The Role of Case Manager in a Catastrophic Injury Case

The role of a Case Manager in Catastrophic Injury.

Catastrophic injury cases are complicated and difficult to manage. A catastrophic injury is a physical injury or illness that is regarded as extreme or particularly serious, has a considerable impact on the victim of the injury or illness and needs a considerable amount of medical treatment. Catastrophic injuries may not always be permanent but can take months or years to heal.

It is clear that in the field of catastrophic injury a major coordinating role is required to ensure the injured party’s complex needs are identified and met. This is the need for a Case Manager.

Turner- Stokes 2008, demonstrated that there is now a substantial body of high-quality research evidence for the effectiveness, and indeed the cost-effectiveness, of rehabilitation.

Case management is required  to facilitate achievement of an optimal result by collaborating with all parties involved, assessing priorities and options, coordinating services, and educating and communicating with all concerned. (Pressman et al 2006).

Case management with all its different name, variations and contexts continues to support the coordination, integration and of health and social care in many different context for different health conditions.

Case Study
John is a 25-year-old man who has suffered an ABI with frontal lobe damage, he has undergone a period of rehabilitation in a specialist center and has now been discharged home. John has been left with a mixture of physical, cognitive and behavioral problems, he lives with his partner and 2 children. Prior to his accident he was working full-time as a welder in a boat building yard.

How many people do you think the Case Manager will be involved with for John’s care and rehabilitation?

Insurance company
Clients partner
Litigation friend
Occupational Therapist
Neuro- Psychologist
Support worker team of 4

16 people in total!

That’s 16 people for the Case Manager to manage.

Posted on December 17th 2021

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