitor can’t proceed with a claim for compensation. If your Personal Injury Solicitor is happy that there are reasonable prospects of success, they will proceed with your case.
Once medical evidence is obtained, your Personal Injury Solicitor will provide you with a copy of the medical expert’s report. Sometimes an expert can provide a final prognosis in the first report, but often, especially where injuries are more serious or symptoms are ongoing, treatment and further reports will be recommended.
Your Personal Injury Solicitor will be able to advise you more fully once the first medical report is obtained. It isn’t unusual in cases involving serious injury for your Solicitor to obtain a number of reports from experts in several different specialisms.