One area on which the victims of an accident and the insurers who represent the defendant agree is on the importance of rehabilitation. From the point of view of the accident victim, the aim of rehabilitation is to return, as soon as possible, to the condition that they were in prior to the accident. Where the injuries that they have sustained are permanent and do not permit a total recovery, rehabilitation can still provide an important means of recovering as many of their faculties as possible to improve their enjoyment of life in the future.
So far as the insurers are concerned, the sooner the victim recovers after an accident, the less compensation is likely to be payable. For those reasons, both the victim and the insurer are unlikely to disagree over the principle that compensation should include payment for rehabilitation.
Types of Rehabilitation
There are several different types of physical and non-physical rehabilitation services that may be required following an accident. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Physiotherapy includes treatments such as osteopathy, chiropractic, manual therapy, exercise and advice.
- Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is concerned with assisting the victim of an accident to carry out the usual day to day activities that are required for their overall health and wellbeing.
- Speech and Language Therapy
Where one of the consequences of an accident is a reduction in a victim’s ability to communicate, speech and language therapy can offer treatment, support and care designed to bring about as much of an improvement as is possible.
- Psychological Support
The consequences of an injury are not always solely physical. Psychological services, including counselling and other forms of talking therapy can assist an accident victim in improving their post-accident psychological condition.
- Medical Intervention
Rehabilitation may also include the use of medical intervention such as operative treatments and corrective surgical procedures that are designed to eradicate or reduce the impact of the ongoing physical consequences of an accident.
- Employment training
Where an accident has prevented a claimant from returning to their pre-accident occupation, re-training can be an important component of the rehabilitation process.
The provision of modified transport can enable the victim of an accident to regain their mobility. Training in the use of the modified vehicle may also be needed.
- Special Equipment
Part of the rehabilitation process may also involve the use of (and training with) specialised aids and equipment and may extend to the victim’s housing.
Ancillary costs associated with rehabilitation, including travelling to and from the venue and any loss of earnings caused by having to take time from work to attend also fall within the overall rehabilitation costs.
As mentioned above, claimants and insurers invariably agree over the principle of rehabilitation and that agreement is reflected in a code, known as the Rehabilitation Code 2015, which is designed to help a claimant to achieve as speedy and full a recovery as possible.
The Rehabilitation Code 2015
The code, which is voluntary, works by encouraging the claimant and the defendant’s insurer to collaborate. The claimant is placed at the centre of the process and early identification of their rehabilitation needs is encouraged. In the vast majority of cases, the costs of the rehabilitation will not be deducted from any compensation that the claimant receives and, unless some improper conduct can be shown, it is unlikely that a claimant will be called upon to repay the rehabilitation costs even if their claim is ultimately unsuccessful.
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