Palliative care is a term few people will have any familiarity with unless and until they have to seek such care – either for themselves or for a close relative. While we tend to associate it with care given right at the end of a person’s life, the reality of it is slightly different. The care is given at this stage and it is provided to those who have a terminal or life-threatening illness. However, it goes far beyond actual medical treatment and help.
The idea is that palliative care needs are focused on for both the patient and the people immediately close to them. This involves psychological care and the provision of information and advice as well as the more immediate physical care that will be required.
When is compensation for palliative care needs provided?
In some cases people have been able to win compensation for palliative care. As you can imagine, such care can be costly if you decide to seek private care for your symptoms or treatment management. Furthermore the situation you are in will likely mean you have to stop work, either because you are ill or because you are caring for a member of your immediate family who is ill.
We are all familiar with the idea of claiming compensation if someone else has caused us to suffer illness or injury. Negligence is always proven in cases where compensation is paid out. This applies just as much to claims regarding palliative care as it does to other situations.
The power of a good support system
Having a good support system in place can make a significant difference when someone is ill and beyond their death, both to that person and to their family. This is what good palliative care can provide.
If you have been injured or you have contracted an illness as a result of someone else being negligent in some way, you may have an opportunity to claim compensation as a result. This compensation could take into account the palliative care that is provided during this part of your life. To find out more, a quick phone call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 would be well-advised. Once you speak with an advisor you can find out more about your situation and whether it warrants making a no win, no fee* claim to seek some compensation too.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead