What to expect at a medical appointment

What will happen before my appointment?

Before attending a medical appointment, we would recommend keeping a diary of your symptoms and problems. They will be clear in your mind whilst they are there, but soon fade when they are gone, for example; If you have ever had a headache, have you been able to remember when it stopped?

You should also seek treatment for any on-going symptoms and visit your GP so that a clear record is documented in your records. This will help your recovery but be sure to keep a record of any medication you have taken in your diary.

What should I do at the appointment?

If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment, you must let your solicitor know as soon as possible.

DO give a full description of your injury
DO explain how your injury affects you
DO explain any effect on your job, home life, hobbies and any other activities
DO volunteer information – you will not be asked leading questions
DO make sure that you have been understood

DON’T be shy or afraid to say what problems you have
DON’T rely on the expert knowing your problems or asking you direct questions
DON’T answer any questions that you do not fully understand – if in doubt, ask!

Key points to remember:

  • What caused the injury?
  • Where is my pain?
  • Do I have pain in more than one area?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how painful is my injury?
  • How long after the accident did my pain begin?
  • Has my pain got better over time?
  • Did I attend my GP or hospital after the accident?
  • Have I had any treatment since the accident?
  • Have I been restricted in any activities such as lifting?
  • Have I had any time off work?
  • Have I needed care and assistance since the accident?
  • Are there other restrictions caused by my injury?
  • Keep a diary of your symptoms and the effect they have on your life
  • Seek treatment for your injuries and keep doing so until they resolve
  • Attend your appointment or let us know if you can’t
  • Tell the expert everything that troubles you
  • Visit the GP so that your injuries and concerns are documented within your records

Throughout the entire process, if you are contacted by someone regarding your case, you should refer them to your solicitor straight away.