28th July 2020
July is ‘Good Care Month’ and an opportunity to raise the profile of the care sector, it’s wonderful carers and those in need of regular care.
In this blog we shine the spotlight on care after injury…
When a loved one has suffered a debilitating injury following an accident, it is likely that they will require care from a loved one, their partner, parents or children or indeed their friends. The level of care that they require each day will depend on the type and severity of the injury that they have sustained. This will also determine how long they will require the care for.
Caring for a loved one after they have suffered an injury can be stressful and emotional as you attempt to juggle your day-to-day responsibilities whilst caring for someone who is heavily reliant upon you.
Often the journey to recovery is complicated, with patients experiencing ups and downs with their physical recovery but also their emotions after experiencing not only physical but psychological trauma too.
Care can include taking control of their medical care, such as driving them to hospital appointments, collecting prescriptions, administering medication and changing dressings. But it can also include a lot of personal care such as helping them to get up and around the house, making their meals, helping with washing and dressing, not to mention the housework.
If your loved one is recovering or is likely to have long term affects from an injury that was not their fault, then they may be looking to make a personal injury claim.
Compensation for a personal injury claim is not limited to pain, suffering and loss of amenity known as the ‘general damages’ aspect of the claim. But includes expenses also known as ‘special damages’ which can include a claim for not only paid care, but gratuitous care.
If you need to hire a carer or nurse to provide regular care, then the costs incurred can be included as part of your claim. The line becomes a little blurred when a friend or family member have been providing care which is known as ‘gratuitous care’. This is where it is important to retain detailed notes and evidence of the care received in order to assist in recovering this aspect of your claim. It is helpful for notes to be kept of the type of care that you have received, the number of hours the care has been provided for as well as the number of weeks/months this is provided. Carers should also record details of the mileage travelled and retain receipts for any expenses incurred.
If you or someone you care for has experienced an injury that was not their fault then please speak to our dedicated Personal Injury Team who can assess the merits and guide you on the next steps to make a claim for compensation.
Call us on 01256 844888, email email@example.com or speak to our online chat assistant who is online 24/7 to take your questions.
We operate on a no win, no fee arrangement with injury claims and will give you honest, clear feedback on the strength of your case.
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The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.
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