What is Rehabilitation?
Access to effective Rehabilitation is of prime importance for many people who suffer a personal injury but is often overlooked as part of a personal injury claim. This can hinder the prospects of a good recovery and also reduce the level of compensation recovered. Rehabilitation can assist in relatively minor personal injury claims as well as those involving injuries of maximum severity.
The aim of Rehabilitation is to help a person who has suffered an injury to restore lost skills and to regain maximum self-sufficiency and independence and this can often be achieved by:
- Identifying and providing appropriate medical treatment and therapy to aid recovery
- Identifying and providing additional aids and resources to help injured people return to normality so far as this may be possible
Rehabilitation can take many forms for example:
- Provision of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, counselling or sometimes more intensive medical treatment
- Provision of transport and more suitable housing
- Provision of aids and equipment
- Retraining and help with re employment
Rehabilitation programmes are almost always required in cases involving serious injuries, for example amputation, serious burns, brain injury or spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation can also assist, even in relatively minor personal injury claims. Sintons can often obtain funding from the Defendant to pay for private rehabilitation as rehabilitation services are often either not be available through the NHS and Social Services, or waiting lists are often lengthy.
Section 4 of the Personal Injury Pre Action Protocol contains a Rehabilitation Code although this only represents a guide to best practice. It does not identify mandatory steps which either party is obliged to take. Pressure often needs to be applied to Defendants and their Insurers to comply with the code.
Early intervention by suitably highly skilled rehabilitation professionals is of paramount importance as is the assistance of an experienced personal injury compensation legal specialist with experience in rehabilitation services if maximum benefit is to be achieved and all needs identified and to ensure that the Defendant or their insurers provide funding for the appropriate level of care and assistance.
Where a Defendant will not voluntarily agree to fund Rehabilitation it may be possible to obtain an interim payment for this purpose.
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