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Rehabilitation Of Spine And Head Injury: Claim the cost of rehabilitation as part of your personal injury compensation

The cost of rehabilitation for an injury to your  spine or head, especially if paid for privately, can be immense. If you need this treatment as a result of an accident or due to the legal fault of another (including businesses) – you are likely to be entitled to claim the expense as part of your compensation in addition to a payment for damages for the pain and suffering of the injury itself.

This article explains which accidents can cause the need for rehabilitation of spinal and head injuries, how you know what rehabilitation will be necessary, why it is likely to cost a lot of money and how to claim the expense from the person responsible for your accident.

What is rehabilitation of spine and head injuries?

Acquired head injuries are typically very serious and are sometimes referred to as a traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or acquired brain injury (ABI).

The more serious spinal injuries can affect the top spine (cervical), mid spine (thoracic), lower spine (lumbar) and in the most serious cases all three parts of the spine.

Rehabilitation describes the process and treatment necessary for you to recover from these types of serious injury and where recovery is not possible to limit the effects on your life of these injuries so far as is possible.

When will rehabilitation be necessary following an accident?

An injury to the spine or the head can cause very significant effects to your life as can any serious injury. Until you have suffered such an injury it is very difficult to explain – there are not only the physical symptoms to contend with, but also the psychological damage that can be caused.

We have known small injuries, especially to children, to shatter confidence and lead to life changing consequences if not properly treated. The worse the injury you suffer, the more far reaching the consequences are likely to be.

Injuries can not only be severe, but some injuries can cause long lasting or even permanent symptoms. Spinal and head injuries can be very debilitating as they affect two very important parts of the body.

Symptoms which are long lasting are known as “chronic” symptoms.

We tend to find that rehabilitation for these types of serious injuries is essential to allow the victim to recover as effectively as possible and lead a normal life.

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Serious Accident Causing Spine And Head Injuries

How do you know what types of rehabilitation you will need?

You really have no way of knowing the treatment and support you need as part of your rehabilitation – neither does your personal injury solicitor.

To find out your needs, you lawyer should instruct a rehabilitation expert to complete a report – this report will be based on an assessment of your injuries and further treatment, an examination of your current accommodation, a description of the care support you have and will need and an assessment of future treatment.

Is rehabilitation of spine and head injuries expensive?

“Yes” – the cost of rehabilitation can be enormous depending the severity of your injuries. It is of course hoped that your injuries will be short lived, but when injuries are disabling the costs of rehabilitation can run into hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of pounds.

It is not unknown for personal injury victims to have their whole house converted to cater for their impaired mobility and even on occasion to need a bigger more suitable property to allow them to live comfortably. Sometimes home care, medical equipment and counselling for the rest of victims lives is also necessary.

When can rehabilitation of spinal and head injuries be claimed in compensation?

Your accident lawyer will explain when you are entitled to claim the costs of rehabilitation as part of your compensation – generally speaking such reports are only obtained when the spinal and head injuries are severe.

What types of accident can cause serious injury warranting rehabilitation?

There are a number of different types of accident which can cause acquired head and spine injuries  – I have written an article describing each although both of these types of injuries often occur together in the same accident such as in a motorcycle rta:

How much compensation can be claimed for head and spine injuries?

We have written detailed articles explaining how much compensation you can claim for spinal injury claims and acquired brain injury compensation.

Summary of claiming rehabilitation costs for spine and head injury

In this article we have set out the importance of rehabilitation of spinal and head injuries following a serious accident and why this large expense can be claimed as part of your compensation.

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Serious injury can be very distressing as can choosing a solicitor to help you make your claim. With this in mind we offer a number of free online and telephone help options. You can ask your own question or discuss your accident circumstances direct with a specialist solicitor