19 February 2013
Personal Injury Solicitor Alicia Alinia on dedicated limb reconstruction centres for amputee war heroes
I read with interest the announcement that specialist Limb Reconstruction NHS Units will be set up around the country to provide specialist care and treatment to our brave war heroes.
Too often injured soldiers are left on lengthy NHS waiting lists following life-changing injuries. For many amputee sufferers the loss of a limb can have a considerable psychological impact. Many report feeling emotions such as grief and bereavement, similar to experiencing the death of a loved one. Often there are features of phantom limb pain where a person experiences sensations of pain that seem to be coming from the limb that has been amputated. These issues are further amplified for soldiers who have to deal with the trauma of warfare and requiring specialist Rehabilitation and psychological treatment.
This is a positive move by the Government as our injured personnel should receive the best possible medical care. In some instances injured personnel can pursue a legal claim following Personal Injury. Of particular interest is the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of Smith & Others v MoD where the Court rejected the MoD’s application to strike-out the claims against them on the basis they did not have a duty of care towards the soldiers under the principle of combat immunity. This issue has since been returned to the higher courts for further consideration. It ought to be noted that where a soldier is able to bring a claim, they can obtain access to private funds for Rehabilitation, advanced prosthesis and much needed psychological treatment. It is my firm belief that the medical and legal profession must work more closely together in order to provide much needed funding and assistance to facilitate treatment and care for those who have suffered Serious Injuries.
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