Get Your Life Back
Why would a personal injury law firm like Murphy Battista sponsor brain injury counselling services at BrainTrust? The answer lies in their client-centred approach to working with injured clients. It’s a twofold process that focuses on achieving fair and reasonable compensation for loss of wages and costs of future care while at the same time, maximizing the client’s personal recovery.
Bill Dick, Keri Grenier, Matthew Van Nostrand, and Peter Driscoll are four Murphy Battista lawyers driven by a desire to make a difference in people’s lives. They are passionate about the work they do and the impact that it has. Their work is guided by four words that sum up the firm’s mission - Get your life back.
“Obviously we can’t give our clients their lives back in the truest sense, which for them is to not be injured anymore. But taking away their stresses by dealing with the insurance claim and the legal side so they don’t have to, allows them to focus more on rebuilding life and less on how they’re going to pay for life,” explains Keri. Fair compensation can help injured individuals get their lives back on track, so they can have as normal a life as possible.
However, as Bill points out, “money is a pale substitute for what these people have lost.” For clients with brain injury, the losses pile up quickly. These include not only loss of employment, but loss of things people can no longer do in their personal life from simply remembering how to organize their day, to activity limitations imposed by symptoms like headaches, fatigue, dizziness, difficulty with eyesight, or chronic pain.
The Get your life back philosophy is also about helping Murphy Battista’s clients reach maximum recovery, and the road they walk together can be a long one. Clients are assisted in getting referrals to a variety of experts. In the early stages after concussion/brain injury this includes an occupational therapist (OT) who will assess the kinds of help a client needs in their day-to-day life. Goals will be set for a a return to work plan, if that’s going to be feasible in the future. The OT also makes sure treatment recommendations are followed and any needed supports put in place around the home.
Other referrals include those to a neuropsychologist, neurologist, or other physical medicine/rehabilitation specialists. Always the focus is on maximizing the client’s potential for having the best post-injury life possible, whatever that may look like.
Matthew points out that “the emotional side comes up a lot. We see people dealing with ongoing headaches, chronic pain, memory loss. Anything chronic really affects them emotionally/psychologically and can result in low mood, anxiety, or depression.” Counselling is frequently recommended.
“We see how much a client will improve and how their emotional outlook on their life situation can change dramatically with the right counsellor, ” adds Keri. “From my perspective, one of the best resources the client can get is counselling. It’s not just about the physical rehab, but the emotional rehab…and not just for the injured person. Often the whole family needs help in understanding how to cope with their new normal. The sooner they can get counselling the better off they are.”
Clearly seeing the positive impact that counselling can have, Murphy Battista has generously donated $15,000 to help support BrainTrust’s Brain Injury Counselling services. This is an outstanding way to give back to the community over and above what they do for their clients to maximize recovery. Peter astutely notes that “any support of mental health is incredibly important for the community as a whole.”
“This was an easy choice for us,” says Bill. “We know that people with acquired brain injury make tremendous adjustments on a daily basis and counselling can really help.”
At the end of the day, Matthew says that “it’s about more than just being a lawyer.” It’s being someone who cares.