Training activities developed in this project are addressed mainly to health professionals responsible of the assessment of personal injuries and to legal practitioners called to use those assessments in damages awarding systems (both in litigation or alternative dispute resolution). Special emphasis will be done on those who must evaluate and treat sequels of more prevalent musculoskeletal impairment at European level, consequence of work or traffic accidents. These professionals are practitioners who carry out their role in the field of public health, occupational health, legal medicine or private insurance care. The profiles included in this group are
doctors of different specialities (physicians, surgeons, paediatrician, orthopaedist, neurologist, rheumatologist), physiotherapists, forensic experts and nurses on the one hand, and legal professionals on the other (attorneys and special fields consultants such as in the work-related or traffic accidents domains).
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the average of number of doctors per capita in EU is nearly 3.4 per 1.000 population. Among them, following the statistics of Spanish Government (BOE-226, 2014), near 36% of the total number of medical specialists, are quite related to the evaluation and treatments of locomotor impairments. In other words, at EU level more than 610.000 professionals of medicine sector can be beneficiated from the project results.
On the other hand, 50% of the European population reports musculoskeletal pain in one or more body points regularly. The results of the project, by means of the new training contents, will contribute to improve professional’s skills who are in charge of carrying out the management, treatments and evaluation of locomotor system disorders, and, in that way, improve the quality of life of these patients.
Project results will enrich legal professionals, insurance companies and judges’ knowledge on the assessment of a specific body injury. This will allow them to understand and propose correct socioeconomic compensation when patients are involved in litigation. In addition, the opportunity to more objectively assess personal injury damages will increase the possibility to settle the claims directly between parties, reducing time to obtain awards and legal costs.
- Legal medicine and bodily harm assessment professionals: A representative sample of this group will take part in different phases of the project; from the study of clinical & regulatory differences among the different geographic areas of Europe, to the validation of results and training content. Once the project is completed, clinicians will be part of the target public of the courses, improving their professional skills.
- Patients: Indirectly, the capacitation of clinicians will allow to guarantee better health services, improving the effectiveness of treatments, reducing time-to-work, and obtaining more reasonable compensation in case of permanent impairments.
- Law professionals: despite of the fact that this group will not be a direct user of biomechanical methodologies, taking part in training activities in the topic represents a unique opportunity to familiarize with new technological tools, enriching their background to better work on their cases.
- Managers of Insurance companies and Regulators: The understanding of the last progress on biomechanics and its relation with permanent impairments assessment, will allow them to rationalize health resources and manage social benefits from a fair point of view.
Eventually, along with medical experts, lawyers and patients, there are other group of professionals who can benefit from the project results:
- Law professionals responsible of managing economic compensation of bodily harm injuries
- Insurance company staff involved in the management of medical and social resources
- Public or private hospital managers
- Damage claims managers and staff for work and hospital related injuries
- Professionals of the regulatory entities of bodily harm assessment