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A solicitor’s role in brain injury rehabilitation

As part of Action for Brain Injury Week, Paul Brown looks at the role a good solicitor plays in brain injury rehabilitation.

Every 90 seconds, someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with a brain injury. Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a huge impact on an injured person, as well as their families and carers. Most people who suffer a brain injury will require a range of medical, rehabilitation and support services for a prolonged period of time following their injury.

The provision and timing of support depends on the type of injury and the services offered by local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, social services teams, charities, and voluntary organisations. The NHS and local authorities are responsible for assessing the needs of the injured person and their caregivers and are often required to provide various support services and care.

However, obtaining the support and rehabilitation services required to make an optimal recovery can be challenging. Private funding may be needed to access all of the options available.

If you have suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, making a compensation claim could help you access the private funding required for your brain injury rehabilitation.

How a solicitor can help with brain injury rehabilitation

Acquired brain injuries (ABI) are commonly caused in road traffic collisions, accidents at work, or slips and trips. As well as helping you recover monetary compensation for your injuries, a specialist serious injury lawyer can greatly assist with accessing appropriate brain injury rehabilitation.

During the claims process, specialist solicitors will often try and work collaboratively with insurers to access rehabilitation, treatment and support in order that you or your relative can make the best possible recovery following a Traumatic Brain injury. The ultimate goal is to come to a mutually agreeable settlement regarding the claim however it is often the journey to that point which is most important. Not only do specialist serious injury solicitors strive to obtain a fair amount of financial compensation for their client, but they facilitate their post-discharge medical treatment, support and rehabilitation too.

Making a claim with a Major Trauma Group panel firm can help you access a range of privately funded post-discharge brain injury rehabilitation services to help you optimise your recovery and improve your quality of life. This often allows a top up of provision for statutory services which can often be stretched.

As all brain injuries are different and often very complex, rehabilitation is not a “one size fits all” process. The services you require will vary, but may include amongst others:

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  • Physiotherapy: Which can help those affected by a brain injury to restore function and movement. This type of rehabilitative treatment is provided whilst in hospital and often in the longer term.
  • Occupational therapy: This can help both adults and children to achieve a degree of independence following a brain injury. Occupational therapists provide practical support to help injured persons reconnect with their pre-injury day to day activities not just work and help to re-learn important skills.
  • Speech and language therapy: A brain injury can impact a person’s ability to communicate, to swallow, as well as eat and drink. A speech and language therapist can help to address these issues, promoting independence and improving general health and wellbeing.
  • Neuropsychology: A neuropsychologist can provide cognitive behavioural therapy and advise upon, treat, and manage cognitive impairment and related problems following a brain injury. Related problems of cognitive impairment may include short term memory problems, reduced attention and concentration, difficulties planning and problem-solving, slower information processing, difficulties multi-tasking, and loss of decision making skills relating to finances and other important decisions.
  • Neuropsychiatry: Following a brain injury you can be more susceptible to depression, anxiety and other behavioural issues. A Neuropsychiatrist will often be involved in reviewing medication alongside talking therapies from a neuropsychologist mentioned above.

How Major Trauma Group can assist

Making a claim with Major Trauma Group for a brain injury will ultimately allow you to obtain the best possible private medical care and brain injury rehabilitation. We will also ensure that you obtain a fair amount of compensation for your injury.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today to find out more via email (hello@majortraumagroup.co.uk), telephone (0330 311 2578) or via live chat on our website (available Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm). 

The Major Trauma Group is a not-for-profit community interest company, made up of leading law firms from across the country who, together with clinicians, have pooled their knowledge and experience to assist major trauma victims and their families through the provision of legal advice and ancillary services. Initial chats with our member law firms, are free and without obligation.

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