Do I need to go to my doctor to claim personal injury?
The same principle as attending hospital applies to going to your doctor, usually this would be your GP. If you believe that you need to seek the advice, or if you are in any doubt at all, then we strongly recommend that you do go and see your GP.
It is true that the attendance upon a doctor does sometimes assist with evidencing certain incidents, say, a tripping incident in public where there is no CCTV to record the incident or staff to complete an accident report form. Your attendance upon a doctor would quiet certain cynical insurers who may require more proof than just a video of the defect you have fallen down, before they are willing to settle your claim for personal injury.
It can also assist if you are injured by going to your doctor as they may be able to refer you to other services such as physiotherapy which can speed up your recovery. Every Claimant has a duty to “mitigate their loss” which means they must minimise their injuries and any financial losses. By failing to seek medical assistance or undergo rehabilitation, there are occasions where the fault party could raise allegations of your not mitigating your losses properly.