Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Thompsons: Interim Payments as a Route to Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Thompsons Solicitors are specialists in spinal cord injury and serious injury. Once we have established liability in a case, we can begin to obtain interim payments to fund a ‘private case manager’ who can arrange our clients’ treatment, care, adaptations, equipment and rehabilitation package.

Interim payments are a part payment of the overall compensation claim, and provide financial assistance when our clients need it most. Accessing private rehabilitation and treatment can mean that recovery from serious injury can be improved. This is not just from the physical effects of the injury, but often the psychological effects as well.

Insurers will not normally offer interim payments to injured parties, so we at Thompsons request them for our clients. In cases where the individual has suffered spinal cord injuries, interim payments ought to be made available by insurers at an early stage.

 Interim payments do not just cover the loss of income, they are also used for providing payment for private carers, treatment, equipment, rehabilitation, adaptations to accommodation or even a new home. These steps will unlock the potential of recovery for our clients. Care may not be available through public services in a timely fashion, which is why the interim payments are so important.
The cost of private medical treatment must be factored into any interim payment discussions. NHS resources are finite and whilst services are very good in the Spinal Cord Injury Centres, long term care can prove more difficult to source for people with spinal injuries. Private medical treatment can be in the form of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, urological maintenance, fertility treatment or a contingency fund for when a stay at hospital is required.
If you have an on-going spinal cord personal injury claim, then there is no reason why you should not be able to access interim payments as part of your claim. Visit for more information about interim payments.

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