Can I Access Rehabilitation When I am Trying to Get Compensation for my Injury?
Rehabilitation & Personal Injury
For those who have suffered an injury, it can often take a lot of time to get over. Most of us would rather that we were fit and healthy even if there was compensation involved. Rehabilitation is extremely important when it comes to serious injuries and getting the right support is vital if you want to live more comfortably and achieve, hopefully, a full recovery.
Compensation & Rehabilitation
For those who are claiming compensation following an injury that wasn’t their fault, the question is often whether they can access rehabilitation services before everything is finally settled.
Some rehab is for relatively minor problems, others are more complicated. The truth is that the sooner you get help to recover from your injury the better. In fact, many insurance companies realise the importance of this and are willing to pay out for it because the long-term prognosis for the claimant will be better and cost them less.
Establishing negligence and the compensation can be quite difficult in some personal injury claims and that can delay reaching any resolution. If you are claiming, this can present problems if you need specialist support or rehabilitation to help you get better right now. The experienced team at Accinet can ensure you are supported throughout the entire claims process.
The Rehabilitation Code
The good news is that there is already a framework in place that acts as guidance for insurance companies. The Rehabilitation Code 2007 is designed to make sure that money is put aside to pay for various treatments even if the cause of negligence and liability haven’t yet been established. Of course, much of this might well be provided by your local GP services but you may require drugs that are not available on the NHS or specialist treatments that need to be paid for.
Insurance companies can also make interim payments if they have admitted liability for an accident or injury. This means that they release funds before the final settlement has been made to ensure that you get the treatment and support you need.
What If the Insurance Company Says No?
That doesn’t mean insurance companies always comply. There are some that resist having to pay out, especially if there is a contention over the liability. In this case, you need to have a good legal team on your side with the experience and expertise to get the best outcome for you.
Many insurance companies want you to go through the NHS but you are, actually, under no obligation to do so at all. If you feel that you can get better treatment by going to a private clinic or hospital, as long as your injury has been caused by negligence and the cost is considered within reason, you have every right to go down this route.
Rehabilitation can be both simple and complex. You might, for instance, require changes to your home because of your injuries. If you’ve had a limb amputated there can be prosthetics involved. You may require support workers for a while or indefinitely. You could need a language therapist or an occupational therapist to work with you to get back to work.
Rehab can be different in every single case where there’s a personal injury involved and working with the right personal injury solicitor is important. They will be able to advise you on both your claim and support you through the rehabilitation process. The team at Accinet can also offer home visits in and around the North East area so they can understand how your injury has impacted your life.