Personal Injury Claims

Understanding The Rehabilitation Process Following An Accident in Dublin

There are a wide range of injuries that result from car accidents. It takes time to heal and recover from these injuries no matter how minor or major the trauma. Rehabilitation after an accident is designed to speed up the recovery process and to regain as much mobility and functionality as possible.

However, rehabilitation is a process and not a quick fix. This process is also not generic but needs to be tailored to each individual patient depending on the type of injuries that they suffered and the severity of these injuries. It is also largely dependent on how well a patient responds to treatment and whether they are committed to the process.

The Rehabilitation Process After An Accident

1. Hospitalization

Rehabilitation begins the moment that a patient is determined to be stable. This rehabilitation is intensive and may involve the following:

– Speech Therapy
– Occupational Therapy
– Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is most common after an accident. It is aimed at regaining as much mobility as possible. It may involve teaching a patient to walk with crutches or how to use a wheelchair. It may simply assist in preventing muscle deterioration or building muscle strength in order to encourage mobility as soon as possible. Physical therapy uses hot and cold therapies, massage and specific exercises in order to achieve this goal.

Occupational therapy involves treatment for physical and mental trauma that has impaired the ability of a person to perform basic tasks. All trauma should be recorded and discussed thoroughly with your personal injury solicitor, if a claim is likely to follow the accident.

The therapy uses specific techniques to help teach the brain and muscles how to operate together in order to perform activities such as the ability to self-feed, write, brush teeth and so on.

Speech therapy normally follows after a brain or facial injury that has affected a person’s ability to communicate verbally. The therapy involves helping a patient to effectively communicate whether this is verbally, through sign language or the use of tools and equipment.

While these therapies are often applied intensively during a hospital stay, they are not applied comprehensively or over a long term. In-hospital rehabilitation is often just a small start on the long road to recovery.

2. In-patient Rehabilitation

After hospitalization, a patient may be referred to a rehabilitation center where they will continue with their recovery. In-patient rehabilitation provides the ideal transition from the hospital to home and provides intensive and comprehensive treatment.

The focus of the rehabilitation is once again to regain as much mobility and functionality as possible both in a physical and mental capacity depending on the patient’s needs. Stays at an in-patient facility can last for a few weeks or go on for months depending on the extent of recovery that is needed and how well the patient responds to the treatment.

The three different types of therapy mentioned above form part of a tailored rehabilitation plan. This plan will be changed and tweaked as necessary to ensure that it meets the patients needs at all times and as the patient progresses through the stages of recovery. Nutrition and diet may also form a part of rehabilitation as may therapy to treat the psychological and emotional trauma of the accident. The rehabilitation plan will be designed in consultation with the primary physician and other treatments such as medications will be provided accordingly.

3. Out-patient Rehabilitation

This is the last phase of the rehabilitation process where a patient lives at home and visits a physical rehabilitation center according to a schedule. The program is far less intensive and comprehensive and the focus is often more on regaining slightly more mobility or functionality or maintaining the progress that has been made.