Rehabilitation Code 2007 [Archived]
Rehabilitation Code 2007 [Archived]

The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Rehabilitation Code 2007 [Archived]
  • The purpose of rehabilitation
  • The background
  • Duties of solicitors and compensators
  • Duties in the Code
  • Funding
  • Who pays?
  • Appropriate cases for assessment
  • Immediate needs assessment
  • Assessment procedure
  • More...

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note covers the Rehabilitation Code 2007. This code has now been updated. For details of the revised code, see Practice Note: Rehabilitation Code 2015.

The purpose of rehabilitation

The purpose of an award of damages for personal injuries and consequential losses is, in so far as possible, to put the claimant back in the position they would have been in if the accident had not occurred. However, it is recognised that a monetary award cannot properly compensate a claimant for their suffering and losses.

The aim of rehabilitation is, as far as possible, to restore claimants to their previous state of health, quality of life and work capacity.

Practitioners both for claimants and for defendants are increasingly aware of the benefits of early assessment and intervention by professionals working in the field of rehabilitation. Claimants can go some way to 'getting their life back', while compensators may achieve substantial savings if rehabilitation assists the claimant to, for instance, obtain work.

Often in serious and catastrophic cases sensitive management of the rehabilitation process can help to set a co-operative tone for the dealings between the parties’ representatives.

For further information, see:

The Rehabilitation Code: Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service [801]

The background

The 2007 Rehabilitation Code was a revision and simplification of the code which was first introduced in 1999. A third version of the Code was published in September 2015

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