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The role of an accommodation expert

Managing Director, Jonathan France MCIAT acts as an expert witness in accommodation for cases involving medical, clinical or personal injury, providing accommodation reports on a number of cases, instructed by solicitors for defendants and claimants alike.

In this article, we explain the role of an accommodation expert in personal injury and medical negligence cases.

What does an accommodation expert do?

As an accommodation expert, Jonathan prepares reports for litigation purposes that address the current and future accommodation needs of people who have been injured as a result of an accident or medical negligence.

Who instructs an accommodation expert?

An expert witness is instructed directly by the legal team acting on behalf of a claimant or defendant. As an independent expert witness, governed by the Civil Procedure Rules, accommodation experts are professionally obliged to give an impartial opinion to assist the Court.

How is the report conducted?

Once instructed, an accommodation expert will visit the claimant at their home, to assess their current needs, limitations and any potential future needs.

As well as assessing the adaptations that may need to be made, the accommodation expert will also spend time with the family and care team to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges they face in their home.

During the visit, the accommodation expert will assess accessibility in and around the home, and if needed, the provision for carers accommodation.

When conducting the report, the accommodation expert will also review medical, care and therapy reports to determine the suitability of the claimants current home, and what, if any adaptations are needed to enable them to live as independently as possible.

What happens if the property is not suitable for adaptations?

Unfortunately, some homes cannot be suitably adapted to meet a person’s needs. In these instances, the accommodation expert will research and identify properties in the local area that will be suitable for adaptations.

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What does the accommodation report include?

Following the assessment, the accommodation expert will prepare an accommodation report.

This will include a detailed description of the claimants needs, their current and potential future needs, existing and proposed plans of the property and recommendations for adaptations, building work and any specialist equipment that may be required.

If an alternative property is required, the report will also include the costs associated with buying that property and the adaptations and specialist equipment needed.

Who gets a copy of the accommodation report?

Once completed, the accommodation report is disclosed to the instructing solicitor, and the accommodation expert will remain through the litigation process of conference with counsel, joint meetings and trial.

 

France + Associates offer expert witness services for providing accommodation reports in the personal injury and clinical negligence sectors of litigation. The practice is regularly instructed by many of the UK’s leading injury law firms, and has a strong background of experience of working with people living with serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations and cerebral palsy.

For more information on how to instruct us, or for a confidential chat, please contact Jonathan France on 01484 960560 or email admin@franceandassociates.co.uk.

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