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Living with injuries

After a serious injury such as an acquired brain injury or spinal injury, many of our clients require a home that is adapted to their specific needs to enable them to be independent or for their family to care for them within the home.  For example, very few homes are suitable for wheelchair use and they rarely have enough space to accommodate carers or support workers.  Sometimes it is possible to extend and adapt a home to make it bigger and more accessible.

The cost of adapting your house, or buying a new and larger home, can be included as part of your legal claim.  Your solicitor will be able to advise you on whether a claim can be made for either adaptation or the purchase of a new property. Adapted accommodation for a child with cerebral palsy can change the life of the whole family. 

You may find that your pre-injury house won’t be suitable for extension or adaptation, which means that a new house or bungalow has to be bought, either now, or in the future, and in most cases there will be adaptation costs as well as the costs of buying a larger property.

Accommodation and equipment

A claim may include the following elements:
 
  • compensation towards the costs of buying a bigger house or bungalow
  • incidental costs such as estate agent's fees, conveyancing costs, stamp duty etc.
  • adaptation costs including architects’ fees and the costs associated with obtaining planning permission
  • builder's fees for the adaptation works and materials
  • costs of specialist equipment that may be needed in kitchens and bathrooms, such as hoists, or floor lifts
  • property search consultants’ fees: where it is very difficult to find a suitable property or the client is very disabled we sometimes hire a property search consultant and their fees can be included in the claim.
  • the cost of environmental controls such as electric doors and windows to allow the injured person control over their environment.
  • the cost of ensuring access to the house is as easy as possible and that gardens are made accessible through widening doorways and adding slopes.
  • the annual costs of running a larger house are greater these can also be included as part of the claim

Equipment that has been designed for people with serious injuries, including spinal injuries and brain injuries, will help you to cope with your daily routines, leisure activities and can also help you return to the workplace. 

Case managers

We can help you to appoint an experienced case manager to work on your behalf.   The case manager will liaise with professionals from the healthcare sector, social services and employers or educational establishments to assist in improving your quality of life as soon as possible.  They undertake a pivotal role in the co-ordination and implementation of recommendations for specialist requirements, such as private care and rehabilitation treatment, transportation, mobility, housing adaptations and assistive technology thereby removing the additional pressure from the client and family.

By appointing a dedicated case manager to work with you on a one-to-one basis, we can ensure that you have a single point of contact to oversee the delivery of your care package, equipment and support to meet your exact needs.  It is important that you and your family feel that there is a good rapport with your case manager as this is a long term relationship and the service they provide is important to the quality of your life after injury.

The case managers we use are generally occupational therapists or nurses who specialise in supporting clients with brain injury. In turn they will have strong links with other therapists and health professionals who specialise in brain injuries. Often they are the linchpin to setting up a multi-disciplinary team to support your recovery.

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