In a recent episode of AM 650’s “The Law Show,” Derek Mah and I spent some time discussing how best to go about treating and rehabilitating injuries when pursuing a personal injury claim. This topic was a particularly good one to discuss with Derek as, prior to becoming a lawyer, Derek spent five years working as a physiotherapist. Because Derek brings a very useful big picture approach to the issue of rehabilitation, we thought it was worthwhile to highlight Episode 23 of the law show through a brief blog post.
If you’d like to view the whole episode, you can click on the video below.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
First things first, regardless of the type of injury that you have suffered, it is important that you receive the right treatment as soon as possible. In our experience the earlier a client is put in touch with the right rehab specialists, the better the result. This holds true for psychological injuries as well as physical ailments. For instance, I have noticed that the improvement of PTSD sufferers is largely based on how early they receive adequate treatment from a trained psychologist.
Although many personal injury victims attempt to remain stoic when dealing with their psychological and physical pain, it’s important that you vocalize what you are feeling. Effective communication will allow your doctors to put you in contact with the right kind of specialists as soon as possible.
Bedridden and Unrepresented
As an aside, in Episode 23 we also made sure to clarify how far Murphy Battista lawyers are willing to travel in order to provide assistance to an injured party. In the past we have traveled as far as Newfoundland to help individuals injured in British Columbia. If you are at home, in a cast, or otherwise immobile and feel like you might have a claim against your insurer, please give us a call. We’re more than happy to pay you a visit.
Family Doctors vs. Occupational Therapists
In the event that you do not have a family doctor or your family doctor is too busy to quarterback your personal injury claim (as is often the case), we might recommend that you hire an occupational therapist to help you through your rehabilitation.
Although most family doctors are incredibly capable and supportive, their time is often entirely occupied in running their practice. Occupational therapists, on the other hand, are in the business of organizing an injured party’s rehabilitation and are familiar with an incredibly wide array of treatment options such as exercise therapy and kinesiology programs.
In addition to an occupational therapist, we might recommend that you retain a physiatrist. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a physiatrist is rehabilitation physician that specialize in treating injuries or illnesses that affect an individual’s movement.
It’s important to know that your law firm will often pay the bills for these doctors up until your case is concluded.
ICBC Part 7 Benefits (aka No Fault Accident Benefits)
Getting appropriate treatment for your injuries costs money. In British Columbia a source of funding intended to help cover the costs of treatment and rehabilitation is found in the mandatory government automobile insurance that you must purchase from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia if you want to drive in BC. These are benefits available to you if you are injured regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
If you want to learn more about these no fault benefits you can download our Layman’s Guide to ICBC Part 7 Benefits or you are welcome to contacting a Murphy Battista lawyer.