Why Is Rehabilitation So Important To Medical Negligence Cases?
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) recently re-launched their Best Practice Guide to Rehabilitation at their annual conference.
As your solicitors, it is our job to ensure that the cost of rehabilitation is included as part of your compensation award
Solicitors need to be Holistic
Rehabilitation is a significant aspect of most personal injury
cases, early intervention in the claims process allows the injured person to make the best and quickest recovery.
Depending upon the severity of your injury, you may require assessment by a care expert, which is usually an Occupational Therapist (OT)
. The OT is best placed to identify your functional abilities and disabilities. The fact that OT's are trained in medicine, surgery
and in psychiatry
places them in an ideal position to assess this.
The OT can advise on the most suitable aids and equipment that will maximise your functional ability and can justify the need, cost and replacement requirements. The retrospective and future care and assistance can then be calculated for the activities that remain difficult.
The care can be justified based on the functional assessment and the aids and equipment that can be used to maximise independence.
It may also be identified that you would benefit from the input of a case manager
. A case manager's role is to help you to identify your goals and needs, to help you to become
as independent as possible and to improve your quality of life. This can include assisting families to move to accessible accommodation, purchase suitable equipment and gradually build a care regime.
Thinking holistically about your after care and rehabilitation is one of the key qualities you should look out for in your solicitor. They will be with you from start to finish, ensuring you're happy with the service and that you're getting the recompense that you are entitled to
Rehabilitation as Part of Compensation
If your case has already been brought to a close and you strongly believe that your solicitor did not take into account the long-term effects of your accident, then you may be a victim of negligence
. This is something we've recently seen an increase in, and it's time solicitors started thinking more comprehensively about the services they provide to their clients, at Simpson Millar LLP we're already ahead of the trend.