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Brethertons work with the Spinal Injuries Association

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Jon Rees, Spinal Injuries Partner, discusses the work that Brethertons has carried out with the Spinal Injuries Association.

It was nice to have been featured in the Spinal Injuries Association’s Forward Magazine this month.

We are very proud of our links with the Spinal Injuries Association. As corporate partners and sponsors of SIA peer support workers, Paul Rhodes and John Leonard, we are committed to doing what we can to make a difference to people and families affected by spinal cord injuries.

It is more than just donating money. It is about identifying how we can all better help people affected by spinal cord injuries on any number of levels.

Whilst my own department’s focus is spinal cord injury claims litigation, my colleagues at Brethertons provide services and assistance that go far beyond compensation. We help with family law advice, employment law advice, powers of attorney and estate planning advice, personal injury trusts advice and property ownership advice.

We also help with benefits assistance, introduction to contacts, immediate needs funding, patient group assistance, fundraising, research funding and other funding for special projects within spinal units.

Meanwhile this month also saw the announcement of the James Lind Alliance Spinal Cord Injury Priority Setting Partnership’s Top 10 Research Priorities. Some of these are fundamental.

The questions cover:

  • Impact and effectiveness of rehabilitation
  • Stem cell therapy outcomes after different types of injury
  • Whether care packages after discharge improve health and wellbeing
  • Bladder management strategies
  • Mobilisation after surgical stabilisation
  • Whether discharge to physically enabling environments improves quality of life
  • Whether specialist rehabilitation services including multidisciplinary team planning improves the health and wellbeing of spinal cord injury patients
  • Controlled fibre and fluid intake improving bowel function and quality of life
  • Effects of ageing – complications and need for home based support
  • Impact of early diagnosis leading to improved outcome for those with cauda equine syndrome and transverse myelitis.

To read more follow this link http://www.smsf.org.uk/sci-psp.htm.

To read more about the SIA (and the latest Forward Magazine article) follow these links: http://www.spinal.co.uk/ or @spinalinjuries.

To contact Jon email him at jonrees@brethertons.co.uk or follow him on twitter @JonReesTweets.

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