Rehabilitation Code 2015

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

  • Rehabilitation Code 2015
  • Reform of the Rehabilitation Code
  • Purpose of the Rehabilitation Code
  • Claimant solicitor obligations
  • Compensator obligations
  • Lower-value injuries
  • Assessment process
  • Reports
  • Recommendations
  • Medium, severe and catastrophic injuries
  • More...

Rehabilitation Code 2015

A third version of the Rehabilitation Code was published in September 2015 and became substantially operational on 1 December 2015.

Reform of the Rehabilitation Code

The 2007 Rehabilitation Code was a revision and simplification of the Code which was first introduced in 1999. Following the Jackson reforms a working party was set up to review the Rehabilitation Code 2007. The main points of note in the 2015 Code (the Code) are:

  1. there is now a separate section for lower-value claims, defined as claims with a value of up to  ‎£25,000 or below

  2. in more serious cases, rehabilitation case managers are encouraged to work proactively with treating NHS clinicians (para 2.7)

  3. a Case Management Guide has been published alongside the 2015 Code

Purpose of the Rehabilitation Code

The purpose of the Rehabilitation Code is to provide a framework for personal injury and clinical negligence claims within which claimant representatives and compensators can work together. This is with the aim of helping the injured claimant make the quickest possible recovery to restore them to the position they were pre-accident as much as possible. The claimant's need for rehabilitation is addressed as a priority. The Code is voluntary, however the Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims specifically mentions the Code and states that it is likely to be helpful in considering how to identify the claimant's needs and how to address the cost

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