Who cares for the carers ?

11 February 2021

According to Carers UK, 1 in 8 of us are providing unpaid care for family and friends.

Balancing care with other commitments is a challenge under normal circumstances, but especially hard over the last unprecedented year. Too often the contribution made by unpaid carers - the parents of a child with Cerebral Palsy, the partner of someone with life changing injuries, the extended family member of a person with a brain injury, or the child trying to do their school work and care for a parent goes unseen.

Carers UK, which champions the rights of carers produced a report last November which highlighted that the support unpaid carers are giving loved ones has significantly increased during the pandemic.

Our clients and their families frequently share with us the many ways, big and small, that unpaid carers help their loved ones to live life to the full, every single day. We also hear that often, the carer and their loved one miss the relationship they had before injury, and are encouraged that by employing paid care, this becomes possible again.

Part of a clinical negligence or personal injury claim, involves looking at the care that someone needs as a result of their injuries, and working with everyone involved to find the best solution. Our collective experience in doing this for clients means that there is rarely a situation we haven’t come across, and are used to finding creative solutions.

If you are a carer, or someone who has been injured, and would like to talk to us further about whether or not you have a claim, please contact us on 020 7814 1200.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you or a family member have been affected by the issues raised in this blog please contact one of our Medical Negligence & Personal Injury lawyers on 020 7814 1200, or email us at claims@kingsleynapley.co.uk.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kirsty Allen is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury department.

Kirsty has a varied caseload of clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Her clinical negligence practice includes adult and child brain injury cases, as well as failure to diagnose cancer, negligence resulting in loss of sight, gynaecological and cauda equina claims. Kirsty also has experience of Inquests. Kirsty’s personal injury work focuses on serious and fatal claims. 

Kirsty recognises that for many clients, understanding what happened is as important as monetary compensation and Kirsty tailors her approach to her client’s needs. Kirsty’s clients have praised her hard work and caring approach.

Kirsty is passionate about increasing understanding between doctors and lawyers around common mistakes leading to a clinical negligence claims and she has worked closely with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management for the last two years to achieve this.

After reading Law at the University of Sheffield, Kirsty completed the Legal Practice Course before qualifying in 2010. She joined Kingsley Napley in July 2012.

 

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