7 July 2017

#IamSuperHuman – Fighting the stigma of “Disability”

I hate the word “disabled”. Just take a moment and really think about what this word means. I bet you would associate it with words such as “unable”, “weak” and “incapable”. It has such a negative meaning and as a society, we use this as a label. However, imagine if we were to change this label to something positive. For example, instead of “disabled”, let’s use “Super Human”. I bet you now think of words such as “strong”, “exceptional” and “heroic”. Disabled people are all these characteristics and much more, and here’s why…..

4 July 2017

Mothers with Birth Injuries

A recent article appeared in the Daily Mail entitled “The great childbirth taboo” which opened up the conversation on this issue for many women.  The article centred on the tears women experience after childbirth that leave them with serious injuries such as incontinence, pain and painful intercourse.   Many mothers, and especially first time mothers, are not told or simply do not realise that the symptoms that they are suffering from are due to a missed or incorrectly repaired tear and instead they simply put it down to being a normal consequence of childbirth.  The symptoms are so deeply personal that it is something that has been seen as too embarrassing to talk about with their GP or their families and therefore the opportunity to diagnose them gets missed.  The article in the Daily Mail was a reminder that women in this situation are not alone and highlighted the importance of seeking help at the earliest opportunity.  

Punam Sood

20 June 2017

Cerebral Palsy – what do we know about the causes?

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy (CP) is usually only made after a doctor has carried out a range of specialised tests with a team of health professionals.  These professionals may include neurologists, paediatricians, genetic specialists and a host of others.  

Kate Rohde

15 February 2017

The importance of a roof over your head (is it time to revisit Roberts v Johnstone?)

At Kingsley Napley we specialise in high value claims. Any life changing condition, such as a spinal injury or cerebral palsy, may mean that the Claimant’s home is not suitable for their needs. As part of the case we will look very carefully at the Claimant’s current home situation and with the help of experts, evaluate whether it is appropriate for the needs of the Claimant. 

Kirsty Allen

2 December 2016

Thousands of low income families with disabled children were paid too little in tax credits

The story that broke last week that thousands of low income families with disabled children were paid up to £4,400 too little in tax credits (after data was not shared between the authorities) is pretty shocking

Kate Rohde

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