27 March 2015
Injury! Where to go: Minor Injury Unit or A&E?
Ouch! You’ve just suffered an injury. So, as most people would, you ring up your GP. However you cannot get an appointment that day. What should you do?
Many think that the next thing to do would be to walk into A&E but depending on the type of injury, it might not be the most appropriate place and if it’s busy you could be in for a long wait if you are not a priority patient.
Did you know you can go to a Minor Injury Unit? They deal with lots of minor illnesses as well as injuries such as wounds, cuts and bruises, and muscle or joint injuries. A Minor Injury Unit can suture, pull things out of your ears and even glue wounds together! Some minor injury units have x-rays and many have staff who can prescribe medication.
By not going into Accident and Emergency you will help alleviate the pressure on your A&E department and potentially be saving yourself and the hospital valuable time. Minor injury units are also a place where people can go to get medical advice, so if they cannot help you with your injury or illness themselves they can signpost you to the relevant place to receive treatment.
We all know that when you have been injured you should receive medical attention as soon as possible but not everyone knows that if you have suffered an injury through no fault of your own you should get legal advice from Personal Injury Lawyers.
In order to get the compensation you might very well need to cover loss of earnings, medication or rehabilitation costs remember to take photographs of the injury and of the site at which you were injured. Try to get the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least two witnesses and of course get a written note from a medical professional. With this supporting evidence you have the best chances of making a successful personal injury claim.
The expert Personal Injury Lawyers at Slater and Gordon UK work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for people injured in accidents through no fault of their own.
For a free consultation call us 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will call you.
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