Have you been injured in a car accident?
Do you know that if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and you are the not-at-fault driver or passenger, your rehabilitation costs can be paid for by the insurer of the driver at fault?
It is common for people who have been nvolved in motor vehicle accidents to be left with ongoing symptoms attribuatable to the accident. On occasions these symptoms resolve quickly, however, often they require rehabilitation to support the recovery process.
The main aim of rehabilitation after an accident is to:
- Assist a person in returning to their pre-accident function where possible; or
- Assist a person in managing their ongoing restrictions caused by the injuries.
Rehabilitation can be expensive and is usually ongoing over a sustained period of time until a certain result is achieved. It can involve a wide range of treatments including specialist consultations, psychological treatment, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, return to work programs or even surgery.
Often people may find themselves unable to work following an accident which can lead to financial stress and an inability to pay for the proper rehabilitation they require. Pursuat to legislation, a person injured in a motor vehicle accident in Queensland through no fault of their own is entitled to reasonable and appropriate treatment funded by the insurer of the vehicle at fault.
Most of the time the insurer will simply require a letter of referral for the rehabilitation from the injured person’s treating general practitioner. From there, a treatment plan will usually be prepared by the relevant treatment provider and rehabilitation will be monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that all the injured person’s needs are being met.
Often the early stages of an injury it is difficult to tell how the symptoms will progress. When injuries are somewhat minor in nature, there can be a tendency to overlook them and hope that they will simply resolve in time. This may not always be the case and a delay in seeking treatment can hinder the recovery process. It is important to discuss any symptoms following an accident with a suitable medical practitioner as soon as possible. With propeer treatment after an accident, less severe injuries can often resolve a great deal.
When injuries are more serious and life altering, it is not uncommon for people to find that the impact of their restrictions takes a psychological toll on their lives. When this happens, it is important that the injured person discusses their feelings with their general practitioner so that an appropriate plan can be formulated. This can help relieve strett and anxiety.
Rehabilitation is also important as an injured person is obligated to mitigate their loss. This means that an injured person must take reasonable steps to decrease the extent of the loss arising from their injuries. This can be done in several ways, one of which is rehabilitation to improve the injuries and subsequently minimise the loss suffered.
It is important to discuss any symptoms — Lysa Jamieson, OMB Solicitors
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