RICHMOND-based Moore Blatch is part of a consortium of Brain Injury Group members offering a free Legal and Welfare Service (LAWS) to patients, their families and carers at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) in Putney, one of the leading centres for and authorities on neuro-disability care in the UK.
The Brain Injury Group is a national network of dedicated brain injury lawyers and related professional services which exists to support individuals and families directly affected by brain injury.
“Very few patients suffering a traumatic brain injury will have arrangements in place regarding their on-going day-to-day commitments,” according to Trevor Sterling, Moore Blatch partner for medical relations. “LAWS aims to give patients, their carers and families free, no-obligation advice on the many and varied legal and welfare challenges they face with a view to relieving some of the anxiety and problems they experience.”
Moore Blatch will work with other member firms to offer a drop-in clinic and appointments on a weekly basis, along with a series of short workshops on legal and welfare subjects that many families and individuals affected by brain injury have to face.
“Neuro-disability can happen to anyone at any time, and the impact is immediate and profound,” says Dorothy Lain, Head of Specialist Nursing Home, RHN. “There are many practical issues to be dealt with by families affected by neuro-disability. Making LAWS available on site means that they can access the support they need when they’re already visiting their loved one, which minimises disruption and helps them to focus on rehabilitation.”
Moore Blatch will meet with patients, their families and carers and provide advice on a range of legal, financial and welfare issues on a confidential basis such as:
- Mental capacity
- Powers of Attorney or Court of Protection
- Finances – such as debt, welfare benefits, budgeting and planning
- Employment and housing
- Personal injury claims or criminal injury compensation
- Matrimonial and family matters
LAWS can provide support and help at a difficult time in a number of ways by:
- Being simple to access and available at convenient times
- Identifying and helping to manage legal and financial issues
- Giving specialist, experienced and trustworthy guidance
- Identifying funding sources to access rehabilitation
- Advising if there may be a case to seek compensation for the injury
- Providing information on how best to obtain further advice, if needed
LAWS was launched within the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability on 1 February 2016.