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Why Serious Injury Should Not Be Taken Lightly.
Why Serious Injury Should Not Be Taken Lightly.

18 Apr 2024

Why Serious Injury Should Not Be Taken Lightly.

In the MedCo-Legal sector, the handling of serious injuries requires the utmost diligence and expertise, as life-altering conditions such as amputation and paralysis, through to traumatic brain and spinal injuries can have significant consequences on individuals and their families.


When recognising the gravity of these cases, it’s important to have access to the right medical experts and clinical advisory boards to navigate the complexities of serious injury claims effectively.

It is by no means an easy task, but Speed Medical are the preferred choice to help ensure that any and all serious injury cases are taken seriously, and that the very best expert support is always provided. 


What is a serious injury?

Serious injuries encompass a wide range of debilitating conditions that significantly impact an individual's quality of life and functionality.

For example, amputation, the loss of a limb, represents one of the most severe forms of injury, necessitating extensive rehabilitation and adaptive strategies for daily living. Similarly, paralysis may leave people unable to move some or all of their body, including hands, face, arms, and legs, and is a serious health issue that requires immediate medical attention.

Traumatic brain injuries can vary from a mild head injury which may cause someone to briefly go unconscious or feel dizzy or sick, through to a moderate head injury causing a period of unconsciousness of between 15 minutes and 6 hours or a period of post-traumatic amnesia lasting up to 24 hours. Severe head injury can have the most significant impact on an individual causing a patient to remain unconscious for more than 6 hours and/or lead to permanent disability and profound changes in physical and cognitive function.

Other wider types of serious injury, including:

  • Serious burns
  • Medical injuries caused by clinical negligence
  • Disfigurement
  • Bleeding
  • Eye wounds
  • And ultimately, fatal accidents


The importance of an expert medical assessment for serious injuries

In cases involving serious injury claims, accurate and comprehensive medical assessment is crucial for determining the extent of the injury, its impact on the individual's life, and the appropriate compensation.

As a result, having access to medical experts with the correct specialised knowledge and experience in treating and evaluating serious injuries, is essential for ensuring fair and equitable outcomes for all parties involved.

To us, knowledge and experience come as standard and our proactive approach to managing service delivery along with our dedication to quality ensures that all panel members are of the highest calibre, and it’s because of this that we have spent the time and dedication at Speed Medical to build up our nationwide panel of over 5000 medical experts and clinicians, which now covers all disciplines and specialisms.

However, it’s just not just a case of adding a name to a list.

In order to be accepted onto the panel, experts and clinicians must go through a strict onboarding process, whereby applicants must provide copies of qualifications, appropriate registration certificates and evidence of insurance. For those experts wishing to undertake expert witness services, additional assessment of exposure, experience and knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules is undertaken.

Our stringent recruitment process continues once a member has been accepted onto the panel, as experts are checked monthly for fitness to practice via the GMC decisions circular, as well as an annual update of CVs and insurance details.

What’s more, our expert panel are subject to quality and clinical audits each month to ensure the services delivered are of the highest clinical standard, and it’s only through the ongoing due diligence of this panel that we’re able to offer the very best in service for serious injury cases.


The role of our Clinical Advisory Boards

At Speed Medical, we recognise the critical importance this, and so front and centre to ensuring clinical governance and quality runs seamlessly throughout the company are our in-house Clinical Advisory Board.

Made up of some of the most eminent and experienced medical experts in their field, our Clinical Advisory Board are a fundamental and integral part of Speed Medical. Their role is to develop and promote the vision, values and culture of clinical governance, quality, safety, and clinical standards across the group, with a key focus to assist Speed Medical to achieve, maintain and improve upon clinical quality standards.

But the Clinical Advisory Board was created in fact, to support our panel of medical experts and customers, to advise us in the development of new services and to promote clinical leadership and engagement in continuous development and delivery.

Not only do we take real pride in hosting a Clinical Advisory Board who support our experts and customers alike, but this also allows us to ensure that each case receives thorough and objective evaluation by means of thorough, expert surveillance.


The benefits of access

Having access to specialised medical experts enables Speed Medical to provide comprehensive assessments and reports that are tailored to the unique circumstances of each case, whether it's determining the long-term prognosis for a traumatic brain injury survivor or evaluating the functional limitations resulting from a spinal cord injury.

Our network of experts ensures that all aspects of the injury are carefully considered, and by partnering with Speed Medical, legal professionals can have confidence in the integrity and reliability of the medical assessments provided.

The rigorous standards upheld by our Clinical Advisory Board guarantees that assessments are conducted impartially and in accordance with best practices in the field, and this commitment to excellence ensures that serious injury claims are handled with the sensitivity, accuracy, and expertise they deserve.


Why Speed Medical are the preferred choice

Utilising our in-house medical and legal expertise, and by assigning a dedicated case handler to each client, Speed Medical has been delivering a unique reporting service for all serious injury cases and services for over 25years.

Our service is delivered through a nationwide panel of over 2,000 credible experts, and is further supported by both our Clinical Advisory Board and dedicated case handlers. What’s more, our transparent pricing structure allows us to provide deferred payment terms as part of an industry leading approach. This includes our case handlers providing the CV's of up to 3 medical experts along with their estimated fees and turnaround times, within 5 working days of being instructed

All of this combined makes Speed Medical the ideal choice for solicitors looking to instruct an established, leading provider of medical assessments, medical treatment, and medical reports.


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