Very often when people are injured and left with a disability one of their major losses is their independence.
The loss of a person’s independence can have a profound effect on their life and the lives of those people around them. The injured person may find that they struggle to do the day to day tasks they previously considered simple and are no longer able to fulfil their previous roles. This loss of independence often leads to a change in their quality of life and loss of self-esteem.
However, getting the right therapy after sustaining a serious injury can make all the difference to a person’s recovery. Occupational therapy plays a key role in helping a person regain independence after an injury and as part of this process the Occupational Therapist works closely with the injured person and their family. The Occupational Therapist works to minimise the impact of the person’s injuries on their day to day life by teaching them strategies or techniques to remediate their difficulties or to compensate for them. This in turn improves their independence and quality of life.
Occupational therapy is person-centred and goal directed, which means rehabilitation programmes are individually tailored to meet a person’s unique and specific needs and goals. This means occupational therapy can focus on a range of activities from:
• Self care – learning how to look after themselves, such as remembering to take their medication or safely getting in and out of the shower
• Household management – learning home based skills for independent living, for example, cooking, cleaning or managing their mail
• Community management – learning how to be safe and independent in the community, for example, crossing roads, using public transport, managing money or going shopping
• Work/education – providing support with beginning or returning to school, college, voluntary work or paid work
• Leisure – returning to pre-injury activities or learning new activities
Occupational Therapists can be found in a variety of sectors including the NHS, Social Services, voluntary and private sectors. If you are injured as a result of an accident which was not your fault, you may be able to access the therapies you need through your litigation claim. Your solicitor will be able to help you access the appropriate professional support.
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Thompsons Solicitors will move swiftly to support you or your loved one to build a case for compensation after catastrophic injury. Our priority is to establish the facts and apply for interim payments as quickly as possible to secure vital funds for treatment and rehabilitation. The aim is to get you, or your loved one, on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
Our committed serious injury specialists secure millions of pounds in damages for seriously injured people each year and are supported by Client Support Coordinators and groups such as the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway and the Limbless Association, to signpost clients to sources of further aid.
If you, or someone you care about, has been catastrophically injured in the last three years contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation with a serious injury expert to discuss your serious injury compensation claim.
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