The importance of exhibitions like Naidex

7 March 2017

I am pleased that Kingsley Napley will be attending Naidex again this year.  As someone who attended the exhibition last year and took the time to walk around the exhibition hall, I left with a sense of admiration for the pace of technological and medical advances for those who have a disability.  Described by organisers as “the UK’s largest disability, rehabilitation and homecare event with over 250 exhibitors showcasing their products to 12,000 visitors.  The event is at the forefront of innovation and as the industry evolves staying up to date has never been more important.”  Naidex is not just a sales exhibition but a reminder that disability does not have to result in a poor quality of life.

As a solicitor dealing with cases involving catastrophic injury resulting from medical negligence or personal injury, I am aware of the extent of opportunities available to those who have sustained a life changing injury such as a spinal injury or brain injury.  Clients approach us at a time when they are most vulnerable.  If liability for their injury can be established then a substantial period of time is spent investigating our client’s current and future needs with the aim of compensating the individual for the cost of meeting those needs.  Of course, no amount of compensation can take an injury away but it can help to make life more manageable when dealing with disability.  By way of example:

  • Accessibility to suitable aids and equipment to facilitate reintegration to the local community;
  • Vocational measures to facilitate a return to work or pre-accident leisure or pastimes, or
  • Ensuring sufficient measures are in place to enable the individual and his/her family to take holidays notwithstanding the newly acquired disability.

So attending events such as Naidex enables us to keep up to date with current advances in technology and impart such knowledge when conducting claims for compensation on behalf of our clients.

Naidex is not just about new aids and equipment.  There is a wider issue that Naidex promotes – advocating disability rights.  What is pleasing from a review of the Twitter posts and blogs  that organisations such as the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and DisabledGo produce, is the continuing drive to raise awareness as to disability access within society.  For example, recent tweets by the SIA have focused on the lack of availability of disabled toilets within public places such as restaurants.  Part of the DisabedGo website is devoted to planning trips within London identifying accessibility in respect of shopping centres, hotels and general social events such as music concerts.  These are fantastic organisations who deserve recognition for the work they are doing on behalf of those with a disability.  Reading their blogs and reviewing their testimonials shows that having a severe disability does not have to mean a lack of quality of life.  With the right assistance and access to the appropriate support organisations a disability should not be a bar to living a meaningful and fulfilling life.  Naidex is a reminder of the opportunities that are currently available and gives an insight to potential future advances.

If you are planning to attend Naidex please do come and see us at stand C44.  Members of our clinical negligence, personal injury and Court of Protection / Deputyship teams will be in attendance.  I will be speaking about catastrophic injury on Tuesday 28 March running through a series of frequently asked legal questions about funding and the litigation process.  Simon Hardy, head of our Court of Protection team will be speaking on Wednesday 29 March on what proves to be a lively debate entitled “It’s my money! Why is my Deputy not listening?”.

If you have sustained a spinal injury please contact Richard or one of our specialist lawyers on 020 7814 1200 or email our Clinical Negligence team.

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