Improved quality of life is the aim of compensation for victims of serious personal injury
Date: February 20, 2018 by IDU
Accidents can change lives in an instant. But after the accident, rescue by emergency services, emergency treatment by the NHS, what then for the victims and their families? Anyone can be at risk of a life-changing accident simply by going about their everyday lives.
Very serious injuries, such as spinal cord or brain injuries, can be caused by seemingly trivial accidents (Nicola Cooper, a client of Access Legal Solicitors, suffered her severe brain injury after an innocuous rear-end shunt in a parked car) and have life-changing implications not only for the affected individual but also for their close family members. Finding solutions to the day-to-day challenges faced by those living with spinal cord damage and doing everything possible to address mobility issues is hugely important.
As well as knowing the law, whoever provides legal advice after an accident needs to understand what you and your family are going through, giving you the right guidance, advice and support to help your family through a difficult time. Financial compensation is just the beginning of the story. Your legal advisors should work as a team with a number of medical experts and specialist rehabilitation providers to make sure support is provided as quickly as possible and for as long as you need it.
Early intervention and rehabilitation is essential to ensure quality of life, so wherever possible your lawyers should fight for interim awards of compensation to deliver early practical support. Helping injured individuals to access equipment and technology that will aid them with mobility should also an essential part of your legal team’s role
In recent years, the technology available to people living with paralysis has developed at a rapid pace. ‘Motor neuro-prosthesis’ is just one of the latest technologies allowing those who are paralysed to use their thoughts to send messages from sensors in the brain to electrodes in the limbs.
Wearable exoskeleton devices that help paralysed people to get back up on their feet are becoming a more common rehabilitation solution and we have helped a number of clients to access and fund this equipment, as part of their settlement. Being able to stand upright, even if only for short intervals, can make a huge physiological difference to people who have been rendered wheelchair dependent. The psychological and emotional benefits are considerable too.
The route to recovery for people who are adapting to life after spinal injury, amputation or any other severe trauma aims at maximising quality of life and independence. Bionic and prosthetic technology will continue to evolve and improve at a rapid rate and at some stage, mass production will help to bring down costs.
Financial compensation in these cases is designed to put you back in the position you would have been in were it not for the accident (so far as money ever can do that). However, the purpose of any compensation is to allow those victims and their families move on with the rest of their lives by funding access to the best rehabilitation services available. Whether that long term rehabilitation is achieved by harnessing technology or via other solutions is immaterial so long as your legal team continues to help you and your family source the support you need.