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Following a major accident or injury you may have been treated at a specialist major trauma centre or major trauma unit and received specialist trauma care and rehabilitation. Following this you may also receive some level of ongoing treatment and support in the community but services, and their availability, can vary all over the country.
Boyes Turner strives to ensure, where possible, that there is continuity of rehabilitation, treatment and care throughout your personal injury claim to enable you to maximise your recovery and independence and rebuild your life.
What is rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation involves therapy and treatment to minimise the impact of disabling changes brought about by an accident or injury. The aim of rehabilitation is to help patients achieve a better level of physical and psychological function. This can include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other sorts of treatment relevant to the type of injury.
In some cases, ongoing rehabilitation may be required by individuals when they leave hospital following their accident or injury, either in other rehabilitation settings or when they return home to their community. This can involve medical and vocational/educational rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation is particularly important in situations where a serious injury has been caused such as an amputation, birth injury, brain injury, medical negligence, motorbike accident, road traffic accident or spinal injury.
When does rehabilitation start?
After the acute phase of hospital treatment following a serious injury, which is likely to involve surgery and/or monitoring and observation, patients undergo the rehabilitation phase of their recovery. This will continue until they reach a stage where they can be discharged from hospital to home or to another rehabilitation service.
It many cases, rehabilitation will be an ongoing process. Our aim as claims solicitors is to ensure that there is continuity of care and rehabilitation once a client is discharged from hospital and to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for optimal recovery and independence.
We understand that each of our clients is individual and unique and rehabilitation packages are tailored to the needs of an individual.
The timeframe for rehabilitation will very much depend on the nature and extent of the injury and the ongoing needs of the injured person. In some cases, our clients will require treatment, care and/or support for the rest of their lives. It is essential for us to ensure that the compensation we claim for our clients can cover any additional costs incurred as a result of this.
Where will rehabilitation take place?
After your inpatient rehabilitation in hospital, you may need to go to another inpatient rehabilitation service to continue your recovery and equip you for a return to home and your community. This may be on a private basis (through your insurance claim) or through the NHS.
When you have reached a stage in your recovery where you are able to return home, rehabilitation may continue to take place in the community at local outpatient rehabilitation services, hospital or even in your home in certain circumstances.
How will rehabilitation help me?
Many of our seriously injured clients want to return to a life which gives them purpose and meaning as quickly as possible. Recovering from a serious injury can take time, but with the right help at the right time, and continuity of treatment and support, individuals can achieve their optimal physical, psychological and social function.
In an insurance claim setting, rehabilitation may involve multidisciplinary clinicians, therapists and professionals who work with our specialist claims team to support and help our clients maximise their recovery and independence at home, in work or education and in the community.
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