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Carers Week

This week, 8 – 14 June 2015, is Carers Week. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Statistics suggest that there are 6.5 million carers in the UK alone.

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As solicitors who specialise in brain injury and catastrophic injury we are aware of the enormous support that carers give to our clients on a day-to-day basis. Our client’s often become fully dependant on family members who have had the role of carer thrust upon them often without warning. Whilst compensation will undoubtedly help in these situations our role is not purely focused on this, our role is to recognise their immediate needs and to use our experience and contacts to signpost these families to support.

Overwhelming Issues

To many clients who have been injured they, and their families, are faced with a number of issues which overwhelm them. They are unsure of where to go, in what order and what services may be available to them. We have experience of signposting these clients to independent and experienced Case Managers, who will help establish care regimes, suggest therapies and source appropriate accommodation. With this multi-disciplinary approach we can offer maximum support to a family at a time of crisis and the feedback we receive shows that this type of support can be priceless.

With the right therapies and services, the right care package and support, those who have become carers can step back and return to their role of husband, wife, mother or father rather than carer. They regain quality time with their loved one rather than existing as a carer.

Crucial a Specialist Lawyer is Appointed

For those who have sustained serious injury, and who have a potential personal injury claim, it is crucial they appoint a specialist lawyer. Their legal representative must understand their fears, recognise the subtleties of their injuries, guide them to the appropriate rehabilitation services and offer support to maximise their recovery.