Clare Garside, Assessability's occupational therapy expert witness, has more than 25 years experience of undertaking functional assessments and presenting up to date, detailed, well-evidenced and fully costed opinion to inform the Courts, contributing to the Schedule of Special Damages in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence cases including:
Assessments normally occur in a person's own home and visits are undertaken nationwide. Reports are realistic, lucid and concisely expressed. They provide a rich picture of an injured party's prior lifestyle, including pre-existing conditions as a benchmark against which to assess loss, and summarise the nature of the index incident.
A comprehensive report explores in detail the impact of the index incident and identifies the needs arising from it such as:
Recommendations address all relevant heads of claim and provide quantified proposals in areas such as:
We accept instructions on behalf of either the claimant or the defence, or as a single joint expert. The percentage split, based on recent history, is 70% / 20% / 10%.
An immediate needs assessment can be provided when required. This yields a simpler report that omits evaluation of an injured person's past and longer-term future needs to focus on the nature and cost of their current requirements.
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