Whilst your lawyer’s overall objective is to achieve compensation for you after you have been injured, this will not be their only goal.
A good injury lawyer should be prioritising your immediate needs and focusing on the right rehabilitation for you along the way. Your compensation is important but whilst the process is ongoing there may be many other things you urgently need. Here are a number of ways in which your lawyer can help you:
Internal Client Liaison Managers
A number of specialist personal injury law firms employ Client Liaison Managers. Whilst funding is awaited as part of the claims process, Client Liaison Managers are able to help you immediately. These clinical specialists can assist you with your rehabilitation, for example, by recommending useful equipment aids or by supporting you and your family members’ to access statutory services.
During the initial stages of your injury claim, a good injury lawyer should be in touch with the Defendant’s insurer or legal representative, with a view of achieving funding for a privately funded Case Manager. Case Managers work with both injured adults and children to provide support and maximise the potential of your recovery. Similar to the role of a Client Liaison Manger, Case Managers can assist in a number of different ways. These might include providing advice on housing and any necessary adaptations, sourcing specialist equipment, sourcing appropriate therapies, liaising with GPs and hospitals to secure appointments as well as making recommendations for carers and helping you to develop the care package you need. Case Managers play an important role in rehabilitation, working with you through every step of your recovery journey.
Unsurprisingly, individuals who have sustained an injury find themselves worrying about their financial circumstances. It might be that they can’t work or care for themselves and they’re struggling to get the support that they need. If you find yourself in a similar situation, your solicitor can apply for an interim payment to help relieve your financial pressures. Whilst there is no 100% guarantee an interim payment will be received, a good injury lawyer will be making these requests and fighting for this for you as a priority.
An interim payment is a compensatory award that can help you rebuild your life after an injury whilst your legal claim continues. The money can be used to pay for things such as medical treatments, rehabilitation costs, equipment and home adaptions. At the end of your claim, any sums received by way of interim payments will be deducted from your final compensatory award.
Enabling you to access the rehabilitation you need is an important part of your solicitor’s role. Studies have shown that, in general, people who have access to the right rehabilitation tend to recover quicker. Therefore when choosing a legal representative it’s important to not only consider how your solicitor will achieve you compensation at the end of your claim but also how they can help you access the right rehabilitation, so you can make the best recovery possible!
This article was produced by Sarah Barrett, a Solicitor in the Personal Injury Team at Ashtons Legal. The Firm acts as personal injury specialists in the East Anglian region and beyond, boasting a number of ‘leading individual’ personal injury lawyers, all of whom are APIL accredited.
You can download a Brain Injury Group guide about what to expect of a case manager and how they might help below.
The role of a Case Manager (470.1 KiB)