Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Understanding rehabilitation

People often ask what is meant by ‘rehabilitation’. Rehabilitation is designed to help injured people regain the closest possible level of mental and physical ability which the person possessed prior to being injured. It helps an injured person to regain their independence as much as possible.

There are many different forms of injury or illness and rehabilitation means different things to different people. Rehabilitation will ensure that an injured person achieves optimal physical, psychological and social function and, where appropriate, helps them to stay at or return to work.

Examples of the differing aspects of rehabilitation are:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Practical treatment
  • Counselling and psychological support
  • Vocational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Sports and recreational therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Care regimes, support programmes
  • Housing
  • Acupuncture
  • Neurological treatment

When an injured person leaves hospital, it is essential that they receive the aftercare that is needed and the best time to implement a rehabilitation programme is at the earliest practical moment.

An APIL accredited lawyer will ensure that rehabilitation begins as soon as it should and that the best specialist care is provided.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence there are a range of benefits available to you, in addition to much-needed medical treatment and financial redress - please view our your route to a quicker recovery guide.