A recent Court judgment has changed the amount of financial compensation for minor car accident victims. You can now claim compensation for whiplash injuries (neck, back, shoulder) and non-whiplash injuries (rest of the body).

Most of these are low-speed accidents with minor or almost no visible damage to the vehicle.

This ruling has a profound effect on the amount of compensation for the people who are suffering from these injuries. It also affects the amount of car insurance premiums that we all pay.

This means my role as an independent medicolegal expert opinion has now become ever more indispensable.

So, what is my role as a medico-legal expert?

I do not act as your lawyer or provide a legal opinion.

I do not assess or talk about how much compensation you will receive. That is for the Court, which has the absolute power to award damages.

If you had a road traffic accident, I examine you and provide my independent medical opinion.

My medicolegal opinion is wholly independent, and my duty is to the Court and NOT to your lawyers or insurance company who are paying my professional fees.

So, I have to balance my duty as a doctor towards you and to the Court, which relies on my expertise.

And the only way I can do this is by being robust and forensic in my analysis of the accident, your injuries, and recovery process and making recommendations for a speedy recovery.

If you have injured your neck or back in a rear-end shunt but also sustained injuries to the knees, elbows, shoulders, chest or any other body parts, then it is up to you as a claimant to provide all the facts.

  • You can take photos of the injured part that show the bruising or swelling to these body parts and bring them to the medical appointment.
  • You can also maintain a symptom diary or journal to help me understand your recovery or the lack of recovery.
  • If you have visited a GP, hospital or physiotherapist, ask for a copy of your visit record. Your medical information is your property, and you own it.

The long and short of this, If you are claiming pain and suffering due to the car accident, then the onus is on you to present all medical facts to me.The most common question I get is: Is there a lot of fraud? This one is difficult for me to answer as this is a criminal matter beyond my expertise.
I am a doctor and not a detective.

The Good Medical Practice guidelines dictate that I treat each patient respectfully and without any bias or discrimination.

I want to empower you as a patient and your legal team through my expertise and reliable medico-legal opinion.

If your legal team would like to instruct me, please email hazel.medicogb@gmail.com or call us on 07308 657 477.

The Winter weather creates hazardous driving conditions every year, with ice and snow making it even more challenging. A study from car insurance provider Admiral revealed that November, December, and January have the highest reported car insurance claims. This is likely to result from the changing weather, the poor road conditions, and unprepared drivers.

Although you can take precautions to stay safe, by driving slower and remaining alert, there is a greater risk of experiencing an injury in a sudden impact crash.

So, what are the best steps to take if you find yourself injured in a road accident – and it wasn’t your fault?

The Winter road accidents stats

The Admiral study involved 2,000 drivers, and found almost a quarter of UK motorists have been involved in a car accident after driving in severe winter weather. With freezing temperatures, there is more danger – with one in ten motorists saying they have been involved in a car accident caused by black ice on the roads.

There are about 400,000 rear-end shunts (collisions) each year in the UK, accounting for 27% of all road traffic accidents. Rear-end collisions account for about 75% of all bodily injury claims in accidents – usually resulting from whiplash for the occupants of the vehicle that was struck from behind. Traffic collisions can also cause back strain, sprained shoulders, wrists and ankles, neck injuries and concussion. As it takes up to 10 times longer to stop on snow and ice than it does on dry pavement, it is unsurprising that the claims increase in the Winter months.

How do you know if you have whiplash?

If you have been involved in a serious car accident, you should call an ambulance or head to A&E immediately. If there is a minor injury, and you are experiencing extreme pain, discomfort, or any concerning symptoms, then get it checked by your GP.

One of the most common injuries in road accidents is whiplash, and it is one that should be treated quickly as it can result in long-term damage, chronic pain.

However, symptoms of whiplash can take longer to appear – even a day or two after the accident occurred. The symptoms of whiplash include stiffness and pain in the neck, back or arms, headache, dizziness, and/or nausea. If you start to experience these symptoms, you can contact an expert to help you with your whiplash injury claim.

Make a claim through the OIC

If you are aged over 18 and have been involved in an accident in England or Wales that was not your fault, you can make a claim through the OIC. This free service is available for anyone that has suffered a minor personal injury, even without legal help.

You will need to provide information about the accident including when it took place and where it happened. The OIC will then pass your claim on to the insurance company of the driver that is responsible for the accident. Then, you will need to appoint a medical expert to assess your injuries and write up a medical report.

After an investigation, if the accident is deemed to be the driver’s fault, a compensation offer will be provided which you can accept or decline. Once you accept the offer, payment will be arranged, and the claim will be closed.

Select a Whiplash injury claims expert

Dr Sahir Shaikh is a MedCo accredited expert, available to help patients make a claim without legal representation through the Official Injury Claim (OIC) organisation. He is the only medical expert in the UK to have completed Advanced training in Whiplash Injury Biomechanics from San Diego, USA.

If Dr Sahir Shaikh is the medical expert selected by MedCo, then you can book a consultation within 15 minutes of using the OIC portal.

To get in touch after making a claim, information about medical examinations and for other useful policy information you can visit https://www.d2expert.org.uk/drshaikh/

Menopause brings with it a whole host of unpleasant, and often debilitating symptoms. Fluctuating hormone levels don’t just wreak havoc on your mental wellbeing, they also cause a range of physical symptoms too.

Here, we look at some of the common physical symptoms of menopause, and what you can do to ease them.

What are common physical symptoms of menopause?

Though the symptoms of menopause can differ from person to person, many women report the same physical experiences. Some of the most common physical symptoms include:

  • Hot flushes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle aches and joint pains
  • Weight gain
  • Skin changes

These are just a small number of physical symptoms you may develop. While medications can help to manage some of the symptoms listed, they too often come with their own side effects. There has been a significant rise in HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) prescriptions, as women try to get their symptoms under control. While the drug is highly effective, concern over its safety for long-term use has been raised.

Medications do have a place in menopause treatment, but they certainly aren’t a patient’s only option.

Physio to ease symptoms of menopause

Did you know that some of the physical symptoms of the menopause can be successfully managed with physiotherapy and other alternative methods? Whether you have lingering muscle and aches and pains, or you need help to shift menopausal weight gain, clinics such as OnHealth can help.

A trained physiotherapist can help you eliminate aches and pains, as well as improve your sleep. They can also advise you on any lifestyle modifications you could make to help better manage the symptoms.

If you are struggling to lose weight, a physiotherapist can also provide one-on-one psychological sessions, alongside training classes to help. They will get to the root of the problem, before working with you to create a weight management plan.

For those struggling with sleep deprivation, OnHealth offers acupuncture as an effective way to promote muscle relaxation. In fact, one Danish study found that five weeks of acupuncture in women with menopausal symptoms reduced hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and emotional problems.

Get fast and effective treatment for physical symptoms today

Like any condition, the symptoms of menopause can be better controlled if you catch them early. When you are going through the menopause, you are also at risk of developing other, more serious illnesses. Undergoing ovarian and cervical cancer testing for example, is crucial for those over the age of 65.

Don’t let the physical symptoms of menopause get you down. The experts at OnHealth can provide support and help with effective, natural treatments for menopause as well as ways to monitor and check your health, so that you can get on with enjoying living life to the full. Contact them today by calling 0344 576 1679 or email hello@on-health.co.uk .

If you have suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim. However, without legal representation, it can feel incredibly daunting and complex. Where do you turn and how does the process work?

Dr Sahir is a MedCo accredited DME (Direct Medical Expert) available to provide medical opinion for the claimants who would like to make a claim without legal representation through the Official Injury Claim (OIC) organisation.

Dr Sahir Shaikh has been providing medico-legal reports for over 20 years. He is one of the few medical experts in the UK to have completed advanced training in Whiplash Injury Biomechanics from the USA. He has several consulting venues across England and Wales.

Making a claim through the Official Injury Claim organisation

You can make a claim through the OIC if you have suffered a minor personal injury, even without legal help. The process is free, and available to those who:

  • Are over 18
  • Believe the accident or injury wasn’t their fault
  • Suffered the injury after 31st May 2021
  • Had the accident in England or Wales
  • Suffered a minor injury costing £5000 or less

You will need to provide information about the accident including when it took place and where it happened. The OIC will then pass your claim on to the insurance company of the driver you think is responsible for the accident. They will investigate the claim and you will need to appoint a medical expert to assess your injuries. Your appointed medical expert will write up a medical report.

If the accident is deemed to be the driver’s fault, a compensation offer will be provided. You can accept or decline this offer. Once you accept the offer, payment will be arranged, and the claim will be closed.

Why a medical report is important

Medical report provides proof of your injuries, as well as give an estimation of how long they will take to heal. They state when the injuries occurred, alongside the cause.
On 31 May 2021, the rules for claiming for a whiplash injury were reformed. Now, patients need to provide medical reports from accredited medical experts to assist in their claim. This is to help eliminate fraudulent claims.

Your medical report will determine how much compensation you are offered if the other driver is found to be at fault.

If the at-fault insurer accepts liability for the accident. Additionally, they will pay for the cost of the medical report. Your medical expert will be able to help you understand the report and answer any questions you may have about its contents.

How unrepresented claimants receive their medical report

The OIC claims service is integrated with MedCo. When an unrepresented claimant uses the service, medical experts and MROs are randomly selected by Medco to provide the report.

Once the search criteria have been entered and the search executed, the results screen will be displayed. If you undertake a DME search you will be presented with details of up to 7 medical experts.

If Dr Sahir Shaikh is selected in this MEDCO search, you can book a consultation within 15 minutes of using the Official Injury Claim portal.

To get in touch after making a claim, information about medical examinations, appointment availability and for other useful policy information you can visit https://www.d2expert.org.uk/drshaikh/

Ovarian cancer affects approximately 7,495 women each year according to statistics from Cancer Research. Like any form of cancer, early detection is key to successfully treating the disease.

The trouble is the early symptoms of ovarian cancer can point to a range of non-serious issues. This, alongside how quickly the symptoms can appear, makes diagnosing the condition difficult.

Tennis legend, Chris Evert, has recently revealed her battle with ovarian cancer and is hoping to raise awareness of early detection. Her cancer was caught in Stage 1, giving her an excellent prognosis for recovery. After receiving chemotherapy and undergoing a hysterectomy, there is now a 80% chance that the cancer won’t reoccur.

In today’s post, we look at the challenges associated with early ovarian cancer detection, and the options women have in order to try and catch the disease as early as possible.

What are the early symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Early symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating, abdominal swelling, and cramping. It can also cause changes in appetite, urinary symptoms, and feeling full quickly when eating.

In some cases, patients don’t present any symptoms at all. If you do have any of these early symptoms and they occur more than 12 times in any one month, it’s a warning sign that you may have cancer.

Initially, the symptoms are mild, but they will grow in severity the longer they are left untreated. More advanced signs of ovarian cancer include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Ascites
  • Constipation

Again, even in advanced ovarian cancer cases, patients may not always present symptoms.

Why is ovarian cancer hard to detect in its early stages?

There are a few reasons why ovarian cancer is hard to detect in its early stages. The main one is that the symptoms can link to a range of other, less serious conditions. Some patients also don’t present with any symptoms at all until the cancer has advanced. Screening tests used for cervical cancer, such as a Pap test or HPV (human papillomavirus) test aren’t effective tests for ovarian cancer.

Being aware of the risk factors of ovarian cancer can help you to seek out an earlier diagnosis. In general, those who are aged 60 or over, or who have a family history of reproductive cancer, are most at risk.

If you have any of the early or advanced symptoms, it’s important to get checked over by a doctor. Even if you don’t have any of the increased risk factors, speaking to your doctor will at the very least ease your mind. They will conduct a pelvic exam and may recommend other tests to make a diagnosis. After this, if your tests suggest that you have ovarian cancer, you will be referred to a gynecologic oncologist that is specially trained in treating cancers of the female reproductive system.

What options do you have for early ovarian cancer detection?

Seeking an early diagnosis can be tricky, but there are options available. On Health has recently partnered with Datar Cancer Genetics Limited to offer early detection blood tests. Known as Trucheck, the simple blood test is able to detect up to 70 different types of cancer. By catching ovarian cancer early, there is a high chance of survival.

To find out more about this non-invasive screening method, contact Dr Sahir today.

Onhealth, the Nationwide health and wellness service, is now offering cancer screening tests. And you can book your home screening test online, now!

This simple blood test can detect over 70 different forms of cancer, including breast, non-small cell lung cancer, colorectal, and prostate cancers.

By catching cancer at its earliest stages, it can be treated early, so there is a much greater chance of successful treatment. Extensive clinical trials have demonstrated Trucheck’s effectiveness as a yearly blood test. This means millions of lives can be saved each year.

Your Home Screening test is an easy 3-step process:

  1. Select Your Test – by visiting the Onhealth website here (https://on-health.co.uk/services/cancer-screening#packages-and-prices) to receive your test kit by post
  2. Book Your Blood Test – your blood-taking clinician (phlebotomist) will contact you to arrange a date and time for you to do your test at a local pharmacy. After the test your blood will be sent to a specialist Trucheck™ lab for analysis
  3. Receive Your Results – an Onhealth doctor will receive your results within 10 working days and will arrange a time to talk through your results with you

For more information contact Dr Sahir today.

A new state-of-the-art blood test that uses Trucheck™ technology to detect and characterise cancer cells, will be a ‘game-changer’ for breast cancer screening. These are the words of breast cancer surgeon Professor Kefah Mokbel of London breast institute at Princess Grace Hospital, who was involved in researching the pioneering blood test. He told the Mail on Sunday in a recent interview,

“The blood test results, (published in the journal Cancers) represent a pivotal step towards extending early breast cancer detection beyond the current screening age and to women not participating in the current screening programmes.”


What is a Trucheck blood test?

Trucheck is a blood test that detects the existence of over 70 types of cancers. It is a unique blood test that detects and characterises circulating tumour cells ( CTC’s) and clusters. This is not intended to be a replacement for any Standard of Care screening tests. But, it can catch cancer in its earliest stages and provides an accurate detail of the location of the tumour in the body.

Trucheck has undergone extensive clinical validations involving more than 40,000 participants. Helping to catch cancer in its very early stages, Trucheck is a more comfortable, non-invasive screening method. Importantly, it could benefit millions of women in the UK.

The advantages of a blood test for detecting breast cancer

Women in England are invited for their first breast screening at 50, but recent reports showed that many women are not attending their appointment. Importantly, of the 10,000 yearly cases of breast cancer, a fifth of those diagnosed are women in their 40s. However, mammograms are relatively poor at spotting tumours in the dense breast tissue found among these younger women. This means that cancer is going undetected for under-50s, giving it a chance to spread. This delay makes it far more life-threatening and difficult to treat.

So how could a Trucheck Blood Test help?

♥ Simple blood test that detects circulating cancer tumour cells!

  • ✓ 92% detection of breast cancer
  • ✓ 5% higher detection than mammography
  • ✓ 100% detection in stage 3 and 4
  • ✓ 96% detection for Stage 2
  • ✓ 89% accuracy for stage 1
  • ✓ 70% accuracy in Stage 0, where there are pre-cancerous lesions that could develop into cancer..

And this isn’t just good news for millions of women, as a more accurate and convenient alternative to their annual mammogram, but it will also be able to screen for multiple other cancers. This is currently being tested and studied further, but it could even form part of a yearly health check – that could be conducted in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

If you have any questions about the new Trucheck blood test, please contact Dr Sahir today.

During the midst of the pandemic, the healthcare sector was forced to focus on emergency treatment and procedures only. This meant standard services, such as breast cancer screening, were put on the backburner.

While breast cancer screening rates are gradually starting to increase, experts are worried about the impact COVID has had on screening referrals. Here, we will look at why there has been a drop in referrals for this crucial service, and why it remains imperative for women to undergo a breast cancer check.

Pandemic saw 44.1% decrease in breast cancer screening

A new report published by NHS Digital has revealed that the number of women aged over 45 being screened for breast cancer between 2020 and 2021 dropped by 44.1%.

A total of 1.19 million women were screened for breast cancer between April 2020 and March 2021. This is compared to 2.12 million women the year prior. While the restriction on services put in place during the pandemic certainly contributed to the figures, it isn’t the only factor that caused a reduction in rates.

According to the report, uptake of routine invitations also dropped to a staggering 61.8%. This is the lowest figure since records began, prompting concern within the sector. Throughout the reporting period, around 7000 fewer cases of breast cancer were detected through screening compared to the previous year.

Other factors impacting breast cancer screening rates

It isn’t just the pandemic that has led to fewer women attending breast cancer screening. As highlighted in the report, many women who were invited to be screened chose not to attend their appointment.

The reasons cited for non-attendance range from fear, to believing the test isn’t relevant. There is no denying some women can find the screening experience uncomfortable. This, alongside the potential embarrassment, has contributed to the lower screening rate.

The importance of early breast cancer screening

The drop in breast cancer screening rates is causing concern over missed diagnosis. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, accounting for around 15% of cancer cases in the UK. When treated early, patients have a good chance of survival. If caught in the later stages, the prognosis is greatly reduced.

For women who are worried about how uncomfortable the screening may be, there is an alternative. On Health has partnered with Datar Cancer Genetics Limited to offer a blood test for early cancer screening. Trucheck is a blood test for early detection of over 70 types of cancers. This unique test detects and characterises circulating tumour cells ( CTC’s) and clusters. Trucheck has undergone extensive clinical validations involving more than 40,000 participants. Helping to catch cancer in its very early stages, Trucheck is a more comfortable, non-invasive screening method that could benefit millions of women in the UK.

Take the first step toward cancer free life and contact Dr Sahir today.

Dr Sahir has brokered a strategic partnership between Datar Cancer Genetics Limited, a World-leading molecular oncology facility, and Onhealth, a nationwide health and wellness service with 24/7 support, to offer liquid biopsy cancer screening tests. The new FDA-approved liquid biopsy is a type of blood test that can detect cancer in its earliest stages.

As a passionate champion of cancer screening, Dr Sahir is proud to be one of the first medical experts to offer these innovative tests. He encourages employers to get on-board and implement cancer screening for their staff as an employee benefit.

“As a clinical lead , I am excited to offer my medical expertise to those we will take these blood tests. And in the event of a positive test , we will be able to ‘sign post’ you to the appropriate oncology service,” he said.


Did you know you have the legal right to request access to your medical records? Thousands of patients don’t realise that they can demand to see the information collected and stored in their file.

Providing access to patient records doesn’t just help patients themselves, it also benefits doctors. Here, we will look at why better access to records is important and how Dr Sahir is aiming to tackle current issues with the development of a new digital app.

Why improving patient access to records is important

Access to patient records is important. It helps patients become more involved in their care, and provides evidence if something were to go wrong.

Patients should be fully involved in their care. But, that can be difficult when they don’t have access to their records. Patients should know exactly what their care plan involves and what notes the healthcare practitioner has made. Otherwise, they won’t know if there are any errors or issues with their treatment.

Allowing patients access to their records also potentially helps doctors and healthcare professionals too. It provides transparency and helps to ensure patients are receiving the best level of care. Additionally, it allows patients to question care plans, and request second opinions.

If something were to go wrong, patient records can give an accurate idea of whether any errors were made. A good example of this is the recent NHS maternity scandal.

Serious failures at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust were identified after 1486 families experienced 1592 clinical incidents. These were only discovered after the families of two babies who died at the hospital sought answers into the care they received.

Medical record access comes under review

New research has been carried out to review medical record access, identifying a total of 4929 ethical studies and 3954 empirical studies. It revealed that the current method of giving information to patients verbally is insufficient.

There is a need for digital access to records, allowing patients to view their information as and when they need to. However, the latest research also showed that simply allowing access without providing a summary or explanation would also be insufficient.

The conclusion of the review was that there needs to be an agreement over the type of information that is shared. The gap in digital record sharing also needs to be addressed.

The medical record culture is already shifting internationally. In the US, the 21st Century Cures Act will be enforced in October 2022. This Act includes a strong emphasis on providing patients access to their electronic health information that is ‘easy to understand, secure and updated automatically.’

This is why, right now, Dr Sahir is working on a new app to help improve access to patient records.

New app in development to help improve access to records

To help patients gain easier access to their records, Dr Sahir is developing a new app that will bridge the gap in digital access. The goal is to empower patients and help them to understand the type of information they can access.

While the app is still in development, once launched it could help to revolutionise the way patients access and understand their medical records.