Brain Injury Case Managers are a network of specialised professionals often with a qualification in nursing or occupational therapy who are trained to work with people who have sustained a brain injury, or similar condition. They are usually appointed by a solicitor and their primary role is to co-ordinate the services, treatment and rehabilitation needed to serve the affected person’s individual needs.
When they commence their role, one of their first jobs is to compile a report of recommendations of what medical treatment, rehabilitation, other aids, adaptations and support might be needed and then provide the costings for them. This initial report is known as an Assessment of Needs.
The Initial Assessment of Needs report is a really important report which is a first step in identifying the rehabilitation and care needs of a person who has suffered a brain injury. This report is used to access our clients the earliest possible access to rehabilitation and to request an early interim payment from the party responsible for the accident to fund the treatment.
The Case Manager is somebody the injured person and their family gets to spend a lot of time with and so it is important that the Case Manager is a good fit. At Simpson Millar our specialist brain injury solicitors take time to carefully select a Case Manager who we think our client and their family are going to relate to and work well with to ensure maximum benefit from the rehabilitation. In some instances, the rehabilitation and support continues with funding from damages obtained as part of the settlement to fund ongoing Case Management for life, and so this is why it is so important that the client and their family are involved in their choice of which Case Manager to appoint so we can find the best match.