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Private rehabilitation

Whilst you and your family will undoubtedly wish to get home as soon as possible, discharge from hospital can be a very daunting prospect.  

Rehabilitation following an acquired brain injury or spinal injury can take years and not months and it is important that the rehabilitation and treatment you receive on discharge is maintained to maximise the chances of the best possible recovery.   Unfortunately the NHS frequently does not have the resources to implement the intensive post-discharge rehabilitation which, in an ideal world, would be provided.

Interim payments for rehabilitation and treatment

Private rehabilitation treatmentIn our experience, early rehabilitation and support can make a significant difference to your long-term recovery.  For that reason, we aim to obtain some compensation whilst you case is on-going to cover the cost of private rehabilitation, equipment and medical treatment.  Payments of compensation made before the end of your case are known as “Interim Payments”.


However, the defendant to your case will only be persuaded or ordered to make an interim payment if they have admitted liability for your injuries. We aim to demonstrate as early as possible with a degree of certainty that liability is the responsibility of the defendants.  This is usually easier if you have been injured in an accident, such as a car accident or at work, rather than as a result of medical treatment.

Injuries arising from medical treatment
If your injuries arise from medical treatment it is rare for the defendant to make an early admission. Usually, they only admit liability, if at all, once we have investigated your claim, which can take some time. That means it is very difficult to obtain early interim payments in claims arising from medical treatment.

However, if compensation would enable you to pay for rehabilitation or other treatment we will try to obtain an interim payment for you at the appropriate stage if at all possible.

Injuries arising from accidents - 1999 Rehabilitation Code
If your injury was caused by an accident (not medical treatment) then the 1999 Rehabilitation Code may come into play.  The Rehabilitation Code will enable the parties to agree a jointly appointed case manager to assess your needs and to hopefully obtain the insurers agreement to implement their recommendations.

Dovetail rehabilitation with NHS treatment
Whatever the case, it is always important to ensure that private rehabilitation care does not conflict with NHS treatment.  Currently, the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine is very much involved in establishing a suitable interface between NHS rehabilitation provision and the medico-legal process.

Our aim is not only to achieve the highest possible award of compensation on your behalf, but also to secure the best possible rehabilitation at the earliest stage within the claims process to ensure that you can begin to make the optimum medical, social and psychological recovery.

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