As lawyers our primary concern is focusing on getting you better. Getting you access to rehabilitation and expert medical help as early as possible after injury is something you may not have thought we help with, however hopefully you saw our infographic that better illustrates the fact that compensation is only one element of the process that help guide you through following your spinal cord injury.
Rehabilitation is essential at the earliest opportunity. Research has shown that in many cases rehabilitation could be the key to an injured person recovering more quickly, having a better quality of life and returning to work earlier than they would have done if treatment had either been delayed or had not taken place at all.
But what is rehabilitation? Rehabilitation is where, through the provision of medical treatment, therapies (including physiotherapy and psychotherapy), equipment, nursing care, and adjustments to your environment and your home, you are able to regain, as far as possible, the quality of life you enjoyed before your injury. Ultimately the aim of rehabilitation treatment is to help you learn to care of and work with a body that now works differently to before.
People who have suffered a spinal cord injury often, following a period of recovery at hospital, start their rehabilitation at a specialist Spinal Cord Injury Centre such as The National Spinal Injuries Centre at The Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire or the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. There are 11 Spinal Cord Injury Centres in the UK designated to receive and treat spinal cord injured patients.
Rehabilitation can enable you to return to your home environment and makes access to community support possible. Returning to independent living and encouraging social interaction is important on both a physical and psychological level for anyone who has sustained a spinal cord injury.
The SIA provides assistance in this respect via its Outreach Services- providing one-to-one support and practical advice via its Peer Support Service whilst in hospital and on discharge and also via its Vocational Support Service where future education, employment or volunteering opportunities are discussed.
Spinal cord injuries and the resulting disabilities involve significant challenges and require you to make important choices such as what rehabilitation is undertaken and how quickly. Arranging rehabilitation can often be complex and much skill and knowledge is required when considering issues concerning rehabilitation. We have vast experience in helping clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries and guiding them through the process of rehabilitation.
We discussed in an earlier post the importance of contacting us soon after injury so we can try and establish liability at an early stage; this is particularly important in relation to rehabilitation as we can help ensure, where possible, that the Defendant’s insurer covers the cost of your treatment. However where this isn’t possible, we aim to secure an interim payment from the Court, which we’ll be discussing in further detail in our upcoming blog post.
Alternatively, we can help facilitate rehabilitation via our relationship with care providers such as Bush and Company. Either way, your access to treatment is of paramount concern.
This article forms part of a series written for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) ‘Ask the experts’ blog. As a Gold Corporate Partner of the SIA you can rest assured that we are legal experts in spinal cord injuries. We have many connections in the Spinal Injury world and have a great deal of experience and success in gaining appropriate compensation for our clients who have sustained a spinal cord injury. Follow our #spinalinjuryjourney on Twitter.