People who sustain injuries would rather not have been injured at all and one of the main concerns they may have is will they receive the support to live their lives as independently and fully as possible.
Rehabilitation plays a vital role when you have sustained an injury and should be considered in all cases whether it is a minor or life changing injury.
The aim of rehabilitation is to assist the injured person in restoring lost skills and regain independence. Early intervention by rehabilitation professionals and an experienced personal injury solicitor is vital as it will allow maximum benefit to be achieved and ensure that all your needs are identified.
In most cases, insurance companies recognise the importance of rehabilitation to help you, as the injured person, achieve an optimal outcome sooner rather than later. This means that you may be able to claim the costs incurred through rehabilitation from your insurance company, or it may be covered by the third party’s insurance. Your personal injury solicitor will be able to give you all the information you need to know on what you are entitled to when processing your personal injury claim for compensation.
Types of Rehabilitation
In minor cases, rehabilitation often consists of physiotherapy and psychological treatment.
In more serious cases involving orthopaedic injuries, which are any injuries which affect the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles, rehabilitation can include treatments which include, but are not limited to:
- Psychological therapy
- Domestic help at home
- Support in returning to work
In such cases, as the injured party, you may engage the service of a case manager to lead the rehabilitation and arrange treatment on your behalf.
In severe cases with catastrophic life changing injuries, such as brain injury, limb loss or spinal cord injury, rehabilitation is substantial to cater for complex needs. The rehabilitation often includes the above, and consideration is given to the following:
- Accommodation needs
- Prosthetic needs
- Aids and equipment
- Support workers/carers
- Speech and Language therapists
- Neuropsychology needs
- Transport needs
In these severe cases, there will almost always be a case manager with experience of dealing with catastrophic injuries. A case manager engages in managing both the therapists and the needs of the injured person.
At the outset of any personal injury claim, it is important to instruct a specialist solicitor so that they may assess your claim and investigate rehabilitation on your behalf. At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, our specialist team of personal injury lawyers are experienced in bringing a wide range of claims.
Author, Ifrah Ahmed, is a solicitor in the Personal Injury department and a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) who specialises in claims on behalf of individuals who have sustained serious injuries arising from road traffic collisions, accidents at work and accident in public places. Her expertise includes, but is not limited to, traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries.
For expert advice call Ifrah on 020 3114 1215 or email her at email@example.com.
Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors
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