The need for injury lawyers to become acquainted with current rehab treatments
With 135,000 people every year admitted to a UK hospital with a brain injury, the rise of injury lawyers continues. Personal injury lawyers aim to secure the best possible settlement for their client, but in order to do this effectively, the lawyer must be aware of current, innovative rehabilitation techniques that could form part of any settlement package.
It is highly advisable that when considering a settlement package, personal injury lawyers consult case managers who are registered healthcare professionals, knowledgeable in traditional rehab techniques as well as able to formulate innovative and evidence-based approaches to help clients recover from complex injuries.
A lack of rehabilitation knowledge, on the part of the lawyer, could make a significant difference to the victims’ recovery outcome. Therefore, it should be the lawyer’s priority to maximise the clients’ recovery, and rehabilitation should be considered from the very beginning of proceedings.
What is considered effective therapy varies from person to person so it is the responsibility of the lawyer to determine what that entails, highlighting the need for such lawyers to become acquainted with the latest rehabilitation techniques. This also highlights the need for a healthcare-based case manager to be consulted from the beginning of proceedings so that an informed decision can be made to maximise recovery.
Injury lawyers need to be proactive in the rehabilitation process and encourage effective rehabilitation techniques which have been tailored to the clients’ individual needs. Therefore, it would also be beneficial for the injury lawyer to attend all multidisciplinary meetings so a rapport can be created between therapists and lawyer.
This will enable therapists to report on any challenges or issued faced during the rehab process so the claim can be assessed accordingly and any issues brought to the compensators attention to review the claim. The claim and rehabilitation are one process and should not been seen as two separate entities.
Getting the treatment right from the beginning of the claims process means that the claim can be settled sooner, which leaves the client and their loved ones able to focus on recovery and improving their quality of life.
Benefits of early effective rehabilitation
In 2018, Mark suffered a cycling accident that resulted in a severe brain injury. As a result, his behaviour was challenging, and he was in a prolonged state of post traumatic amnesia. He would often pull out the tracheostomy he had to help with his breathing and his feeding tube and was in a wheelchair. He challenging behaviour meant he could be violent and aggressive and his frustration meant he would often refuse to engage in the rehabilitation.
The personal injury lawyer on the case was able to secure payment from compensators for effective rehabilitation tailored to him and a multidisciplinary team was assigned to Mark to help maximise his recovery. His participation in music therapy helped improve his communication, engagement in rehabilitation and improved his ability to maintain focus whilst practicing balancing and standing, as well as pacing and symmetrical walking patterns during physiotherapy.
This case demonstrates just how important communication between all parties involved is. Sharing information during litigation builds trust and encourages the use of effective treatments, like music therapy, to improve clients’ quality of life.