Amputation rehabilitation

Our amputation compensation solicitors work with many brave men and women who strive to get back to a normal life after suffering the loss of a limb. Compensation makes an enormous difference to them during this process, but it is not enough on its own. Rehabilitation is a major component in improving your quality of life after an amputation but what exactly is it?

Rehabilitation is made up of a range of components that should be catered to suit your particular injury and needs. It is about getting yourself ‘fit’ again, not just physically but mentally as well. During your time in hospital and afterwards, you will come into contact with doctors, nurses and therapists who are all trying to help you recover. For rehabilitation to be effective, it is important that you can gain access to the right kind of help and support. There are many specialist centres around the UK that provide excellent services specific to amputees and it may be that you are already attending at one of these centres. 

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Types of amputation rehabilitation

There are many different types of rehabilitation including:

Medical treatment - specialised doctors known as orthopaedic surgeons and prosthetic consultants will assess the injury you have sustained and advise on further treatment you may require in order to improve your condition. They will also assess what prosthetic device or limbs are available to you.

Physiotherapists - will help you reach and maintain your maximum physical ability. They will work with you whilst you get used to your prosthetic limb. They will also provide you with exercises to carry out to help build up your strength and skills. 

Occupational therapists (also known as OTs) - will look at your home and workplace and advise you on the things you need help with. They can provide aids and equipment to help you carry out everyday tasks and chores and help you live an independent life.

Counsellors - recovering following the loss of a limb is not just physical. It can be difficult coming to terms with your injuries and this can affect you and your family. It is important that you have access to some one who understands these difficulties and who you can talk to. A counsellor can help you develop coping strategies as well as rebuild a positive attitude. 

There are other professionals who can help with your rehabilitation, particularly long term, such as case managers, who can plan and coordinate the treatment that you need so you don’t have to. Normally these people are funded privately and the money for this would form part of your compensation. 

Your solicitor at Stephensons can help secure the right rehabilitation for you. We have a great deal of experience in organising rehabilitation packages for our clients and as your legal specialists, we’ll work hard to make sure you get the funding you need, as quickly as possible. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about an amputation compensation claim call us on 0203 817 9430 for free initial advice, you can also complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.   

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